The Touch of Purity
BRINDA GILL tells you everything you’ve ever wanted to know about cold-pressed oils.
Cold-pressed oils are the latest in skincare, especially for dry and sensitive skin that needs constant care and nourishment. Due to the unique extraction process, cold-pressed oils are considered pure and tend to retain all the valuable nutrients. Although winter is on its way out in most parts of the country, in many regions, the cold weather still lingers on. The cold, dryness and breeze often make skin feel dry and tight and appear dull. Nourishing it right can transform dry and dull skin and make it appear soft, supple and radiant. One of the best and easiest ways of doing this is simply applying a few drops of cold-pressed oil to your skin.
A Gift of Nature
Cold-pressed oils are extracted from seeds, nuts, coconut flesh, olives, citrus peels and other natural sources. The process of extraction is what makes the oil so rich in nutrients. The ingredients are placed in a press, crushed and ground without the use of heat, vacuum, steam, solvent or any other element, until oil oozes out. This oil is packed with vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids and is devoid of chemicals or preservatives. It’s also very flavourful and aromatic. “Cold-pressed oils are what nature intended to give us! It is the purest form of oil and has the highest concentration of nutrients when compared to oils extracted by other processes. Cold-pressed oils are full of natural goodness and are excellent for topical application through the year and more so in cold weather when the skin is dry, itchy and possibly flaky,” says Rahul Kale, Co-Founder, Iraya, a brand that promotes formulations of cold-pressed oils. “Cold-pressed oils nourish and moisturize the skin making it healthier. They reduce the appearance of fine lines; improve skin’s elasticity, tone and texture; reduce itchiness and scars. The structure of the molecules of cold-pressed oils is such that the skin absorbs them easily. In other words, these oils do not block the pores, thus allowing their benefits to reach the cells. The oil also forms a protective barrier on the skin preventing dehydration that is particularly helpful in cold weather,” explains Rahul.
A Choice of Oils
Cold-pressed hemp oil easily penetrates through your skin. It decreases dryness and keeps skin moisturised. Cold-pressed grapeseed oil can be used as a make-up remover. It also helps prevent acne and minimises under-eye circles. Pomegranate seed oil is great for hydrating your skin and to treat sun burns. From extra virgin olive oil, virgin coconut oil, jojoba oil, rice bran oil, almond oil, sunflower oil, sesame oil and wheat germ oil, there is a huge range of cold-pressed oils available for topical application. Almost all cold-pressed oils are carrier oils being derived from the fatty parts of a plant such as nuts and seeds. Each kind of cold-pressed oil is pure and rich in nutrients. So, dab a few drops and soak in their benefits!