What are cold-pressed and unrefined oils?

What are cold-pressed and unrefined oils?

Unrefined and cold-pressed are two terms used to describe oils.
Cold-pressed refers to a method of mechanical extraction where heat is reduced and minimised throughout the batching of raw material, which helps the oil to maintain its depth, constituents and original state.

Often more luxurious they can last far longer, making them a great bathroom cabinet staple. Unrefined oils use a process of mechanical extraction and screen filtering with no additional refining.

This ensures the finest quality and helps oils maintain their optimal nutrient profile. As they are in a more natural state these oils are always darker in colour and richer in scent.

Both of these types of oils work better for the skin as they maintain the key properties of the original ingredients, including their vitamin and nutrient content. This is unlike refined oils, which use high temperatures and can destroy some of the benefits of the ingredients during the extracting and heating processes.

Oils can be used externally or internally depending on what you are trying to achieve, as well as your personal preferences.

External uses

Oils can be used topically across the body, helping to rehydrate dry and flaky patches of skin or simply to give you a beautiful, healthy glow. Of course each oil has its own unique benefits.

Argan oil is great for dry or damaged hair thanks to its high levels of vitamin E and its intensely hydrating capabilities, making it a great conditioning treatment for dry or split ends. 

The beautifully fragrant Rosehip oil is another skin saviour due its rich content of fatty acids and vitamins. It is great for all skin types and adds radiance to dull skin radiant and is also helpful for reducing signs of pigmentation caused by sun damage.  often used to treat skin conditions, such as dermatitis, acne and eczema as well as sun damage and a prematurely ageing complexion.

Jojoba oil meanwhile is perfect for dry skin and is often used to treat skin conditions, such as dermatitis and eczema. It's rich in vitamin E and it boasts excellent emollient properties. 

Internal uses

You can also seek to obtain vitamins and nutrients internally by adding certain oils to your food and drinks.

A simple way to do this is to drizzle oils such as Avocado and Flaxseed oil over a seasonal salad or pasta dish, giving your food a tasty dressing.

Cooking with the oils can make them less effective, but using them in cold foods can help ensure you are getting all the great vitamins and nutrients.

Drizzling a nutty oil in a vegetable-based juice drink can help it feel more filling, and help to balance blood sugar levels, while a sweeter oil should help liven up your daily breakfast smoothie.