Advising women to avoid facial oils and oil-based products for fear of acne is perhaps one of the most widespread and damaging myths the cosmetics industry has ever perpetuated. When applied to the skin, botanical oils are absorbed directly into the top layers of the epidermis, where they instantly go to work to improve the lipid barrier function. By replenishing the oils you’ve lost due to the natural aging process and exposure, you enable your skin to do what it does naturally—retain moisture and repel assaults from sun and wind.
In addition to maintaining the integrity of your skin’s lipid barrier, oils also help inhibit what is known as peroxidative skin damage. Lipids will undergo what is known as peroxidation upon contact with sunlight, which means they lose their ability to act as a barrier. Gaps occur in the lipid matrix resulting in a loss of skin resilience and potentially the formation of wrinkles.
The difference between an oil and a cream? Why oils are sometimes best.
Creams are composed principally of wax, water, fillers, and preservatives, with a small dash of an oil thrown Oil blends, on the other hand, are made up of only therapeutic ingredients—nothing else. Waxes are used as emulsifiers to help blend the creams various ingredients together into a smooth, consistent color and texture while also helping to hold moisture in. The downside to using cream is that the waxes tend to build upon the skin after repeated use and may clog pores, resulting in blemishes and acne.
What are the best oils to use on your skin?
Organic, cold-pressed, steam-distilled, or CO2-extracted oils are preferable to solvent-extracted oils (heat pressed) because contaminants from solvent extractions are a leading cause of allergic reactions. Additionally, the oils lose their beneficial nutrients during the heat process.
Select skincare oils based on their therapeutic properties. Some oils, like rosehip seed oil and carrot seed oil, have known anti-aging, skin-rejuvenating benefits, while others, like cypress oil, have more antiseptic properties.
This oil is extracted from the marula fruit of Southern Africa and contains four times more vitamin C than an orange
Derived from one of our favorite and sweetest smelling flowers, this oil is packed with vitamin C and vitamin A. Rosehip-seed oil is celebrated for its scar-healing abilities. It's also great for those suffering from sun damage. - No. 31 Rosehip Oil
It has a consistency and molecular structure that is similar to sebum, or the oil your skin produces — making it yet another great acne-fighter. - No. 30 Facial Cleansing Oil
Derived from the passionflower plant, Maracuja oil is rich in protective antioxidants like lycopene, to battle the effects of sun damage, pollution, and other environmental stressors. Lycopene works with maracuja’s natural vitamin C content to even skin tone and promotes collagen production for firmer, brighter, smoother skin and less visible wrinkles. - No. 29 Prickly Pear and Maracuja Oil
It is a lightweight oil that is great for all skin types, absorbent, and packed with vitamins A, D, E, and K. - No. 42 Blue Tansy Oil
Sweet Almond Oil
Its natural healing and anti-inflammatory properties can help manage the itchiness and irritation associate with chronic skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema. - No. 19 Body Oil - Makeup Remover
Use facial oils that have Antioxidants
Plant oils are a rich source of antioxidants and replenishing emollients. Antioxidants prevent free radicals from damaging cells and DNA, which leads ultimately to an acceleration of the aging process. And, as an added bonus, essential fatty acids and antioxidants work better together when it comes to maintaining a youthful appearance. The key is teamwork. Try our team of botanical facial oils to renew your skin.