Let's talk about the power of Facial Oils
Advising women to avoid facial oils and oil-based products for fear of acne is perhaps one of the most widespread and most damaging myths the cosmetics industry has ever perpetuated. When oils are applied to the skin they 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 and 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?
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 a cream is that the waxes tend to build up on the skin after repeated use and may clog pores, resulting in blemishes and acne.
What are the best oils to use on your skin?
No ma'am … Organic, Expeller-pressed, steam-distilled, or CO2-extracted oils are preferable to solvent-extracted oils because contaminants from solvent extractions are a leading cause of allergic reactions.
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.
Use a facial oil that has 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.