Egyptians used it to enhance beauty boosting treatments. Greeks used it in therapeutic massages and aromatherapy. Makeup artists and the beauty elite have been adding it to their top shelves for years. We’re talking about natural Face Oils, one of the best-kept secrets for healthier, younger-looking skin. Free of chemicals, toxins and artificial additives, expertly formulated face oils help your skin be the best it can be.
The outermost layer of our epidermis is mainly composed of lipids responsible for preventing dehydration, retaining moisture and keeping toxins out. Just as our bodies require essential fatty acids to stay healthy, skin needs a thick lipid barrier to look young and glowing. As we age, we produce less of the oils that compose that lipid layer, causing it to become thinner and lose its suppleness. A great natural skincare routine includes the right nutrient-dense oils to help nurture a well-balanced lipid barrier that can effectively keep water and ions in, keep toxins and infectious agents out, and stop UV from damaging DNA. Here's why:
Face oils are better for you than creams: Most anti aging crèmes are made up of waxes, water and synthetic fragrances with a little oil mixed in. Wax is used to create a layer over skin to help lock in moisture. Over time, however, wax build up can lead to clogged pores, preventing active ingredients from penetrating the skin and delivering nutrients. Water does little for your skin as it quickly evaporates upon contact, and synthetic fragrances are commonly associated with allergies due to irritating chemicals in their formula. Natural face oils are an excellent way to deliver all the benefits of essential oils, antioxidants and vitamins quickly into the skin without the downsides associated with wax and synthetic fragrances. Because oils, specifically essential oils, have a high concentration of oxygen and are of a lipophilic, or fat-loving, nature, they quickly pass through the skin’s lipid barrier, plumping it with active ingredients more effectively, while also preventing water loss. This rush of active compounds immediately delivers a healthy glow through increased blood flow and oxygenation, simultaneously working at the cellular level to balance, heal, and stimulate cell renewal.
Face Oils are Safe and Effective for all Skin Types:
Oily or Acne-Prone Skin: Assuming you can’t use oil if you have oily skin is a great misconception; the right oils can actually help balance your skin-type. Many acne treatment products focus on stripping, when in reality our skin loves oils as they respond to its natural composition. In fact, recent research has found that lack of lipids in the epidermis impairs the water barrier function, resulting in bumps and rough skin texture due to excessive sebum formation in the hair follicle. Essential oils such as Juniper Berry, Tea Tree and Clove can help regulate your skin’s pH balance, heal existing damage, and stimulate cell renewal – ridding your complexion of unwanted toxins while maintaining a healthy lipid barrier.
Sensitive skin: While still in the plant, essentials oils function as its immune system helping fight inflammation and toxic external agents. When applied topically, these oils respond to our skin’s familiar formulation, working on healing and detoxifying as they would in a plant. In other words, they allow our immune system to do a better job. Sensitive skin types will benefit from using Sandalwood essential oil and Clary Sage oil due to their potent anti-inflammatory properties. When used in combination with anti-aging ingredients, these oils trick the skin into letting active ingredients – like retinol and glycolic acid – deeper into the skin and closer to the collagen-producing fibroblasts, all without irritating the surface.
Dry skin: A healthy complexion requires a thick lipid barrier to effectively hold on to moisture and protect the skin compounds that absorb water from the atmosphere. Since these compounds are water-soluble, they are easily removed from cells with repeated water contact. Adding oil into your skincare helps strengthen the lipid barrier, sealing the skin and preventing water loss.
Mature skin: As we age, our skin produces fewer oils causing the epidermis to become thinner and our lipid barrier to weaken. Thinner skin can’t recover from water loss as quickly, is more vulnerable to inflammatory diseases, and less effective at blocking damaging UV rays and balancing pH levels. Adding oils back into the skin is the best way to combat early signs of aging and maintain an effective barrier. Rose oil is excellent at hydrating and nurturing maturing skin, while Frankincense essential oil works at the cellular level to promote renewal and collagen production.
So go on, try this wonderful skin elixir and see your skin glow like it has never before! Thank us later. xo