The Power Of Oils
There has been a recent shift in mankind’s way of thinking towards a desire for holistic products. We all of a sudden care what we put on our skin and what enters our bodies. Lotions and creams are usually made from a combination of oil & water, and the presence of water causes bacteria to form and makes the oil go rancid. To prevent this, all lotions and creams must contain a preservative of some kind to keep them from going bad. That preservative is almost never natural, and – if avoidable – something you rather not put on .So switch from a cream to an oil. Face oils contain a more powerful, purer, and often more expensive form of nutrients that are the perfect solution for skin in distress.
I've been using face oils regularly for at least five years now, and I'm hooked. In fact, I'm such an oil fanatic that I also use cleansing oils, body oils, and hair oils and oil even to clean my teeth -- all of which used to scare me initially as well. But I realise that my skin now has a natural glow and firm texture, it isn't as likely to break out as it used to and I dont sweat so much or feel sticky and greasy.Its as if my skin has relaxed and received a message that it doesn't need to work overtime anymore to produce oils that we strip away all the time by using harsh cleansers and alcohol based toners.
Despite the popularity of face oils, I realize that there are still plenty of people who are as intimidated as I was. Here's the key: You have to figure out which face oil is right for your skin, and start slowly with just a drop or two.
Benefits of Oil:
It may seem counterintuitive to apply more oil to already shine-plagued skin, but it turns out that oils are not evil. Oil-based facial products can actually work wonders on all skin types, even the most sebaceous. Here are some surprising things you may not know about face oils
How face oils work:
Oils lock in moisture and help protect the skin against environmental effects. Oils deliver a potent dose of nutrients Because your face is well moisturized, it will stop the overproduction of its own oil, and you’ll avoid that shiny t-zone look. Oils can be all natural, need no preservatives, and have a shelf life of about two years.
Most natural oils are easily absorbed & won’t clog pores. Oils are typically ultra-healing, and great for repairing skin. Oil products contain essential fatty acids your skin needs to stay properly hydrated, but your body can't produce them on its own. Oils also act as the skin's lipid barrier, protecting against extreme temperatures, dry climates, and over-cleansing.
Fight oil with oil:
The oil your skin produces is much different than the pure plant oils in a facial product. Your skin starts pumping out sebum (the stuff that clogs pores and causes breakouts) when its oil content isn't balanced. So if you strip your skin's natural oils by over-cleansing, your body will actually produce more oil to compensate. But a quality face oil will replenish your skin with the essential fatty acids and moisture it needs. When balance is restored those overactive sebaceous glands take a breather, leaving skin healthier and clearer.
Why quality oils are worth the price tag:
When buying a face oil, you really get what you pay for. Cheaper oil products often contain less refined, more processed ingredients with fillers and additives, whereas more expensive oils tend to be purer and more effective. Look for pure organic oils of rosehip, argan, jojoba, apricot kernel, avocado, macadamia nut, and calendula to get the most benefits. And remember, although a good face oil may seem pricey, it's highly concentrated, so a few drops go a long way.
Don’t purchase oils extracted with heat or harsh chemicals as these will cause the oils to break down, and diminish their quality. Look for labels that say cold-pressed or CO2 extracted. Also, stay away from anything with words like “parfum” or “fragrance.” These are generally chemical additives, and not what you want to put on your face. At the same time, many of today’s oils are mixed with essential oils ,herbs and flowers for added benefits and scents. So long as they are natural, you’re good. Look for “certified organic.”
You may (like me) think that moisturizing with oil is a new phenomenon. The truth is that the regimen goes all the way back to ancient times when Egyptians, Romans, and Indians alike would use oil regularly for skincare and beauty.