Using Oils In Your Skin Ritual
Your skin is an amazingly wonderful thing. It has the ability to heal and repair itself, to create and replace the cells that make up its structure, and to produce the oils it needs keep itself healthy and radiant.
Pretty good, huh?
As time goes on, however, our skin loses some of its function and cannot complete these tasks fully. And it’s not only as we age that our skin’s productivity slows… think of all the pollution our skin comes into contact with from car and factory fumes, and then there’s all the make-up we apply, and the perhaps not-so-healthy food we eat… all of this has and effect on our skin and its ability to function properly.
Why use facial oils?
If, for one reason or another, your skin isn’t able to produce enough oil to keep itself healthy, you’ll start to notice dry patches, fine lines and wrinkles, premature ageing, and a feeling of tightness to your skin. In this situation, there is help available for your skin… you can add oils back to your skin to promote a healthy lipid barrier, lock-in moisture and prevent dehydration.
Winter is a great time to add a Facial Oil to your skincare ritual because our skin is naturally drier during colder weather due to the lower temperatures and and more central heating. Having said that, they’re wonderful for use all year-round, especially if you use them for facial massage (but that’s a topic for another time).
Can anybody use facial oils?
Perhaps the obvious use for facial oils is for those with naturally dry, dehydrated or mature skin. Yes, if this is you, you can definitely benefit from adding oils into your skincare ritual.
However, there is a common misunderstanding about oils and oil-based skincare products – that they can’t be used for certain skin types, and that those with oily skin, spot-prone skin or clogged pres will only see a worsening of their condition. This is not true. Using the correct oils for your skin and its needs (whatever they are) has the ability to remove “bad” oils from your skin, helping to preserving its PH and regulate blemishes for a balanced complexion.
Which facial oil should I use?
There are so many wonderful natural oils available, and it can be tricky to know which one to choose. Here are just a few to get you started on your journey of discovery…
Excellent for all skin types as it helps your skin to balance its oil levels naturally by mimicking sebum (your skin’s natural oil). It you have oily skin, jojoba “tricks” your skin into not over-producing sebum. Jojoba oil is non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t block your pores or cause “cosmetic acne”. For dry skin, jojoba replaces essential oils.
Due to the high levels of Omega 6 essential fatty acid, sesame oil is softening and nourishing to the skin. Sesame oil is naturally antibacterial and so helps to keep skin free from infection. Used extensively in India, Ayurvedic practitioners use sesame oil to treat many conditions from rheumatism to eczema and psoriasis. Sesame oil offers natural sun protection of around SPF 2-3.
This oil is rich in omega-6 essential fatty acid, argan oil helps to stimulate, protect and regenerate your skin, leaving it soft and supple, and improving elasticity. Argan oil has a soothing effect on the skin and aids in healing.
Rosehip Seed Oil
A classic, luxurious oil, very effective for skin cell and tissue regeneration. Rosehip oil is great for many skin types. It’s dry nature means it is useful for those with oily, spot-prone skin, or large pores. It’s reparative nature means it is helpful for dry, dehydrated, or damaged skin, as well as helping to prevent premature ageing. Because of its content of Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and essential fatty acids Omega 3 and 6, rosehip oil is said to return colour and life to damaged skin, and is helpful in repairing skin damaged caused by chemotherapy, scalds and burns, and over-exposure to sunlight, as well as reducing fine lines, wrinkles and scars.
To make it easier for you, we’ve created a range of Facial Oils formulated specifically for different skin types. Which one is your skin asking for?