Our skin acts as a barrier, detoxifier and regenerator, constantly working to keep out the bad and absorb, maintain and reproduce the good. Healthy skin will be skin where all these functions are working in perfect harmony: a “balanced” skin. Any imbalance can lead to breakouts, clogged pores, dry and flaky skin or sensitivities.
Unfortunately, consumers are encouraged to use an array of different skincare products as part of a modern beauty regime. These can include harsh cleansers and exfoliators, overnight masks and at-home skin peels. Overcomplicating our skincare regime in this way, and using products that actually work against the natural functioning of our skin cells instead of helping them, will disrupt the balance of our skin. Typical skin creams contain around 70 percent water, so preservatives, chemicals and perfumes are added to the product in order to eliminate bacterial growth, increase the shelf life and achieve an appealing scent. These additives will increase the chances of skin irritation and allergic reaction and the low content of pure natural goodness (if there is any at all) will be so minimal as to be ineffective to your skin. Oils allow us to cut the chemicals out and feed our skin only the good stuff.
Plant oils have been used for centuries to help treat skin ailments and boost skin radiance, but it is only recently that consumers have started to understand the benefits of using a face oil over other more “sophisticated”, synthetic products.
Not only do pure plant oils not contain the large quantity of skin-disrupting, synthetic chemicals that other products do, but they are packed with goodness that our skin understands, recognizes and knows how to instantly metabolize. Plant oils are essentially clean eating for our skin: they provide the most nutrition – and the healthiest – we could want to feed our skin. Thanks to the small molecular structure of natural plant oils, and their high EFA (essential fatty acid), vitamin and antioxidant content, they can penetrate deep below the skin’s lipid barrier to deliver moisture and skin nutrition for cell regeneration to work at its optimum.
There’s a common misconception that oil begets oil; that using a face oil will cause your skin to become too oily and lead to breakouts. This is incorrect: using a pure and organic plant oil can actually help cure breakouts and acne thanks to the balancing effect it has on the skin. Using conventional “oil-free” synthetic products that work to dry out your skin will simply strip the skin of its natural oils and cause it to produce even more oil as an attempt to compensate. Pores will become clogged, leading to pimples and acne. Applying a face oil to your skin, on the other hand, sends a message to your oil glands to stop producing sebum and therefore has an immediate balancing effect on the skin. Therefore, as well as delivering moisture and nutrition to dehydrated skin, it will also counteract oil production of overactive oil glands – so no matter the combination of your skin, an oil will adapt to, and help create balance for, all skin types.