The benefits of nourishing facial oils
Facial oils have been lighting up the beauty scene for longer than most of us are aware of. Ancient Egyptians, Indigenous people, and famous faces like Sophia Loren all used this old school beauty secret to achieve healthy, vibrant and flawless skin. Even top dermatologists have claimed that facial oils might be the missing step in your beauty routine.
1. Oils are super anti-aging
Starting in your 30s, wrinkles suddenly look deeper because the skin’s natural oils decrease, the lipid barrier breaks down, and the skin dries out. Most face creams contain a little oil, but not enough to make a big difference in water loss. Oils are lipophilic (a.k.a. fat loving) which allows them to pass through the lipid layer of the skin faster, preventing water loss and filling the skin with moisture more effectively.
2. Oils give you back your glow
Just as oils rich in essential fatty acids are required to keep our bodies healthy in our daily diet, oils are also necessary to keep our skin healthy. As we age, we produce less of the oils that give our skin a healthy glow, so it’s important to add them back in. Just like all those plant-based super-foods that are so good for you, facial oils actually nourish your skin with intense moisture.
3. Oils are good for oily and dry skin
If you have oily skin, applying quality oils can help to exfoliate the skin by breaking up and dissolving excess oil. Oils can also help to restore lipid barrier function, which can help your skin normalize oil production. In short, oils will stop the overproduction of your skins natural oil, making your skin less oily.
If you have dry skin, your skin lacks proper oil, resulting in dehydrated, uneven and possibly flaky skin. Applying quality oils can help to restore the lipid barrier which reduces water loss, inhibits cell damage and improves microbial function on the surface of the skin.
4. Oils can prevent breakouts
One of the major reasons for breakouts is the over production of oil to the face. A good quality facial oil can trick the skin into thinking it’s produced enough oil and therefore doesn’t need to produce more. Encouraging a healthy oil environment gives you a glowing, hydrated complexion without the breakouts.
5. Oils can protect your skin and your health
Many conventional skin care products contain toxic ingredients associated with a range of harmful effects from disrupting hormones to damaging DNA and increasing the risk of disease. Scary part is that we absorb more toxins through our skin than from the foods and drinks we consume. Our gut does a good job of filtering out harmful toxins, but unfortunately our skin is unable to do the same. This makes it even more important for us to be very aware of what comes in contact with our skin.
Luckily essential oils are derived from botanicals, many of which are naturally packed with antioxidants, and create a protective barrier against harsh and uncaring external factors, like pollution, environmental toxins and even over cleansing.
Learn more about Youthful Glow, an anti-aging facial oil created by Jennifer, here.
Not ready to give up your favourite moisturizer? You don’t have to. Facial oils are great for layering, which means you can use both. Apply your facial oil right after freshly cleansed skin in the morning and at night right before applying your moisturizer or use Youthful Glow on its own. The results will be great either way.