When we are young, our skin naturally produces plenty of oils that keep our skin youthful, healthy, and glowing. As we age, the skin produces less of these oils, resulting in dry, dull skin. Applying either cream or oil moisturizers to the skin is key to maintaining that youthful, healthy glow, and narrowing down which option is best for your skin really boils down to your skin type and personal preferences.
Organic Facial Oils 101
When choosing an oil for your skin, The first thing to look at is the ingredients list. It is important that your oil of choice is plant-based and free of any synthetic oils and fragrances.
The top layer of the skin, or stratum corneum, is made up of dead skin cells which are held together by oils (lipids). This is your skin’s protective barrier, as it shields the skin from the harsh effects of the environment. The lipid barrier is exposed to damage on a daily basis, which is why it is imperative that you continuously replenish lipids to the skin to maintain this protective barrier. A damaged lipid barrier leaves the skin susceptible to damage, germs and bacteria and potential dermis issues.
Here are some key benefits of facial oils:
- Made with 100% plant based oils such as jojoba oil, rosehip seed oil, tamanu oil, and argan oil
- Usually have a slower absorption rate compared to creams
- Concentrated, long lasting on the skin
- Tend to be more cost effective (a little goes a long way!)
- Minimal preservatives
Choosing the Right Natural Skincare Product
With that being said, you need to consider several things when choosing the best natural oils for your face.
The oils that you apply should not be photosensitive or damaging to the skin barrier. For example, citrus oils can increase skin’s sensitivity to the sun.
Select according to the therapeutic elements of the oil in order to target specific skin concerns. i.e., tea tree oil has antiseptic properties while helichrysum and carrot seed have skin rejuvenating and anti-aging properties.
Last but not least, your facial oil can have aroma-therapeutic advantages. Essential oils such as neroli and rose have heavenly aromas and are known to calm the spirit and lift your mood.
Organic Facial Creams
Nezza Naturals Organic Facial Creams contain many high quality, organic, plant based oils, but also include floral water, aloe juice and emulsifying wax. The waxes form a layer on the skin whose function is to seal in the skin’s moisture. The main disadvantage of creams is that their benefits diminish quickly. This happens because the waxes prevent the nourishing oils from effectively penetrating the skin, whereas with a facial oil, the oils are the only ingredients being applied. Depending on your skin type, the waxes may also clog your pores. An advantage of using a cream is that they absorb quickly into the skin, so you’re not left with any residue once the cream has been applied.
You Can Always Use Both!
Many people prefer to use facial oil at night, and facial cream in the morning. Depending on your skin type, This does offer the best of both worlds! Your face will thank you!
DIY Simple Facial Oil Recipe:
Makes 2 oz. Combine ingredients in a glass bottle and shake well to combine. Apply to clean skin and massage in gently.
- 3 TBS jojoba oil
- 5 TBS argan oil
- 2 tsp rosehip seed oil
- 1/4 tsp Vitamin E
- 4 drops carrot seed essential oil
- 8 drops geranium essential oil
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If you have any questions about natural face care for anyone, we are happy to help.
Visit our website at www.nezzanaturals.com for more essential oil information and DIY recipes.