In this post I will focus on one of my favourite topics of all - oils in natural skin care. These are oils of vegetable origin, obtained from specific parts of oil-bearing plants, such as seeds, fruits or roots. They are the foundation ingredient in artisan skincare products. Both our Rosehip and Hemp seed oils, for example, are extracted by cold-pressing the seeds of the plants. Not only are oils full of nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants, but they are safe to go on the skin undiluted. All vegetable oils carry different properties and characteristics. The most important being is their proven compatibility with the derma. They behave and feel differently, thus they impact the skin differently, but all offer multiple benefits, such as improving skin complexion, preserving moisture, preventing wrinkles, and protecting skin from environmental stress. Some oils are so amazing and beneficial to our skin, we don't want to mix them with different ingredients, but use them as a sole player. Examples of such oils are Rosehip seed oil and Hemp seed oil.
We are not used to thinking about oils as particularly moisturising for the skin and when it comes to selecting the best one for our skin type, it always becomes a bit confusing. Are oils supposed to be good for oily and acne prone skin types? Will they not make things even worse? Clog our pores? Read on and I will put your mind to rest.
If you are new to skincare oils, follow these simple rules and you will quickly feel confident in using them, and experience the benefits on your skin.
1) When using any new product, always patch test to see how you react to it.
2) Begin by trying non-comedogenic oils. Rosehip and Hemp seed oils are ideal here, as they don't clog the pores.
3) Always prefer pure, organic oils to infusions with preservatives and other additives in them (to avoid negative skin reaction).
4) Remember, your oils, being pure and natural, are delicate and require proper storing. To avoid rancidity, make sure you store your precious oils in a cool, dark place, even in the fridge.
5) It's important to select the right oil for your skin type, in order to get maximum benefit. Assess skin type and skin issues and choose your perfect oil. Like I said, we've got you covered. We've made it extremely easy for you to make a decision on what oil to use by only offering you two of the most versatile, gentle, light and potent oils out there. Hemp seed oil is suitable for every beginner skin oil user. However, it is particularly suitable for young, sensitive, acneic skin, eczema and psoriasis. Rosehip seed oil, on the other hand, is great to use on more mature skin types to fight fine lines, wrinkles and rosacea. They are both "light" and "dry" oils, which means they are quickly absorbed by the skin and don't get your pores blocked.
6) Oils are oils. Not moisturisers as such. They need help to sink deep into the skin instead of lingering near the surface. If you want to achieve long-lasting hydration, like the one you can get from your moisturising cream, which contains both water and oil for a reason, you need to give your oil a helping hand. What I mean by that is, try to combine it with a refreshing and equally beneficial floral water, and namely - our Floral Beauty Mist, which contains pure rose water of the highest quality. After having cleaned your face, spray some rose water straight onto skin and then apply your oil of choice.
7) Use the oils anytime you feel the need to. As a night-time moisturising and rejuvenating serum, spray face with rose water, or any other quality floral water, measure 6-7 drops of oil on your palms, rub them together to warm up the oil and gently tap face with your hands. As a day time moisturiser or before you apply make-up, spray face with the Floral Beauty Mist, measure 3-5 drops of oil and follow the same process of applying. As a cleansing tool, your oil is again best pals with a floral water. Combine oil and water on a cotton pad and carefully remove all make-up and impurities from your face. You will be left with well toned, p-H balanced and moisturised, silky skin.
I can talk and write about oils all day long, but I don't want to overwhelm you in a single post. More interesting information about oils and natural cosmetics is to follow in the next blog entries. Stay tuned and please, let us know if you've found this post useful. Did you learn something new? What is your face oil of choice and why? We'll be happy to read your comments below.
Stay healthy and well informed,