Have you been put off the idea of putting oil on your face because you think you’re going to have a massive breakout? Think again! This ancient beauty secret dates back to over 5,000 years ago when the Egyptians used oils on their face and body to fight wrinkles and preserve their youth (including the Queen of Beauty, Cleopatra!). Beauty oils have had a major resurgence back into the beauty market over the last five years, and it’s easy to see why! Packed full of nourishing nutrients, oils help us to cleanse, moisturise and deeply hydrate our skin – and they’re so easy to incorporate into your skincare routine.
Before you leap straight in, it’s important to note that not all oils are created equal. The cosmetic industry have been using mineral oil in creams, lotions and potions for years, but we now know that this refined petroleum by-product is an ingredient that we most definitely want to avoid. Why? Mineral oil coats the skin like plastic wrap, disrupting the skin’s natural immune barrier and inhibiting its ability to breathe and absorb moisture and also prevents moisture (and toxins) getting out. Your skin’s ability to produce sebum (its own protective oil barrier) can be affected, leaving your skin dry, with signs of premature aging more emphasised.
Plant oils on the other hand are packed full of essential vitamins, fatty acids and minerals, providing your skin with skin enhancing nutrients. Pure plant oils are highly compatible with the skin, absorbing easily and quickly, while nourishing and hydrating deep within. They also provide a protective barrier which helps prevent moisture loss and guards against the drying effects of the environment. Some plant oils have anti-inflammatory properties that help to calm down irritated skin, such as Rosehip Oil, Rose Oil, Avocado Oil, to name a few. Rosehip Oil has been hailed as one of mother-nature’s best kept secrets, and we know why! In addition to amazing anti-inflammatory qualities, it also boasts anti-aging and antioxidant qualities that help fight signs of aging.
There are many excellent plant oils to choose from, so make sure that you choose a high quality oil, preferably certified natural or certified organic.
So what’s the best way to apply them? The way you apply facial oils and the amount you use is almost as important as the formula itself. If you’re new to using oils, start slowly with just a drop or two. Pure plant oils are so concentrated, you really only need a small amount. If you can still feel a residue on your skin 10 minutes after you’ve applied, you may have put on too much!
It’s best to apply your plant oil after the skin has been freshly cleansed. Oil will hold that extra water on the skin and help the skin to rebalance itself faster. Heavier oils such as Avocado Oil are great to use at night, while lighter and more absorbent oils such as Jojoba Oil, during the day. If your skin is oily, you may want to skip using oils during the day altogether and save this special treat for your night-time routine!
Warm the oil in your hands and smooth over your face and neck, especially over any areas of concern. Want to make your oil go further? Add a few drops to your night cream for that extra coverage and extra nutrient boost.
Keen to give one a try? At Living Nature we have blended some of the best anti-aging organic oils into one harmonious combination - Radiance Night Oil. Packed with organic healing oils such as Calendula, Jojoba, Rosehip, Rose and Frankincense, our 96% organic Radiance Night Oil will leave you with rejuvenated, firmer and younger looking skin.