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Liquid Gold

Written by Nadia McCracken on December 3rd, 2014.      0 comments

Natural oils are totally trending right now. In fact, Face & Body oils are this year's New Big Thing in Beauty.

If you don't already love (and use) a natural face or body oil, I am going to try and persuade you to.
Many people still naively believe that oils will cause breakouts; or that they cannot be a genuine skin anti-ager.

These beliefs are unwarranted and they are preventing you from understanding one of skincare's best kept secrets.

If you still think Face oils are the poor cousin of serums and creams, think again.
They actually have some real advantages. 

I'll try to explain why.
Skin Oil is Trending Article SpaBeautyNZ
Simply put, our skin is made up water, and it needs oil to keep that water or moisture in. When natural oils, which closely mimic  that of the skin's own sebum, are applied, they are absorbed directly into the top layers of the epidermis. Here they instantly go to work improving the lipid barrier function and preventing moisture evaporation. The result of a replenished skin lipid barrier is that the skin "feels less tight" and glows from the inside out.

It's easy to strip away the skin's natural lipid barrier. Using the wrong cleanser or exfoliant every day will do that. This will cause skin fatigue and stress over a time, as the skin has to spend all day rebuilding that protective lipid barrier. It can also cause excessive oiliness in a younger skin, as the skin often tries to over-compensate by producing more oil. Exposure to the elements, such as the sun, cold and air-conditioning, also has a detrimental impact on our lipid barrier. In addition, as we age, our lipid layer thins, which means the skin tends to become dryer as we age.

Lets have a look at some of the myths still surrounding oils and the skin:

Myth 1: Oils cause breakouts

Many clients still fear using oils on their skin. They believe that facial oils, or any product with oil in it will make them break out. They think that stripping oils away will prevent clogged pores, breakouts, and oily shiny zones.

The Truth:

Skin needs its natural oils to keep it lubricated and protected. If we strip the lipid barrier away, the skin will produce more oil to compensate. The resulting imbalances cause breakouts. Encouraging a healthy oil environment can help to repair skin damage and give the skin the moisturizing and hydrating support it needs.

Myth 2: Oil is oily

Fear of shine is one of the most common concerns clients have with using facial oils. The assumption is that only dry skins can tolerate oils and that anyone with combination or oily skin will look greasy and shiny.

The Truth

A good facial oil should soak right into the skin and not leave the skin surface looking for feeling oily. Because natural oils mimic the skin's natural oil molecular structure, they are easily absorbed into the epidermis. The secret lies in the type of oil you choose, and the quality of the oil. Avoid mineral oils at all costs, as the skin cannot digest this petroleum based oil. It will stay on the skin's surface and not be absorbed or digested.

Myth: Oils are not anti-ageing

Even if you accept oils can be nice and perhaps beneficial, it is tempting to see them as the poor relation to serums and creams full of antioxidant extracts, powerful peptides and other anti-agers.

The Truth

Anti-ageing oils are rich in fatty acids and antioxidants. Omega-3 fatty acids are used by skin cells to make healthy membranes, reduce inflammation, and promote healthy collagen. Antioxidants such as vitamin E prevent free-radical damage from UV light exposure and help maintain healthy collagen and elastin.

Here are of some of the popular Skin Oils
Anti-Ageing Oils
Argan Oil Flaxseed Oil
Also known as Moroccan Oil. Rich
in Vit E & Essential Fatty Acids.
Also known as Linseed Oil. Softens skin while providing Essential Fatty Acids.

Moisturizing Oils
Coconut Oil Avocado Oil
Coconut Oil has the added benefit of reducing bacteria on the skin Rich in Vitamins, Fatty Acids & Anti-Oxidants, especially Vit E.

Problem Solving Oils
Rose Hip Oil Grape Seed Oil
Rich in Essential Fatty Acids and Vit A, which helps
to reduce scars.
Reduces oil secretion & brightens with Vit C.

Calming & Repairing Oils
Evening Primrose Oil Carrot Seed Oil
Used to treat eczema. Anti-inflammatory. Rich in Vit A & beta-carotene, which helps to
normalize cell turn-over. Reduces scarring.





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