Whenever I tell people I run a skincare company this is the typical exchange that happens.
Them: that’s awesome! What products do you make?
Me: *talking with wild, animated hands* oh I make a face oil, an oil cleanser, a face mist and a face scrub
Them: *looking confused* so what about a moisturizer?
Me: *beaming with pride over the 2 years it took me to develop this product* the face oil IS the moisturizer!
Them: *blank stare*
Confused? You’re not alone! The thought of giving up your cream moisturizer for a face oil can be uncomfortable and slightly terrifying. And your bathroom snoopers and travel companions won’t understand why you’ve given up a lotion for something that seems messy and expensive.
But there’s a reason why beauty trendsetters like Emma Watson, Emma Stone, Gwyneth Paltrow and millions of women are using natural face oils and refer to it as “liquid gold”.
Face oils are the O.G. of beauty routines
Women and men for thousands of years in Egypt, Greece and Rome have used oils to groom their skin and even moisturize away the desert heat (shout out to moringa oil!). I'd even go so far as to say oils are magical because, when blended right, they can help to correct oily, dry and combo skin to leave you with a healthy, younger looking complexion.
This is really important because when we’re young the top layer of our skin, the stratum corneum, is comprised of cells held together by oils, but as we age we produce less oils so it’s critical that we add them back.
When oils are applied to the skin (only 3-4 drops are needed at a time), they are absorbed directly into the top layers and very quickly work to improve its function. You may notice a difference with one application and will definitely begin to see results in 2-4 weeks.
Oils will work for any skin type
If you have dry or blemished skin oils will soothe any irritation, or inflammation, and help lock in moisture by forming a protective barrier. With oily skin, it will trick your skin into thinking it already has enough oil thereby shutting down sebum production and nixing the shine factor. Brilliant!
In addition, since oils are lipophilic (fancy term to mean fat lover) they can pass through our skin and fat layer much more easily than creams, thus making it a much more efficient method to hydrate the skin.
Why creams can stop working
Creams on the other hand are mostly comprised of waxes and water with a few oils thrown in. Waxes form a barrier on the skin which on one hand helps to hold moisture in, but there are definite downsides to the use of waxes.
Wax build up may lead to clogged pores, and the wax barrier may prevent the oil component of the cream (the part that actually benefits the skin) from getting through. This is likely the reason your cream may seem to work wonderfully at first, because it holds moisture in, but as time goes on and the wax barrier prevents oils from delivering much needed healing nutrients to the skin you'll start to feel like your cream has stopped working.
Healthy skin is happiness
There are many types of oils to choose to give you healthy, happy skin but some work better than others, depending on if you have oily, dry or problematic skin. In my next post I'll show you exactly what to look for and how to maximize the benefits.