A question we are asked a lot, is, should I be using oils on my skin?
This is a common question from clients who have concerns like breakouts, inflammation, and dryness.
Here at the NC, we believe that facials oils should be an integral part of your skincare routine.
Oil in the form of sebum occurs naturally in your skin, but when you over-cleanse, use harsh products, expose your skin to UV and environmental pollutants, or starve your diet of essential fatty acids, this throws your skin off balance.
Your skin suddenly becomes reactive and inflamed, and you may start experiencing a whole host of skin conditions.
Once the natural barrier function and protective acid mantle are undermined, the basic principles of healthy skin are stripped away, so you are constantly playing catch-up.
Why use a facial oil?
Oils are packed with nutritional goodness; different oils bring different things to the skin depending on your skin type.
The botanical oils in our blends are clean and uncomplicated; this makes them easy for your skin to recognise; absorbing the essential nutrients in areas where they are required the most.
When you use a high-quality botanical oil, the difference in your skin is almost immediate; it appears more hydrated and has a healthy sheen to it.
For this article, were going to help you choose the right oil for your particular skin type and condition:
Oils for an oily skin
Oily skin needs oil just as much as non-oily or dry skin.
An overproduction of oil (sebum) can be balanced with the right facial oil and even inflamed, acne skin can benefit from omega-rich facial oils.
Finding the right oil type is crucial; oils like cumin and neem are antibacterial and anti-microbial, helping to minimise acne-causing bacteria.
Using a facial oil with a small molecular size is also important; squalane and jojoba oil are both naturally found in your skin, which allows it to absorb more easily. they help to regulate your skin’s natural sebum production and replenish your barrier function without causing excess oil on the surface.
Oils for a dry/mature skin
As you age, your skin produces less natural oil, which shows up as dryness and expression lines.
Your skin’s lipid layer becomes compromised – the lipid layer is the part that locks moisture in and prevents trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL).
Oils are lipophilic, meaning they really love fat and can pass through the cellular membrane, replenishing your skin’s lipid layer, preventing further water loss.
This is just a few examples of really great oils for dry/mature skin.
- hemp oil
- coconut oil
- soy Bean oil
- camellia oil
- kukui Nut oil
- pomegranate oil
- soy Bean contains lots of phytosterols, it is a great source of vitamin E and is full of fatty acids that we’ll help to repair an impaired barrier function
- safflower is a lightweight oil that is low comedogenic. Safflower has wonderful skin penetration properties and has a shelf life of around six months
- sesame is a light to medium weight oil. It is low comedogenic and has wonderful restructuring properties, making it the perfect choice for sensitive skin types. Sesame contains lots of lovely fatty acids and vitamins B & E. It is also surprisingly rich in minerals, including calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. This oil has a shelf life of around nine months.
Omega 3 for sensitive skin types
Omega 3 or alpha-linolenic acid is important for its anti-inflammatory properties. It is essential for the health and condition of inflamed and irritated skin and is also beneficial if you suffer from acne inflammation.
‘Essential’ actually means we cannot produce these oils; naturally, they need to be taken internally or applied, and yet mega 6 and 3 oils are essential for skin health. Linoleic acid in omega 6 and linolenic in omega 3 are crucial to maintaining your barrier – protection from bacteria. In contrast, the passage of moisture and nutrients is enabled into the deeper layers of your skin.
Evening Primrose Oil is rich in oleic and linoleic acids, it’s lightweight and low comedogenicity, and it has a shelf life sits around nine months. Tamanu oil is also rich in these oils; it is an unusual oil with extremely potent properties. It is a really wonderful choice for many skin conditions, including eczema, psoriasis, dry skin, and much more, it makes a really wonderful addition to most skincare oils.
Many facial oils are loaded with fragrances and chemicals; our products like Bio lipid complex, contain the perfect balance of oils, bringing a dull, dry complexion back to life, whilst healing and repairing the barrier function with skin-identical ingredients that are missing.
By treating your skin to nature’s botanical oils, it will benefit from the pure anti-inflammatory properties, that nature intended.