OK, I know exactly what you are saying or at least thinking… OIL!!!! Not me. Why would I want to put OIL on my skin? Oil causes break outs and all other types of skin problems. These thoughts, though common, are totally unfounded. Oil is good, actually great, for your skin and it is too bad that it has a bad reputation (or “gets a bad rap). Well, here’s why oils are better than creams.
If you want to have healthy, younger-looking skin without exposure to chemicals, toxins or harsh treatments, consider face oils as your go to products for your skin care routine. Yes, it turns out the skin care ingredient we’ve feared most of our lives can actually transform our skin. Just as oils, rich in essential fatty acids, are required in our daily diet to keep our bodies healthy, the skin care oils are also necessary to keep your skin healthy.
The oils will make your skin its healthiest ever. When you look at young, luminous skin, you are seeing skin at its healthiest; skin cells held together by an abundance of oils. As we age, we produce less of the oils that give our skin a healthy glow. So, your job is to add them back. Doing so is one of the most important ways you can support your skin, because a healthy lipid barrier prevents dehydration by helping skin retain moisture.
Oil molecules are small, so when oils are applied to the skin, they are absorbed directly into the top layers of the epidermis, where they instantly go to work to improve the lipid barrier function. More often than not you’ll see immediate results from the first application. After a month of use, your replenished lipid barrier rewards you with a noticeable healthy glow and many compliments from friends as well as strangers.
Creams are made up of large molecules that just sit on your skin and deliver a visual plumping, but no long term nutritious benefit to your skin. I mean, how can they, they don’t penetrate the skin at all. The first and main ingredient of a cream or lotion is water. We are not water permeable but water plays an important role in creams. The role of water is to add topical moisture and waxes in creams keep skin hydrated by locking in surface moisture. Creams provide the illusion that they are working, but they are not providing benefits to your skin.
Any products that contain water can potentially spoil, mold, or grow bacteria. Everything needs water to grow, including the stuff that smells rancid and yucky. If water is the first ingredient, the product generally has the shortest shelf life after opening because the water encourages bacteria to grow. Not only can air cause bacteria growth, your fingers dipping in and out of the jar adds to bacterial growth. The downside of waxy build up can lead to clogged pores, and the wax barrier prevents any of the oils (or good stuff that actually benefits skin) in the cream from penetrating. Creams typically deliver diminishing results over time. They will work, at first, because they help to initially hold in moisture, but as time goes on the wax barricade may prevent oils from delivering nutrients, like essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, to the skin.
Using oils doesn’t cause oily skin. Quite the opposite – oils mimimic your natural sebum and in turn reduce your production of oil not increase it. Essential and Carrier Oils deliver all of the benefits with none of the downside. The stratum corneum, the top layer of skin composed of dead skin cells held together by lipids (oils), is your environmental protection barrier, protecting against the elements. Lipid barrier damage occurs on a daily basis, so maintaining an effective barrier requires continuous input of lipids to the skin.
Besides maintaining the integrity of the lipid barrier, oils inhibit peroxidative and oxidative damage. What damage – the dreaded wrinkle. Upon contact with light, lipids will undergo what is known as peroxidation. These peroxidized lipids lose their barrier ability and gaps occur in the lipid matrix, resulting in a loss of skin resilience and the formation of wrinkles.
Odd, isn’t it, the one product you cherish, creams over oils, is the product that actually does absolutely nothing to deliver long term effects of keeping your skin looking youthful and healthy.
Lipids are a much better exfoliator and should be maintained to protect your skin. Any harsh treatments that strip off the lipid barrier result in pimples and blemishes and encourage your skin to produce more oil (sebum) of the type you are trying to control. Topical applications of fatty acids alleviate breakouts by re-stabilizing the lipid barrier, thus restoring anti-microbial activity on the skin’s surface. Oils break up congestion, because lipids dissolve lipids.
There are several factors to consider when choosing face oils. Whether you create home remedies or find a favorite company offering oil-based skin care, look carefully at the list of skin care oils that are used while bearing in mind the following:
The skin care oils you apply do not have a downside. Make sure that all oils are listed separately and not lumped together as a proprietary or custom blend. Essential oils affect your mind, body (skin) and spirit and you need to know all the oils in your product to make wise choices. Essential oils are antibacterial, anti-infectious, and anti-microbial while others are anti-tumor, antiseptic and anti-fungal. Essential oils deliver benefits upon benefits and just keep on giving with every application.
The aromatherapy benefits are an added bonus. The fragrance unique to each oil delivers physical and emotional health. Physical beauty and health are enhanced through the use of essential oils. The penetrating characteristic of essential oils greatly increases their ability to be effective.
So the next time you reach for the jar of cream or lotion, look to see if water is there and, if it is, put it back and look for an oil based product without water to deliver the benefits you thought you were going to gain from your beloved cream. Oils rock!!! Use them twice a day to see a real long term difference in your skin’s health.