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Oil Is Not A Dirty Word!

Written by Jonathan Hamilton


Posted on 04 July 2019

It seems strange to put oil on your face when most of us don’t want to look oily.

It’s really odd that a company like us would also tell you to use an oil even if you have oily, acne-prone, or combination skin???

We’ve been crafting facial oils since 1998, it’s properly what we do best, but it seems to have become a trendy thing to do in the industry nowadays! So, we’re going to separate the myths from the reality and why facial oils are not just made for nice smells and luxurious textures… they actually are the best thing for you!

You already have oil:

Your skin already produces oil - its called sebum, which is secreted by the skin’s sebaceous glands and contributes to the noticeable oiliness on the face. But there are also other lipids (fats and oils) produced by cells in the stratum corneum, the protective outer layer of skin that functions as the skin’s primary protection against water loss. Together, the oils produced by your skin keep the layers of your skin soft, seal hydration in, and protect against allergens and pathogens by keeping the stratum corneum in tact.

Any oil is hydrophobic, including the oils that your face produces, which means that they’ll keep water from escaping. And that in turn keeps your skin hydrated.

No oils, no hydration:

without the oils that your skin makes the water will escape from your skin (called transepidermal water loss) and causing dryness and flakiness. Many people have dry skin because their skin does not naturally produce enough oil to keep that outer layer of skin.

On the other hand, if your skin is oily, that’s because your skin produces too much oil (sebum).

it’s not always that simple, ladies & gentleman. Using harsh petro-chemical skin-care products (that has things like alcohol for example) can dry out your skin or even cause the skin to produce more oil in response to dryness.

Then there are people with combination skin, meaning that it’s both dry and oily. What you really need to do in this case is balance your skins production of oil and retention of hydration. That can be achieved by a moisturiser but also by a facial oil. What!? That’s right. It depends on several factors such as skin type, key actives, a controlled daily routine.

That’s for the hydration side but what’s also super important for everyone is having healthy skin and not looking older than you are! A facial oil can the best source of nutrition for rejuvenating cells, boosting fibers and keep collagen healthy.

A natural oil base is the most healthy substance on the plant to do that!

Doesn't Facial Oils Do More?

Facial oils are everywhere, from £8 in the supermarket to £160 in harrods! Yet, they do have a long history in skin care; the ancient Egyptians used oils as skin care as early as 4500 B.C.E.

The 3 major benefiting parts our facial oils provide, are:

  1. Moisturising - an oil on your face will help supplement the natural oils your skin is (or isn’t) producing in an effort to add moisture to your skin and help repair the barrier that keeps that moisture in.
  2. Medicinal benefits - like anti-inflammatory or anti-viral. That will help prevent swelling and infections.
  3. Nutritional benefits - Antioxidants and amino acid proteins, the building blocks of cells that help keep them strong & healthy. This is usually a afterthought by many companies because generally the ingredients they use or the carrier base oil doesn’t translate enough in to the skin to provide any real benefit. So, it’s usually used as a marketing ploy. Most of the time it’s an artificial carrier in a synthetic chemical and the reason they will use that over something natural is a) its so much easier to make b) its cheaper c) you can patent it and that’s worth a lot of money.

Most facial oil brands will stick with the moisturising benefits (its way easier).

Natural doesn’t work!

A lot of people enjoy using facial Oils, yes… there are many on the market that have little to zero proven data on the benefits they provide (many organic brands are famous for being a bit slap stick about benefits). We get asked about at least 5 to 7 new ‘miracle’ oils every week and rarely are they anything new or have any proven formulation that can live up to the hype.

Natural ingredients is a big grey area for many and a lot of companies have noticed how consumers prefer to have a natural ingredient in a facial oil over something lab created nowadays, so dermatologists will bash the hell out of using ‘organic ingredients’ and often rightly so because most organic facial oils are simply put together with a ‘kitchen sink’ mentality and not a scientific understanding of using molecular geometry to blend oils together. Many of them will put high doses of ingredients because ‘more is better’ when in fact high doses of essential oils for example can be super harmful.

Thats often why for dermatologists a clinical trial or peer-reviewed facial oil product using proven synthetic ingredients is always the one to go with when it comes to acne, rosacea or dermatitis. Hold your horses there, cowboy! even 'proven' scentifically created formulations are often tainted by bogus ‘4 week’ trials and very thin proven research. Just because you have some natural products out there with unknown concentrations of potential essential oils doesn’t mean your medically approved retinol serum is any safer in the long run!

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