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Why Facial Oils Should be a Key Part of your Skincare Routine

Written by John Hamilton

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Posted on 15 May 2020

Many people are still horrified at the idea of using an oil on the skin, especially if they have an oiler complexion, however, facial (and body!) oils are a key part in anti-ageing skincare no matter what your skin type. 

 

 

Why should you use Facial Oils? 

Creams, gels and serums have been the main options in mainstream anti-ageing skincare for many companies. However, the product format of a gel serum or cream isn’t effective for anti-ageing. Most gels and creams contain synthetic chemicals, one of the most frequently used ingredients in other ‘natural’ brands is propylene glycol. Propylene glycol is used as a humectant and helps ingredients penetrate the skin and it enhances the texture of products, it makes them feel ‘nourishing’. However, Propylene Glycol has other uses… If you go into a garage and ask for Propylene glycol you will be given a bottle of antifreeze, on that bottle, there will be a message saying that it is toxic to skin and can cause excessive sensitivity. Although other products would say that they use this in ‘safe’ amounts, why would you want to put something like that on and that will be absorbed into your skin, the only benefit there is is to the product formulator, not to the end-user - YOU! The other issue with Propylene Glycol is that it absorbs water, so when it’s used in skincare it dehydrates the skin, even in formulas that claim to be hydrating. 

Secondly, we need to look at molecule size, for a product to be anti-ageing, it needs to be absorbed into the skin at the deeper hypodermis. Creams, gels and serums tend to have larger molecule size so they sit on the surface of the skin, this can make your skin feel good but, because it’s not being absorbed it’s not doing anything more than that. You want the preventative or rejuvenating molecules to penetrate the skin and work on factors that will make a long-lasting difference to your skin: new cells, elastins, collagens and fibres all of which are much further into the dermis. 


Why Natural OIls work

We all know that we should be eating lots of vegetables and fruit and how important they are to keep us healthy. The key element within the fruit and veg that keeps us healthy is in the natural oils of the fruit and veg (yes, all plants have a natural oil as its absolute essence). It is within this oil that all the repairing, rebuilding fatty and amino acids live. These plant oils contain high levels of therapeutic grade antioxidants which are also absorbable because they are smaller molecules.

Birmingham University tested our oils in their labs last year and found the highest volume of antioxidants existed in them. 

Why are antioxidants so important? 

Scientists agree globally that ageing is down to one critical factor: oxidative stress from free radicals. This is about 80% of the reason why we decay over time and ultimately die. It's essentially the ‘rusting’ of human beings at a cellular level. If we can stop this oxidative stress we slow down the ageing process and the only way we can do this is antioxidants. It therefore makes sense to use the most powerful concentrated form of these antioxidants i.e natural plant oils. BUT, buyer beware! Not all plant oils are created equally, Our founders John and Karen have spent 20 years researching and picking the best oils and sourcing the purest, most therapeutic versions of these to make our products. Research has shown that it is these oils, in our expert formulations slow down free radical damage, we know what works and we can share that with you in our oils 

Should I be using oils even if my skin is oily?

The interesting thing about pure, therapeutic plant oils, in the right combination, they can regulate your oily skin by balancing your sebaceous gland and stop the overproduction of oil. Certain fruit oils can also break up the oils on the surface of the skin, preventing breakouts and blocked pores. 

How should I use facial oils?

Facial oils should be used after cleansing to get the ingredients into the skin, a cream should then be applied over the oil to seal the oil into your skin. 

If you have very dry skin, on the face or on the body, massage the oil into damp skin, this helps seal water, hydrate the skin and leaves the skin feeling wonderfully soft and moisturised 

 

Which Natural Elements Facial Oil is right for me? 

Oily / Combination skin


Normal SkinBalancing Facial Oil is a blend of Grapefruit, Lavender and Tea Tree oils to balance the skin’s PH levels and help harmonise sebaceous activity

Holistic Facial Oil is a bright, zesty mix of Grapefruit, orange and Patchouli with Peach and Jojoba which enriches, fortifies and stimulates the skin for a youthful appearance


 Dry / Hormonal / Menopausal Skin

Luxury Facial Oil blends Lavender, Geranium, Peach and Patchouli oils to nourish dry and mature skin, keeping it supple and soft

Uplifting Facial Oil is an uplifting, fragrant blend of Orange, Rose, Lavender and Avocado Oils, rich in antioxidants, it protects from free radical damage whilst supporting collagen formation for firm lifted skin.  

Mature Dry Skin

Recovery for Face oil  is our newest and most intensive facial oil. It combines the highest possible levels of Rosehip Seed, Jojoba, Argan, Frankincense, Manderin, Bergamot and Sandalwood oils to provide intenice protection and food for the skin. It stimulates the growth of new cells, increases skin elasticity and helps to fade scars, sun spots and pigmentation. 

Dehydrated Skin

Whilst all our oils hydrate, Revital Facial Oil is an exotic, gorgeous smelling blend of Neroli, Rose and Sandalwood with Jojoba which revives dehydrated skin reduces pigmentation and other skin blemishes. 

Hydrating Facial Oil is our super hydrater, a scent-free blend of jojoba, peach and rapeseed is rich in antioxidants which reduces the effects of UVA light and photo-ageing. Suitable for all skin types, perfect for dehydrated skin.

For any more information, you can email our Co-founder John for personalised advice on john@naturalelementsskincare.com