Keeping your skin hydrated is extremely important. It improves skin's appearance and prevents the signs of aging. Yet with so many products on the market and the conflicting opinions, what is truly best for your skin and why?
Putting oil on the face may sound absurd or scary to many people especially those with oily, acne prone skin. Oil is believed to be the cause of acne, this is not entirely true. All you acne-prone, oily skin folks will be shocked to know that a facial oil could be the one thing you need and are missing in your beauty routine. Yes, oil up, that oily skin. Okay maybe not just like that, but those with oily skin often use products that have oil fighting ingredients; however, our skin produces oil to maintain balance, without it skin can become over dry, leading to fine lines, wrinkles, and breakouts. When skin’s natural oil is over stripped (this could occur from a number of oils reducing products being used sequentially or one very strong foaming cleanser) the body then produces more oil to compensate and replenish skin and that overproduction and imbalance can lead to pimples. Facial oils not only moisturise and replenish skin's barrier, but they can balance the skin's sebum production (skins oil) while also containing antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and being loaded with vitamins and antioxidants. There is an abundance of oils on the market and like any skincare you must find one that would work best for you, based on your skin needs. Not only finding the oil that is suited to you, but also choosing the right oil by looking at the ingredients. Many oils on the market are not pure, they have been cut down so much by other ingredients that the benefits cannot be received.
Moisturisers are completely different to facial oils and your skin needs both. Moisturisers are a combination of water and oil and other active ingredients that help the oil and water mix well, moisturisers although they contain both they are majority water sometimes even up to 90% , this is the key difference. A Moisturiser's key purpose is to hydrate the skin. Provides parched skin a refreshing glass of water, like we must drink water daily so does your skin. Moistures often contain ingredients such as hyaluronic acid that hydrates skin by bonding with water molecules in the environment, allowing it to retain skin's moisture. We all know water evaporates and that is no different when placing water-based products on your face the benefits and hydration will evaporate if not locked in. You can lock in your moisturiser with a face oil.
Now the big debate… face oil before or after moisturiser? There is much debate circulating on skincare blogs about whether oil should be put on under or over moisturiser. It is important to remember to put on products from thinnest to thickest. Therefore, depending on the consistency of your moisturiser and the oil you choose can help make that decision. Our new oils are all thin and absorb quickly into the skin. It is recommended to put our oil over a serum or thin water-based cream yet used under a rich oil-based cream. All our new oils contain jojoba oil. Jojoba does it all! It regulates sebum production as it closely resembles the sebum our body naturally produces therefore prevents pores getting clogged while also being an anti-inflammatory, wound healing and soothing therefore great from acne prone skin, eczema, psoriasis and even sunburn.
Our new Moisturising facial oil penetrates straight into the skin and works better when applied on dry skin or mixed with moisturiser or makeup before heavy cream is applied. The molecules in our oil are small enough to be absorbed by the skin but too small to penetrate through a rich cream. The benefits of our oil will not be experienced as the oil will not be penetrating the skin.
When it comes to what is better, they are both required and extremely important in your skin care routine. Oil and moisturisers tend to different needs and it is recommended to not choose one or the other, but to use them in harmony to fully nourish your skin. Yet it is important to also understand your skin type and what your skin needs most to customise your routine, then based on your needs you can biasedly decide what is “better.”
Take time to care for your skin today ladies!