By LB Loves
We all know our skin is our largest organ so what we put on it is very important, but first, let’s first start with the basics, what’s the difference between lotions and moisturizers? Well, for a start, they’re always emulsions, meaning a mixture of oil and water. New York-based holistic facialist Julia March states “our skin’s acid mantle contains sebum, ceramides, triglycerides, essential fatty acids and water. It is a hydrolipidic film that covers the surface of the skin. That is why moisturizers mimic skin’s acid mantle structure to help hydrate the surface and penetrate other possible actives into the skin.”
So why would we choose an oil over a cream? March suggests “when skin is in deep distress… during compromising external influences I would choose oil instead of a moisturizer to calm, hydrate and rejuvenate the skin faster and without possible irritation.”
But if you think oils are only for dry skin, think again. If you have oily skin you should still look towards these beauty blends. When you cleanse and strip your face of oil without properly replenishing with natural oils and essential fatty acids, the skin has to continue to produce more oil. So rebalancing with a light treatment oil (organic of course) is perfect to help slow down your skin’s sebaceous glands oil production – keeping it healthy and clear!
The next question on your lips may be do I really need to use organic and natural products? Well, yes… And, while it can be hard to part with your luxe packaged Chanel products (tear), Vanessa Megan (director of organic skin care and maker of my fave pregnancy oil brand www.vanessamegan.com explains why.
“It’s extremely important to use organic / natural products on your skin, because our skin is the largest organ in our body and absorbs 60% of everything we put on it. Therefore, if you are using skincare products with chemicals in them, the body will absorb them. Some of these chemicals have been linked to the following:
* Breast cancer
* Reproductive toxicity
* Premature Ageing
As a consequence it pays to use organic and natural ingredients for your body and health’.
Back to the breakouts… Vanessa Megan believes it’s a myth that all oils cause breakouts. ‘It’s important to understand that base oils vary in their texture and viscosity and have different uses for different skin types. Also, we have noticed that people overuse face oils. Our recommendation to mix a couple of face oil drops with rose water or distilled water makes our customers use less oil and receive the best benefits of the oil. Rosehip oil is heavier oil, perfect for mature, sun damaged and extremely dry skin. Vanessa Megan Nature’s Elixir Face Oil contains lighter oils and has been designed for normal and less dry skin types.’
Tempted to make the switch? Here are some of our faves:
Antioxidant Facial Oil Omega 3-6-9
A curated infusion of superfood oils including native Kakadu Plum, Kangaroo Flower, Sandalwood, Chia Seed, Pomegranate and Sea Buckthorn, this potent antioxidant elixir deeply sinks in generating cellular renewal and calming stressed out skin.
Noni Glow face oil
If Miranda Kerr wasnt enough to draw you in, the divine product range will. We especially love the Noni face oil which helps to replenish the skin with intense moisturising and gives you a radiant glow. A rich, powerful, yet delicate treatment oil designed for the face and neck. Certified Organic Noni Extract, Rosehip Oil, Pomegranate Oil and Sea Buckthorn Oilcombine to create a rich source of antioxidants and essential fatty acids to smooth, nourish and brighten your skin.