Your Guide to Facial Oils
Many people think using an oil on their skin will trigger break outs however the truth is this can be a key missing part of their beauty regime to healthy glowing skin. The key however is choosing the right oil and right products for the job.
On a daily basis, our skin is exposed to toxins and irritants that cause free radical damage. It’s this free radical damage that causes wrinkles and aged skin. Two of the biggest culprits are UV rays from the sun and pollution.
Oils can be a great source of antioxidants which helps offset this free radicle damage and prevent wrinkles. Kosmea’s Certified Organic Rosehip Oil or 24/7 Youth Boost products for example contains a healthy dose of essential fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants to protect the skin against sun and toxic damage, stimulate the repair process and keep the skin moisturised and plump.
Oils also have the ability to penetrate deep into the skin, helping to trap water and our natural oils produced by the sebaceous glands. Not only does this keep the skin moisturised but it also crowds out toxins and other skin damaging materials. This is particularly important for city dwellers living amongst high levels of pollution.
Oils can also be highly effective for calming down irritated and inflamed skin. Fatty acids, which are abundant in oils, contribute to preserving the moisture of the skin by strengthening the barrier function. This in turn maintains the skins elasticity and reduces inflammation. Strong and supple skin is important in protecting against inflammatory reactions that cause redness and swelling.
Believe it or not, certain oils are also great for zapping zits. For example jojoba oil can actually reduce oil production and therefore reduce acne outbreaks, however this should be used in moderation to prevent drying.
Another key factor to be considered when choosing a good oil or any other skin product is what other ingredients it contains. The scary truth about many skincare products on the market, is that they are loaded with toxic and harmful synthetic chemicals that can be extremely damaging not just to the skin but your health.
Our skin is the largest organ and what we put on it is directly absorbed into the body and therefore can be just as harmful as eating toxic foods. The same way you look at food labels, you should also do for your beauty products.
Some of the most common harmful ingredients used in skincare are parabens, fragrances, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) and many other words that you cannot pronounce. Whilst it’s impossible to avoid every single synthetic chemical in your environment, you can certainly limit the amount of toxins your body is exposed to. Look for products that are certified organic and contain natural ingredients to ensure you are supporting healthy skin and body.