get your glow on with natural oils22 May 2015
Why using oils in your natural skin care regime will get you that glow — no greasiness here!
Perhaps you’ve heard it before, but are a little weary of giving it a go. We health hut’ers are here to help reinforce the beauty trend that is getting us all rosy — natural oils are the key to a glowing complexion.
We know what some of you may be thinking …. but won’t they make me break out? Doesn’t oil just create more oil? Shouldn’t I only use oil if i’m reallllly dry in the winter?
Conventional thought has always been that oil produces more oil, and should be avoided at all costs, especially with acne-prone skin types. This couldn’t be further from the truth! To put it simply, oil likes oil. Natural oil molecules actually penetrate into the skin and nourish it — something that creams can’t do. The skin loves oil because it resembles its own cell structure, therefore increasing it’s absorbability. In chemical jargon, this would be referred to as ‘like dissolves like’ (not to worry, we won’t quiz you).
If you take a peek around the Health Hut, you’ll find a plethora of natural oils for moisturizing purposes. Oils such as coconut, jojoba, rose hip and almond (to name a few) have microbial, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and powerful healing properties. That means they are actually bacteria fighting machines!
In the past (or possibly the now), we’ve been told to scrub our face free of those nasty unwanted oils. Using chemical laden cleansers and creams repeatedly actually strips the skin of its much needed natural oils, actually causing more oil production because it is trying to catch up. End result? More problem skin.
We learned from one of our favourite health sites, The Chalkboard Mag, that ‘the sebaceous glands of your skin naturally produce an oil, waxy substance called sebum that protects your skin from irritation and infection.” When this sebum is overproducing it causes us to get breakouts and clogged pores.
WHY OIL = GREAT COMPLEXION
Remember our chemistry 101 — ‘like dissolves like’. Natural oils can do wonders for the skin because it is exactly what our skin wants. Giving your skin the food that it needs helps slow down the cyclical sebum production that was on overdrive due to the constant scrubbing and drying products (think of it like your skin going into starvation mode — it’s thirsty!).
Nourishing your largest organ (our skin) with the nutrients that it requires works similarly to fuelling your body with the nutrition that it needs. The result? Leaving you and your skin with a healthier, glowing and more balanced complexion!
+ Oil binds to oil, not water
+ Acne isn’t caused by topical natural oils
+ Your skin actually produces more oil than needed when you try to scrub it clean with chemicals and drying products
+ Adding natural oils help balance the sebum production and create a glowing complexion
Argan Oil: This multipurpose nut oil is extremely high in antioxidants as well as cell-loving omega-3 fatty acids. It is gentle enough for the most sensitive skin, while still be nourishing and hydrating to dry and mature types. One of our favourites for sure! HH picks: Kahina Argan Oil, Kahina Serum
Jojoba Oil: Actually a liquid wax rather than an oil, jojoba most closely resembles our skin’s natural oil- sebum! It high in vitamin E and phospholipids and is hypoallergenic, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. We love it for balancing all skin types: normal, dry, acne prone or combination. HH picks: Living Libations Best Skin Ever, Province Apothecary Face Serum
Grapeseed oil: Grapeseed oil works wonders on acne prone skin due to its high levels of linoleic aicd. Individuals with acne have been shown to have low levels of linoleic acid in their skin surface lipids, and grapeseed oil can help remedy this deficiency. Great for all, but especially those that are prone to breakouts. HH pick: Odacite Grapeseed + Grapefruit
Hempseed Oil: Like grapeseed oil, hempseed oil is super high in linoleic acid. Not only does this help balance sebum production, but it also prevents it from becoming thick and hardening in the pores (how pimples begin!) The fact that it easily penetrates the skin without clogging it makes this oil a great moisturizer for all, but particularly those with acne. HH pick: Wildcraft Serum
Rosehip Oil: Looking for a youthful glow? This oil penetrates deep into the skin where it helps to regenerate cells and increase collagen and elastin production. Rich in vitamin C, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, rosehip oil is best known to help heal scar tissue and reduce inflammation. Perfect for those looking to restore damaged skin and age gracefully. HH picks: Tata Harper Nutrient Complex, rms Beauty Oil
Have you tried including natural oils into your skin care regime? We’d love to hear your favourites!