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THE GREAT DEBATE: FACE OILS VS. CREAMS

 

Do you know why beauty trendsetters like Gwyneth Paltrow and Emma Stone are using natural face oils?

If you're looking to have healthier, younger-looking skin without exposure to chemicals, toxins or harsh treatments, consider adding face oils to your skin care routine.

 

 

Yes, it turns out the skin care ingredient we've feared most of our lives can actually transform our skin. Just as oils rich in essential fatty acids are required in our daily diet to keep our bodies healthy, the right skin care oils are also necessary to keep your skin healthy. 

 

 

 When you look at young, luminous skin, you are seeing skin at its healthiest; skin cells held together by an abundance of oils.  As we age, we produce less of the oils that give our skin a healthy glow.  So, your job is to add them back. Doing so is one of the most important ways you can support your skin, because a healthy lipid barrier prevents dehydration by helping skin retain moisture. When oils are applied to the skin, they are absorbed directly into the top layers of the epidermis, where they instantly go to work to improve the lipid barrier function. More often than not you'll see immediate results from the first application. After a month of use, my replenished lipid barrier rewarded me with a noticeable healthy glow and many comments from friends.

 

 

Face Oils vs. Creams

Creams are mostly waxes and water, with a few oils thrown in.  Waxes form an occlusive layer on the skin, which helps to hold moisture in. There are two downsides to waxes: wax build up may lead to clogged pores, and the wax barrier may prevent the oil component of the cream (the part of the product that actually benefits skin) from penetrating. This is likely the reason why creams typically deliver a higher level of diminishing results over time. They will work, at first, because they help to initially hold in moisture, but as time goes on the wax barricade may prevent oils from delivering nutrients, like essential fatty acids, to the skin.

 

 

Face Oils for All Skin

They maintain the integrity of the lipid barrier, oils inhibit peroxidative and oxidative damage. The reason you should care about that is, in one word, wrinkles.

Finally, face oils can have aromatherapeutic benefits. Some essential oils, like rose and neroli, just can't be passed up because their aroma is simply divine. They are known to lift the mood and calm the spirits.

 

 

Courtesy of Hillary Peterson Published Huffington

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