Can using oil based products improve your skin?

Can using oil improve the health of your skin? Especially if you have an oily skin?

YES!!! Oils sure can!!!

Cosmetic company’s marketing departments, and magazine’s beauty editors, yell out to us “use oil free moisturizer, cleanser and makeup” you do not want oil on your skin! Especially if you have oily skin!

But this is all just modern day nonsense.

As far back as Ancient Egypt,  using plant oils such as sesame and olive oil on people’s skins, (and in that heat!) was common practice for the powerful and wealthy.  Oil at that time was considered so valuable, that records suggest they may have used it as a form of payment in return for labor. So oiling one’s skin to keep it healthy and luminous, was really only practiced by the wealthy and powerful such as Cleopatra.

Oil at that time was considered so valuable, that records suggest they may have used it as a form of payment in return for labor. So oiling one’s skin to keep it healthy and luminous, was really only practiced by the wealthy and powerful such as Cleopatra.

So oiling one’s skin to keep it healthy and luminous, was really only practiced by the wealthy and powerful such as Cleopatra.

Roman philosopher Pliny the Elder talks a lot about oil in his natural history. He favoured almond oil – “almond oil effaces wrinkles on the skin, improves the complexion, and in combination with honey removes spots on the face”

The Greek physician Galen was the first face cream creator. He made the cream from a mixture of olive oil, beeswax, and rosewater. This mix is still often found as a base today in modern day creams.

Although we use many oils in most of our skincare today, not all products use them as generously as they possibly could as they are expensive and it is so much cheaper to add bases which are not naturally derived – many of these derivatives coming from petrol such as Sorbolene, and Vaseline.

Natural oils are definitely a better option for all skins, especially skins that suffer from sensitivities or problems such as eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis.

Skins that have undergone radiation therapy respond well to natural oils as they are better able to absorb the nutrients from the oils.

Each oil independently is full of nutrients that can heal, regenerate and improve our skins to levels which manufactured ingredients cannot possibly copy. A good blend of oils can accomplish miracles.

Oil breaks down oils – so in actual fact, oils, definitely the right oils, will help oily skins to balance out the oil flow. Some oils can actually clear an oily acneic skin, as they are antibacterial and healing, such as coconut oil, apricot seed oil, jojoba oil and lavender oil.

There are a huge range of oils which can be used by themselves or as a blend, or under a moisturizer to add nourishment to the skin.

The most popular oil at present is Coconut oil. This oil which has reached fame proportions contains an ingredient called lauric acid.

Lauric acid is an antibacterial and antifungal agent. This medium chain fatty acid constitutes 85% of the coconut oil. Coconut oil has a natural sun protection factor, some say SPF 4 and others SPF 10, but no matter what level of protection it has,  it gives you just enough protection daily without blocking vitamin D absorption, which is a problem with man made sunscreens.

Another popular oil is Rosehip Oil. This oil although brilliant comes with a sizable price tag. This is because Rosehip oil is extracted from the hip of the rose. This is the fruit left once the rose has bloomed and lost its petals. It is a popular oil in the beauty

It is a popular oil in the beauty industry, and has also been used post surgery to stop scarring. It is a natural source of vitamins E which is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant that calms and hydrates dry and sensitive skin. It also helps protect skin cells from sun damage.

It is most famous as a natural source of vitamin C which is a skin brightening and anti-ageing antioxidant that helps improve the appearance of pigmentation and restore skin’s tone. It also helps protect skin from the sun. It also contains essential fatty acids omegas 3,6 and 9 as well as Lycopene and beta-carotene all important active players in the anti-ageing stakes.

One of the most long standing popular oils on the market has been, and still is, Jojoba oil. Jojoba oil is so popular is because our skin recognizes jojoba wax as similar to our own natural sebum.  As a result, our skin pores remain open allowing jojoba to penetrate beyond the epidermis layer (top layer) of our skins.  It is in these deeper layers where cell regeneration and cell synthesis occurs, and jojoba also ‘carries’ other important nutrients deep into these layers. This makes it a great base for active ingredients. Jojoba is naturally rich in natural Vitamin A and essential fatty acids omega 6 and 9. It is antioxidant rich, anti-inflammatory, analgesic and contains

As a result, our skin pores remain open allowing jojoba to penetrate beyond the epidermis layer (top layer) of our skins.  It is in these deeper layers where cell regeneration and cell synthesis occurs, and jojoba also ‘carries’ other important nutrients deep into these layers. This makes it a great base for active ingredients.

Jojoba is naturally rich in natural Vitamin A and essential fatty acids omega 6 and 9. It is antioxidant rich, anti-inflammatory, analgesic and contains Docosanol. Docosanol is a saturated fatty acid and is antiviral, which is why it is used in cold sore treatments.

There are many powerfully active oils which we do not hear much about today, although they are skincare company favorites.

Avocado oil – natural cold pressed avocado oil is the best – chemically extracting the oil removes all of the nutrients. Avocado oil contains mono – saturated fatty acids, vitamins A, B, and E all which accelerate wound healing and stimulate collagen formation, therefore, softening lines and wrinkles. It is a natural sunscreen as it filters UV rays. It is incredibly

It is a natural sunscreen as it filters UV rays. It is incredibly moisturizing and regenerating, and fantastic for dry dehydrated skin. Although recently there has been research supporting that it plays an important role in the treatment of Acne.

Apricot seed oil is obtained from the seeds of apricots. Due to its fine texture, it is able to penetrate deeply into the skin. It is inflammatory, anti ageing, antibacterial and antiseptic.

Olive oil contains a variety of beneficial compounds such as polyphenols which are known for their anti-aging properties. It is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins A, D K and E, Squalene, and chlorophyll. The use of olive oil for skin and hair care goes back to ancient times.

Ancient Athenian women were the first to ever use pure olive oil as a natural skin moisturizer. Even the word “cosmetic” comes from the Greek word “kosmetikos,” meaning a sense of harmony, order and tranquility. Most beauty products in ancient Greece were made from ingredients found in Greece’s natural environment such as olive oil. In addition to beauty, olive oil was also used to treat wounds and alleviate aches and pains incurred by injured warriors in the ancient Spartan army.

Almond oil is rich in vitamins A, B and E. Due to the presence of zinc it cures dry and chapped skin. Organic sweet almond oil comes from edible almonds selectively cultivated for their sweet taste. Rich in vitamins A, B and E almond oil is a potent natural antioxidant.

Another unmentioned oil is Cucumber oil. This lovely oil contains omega-3 fatty acids and phytosterols which improve skin elasticity and enhance cell regeneration. Organic Cucumber oil contains about 14 to 20% of oleic acid, stearic acid, palmitic acid and 60 to 68% of omega-3-linoleic acid. It also contains potassium, silicon, cucurbitacins, and certain fatty acids like 9, 12, 15-Octadecatrienoic acid and 9, 12- Octadecadienoic acid. Cucumber oil is used in skincare as it contains antioxidants and is anti-rheumatic. It is also rejuvenating, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancerous,  and anti- dandruff. It is rich in Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, and C along with magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, zinc, iron and folic acid. Its high content in omega-3 fatty acids and phytosterols improves skin elasticity and enhances cell regeneration. Basically there is not much this oil cannot help with!

Internally – there is nothing that beats Flaxseed oil to nourish and regenerate the skin, hair, and nails. It can also be applied to the skin to nourish and restore the acid mantle – but personally, I feel that it does most of its magic from within.

One company which harnesses all of the powers of natural oils is Riopharm Pharmeceuticals. Their creams all have the lovely feeling of their natural oils – they feel soft and rich to the touch and help your skin feel like new. Based on scientific research, all of their creams are totally natural. If you love the feel of a cream which feels more like an oil, you will love the texture of these products! To receive 10% off type in the following code at checkout ASPM-2267!

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