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Are oils too heavy for my face?

Well, the short answer is ‘no’. However, as with everything else when it comes to care, it’s best to arm yourself with facts that will help you make an informed decision on the right skincare for your skin.

Why is everyone talking about actives then?

If you have been following conversations around skincare then perhaps you have already heard or read about some of the popular actives. Like salicylic, glycolic, ascorbic acids (vitamin C), retinols and niacinamides, how they work, in what concentrations you start, and how you layer them. Perhaps you have also heard whispers about how with long term usage they tend to cause pH imbalances to your skin, weakening skin’s natural immunity. That’s primarily because you are essentially exfoliating the skin by taking off the top layer and therefore seemingly getting brighter skin quickly. The drawback though is that it is extremely common to go overboard with it. Even if you follow instructions and don’t overuse them, with a few years of use you could experience increased sensitivity to sun, or become more susceptible to irritation, all of which are signs of sensitised skin.

Aestheticians and dermatologists will tell you one of the most common skin concerns today is a weakened or compromised skin barrier.

We’re not asking you to overhaul your carefully assimilated skincare routine. Just explore how ingredients in your skincare work. When you incorporate some of the popular actives, ensure that you are giving your skin some wholesome nutrition too.

Unravelling Popular Face Oil Myths

From the beautiful Egyptians, the pleasure-seeking Romans, to our Indian Ayurvedic practitioners, the use of oils have long been a part of beauty treatments across cultures. Modern science and cosmetics have also deeply analysed oils for their various moisturising, protective, and antibacterial qualities. It is uncommon for natural oils to cause allergic reactions (if taken in correct measures) and they often don’t pose the same risk of irritation as synthetic chemicals.
However somewhere along the way, the difference between the excess sebum production in oily skin types, and topical application of healing oils seems to have blurred. Sebum as you may already know plays a really important role in keeping us hydrated by protecting the outer layer of our skin. However, hormonal or other internal imbalances can cause lower or higher sebum production, which requires you to address and heal the imbalance. It does not increase or decrease with topical application of oils.

There are many different types of oils though and they all have different lipid profiles. There is research in aromatherapy that points you to the exact oil/s that will work for your skin. You must know which ones to pick.

Which oil is for what?

Here’s the part where we mention the expertise that we have acquired over the years of burying our noses into research and creating customised blends of natural oils for hundreds of people. It takes time to familiarise yourself with the benefits of different oils, due to their unique fatty acid profiles, but we’d say it was time well spent.

So if you have a typical oily skin, or combination that tilts towards oily, you can’t go wrong with oils of Hemp Seed, Grape Seed and Jojoba, that you will find in our Balancing and Firming Crème. To give you a glimpse into this finely balanced formulation, Hemp Seed oil works like a humectant, so it helps retain skin's moisture, regulates sebum production, and is non-comedogenic. In case you were wondering, it means you can apply it without worrying about your pores getting clogged. To top it, (and this is what we love about cold pressed plant oils because they’re all multitaskers) Hemp Seed oil also soothes acne-prone skin by neutralising the sebum that causes breakouts.

If you have dry stretchy skin, or sensitivities like rosacea, you need healing oils like cold pressed Argan, Sweet Almond and Shea Nut that you’ll find in our Ultra Nourishing Crème. Argan oil has fatty acids that improve skin’s elasticity by restoring its barrier function and maintaining its water-holding capacity. It also prevents sun damage and has anti-ageing properties (quick tip: this crème is an excellent addition to your holiday kits for its sun damage repair qualities).

So are oils really heavy for my face?
Like we said at the very start, no. How about you take our skin quiz, understand your skin type, and give our oil-based formulations a shot. Use as recommended, gently massage and let it sink for a few minutes and you’ll find the myth melting away right there on your happy skin. So again, no, real cold pressed plant oils are not heavy on your face.

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