Natural and Organic Skin Care

Natural Oils as Face Moisturizers

When I talk to people about using a natural oil as a facial moisturizer, I am often met with a somewhat quizzical expression, and a response of “but won’t it clog my pores and cause my skin to break out?”  I understand this response fully, as it once was my own.  Initially, the thought of applying pure oil to my face was difficult to wrap my mind around.  Everything I had ever heard or read from mainstream media screamed, “stay away from oil!”  Whenever I had used oil in the past, it was thick, greasy and rather difficult to clean off.  However, once I began to read and learn about natural oils and their many wonderful qualities, I took the plunge and will never look back.

To be sure, not all oils are created equal.  There is no doubt that there are oils available that will clog your pores and cause you to break out.  However, those oils are often synthetic and in no way resemble materials that your body is happy to accept.  Mineral oil, for example, is a byproduct of the distillation of petroleum when making gasoline.  This oil can be found in many cosmetic formulations, body lotions, and baby products, and is in fact the only ingredient in baby oil aside from fragrance.  Mineral oil is used because it is cheap, readily available, clear and odorless, not because it is a good, natural oil for your skin.  When it is applied to the skin, it “creates a silky, protective barrier” according to Johnson and Johnson, that is.  What it actually does however, is create a barrier because it isn’t absorbed well by the skin, and thus ends up clogging pores.  What amount is finally able to be absorbed into the skin, enters the blood stream and finds its way to the stomach where it interferes with the absorption of fat soluble vitamins.  Wow!  Who knew!  Not only bad for your skin, but bad for your health as well.

Pure, natural oils on the other hand are derived from plant and nut materials.  They are naturally occurring, and our bodies readily accept them.  Some, like jojoba, so closely resemble sebum, our skins natural oil, that they are quickly absorbed leaving a truly silky, non-greasy feeling.  Pure, natural oils are packed full of essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and other properties that help our skin to thrive.  Some help with cell regeneration, collagen production, hydration, UV protection, and the list could go on.   Straight from the bottle or blended with other pure ingredients, natural oils are simply an excellent option for chemical-free emollients that your skin will thank you for.

Some great ones to try are:

Jojoba oil

Sweet almond oil

Apricot Kernel oil

Grapeseed oil

Coconut oil

 

~Amy~

Comments

  1. Sue Hertzog says:

    The first time i learned that oil applied on the skin finds it’s way inside was when my naturopath advised to use a sesame oil rub to help systemically with rheumatiod arthritis. I also now take flax oil capsules orally, which i have noticed seem to be helping with dry skin. I can’t wait to try some of the one’s you mentioned. Thank you for developing a great natural product!

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