Spencer St. Botanicals

Facial Oils.. I LOVE them!

DeBritt Ealey

Have you ever tried a facial oil?  If not, you are missing out!  They are super nourishing for the skin and can offer amazing results that can be seen right away.  They are packed with nutrients that our skin desperately wants and needs.

For anyone who has not tried a facial oil, thinking that it may break them out, don’t worry, it doesn’t. It may seem strange at first that using an oil can be helpful for the skin, but wow is it ever! Facial oils have been used since the Egyptian times with amazing results.

But like anything, they need to be used correctly to see the benefits.

If you just use an oil on dry skin, you are going to get a bit oily.  But, if you apply a facial oil onto skin that is damp, the oil will soak right in.  Think about it, lotions and creams are simply water and oil that have been mixed together in some way.  So, if you have damp skin and then use a facial oil, you get the water and the oil together, thus instant moisture.  By using a facial oil, you get to skip the harsh preservatives, emulsifiers and other chemicals that are used in lotions/creams to keep them in solution and shelf stable.  The water portion of the lotion/cream is why these additives are used in the first place.  You don’t need any of that with oils. So not only are facial oils wonderful to use, they are also a much cleaner option for the skin than creams or lotions.  Personally I love oils and butters for the body as well, but that is another blog..

Facial oils can be wonderful for anyone with dry, flaky, mature, or dehydrated skin.  They can be used on their own or as an addiontal step in your normal routine for added skin nourishing benefits.

They are great for reducing signs of fine lines and wrinkles as they can fill microscopic indentations in the skin.  Facial oils are packed with antioxidants, omegas, fatty acids, phytonutrients, vitamins C, E and A, just to name a few of the beneficial components found in oils. Not all facial oils are the same, so make sure you are using quality, organic oils.  There are so many to choose from like: argon oil, camellia oil, prickly pear oil, raspberry oil, black cumin oil, baobab oil, rosehip seed oil, tamanu oil… the list goes on and on. Essential oils can also be added for their many benefits as well, which can enhance the therapeutic properties of a facial oil.  Facial oils can literally be used as food for the face.

Facial oils can benefit dry skin and can also offer some protection from a harsh environment. Facial oils can penetrate deep into the skin.  They are lipophilic so they support the lipid layer in the skin which helps to trap in moisture and reduce dehydration of the skin. It also helps to keep toxins out by enhancing the natural barrier of the skin.  This can be extremely beneficial if living in a smoggy or polluted area and you don’t want those toxins penetrating the skin.  They also offer protection in the winter from the dry, cold air that can be so harsh. Some oils even offer some light UV protection as well.  

Just remember, ALWAYS make sure your skin is moist before applying any facial (or body) oil. Personally, I love spritzing with a great organic hydrosol before I use my facial oil, but even water will work. Just make sure to be damp! The goal is to trap in that moisture, increasing the benefits of the oils themselves.     

Let me know what you think once you try them!

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