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Uncover a New You with Facial Oils: The Ultimate Natural Skin Care

February 21, 2019

Uncover a New You with Facial Oils: The Ultimate Natural Skin Care

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Did you know facial oils are treatments in themselves? One of the best things you can do for your skin is to incorporate botanical oils into your regimen. The use of botanical oils for the face and body is the ultimate natural skin care. There are oils for every skin type and for multiple uses, with the most effective natural active compounds. Plant oils, pure or blended, are vegan and repair and protect both skin and hair.

Why Use Natural Facial Oils?

Cleansing, healing, and protecting the skin with oils has been practiced by many cultures over millennia. The ancient Egyptians used plant-based oils on their skin to keep it supple and soft. Olive oil and sesame oil were two of Cleopatra’s favorites. Women in ancient Greece slathered themselves in olive oil to protect their skin and achieve a youthful complexion. Romans used oils to exfoliate the skin.

Individual plant oils confer unique nourishment due to their chemical components. Carrier oils are vegetable oils—jojoba, argan, pomegranate, camellia, rosehip, grape seed—which are mainly used to dilute more potent essential oils which would otherwise irritate the skin, but also have wonderful skin benefits in their own right. Whether used as pure oil or as a blend, these oils are gentle and a rich source of antioxidant-replenishing emollients. Oils will make skin feel smoother, softer, and more resilient; your skin will take on a natural-looking glow.

Botanical oils benefit all skin types—dry, sensitive, aging, acne-prone, or even oily—by nourishing and hydrating with incredible therapeutic properties. Quality natural facial oils should not feel greasy. When massaged into the skin, their smaller molecular structure allows them to be readily absorbed to soften, heal, and repair. Oils make wonderful night treatments when they are allowed to absorb into the skin without the interference of makeup.

The Best Facial Oils for Skin Types and Skin Problems

  • All skin types: Almost all botanical carrier oils are beneficial. As a multipurpose oil, squalane oil is clear, odorless, and lightweight, making it attractive to those who typically have an aversion to oils. Once obtained from shark livers, squalane is now derived from sugar cane or olives.         
  • Dry skin: Marula, argan, rosehip, avocado, and rice bran oils work well to nourish dry skin. Coconut oil is an all-purpose hydrating skin oil that is beneficial to skin and hair.
  • Acne-prone skin: Opt for lighter oils such as jojoba and aloe vera that are similar to the skin’s natural sebum. Essential oils of lavender and tea tree diluted in a carrier oil help eliminate bacteria that cause acne. Hazelnut oil (used in our Clear Control Serum & Poultice) is an ideal acne fighting oil because it is light and absorbs into oily skin.
  • Aging skin: Argan, rose, sunflower, avocado, and sweet almond oils are a few examples of anti-aging skin oils that offer skin-rejuvenating benefits. Carrot oil repairs skin and improves the appearance of wrinkles. Abbey St. Clare’s Carrot Repair Serum contains carrot, marula, and rosehip oils that soothe the skin and minimize the appearance of scars.

The Benefits of Rosehip Oil

Rosehip oil has long been used to  reduce the appearance of burns and scars. Rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants, this oil also helps to temporarily diminish under-eye discoloration and fine lines. Rosehip oil hydrates lip lines, heals acne scarring, and brings the skin’s natural oils into balance.

Our Rosehip Serum incorporates this beneficial skin oil within a blend of nourishing, anti-aging botanicals. One of our most popular products, this serum is made from a host of skin nourishing and anti-aging oils to boost the benefits of this treatment.

Rosehip oil itself is widely sold in many stores labeled as 100% pure rosehip oil, but this is unlikely as pure rosehip oil goes rancid very quickly. (Rancidity means that the chemical composition breaks down.) You can tell an oil is rancid by its smell, which is very unpleasant. Oils that are prone to rancidity have a shelf life measured in weeks or months unless they are combined with other oils that provide an antioxidant component to stabilize the oil. For this reason, our Rosehip Serum is combined with additional antioxidant oils within a short time.

The Benefits of Rice Bran Oil

Japanese women have known the benefits of rice bran oil for generations for beauty and health.  Rich in fatty acids and vitamin E tocotrienol, it is extremely effective in giving skin a soft, velvety texture and can be used in all types of products for its soothing and moisturizing properties. Rice bran oil is obtained from rice bran, which is the outer coating on brown rice kernels. This coating is removed during a milling process, and the result is rich in skin-protecting vitamins, minerals, proteins, phytosterols, and gamma oryzanol. It is an extremely gentle oil, making it ideal for sensitive, mature, or delicate skin where additional moisturization is desired. It is a wonderful oil for itchy skin.

Rice bran oil has a component that hinders UV rays as they meet the skin's surface. As such, it is used in sunscreen products and hair products. Rice bran oil can be incorporated into shampoos, conditioners, and special hair treatments. It adds sheen and moisturizes hair without weighing it down. It is also added to lipsticks, providing lip conditioning and strong mold stability.

Rice bran oil is a main component of our Rice & Olives Multi-Tasking Oil. Originally formulated as a cleansing oil and eye makeup remover, the composition of this multi-tasking oil makes it a wonderful facial oil. An amazing mix of antioxidant rich plant oils, extracts, vitamin E, Coenzyme Q, and essential oils, the Rice & Olives Oil is excellent for smoothing wrinkles. Use it as a hair oil, a 5-minute masque, or a cuticle moisturizer.

How to Incorporate Skin Oils Into Your Beauty Routine

  • Start by washing and gently exfoliating the skin with a gentle scruffing cleanser such as our Green Tea Scruff. This opens the pores, allowing oils to absorb deeply.
  • Apply the oil, let it absorb for a minute, and then massage into the skin using an upward, sweeping motion. You can apply oil under your SPF in the morning or blend 2-3 drops with your foundation while applying makeup.
  • It’s also beneficial to apply oils to clean skin before taking a shower, as the steam opens up the pores and enhances absorption. Again, massage any remaining oil into the skin after a few minutes. If you’re applying any other treatment serum or cream prior to makeup, apply the oils first after using a toner. At other times, oils can be applied more generously subsequent to other treatments to seal in active ingredients.

Abbey St. Clare is pleased to offer a wide range of natural face oils with organic ingredients that you can trust. Your skin will be healthier, have a gorgeous glow, and benefit from the long-term healing properties of organic face oils. Shop our collection of natural body and skin care products that use the healing powers of science and nature.



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