Why we're oily

Are you concerned with dry and 'crepey' skin? Do you feel your skin is tired and thin despite the care you take applying moisturisers designed to smooth wrinkles and plump skin? Do you reapply moisturiser throughout the day because you feel like a shriveling prune? Or is your skin dry and lackluster yet oily all at the same time? If you're saying "Yes that's me" you need to read this.  

The skin is composed of an outer layer, the epidermis consisting of skin cells that mature on their way to the surface whilst releasing cholesterol, waxes, and oils. These secretions along with sebum released from our pores bind cells together like bricks in an oily matrix. This fatty matrix is the skin's natural lipid barrier.  This lipid barrier along with the acid mantle, a fine coating of slightly acidic water and oil on top, protect the body from moisture loss and intrusion from pathogens on the outside and it keeps the cells in the epidermis plump and therefore the skin looking vibrant.  

Skin lotions and creams are made with a mixture of oils and water. The water component making up 80% or more of the volume.  This is great news for the companies that make these expensive creams, because the major ingredient, the water, is very very, cheap making profit margins on products very very, attractive. As most of us know, water and oil do not mix, unless of course it is emulsified meaning the oil is suspended evenly in between the water molecules.  The challenge of getting emulsification to happen and remain stable is solved with the addition of a chemical emulsifier.  A molecule that is oil-loving on one end, and water-loving on the other.  Emulsifiers make it possible to create a fluffy light emulsion of water and oil that is the foundation of the products you find in the beauty aisle of the supermarket. 

But when oil and water are emulsified they become perishable and require significant chemical additives to ensure that bacteria, moulds and yeasts cannot live and proliferate there.  Enter a range of preservatives, no matter if they are chemically or naturally derived, all are used to inhibit the metabolic processes of micro-organisms to prevent spoilage.  That's right I said "inhibit metabolic processes"! It doesn't sound exactly like the type of thing you really want to be putting on your skin, does it?  

When you wash your face with foaming cleansers and apply lotions and creams to make your skin feel hydrated you are likely making washed out skin worse. While applying a lotion or cream, due to the water content, gives your skin a temporary plumpness fix.  The emulsifiers contained within attract both water and oil molecules. And they, like detergents in foaming cleansers, can over time strip your skin of its natural oils and waxes as they are washed away pulling more inter-cellular lipids with them. The skin then responds by becoming dry and thin and in some people oil production in sebaceous glands ramps up to compensate, leaving them feeling dry and oily at the same time. Then there are the untold impacts of the nasty preservative additives. 

It is possible to care for your skin without introducing nasty chemicals.  Enter oil-based skin cleansers and serums, the type that you will find right here.  Made with organic plant oils to ensure there are no nasty chemical residues. 

These products are composed of oils that closely mimic the skin's natural lipid barrier so that they contribute to, rather than strip away the skins natural defense system.   And if you feel your skin is 'thirsty for water' as it often will be until the natural lipid barrier is restored, then I suggest you are generous with a gentle hydrating toner, like my nourishing Mantle Restore Toner.  Preservative and additive free and perfectly pH balanced to compliment and restore the skins acid mantle. This toner is so effective because it locks moisture to the surface of the skin, so surface skin cells are plumped and smoothed and ready to be sealed and protected by your nourishing oil serum.  Welcome back plump elastic skin and vibrant glow!


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