Why we're oily!
After my first child was born I began to really notice how tired and thirsty my skin was. Getting in the car and looking in the rear vision mirror would have me aghast at how dry and 'crepey' the skin under my tired eyes had become. I began ordering expensive eye treatment creams that I would tote along in my handbag, so I could apply throughout the day to plump up my skin. But it seemed no matter what I did my skin was just thirsty.
Of course, this was before I changed my diet, my work, my address, well generally my life. Before I cut the chemicals and started using oil on my skin. Now my skin is nourished and feels vibrant, elastic and well hydrated. What I hadn't considered then was the impact that the skin cleansers, lotions, and creams were having on my skin's natural lipid barrier.
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 that hold the 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?
What I didn't know back in my days washing my face with foaming cleansers and madly applying lotions and creams to make my skin feel hydrated was that I was making my dry lackluster skin worse. Whilst 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. Then there are the untold impacts of the nasty preservative additives.
What I now know, is that it is possible to care for my 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' then I have a 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 healthy vibrant glow!