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Facial oil is not a new beauty fad – just ask Cleopatra. Her rituals for staying
flawless have intrigued and enchanted beauty buffs for centuries. Famous
for her over-indulgent milk and honey baths, Cleopatra used olive, sesame
and almond oil for her face – only the finest ingredients for a queen. In fact,
essential oils were so coveted in Ancient Egypt that people traded them as
currency for labor.
Fast-forward a few thousand years and enter the era of mass production.
Cosmetic and skin care brands found more profit in creating products with
cheap chemicals that offered quick-fix results. Since natural oils and
botanicals require more effort, time and resources, corporations flexed
their strong advertising muscles and pushed natural ingredients to the
back of the shelf.
But, with the rise of the more informed consumer comes a revived interest
in natural products for skin care. We know now that our skin is complex
and it can never have all of its needs satisfied by a single product or
ingredient for long-lasting results. Adding a facial oil to your beauty
playbook is crucial for a complete skin care routine and can make a
beautiful difference. We list five reasons to add facial oil to your beauty
Unprotected sun exposure causes free radical damage – in other words,
wrinkles. Some facial oils are replete with antioxidants and fatty acids to
protect against free radicals. Not only are Argan Oil and Marula Oil
beautifully aromatic, light and non-greasy, but they are especially high in
antioxidants, vitamin E and essential fatty acids. Essential fatty acids
replenish and maintain the hydration and nourishment levels of the skin.
It's nature's protective, nourishing superfood for skin and prevents further
aging and sunspots.
Facial oil works as an antidote for dry, flaky, rough skin. It nourishes skin
with intense moisture and decreases inflammation for instantaneous skin
soothing properties. Your skin will feel smoother, softer, and more resilient
with a beautiful natural-looking glow.
3. Deep Cleansing
Facial oils have better absorption than regular moisturizers. The
lightweight formulation can penetrate deep into the skin and is excellent
for trapping water and locking in vital hydration and moisture. It fortifies
and strengthens our own natural skin barrier – keeping toxins and
pollutants out for a brighter more radiant appearance. Jojoba Seed Oil and
Macadamia Oil are especially good at removing excess dirt and fat from
pores, which can dramatically reduce the appearance of pore size.
Lipophilic oil molecules let active ingredients deeper into the skin and
closer to the collagen-producing fibroblasts, all without irritating the
When skin is in deep distress from compromising external influences
choose oil over a moisturizer to to calm, hydrate and rejuvenate the skin
faster and without possible irritation. Oily, blemish-prone skin should
embrace face oils as they are great for instant acne relief. When you use
facial oil you are replenishing the skin's natural oils to balance oily skin –
making it clear and healthy. Pure high quality oils do not leave a greasy,
shiny finish after application. Facial oils will leave your skin feeling dewy,
supple and glowing.
And it's not just your skin that benefits from facial oils. Naturally fragrant
aromatic essential oils help relieve stress and promote physical and
psychological well-being. The scent of lavender oil is especially helpful for
calming the mind and will help you catch some much needed Zzzzs.
Essential oils are also used to balance the mind, body and emotions. To
optimize relaxation and absorption simply massage a small amount of oil
into your face, neck and decollete using upward strokes. To enhance the
experience and help heal our senses, place your hands near your nose and
inhale deeply before you massage the oil into your skin.
This article originally appeared on Sonage Skincare Blog.