Taking it back to the basics—oil and water do not mix. We’ve seen it in our 4th grade science class, we see it in our kitchens while cooking and cleaning. But we don’t think about it that much when it comes to skin care. How many times have you used a moisturizer but still felt dry? Well, the principle is still the same—oil and water do not mix. So, if our bodies are made up of up to 80% water and our pores release sebum (oil), there must be a purpose for both of them.
Let’s look a little closer. Sebum is released through the pores all over our bodies. Why? It protects the skin and hair. It is a beneficial cover that blocks dehydration and helps waterproof the skin and hair. It’s also a natural protection from the sun, but not enough for you to ignore sunblock.
This time of year some people forego their moisturizer because it makes them “feel” oily. Well that may be true, but feeling oily is mostly caused by the type of moisturizer that is being used. All skin needs oil— especially in the summer. If there is a lack of moisture from oil, the skin will produce more oil and can cause break-outs. Also, dehydration can happen and then the skin is more susceptible to multiple conditions such as premature aging, sun burn, fine lines, flakiness and longer healing time.
The type of oil that should be used is based on your skin type. There are some go-to oils for all skin types such as coconut oil, grape seed oil, and jojoba oil. These are the oils that closely mimic the skin’s natural sebum, so they are easily absorbed. These oils are less likely to leave behind a heavy residue as they soak into the skin very fast. For oily skin, try the Body Deli Light Facial Emulsion. It has jojoba oil and meadowfoam seed oil and 1% Salycilic Acid to help fight breakouts. This oil-based moisturizer leaves your skin matte, yet hydrated. At night, use the Osea Atmosphere Protection Cream to hydrate and nourish the skin with avocado oil.
For skin that is regularly dry, you have more options. Olive oil has long been a staple of skin care. It helps repair the skin and leaves the skin quenched bringing out the natural glow. It increases the skins absorption of other nutrients and delivers them on the cellular level. Apricot kernel oil is wonderful to richly hydrate and plump the skin cells. In the day, use the Osea Essential Hydrating Oil it’s light and uses geranium to keep the skin balanced. At night, use Skincando’s Miracle Cream to repair and deeply hydrate the skin. You’ll wake up feeling refreshed and renewed.
Many people know to use tea-tree oil as a spot treatment. While that is fine, please be careful as it may dry the skin too much. This is great to erase the bacteria, but it may also deplete healthy cells that are needed to repair the skin and prevent scarring. Osea’s Essential Corrective Complex oil is perfect to fight bacteria while promoting healing of the skin by infusing Vitamin E to heal and rosemary to reduce inflammation.
I know it’s hot, but we want to strengthen our skin in order to handle the elements. Since there is not much we can do about the temperature, let’s make the most of it and watch the amazing skin care results that can happen.
If you have any Skincare concerns or questions, email Dewaynia@stillpointmindandbody.com