Skin care benefits of facial oils

Marianne James

Until recent times, there was a perception that skin care should be 'oil-free' otherwise it would clog pores and cause breakouts. However with natural plant oils, this is very unlikely to happen unless you have very oily skin already, skin that is acne-prone and as long as you don't over do it.  Natural plant oils with minimal processing such as cold-pressed and if possible certified organically grown, are incredibly therapeutic for your skin. 


What do dermatologists say?

Dermatologists are now recommending the use of rejuvenating botanical oils because they recognise and see the benefits in people's skin.  They now recognise and freely acknowledge that plant oils provide valuable essential fatty acids, retinol and many other vitamins and bio-available nutrients.


Don't be fooled by the glamorous advertising.  If you want to use a facial serum, plant extracted oils are definitely the way to go.  Plant oils, being what nature provides, have a natural affinity to your skin and deeply nourish your skin in a way that silicone based serums do not.  


Are other facial oils that are not plant-derived beneficial?

Many facial oil concentrates (often referred to as 'serums') are silicone based. Silicones are plastic-based polymers that make your skin feel temporarily smoother by forming a plastic film over its surface. Over time, this film may cause your skin to become inflamed, dehydrated and congested. Therefore, we definitely don't recommend them. A second reason is that silicone based facial oils or serums can often have a host of other chemicals added which may not be good at all for our body to absorb.  Using anything natural on your skin is always preferable to chemical based products and the increased smoothness and healthy appearance of your skin you will notice from using them is because your skin is genuinely better moisturised and nourished with all the natural goodness that nature has to offer.  


Which are the best plant oils to use? 

Rosehip oil - the king of all botanical oils for the face

At Flora Organics we use certified organic, cold-pressed Rosehip oil as a key ingredient along with Manuka Honey in our anti-aging face cream range.  Rosehip oil is not only a very superior botanical oil it also has the advantage of being suited to all skin types.  It is known as a 'dry oil', it is very readily absorbed and does not leave any oily residue in or on the skin.  Rosehip oil is rich in Retinol and the fatty acids Omega 3, 6 and 9, and has been scientifically proven to reduce scars and hyper pigmented spots.  It is also rich in vitamin C which promotes collagen production and strengthens capillaries along with the lessening of lines and wrinkles.  It has unparalleled rejuvenating properties and absorption ability, penetrating into the deepest layers of the skin to lock in moisture.  It is an excellent treatment oil that can be spread lightly on face under or over the top of your usual moisturiser to rejuvenate or treat dry, irritated, marked, acne-scarred or weathered skin – or used on its own. It is supremely anti-aging and is therefore a key ingredient in our 100% natural skin care range.


Rosehip oil blended with other therapeutic botanical oils

Treatment with Rosehip oil can be further enhanced by adding other botanical oils such as Jojoba and Apricot Kernel oils enhancing the natural Retinol in Rosehip oil with a rich supply of natural Vitamin E.  Take a look at our product 'Immortelle' which includes these oils.  Only a few drops are required which means this product will last you a very long time indeed.  


Included in the additional pure essential oils added to this facial oil are from the Neroli flower, and the Helichrysum flower (also known as 'Immortelle' or 'Everlasting') both of which are powerful regenerators of aging skin.


How do I use them?

For best results, we recommend using botanical oils suited to your skin type either 2 times a week for oily skin or 3 times a week for dry skin after cleansing.  First, thoroughly cleanse your skin, rinse with plenty of water and pat dry.  Apply just a few drops of oil on cheeks, forehead and chin and then massage in gently, not forgetting your nose. Because oils are incredibly concentrated, you only need a tiny amount to get the desired effect.


How do I do a patch test to see if a facial oil might encourage break-outs?

While facial oils benefit most skin types, if you have very oily skin or are acne prone it may be necessary to avoid them.  If you want to know if a facial oil may encourage break-outs because you have oily skin, patch test on an area in which this normally occurs, by applying daily for about a week and observe what happens.  Don't panic, we have just the moisturisers for you.  You might like to try our 'Harmony' Rosehip and Manuka Honey face cream for oily skin or our 'Framboise' Raspberry and Carrot Seed face cream for all skin types but particularly for oily and acne-prone skin - both available on our website.


ORGANIC FACIAL OILS are the safest way to deliver the most bio-available nutrients to your skin !!   

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