Facial oils……should you be using one?
I’m so happy that you are starting with aging and skin cancer prevention at age 22. I’m loving that! Also, with the way you are experimenting, maybe you should think about a chemistry degree focused on skincare formulations.
And I love that you are asking such great questions about facial oils. There are three issues that I’m seeing here.
Emollients & Moisturizing Capability
- The goal of moisturizers and emollients is mainly to reduce the normal water loss through the skin; to hold in the moisture. So when you put moisturizer on, it not only adds water back into the skin, but can also keep the water trapped in the skin.
- It’s nice to do this without clogging the pores.
- Moisturizers are either water in oil or oil in water ………or just oils like the ones you are describing. If your skin is oily, pick a water based one. The reverse is true if you are dry. If you are very dry, the pure oils might make sense. If they clog your pores, stop using them!
- Mineral oil can be pore clogging.
Skin Nutrition, Antioxidants and Oils
- Oils do have a lot of natural antioxidants, and vitamins etc., but that doesn’t mean that your skincare product contains the actives you want.
- Why? Because oils are a little like juices. The fresher and the more they are kept from air, the better quality they are. This is because exposure to oxygen (air) oxidizes the antioxidants fairly quickly.
- If you buy oils……who knows how well they were produced, handled and packaged. Sadly, they may contain almost nothing of the original benefits. One of my patients with beautiful skin, eats an avocado every morning, and rubs the pit all over her skin and leaves it for a few minutes. Think about how fresh that that is.
- Doterra essential oils are the best quality that I’ve found so far. So try to do a little research on the quality of any oil you are using.
- I would vote for skincare products with careful manufacturing and verifiable concentrations of antioxidants and retinoids.
Humectants (just means water attracting)
- Hyaluronic acid is a natural water attractant which can be found in high quality skincare products like SkinCeuticals Vitamin B5 gel.
- Glycerin is a fairly cheap sugar based ingredient. In my opinion, it’s used a lot now in skincare because it IS a cheap filler agent. Glycerin can also be irritating to skin.
Hope this helps, Dr. I