Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Oil. Not just for cooking... or your car.

Oils are everywhere. On your skin, in your kitchen cabinet, in your car. Oils have started to take over the cosmetic counters once again. There are oils for your face, to remove your makeup, for your hair, for your nails, for your body, for your face & body. Why do some still fear the OIL?
Ask any pimple faced teen/ tween or thirty-something and they will tell you why oil is evil- "It's ruining my life!!" As the forty-something that until recently had oily skin and looks like she is in her 30's & she will tell you oil is the best thing to happen to her skin! It's true- oily skin does age slower due to the face that it retains more moisture & it is thicker. Oily skin is NOT always tougher & more resilient to treatment.
When should you fear oil? Know your skin. If you are already oily, putting any cosmetic preparation on the skin with oil can cause a reaction. Mineral oil is known to cause reaction in skin and can cause blemishes.The mineral oil molecule is bigger than that of natural skin oil & creates a barrier on the skin. That being said there are different types refining that happens to mineral oil, some thicker will be than others and normal-dry skin types usually do not react to this.
FACT: For a product to be considered OIL FREE it only has to be free of mineral oil. The product may contain hydrating, essential or fragrance oils.

Let's talk hydrating oils. Grapeseed, Argan, Olive, Sweet Almond, Sunflower, Safflower, Evening Primrose Oil. These oils you should not fear- you should learn to love!! They are natural, full of vitamins, anti-oxidants, omegas and nourish your skin & hair. They are non-comedogenic.  The structure of the oils are similar to that of the oil your skin produces. They can be absorbed. You can use them from head to toe!! You can use them to hydrate, treat or for massage. If you give your skin the hydration it needs (and maybe a little oil), it will start to balance itself out & produce less oil!

Now- cleansing oils. Sometimes called makeup removing oil. These are fantastic! Waterproof/ 24hr wear/ stains look out- you will not survive a cleansing oil. Did you know oil likes oil?? Think about it. Oil & water do not mix. But what happens when you put 2 oils together? They mix. Using a cleansing oil will not make you oilier.It will remove the excess oil. You will be lacking the 'squeaky clean', over stripped tightness but your skin will be clean. Try it. You may like it.

Some of my favorite oils:
           Josie Maran 100% Argan Oil- Argan anything from that woman is amazing
          Alterna Bamboo Kendi Oil Treatment for Hair- super hydrating, repairing- obsessed!
          Boscia Makeup Breakup Cleansing Oil
          L'Occitane Amande Shower Oil & Body Oil- leaves you super soft & smelling like dessert
          Aura Cacia Lavender Essential Oil- calming & heals blemishes
          *essential oils to keep on hand- tea tree (heals blemishes, bug bites & can kill mold! peppermint for a pick me up, tired feet & blemishes) These can be added to your favorite oil or unscented lotion for daily use or massage!

My Olive Oil Body Scrub
equal parts:
   100% pure olive oil
    kosher salt
Massage all over dry skin, beginning with feet. Work upward using circular motions toward torso. Same for arms. When massaging always work toward heart. Shower off excess scrub & oil. Your skin will be smooth, soft & glowing! Try adding Lavender essential oil for an evening treatment or a citrus oil or peppermint for morning.