Are Oils Bad for Your Skin?

Often, we’re looking for helpful ideas for anti-aging treatments especially for the face. It’s never too early to start. My daughter-in-law is in her early thirties, and she’s already thinking about anti-aging remedies.

In my thirties and even forties, I received lots of compliments on the condition of my skin. Friends and coworkers often asked what I did to keep my face looking healthy and smooth.

Ya’ know… I didn’t do much except wash it daily. Sometimes, I purchased a moisturizer, but since I had a tendency for oily skin, I only used a little bit on the drier areas of my face.

Now, in my late fifties, I see that my skin needed a little more TLC through the years. Oops! New wrinkles pop up daily and the lines are getting deeper. Yikes!

And though I don’t have as much greasiness on my face, I’m still careful not to apply heavy creams. I’m living in a drier climate now, which creates new problems with dryness. After several months of experimenting with various handcrafted products for not only my face but the rest of my body, I think I’ve found a great solution. Natural skin care products made with your own loving hands enhance your beauty regime.

Plant Oils (Herbal Infused)

Let’s explore the skin, with a focus on the face, so we’ll better understand what our skin needs.

Our skin plays an important part in keeping us healthy by reducing the absorption of chemicals in our environment. But how does this work? For our purposes, let’s simplify the answer by highlighting the pH and oil balance of the skin. Healthy skin is slightly acidic. I’ve often heard it referred to the ‘acid mantle’. This healthy pH level creates the barrier that prevents harmful microbes and pathogens from absorption.

When we use harsh cleansers or toners, we strip healthy oils from the outer layer of the skin. This disrupts the beautiful balance of acid & alkaline. An easy way to prevent this is to use gentle cleansers and products that aren’t loaded with synthetic ingredients.

Before bed, removing the layer of dirt that we’ve collected during the day is an excellent first line of defense for keeping the skin clean, soft and fresh.

After cleansing, we’ll need to replenish the acid balance by adding more oil, preferably plant oils. And even better, herbal infused plant oils (like this or this).

Skincare tip: After cleansing, apply a gentle toner, something like Rose water, a hydrosol or even Witch Hazel infused with a lovely herb. Next, add any serums you might be using and then your favorite moisturizer – this nightly routine will do wonders for fine lines and wrinkles.

Skin naturally secrets oil from pores and this is a good thing. If facial oil is continuously removed, the skin ‘thinks’ it’s drying out and will produce more oil. This could lead to an undesirable level of oil on the face. A light application of plant oil will often correct this problem.

Oil Cleansing

Another technique for soft smooth skin is oil cleansing. What? Washing the face with oil? Yes.

I know some may cringe at the idea of applying oil to your face especially if you’re prone to acne. But, with what we know about the body’s innate ability to restore the balance of pH and oil, replenishing the oil on our face sends a biofeedback message to the skin that it has what it needs.

Find the oil that is best for your skin type. Here are some suggestions outlined in Power of the Seed to get you started. You may want to experiment with these. I use a variety of different oils with Apricot Kernel being one of my favorites.

  • Dry – avocado, sweet almond, sesame
  • Oily – chia, blackberry, raspberry, jojoba
  • Normal – apricot kernel, argan, jojoba, coconut

How to Oil Cleanse

There are several ways, so let me share how I do it. First, I generously spritz my face with Rose water or a hydrosol. I pour a dime sized amount of oil into my palm, and then spritz that as well. Then, I gently and carefully rub my palms together to get an even amount on both hands. With gentle pressure, I begin massaging my face and neck with the oil/water combination. If more water is needed, I’ll spritz my face again.

This massage is relaxing to the skin, so I take my time, and you should, too!!

Then, with a warm washcloth I gently wipe the excess oil from my face. I finish up with another spritz of Rose water to my face. It’s just that easy.

Afterward, apply your products as you would normally.

According to Susan Parker in her book, Power of the Seed, our ancestors used oil cleansing. She wrote, “The Greeks, Romans and Egyptians used oil to cleanse the skin. Oil was applied generously and massaged into the body, the excess scraped away with a blunt tool along with the dirt and dead cells. Afterward, fresh oil was applied to keep the skin protected against weather and harsh climates.”

Over a year ago, I moved to a drier climate. I’ve found this method is extremely effective in keeping my skin smooth and supple. I oil-cleanse about 3 times a week.

For full body moisturizing, I generously apply body oil after every shower or bath. These simple steps have made a huge difference in the appearance of my skin.

What are some of your skincare secrets? I’d love to hear from you.? Please leave a comment below.

 


Resources:

Modern Cosmetics, Ingredients of Natural Origin (A Scientific View) 2018

Aromatherapy, A complete Guide to the Healing Art, Kathi Keville & Mindy Green, 2009

Power of the Seed, Your Guide to Oils for Health and Beauty, Susan Parker, 2014

Disclaimer: The information written in CRY Herbals’ emails, blog & website is for creative and educational purposes only. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical advice. All questions regarding any health condition should be addressed to your primary care physician or other healthcare provider. We are simply ordinary folk who love experimenting and working with natural herbal products to enhance and support the body in health and well-being. It is joy and honor to explore the historical and contemporary practices of herbalism for the purposes of education and personal fulfillment. ?

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