Facial Oils 101

The idea of putting oil on your face to get a fresh and smooth look sounds quite silly. So, why should you add facial oils to your skin care regime right? 

Before answering your questions about facial oils, let’s start with the basics. Imagine your skin is a wall which is held together by bricks and mortar. So, in the case of your face, your skin cells are much like the bricks and the oil is like the mortar. Your skin naturally produces oils, which are hydrophobic i.e. they keep water from escaping. Therefore, your natural oils seal hydration in and keeps the layers of your skin soft.

 Q. Now, you must surely be wondering why would you need to externally apply oil when your skin naturally produces it?

A. Well, the idea is to supplement the natural oils which your skin may or may not produce to help maintain natural skin barrier which prevents water loss.

 Q. How do facials oils do that, you ask?

A. Actually, facial oils are rich in essential fatty acids and skin loving nutrients. Facial oils can balance and normalize oily skin by helping to restore lost essential fatty acids to the skin, thereby providing hydration without leaving a greasy residue.

Q. If skin naturally produces oils, then why do some people have dry skin and some oily?

A. When the body doesn’t produce enough oils, water can escape from your skin resulting in dryness and flakiness. When the body produces excess oils, it makes your skin look oily and greasy.

Q. Should I not use facial oils if my skin type is oily?

A. Every facial oil has its own set of specific nutrients and fatty acid profile. So, consider the needs of your skin type before picking a facial oil. Even though applying facial oils to oily skin sounds counterintuitive, it can actually help you get a healthy and glowing skin. Facial oils rich in Linoleic acid are in fact recommended for people with oily skin. When natural oils lack Linoleic Acid and have excess of Oleic Acid, it creates an imbalance which leads to clogged pores and oily looking skin. So, facial oils rich in Linoleic Acid, being thinner and lighter, provides moisture and plumpness without weighing down the skin.

Lavenza’s 100% Natural, Preservative Free, Cold pressed Unrefined oils are customized for your skin type for a healthy and balanced skin. Specially crafted for oily skin type Lavenza’s Hey Gorgeous Face Serum is made with Cucumber and Grapeseed oil which are high in linoleic acid (Omega 6) and small in molecular structure to quickly get absorbed into the skin. To combat that flaky and dry look, Lavenza curated Dazzle Me Face Serum with Macadamia oil, Pumpkin seed oil, Argan oil and Pomegranate oil protect and repair skin, retain moisture and increase skin elasticity.