Facial Oil Myths: Debunked!
First, some myth-busting is in order. If you’re using the right kind of oil (we’ll walk you through it, don’t worry) you’re not going to break out, like most might think when hearing the word 'oil’. In fact, high quality facial oils might just be the missing piece in your dermatology routine if you’re struggling with acne. Many oils are ultra anti-inflammatory, meaning that they can speed up the healing process for blemishes and irritation – they’re a good choice to use in conjunction with more astringent-forward natural products. And if it’s overall shine you’re worried about, know that adding the right oils into your routine can actually reduce your oil and sebum production. Oily skin is often simply a result of your face overcompensating if you’ve stripped it of its natural moisture barrier with too many harsh products. Facial oils are your silver bullet when it comes to slaying skin imbalance, and are helpful for every skin type: whether it’s age-related damage you’re worried about, dullness, or enlarged pores. As you’ll soon find out, facial oil benefits are far reaching and once you get them into your routine, you’ll never look back.
Why Cold Processing Makes the Best Facial Oils
In Puristry’s Restorative Facial Oil formula, we only use cold pressed oils. Why? Because the cold pressing process best respects and preserves the integrity of the natural nutrients and antioxidants that are present in the organic plants and flowers we source. Cold-pressing means that we don’t use chemicals and toxic solvents like hexane to strip the oils from the original plant – we’ve opted for the slower, more natural extraction process, which leaves more of the skin-healing components intact. Turns out if you treat your ingredients gently, your ingredients will return the favor by working to their highest potential for your skin. Want to learn more about cold pressed oils? Check out our recent post!
So how does cold pressing work? Kind of how you’d imagine – the process is intuitive, and versions of it have been used for thousands of years. The traditional slow-folding technique is one of the original cold pressing processes we’ve drawn inspiration from. Dating back to 18th century Italy, the process consists of pressing carefully prepared dried citrus peels through a series of natural sponges. After hours of folding and pressing the peel under a weighted bar, a precious mixture of essential oil is produced. It’s hardly an efficient process, but the resultant oil is simply sublime (the process is still carried out in Sicily today, at a dwindling number of essential oil apothecaries – definitely on our To Do list to visit).
The cold pressing process we use to create our Restorative Facial Oil works with the same general mechanisms. Seeds, flowers and plant material are harvested and put into a steel press that crushes them under continuous pressure. Slowly, as the oil separates from the plants’ natural water and fibers, it rises to the surface (like what your oil and vinegar salad dressing does). When the oil has risen, it’s then separated from the remaining fruits, plants and seeds. The last step is to filter out any organic debris, then voila, our labor of love is complete.
Our Facial Oil Formula
The result is our luxurious Restorative Facial Oil, a targeted combination of healing organic oils that work synergistically to promote elasticity and firmness, battle free radical damage from sun and pollutants, and lock in hydration to achieve a balanced skin ecosystem, sans inflammation. We’ve combined several different oils, each with a unique set of skin-loving properties. Let’s take a look a the formula – the oils speak for themselves.
Benefits of Jojoba Seed Oil for Skin
The base is Jojoba Seed oil and Rosehip oil, both ultra anti-inflammatory ingredients that are packed with antioxidants. Jojoba oil has a chemical structure similar to that of the oils our skin naturally produces. Because of this, it absorbs incredibly effectively into deeper skin layers, providing a hefty dose of Vitamin B complex and essential fatty acids that help fortify skin cell walls. It effectively targets both oily and acnegenic skin (it’s anti-inflammatory), as well as dry and mature skin (it’s an emollient). Its main role is balancing and re-establishing the equilibrium, so whatever side of the skin spectrum you’re on, it brings you back to the center.
Benefits of Rosehip Oil for Skin
Rosehip oil is also rich in essential fatty acids, and is a particularly good source of vitamin A, which is key for encouraging cell turnover (and getting a covetable glow). Plus rosehip oil works to combat damage caused by the sun's UV rays, thanks to antioxidants which fight free radicals responsible for photoaging. The essential fatty acids work with the Vitamin A to gently resurface skin texture and tone, creating all over, even pigmentation. Rosehip oil is also seriously powerful when it comes to treating skin damage. Fun fact: rosehip oil was made into a syrup and rationed in Britain during World War Two, to ensure the population’s resistance to infection. It’s a seriously powerful tonic with an impressive historical track record.
Benefits of Pomegranate Oil and Blackcurrant Oil for Skin
Next up, Pomegranate Oil and Blackcurrant oil. We’ve incorporated these two super beneficial allstars into the formula because they both contain anthocyanins, and both have unique fatty acid compositions. Anthocyanins are the flavonoid pigments which supply the signature red-purple color to fruits and berries like pomegranates, currants, and blueberries. It’s a potent antioxidant that deters collagen breakdown, effectively helping to keep fine lines and skin sagging at bay. Pro tip: eat your berries for the same benefits - reaching maximum skin health is an external and also internal journey.
In addition to anthocyanins, both pomegranate and blackcurrant oil contain unique fatty acids with ultra skin-rewarding properties. Pomegranate oil contain ellagic acid, an antioxidant that lightens and brightens discoloration, and punicic acid, a hard-to-find omega 5 fatty acid that’s a potent anti-inflammatory agent when it comes to preventing moisture loss. Blackcurrant oil complements these properties, with it’s high percentage of alpha-Linolenic Acid: a powerhouse fatty acid that’s vital for the synthesis of new tissue – think plumper, more supple skin.
To build up the effectiveness of the product, we rounded out the formula with the addition of several other carefully chosen cold-pressed oils, all of them antioxidant packed and ultra calming for any sort of skin trauma. It’s a long ingredient list, and that’s because our blend activates the best properties from each plant, and relies on the unique composition of each oil to target specific skin needs – it takes a village, right?
Other Beneficial Oils for Skin
So what else have we snuck in? Acai oil provides a dose of B and C vitamins, minerals such as phosphorus, calcium, and potassium, and essential amino acids for elastic, healthy skin. Green Tea Leaf Oil contains powerful antioxidants from catechins, gallates, and flavonoids, which can help reverse UV damage and repair and stimulate the growth of collagen. Vitamin E is a superb hydrator that’s extremely absorbable, lightweight, and helpful for treating scarring, age spots, and discoloration. Black Cumin Seed oil contains minerals like calcium, potassium, magnesium, and zinc, and is ultra effective for dealing with breakouts thanks to its strong antibacterial properties. As a blend, they cover the A to Z of skin woes, for visual improvements and softer texture.
How to Use a Facial Oil
With this resume of fantastic oils, you can see why our Restorative Facial Oil is quickly becoming a must-have natural skincare product. It’s gentle enough to use daily, and you can rely on it as your go-to quick PM treatment if you don’t have the bandwidth to do the whole multi-step thing. But to really reap its goodness, we recommend applying on cleansed skin: after a serum, and before a moisturizer. The idea is to lock your serum into skin, and prep for deep and effective absorption from your moisturizer - the facial oil is your ultra nourishing activator and protectant. And if you’re using intense products, either for anti-acne action or age-related resurfacing, it’s key to apply your oil directly after the stronger or more astringent treatment, to handle any sensitivity.
This MVP product will leave you with enhanced elasticity, suppleness, tone, and hydration. It’s for mature skin, parched summer skin, dull or congested adolescent skin, and combination skin – whatever your skincare distress is, cold pressed oils are the ultimate natural beauty product with a rich historical and cultural history to back them up. This is a gentle enough product to be helpful for a wide range of skin conditions, all of which benefit from antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and skin-balancing moisture.
Like we said, once you’re an oil-convert, there’s really no looking back. Let us know what you think!