Sometimes Kathleen and I will think we've found a winning product because of the great ingredients, how it feels on our skin, and the glowing claims from the manufacturer, only to find out down the road it did nothing to improve our skin. This luxurious elixir brought us both results.
The key ingredient is moringa seed oil, one of the most plentiful sources of antioxidants in nature, as well as an excellent source of essential fatty acids and Vitamins A and C. Due to its rich content of free-radical-fighting antioxidants, its use is said to delay the appearance of wrinkles, lighten the skin tone, and nourish and protect the skin from free radical damage. Its exceptional oxidative stability and long shelf life may explain why ancient Egyptians placed vases of it in their tombs. Because it's also antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, it is effective for healing wounds, scrapes, cuts, rashes, and treating acne.
As amazing as this oil is by itself, what truly makes this elixir special is the synergy created with the other oils such as meadowfoam, black cumin seed, tamanu, jojoba, and essential oils. The end result is a product that quickly penetrates and nourishes the skin with the maximum benefits from each individual oil. This Hydrate blend is for skin that's more on the dry side. It's designed for both day and night, but if you use it in the morning, it's best to delicately pat a small amount onto your damp skin, allowing it to absorb before applying any makeup. You will see positive results within six weeks.
Our Skin Loves Oils!
Maybe a lot of our fears regarding applying straight oils to our skin stem from when synthetic oils (mineral oil and petrolatum) prevailed in a lot of skin care products. The good news is that most skin care manufacturers no longer use these oils, but the bad news is that many of us (especially those with acne) are still stuck on steering clear of all oils. Rather than learning the types of oils that are actually beneficial for oily or acneic skin, many find it easier just to stay away from all of them, especially when they've heard their whole lives that oil clogs their pores and creates break-outs.
I think it helps to remember the main function of our skin. Our skin is (or should be!) our protective barrier against the real enemies -- everything from environmental pollutants to viruses and bacteria. It's made up of sebum (oil) and moisture (water). Although our bodies produce sebum, they don't produce moisture, so it's up to us to not only drink enough water, but also to protect the moisture from evaporating (which it also does due to environmental factors like heat and cold). One way we do this is by replenishing the oil on the outside via oils or oil-based moisturizers.
Whether we have dry skin, oily skin, or skin in between, we need oil protecting the surface of our skin. Not only is this in the interest of our health, but it feels good (and who doesn't think that hydrated skin looks good too?!). If we don't replenish the moisture levels of our skin, it will become dehydrated. Not only does this lead to premature aging, but when we strip our skin of its natural oils, we trick our glands into producing even more oil. The next thing we know, we've got prematurely lined and dehydrated skin that's still shiny with excess oil or even blemishes due to excess sebum clogging our pores and harboring bacteria.
If you've used oils on your skin and felt as if it either made your skin oilier or left a ''greasy'' film, instead of saying NO to all oil, ask yourself these questions:
1. Am I thoroughly cleansing my skin before applying oil or an oil-based moisturizer? For most of us, this includes regular exfoliation. If we've got a bunch of dead skin cells sticking together with our sebum due to either inferior cleansing or inadequate exfoliation, any additional oil (no matter how good it is) is going to feel greasy because it's not being absorbed (and it's a haven for trapped bacteria and dirt). Remember, you want to use oil to seal/trap the moisture on the INSIDE, not the other way around; i.e., keeping the moisture trapped OUTSIDE. Unless you've got thoroughly clean skin, nothing is going to absorb the way it should.
2. Am I using a good quality oil? Just as with food, not all oils/fats are equal. While ingesting cold pressed flaxseed oil or organic olive oil is a healthful addition to our diets, eating margarine or shortening is not. The specific oils we choose for our skin make a world of difference too.
While one oil, such as wheat germ oil, is heavy and more suitable for dry/mature skin, other oils, such as neem or jojoba, are ideal for oily/blemished skin and actually prevent breakouts and balance the skin. You can never go wrong with Enessa's oil elixirs. When it comes to formulating oils for specific skin concerns, the founder of Enessa is world renowned.
Oils I wouldn't use on my face even if I were on a deserted island (okay, maybe that's a slight exaggeration, but you get my point) are mineral oil, rapeseed oil (Canola), red palm oil (many suppliers simply list it as ''palm oil''), emu oil (because I know of no emu oil that's truly cruelty free), and lanolin.
3. Am I applying the oils properly? The great thing about using straight oil on your skin is you can control how much moisture you need. For instance, if you have oily skin and need just need a touch of hydration, apply it to your skin when damp (skin that's still damp after cleansing or toning). If you have dry skin or feel that you could use more moisture, apply the oil to your skin when it's dry. In other words, you can customize by need. It's basically like making your own oil and water moisturizer for each of your needs, yet without the emulsifiers and preservatives.
If you apply oils by delicately patting them on your skin (vs. slathering!) and allowing them to absorb before applying your makeup, you should feel pleasantly hydrated vs. greasy.
Lastly, when we use straight oils on our clean skin as a moisturizer, it's like drinking a healthful smoothie which the body absorbs and responds to quickly. We basically give our skin 100% pure nutrients with no fillers such as water, emulsifiers, stabilizers, preservatives, etc. When therapeutic essential oils are combined, you can further target your specific skin care needs, but that's a whole separate topic!
For now, what I'd like to get across is that good quality oils are for everyone, oils do not produce oily skin or clog pores, and we all need oils for healthy skin!
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