Slather your face with oils sounds like an impending skin catastrophe. Most of us want to get it of oil, not glaze it on. This is a common misconception that has given facial oils a bad rep. Organic facial oils actually do just the opposite of what you might expect. “Essential oils restore and maintain the natural balance of oil leaving your skin with a healthy glow,” explains Dr Low Chai Ling, from The Sloane Clinic. “Many women complain they have oily skin yet they continue to exhibit signs of aging. Studies have shown that while we may have oily skin in certain areas, some parts of our faces such as undereye areas, upper eyelids and neck are on the dry side as early as our early 20s. For those who like to keep their skin mostly oil free, it is perfect to wear organic treatment oil only on vital areas giving the skin maximal protection and nutrients.”
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LIGHT & LOVELY
Organic facial oils aren’t the same as coating vegetable oil onto your face. These lightweight elixirs consist of a combination of rich carrier oils, like argan, rosehip, grapeseed or almond, and an assortment of essential oils. This mixture of distilled oils creates a light blend that goes on smooth. It doesn’t feel heavy on the skin, and with consistent use, it will give a youthful and dewy complexion. Oily skins that are dehydrated underneath can benefit from organic oils too.
Oily skins should choose a lighter oil. We love Hardy & Co Pure Argan Invisible Skin Oil for its skin healing, and instant skin replenishing benefits. Our tester, Claudin suffers from acne-prone skin made dehydrated from pimple cream use, used Pure Argan Invisible Oil for a week. She saw 30% improvement in fine lines and pore size after 7 days of use!
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A BOOST OF VITAMINS & ANTIOXIDANTS
Many botanical oils, especially Argan, Rosehip and African marula oils, are potent antioxidants. It is scientifically proven that argan oil contains about eighty percent of unsaturated fatty acids, which is extremely tocopherolic and has plenty of sterols. Not only argan oil protects the skin against free radicals, it accelerates cell renewal and reduces inflammation.
Sloane Inc HEAL contains 100% organic argan oil that’s jam-packed with vitamin E, potent antioxidants and essential fatty acids to keep your skin healthy and glowing. Its astounding healing and soothing elements make this lightweight miracle elixir especially useful for sunburned, post-peel or otherwise damaged skin. It’s more stable in sunlight than other antioxidants hence it’s perfect to wear during the day. Our tester, Kelly took this for a test-drive for 2 weeks. “I rolled this over my under eye, lips and my facial lines before lightly massaging it in with fingertips. Then I applied sunscreen and foundation as usual. I find that it helped my makeup set better without looking cake and gave my complexion a dewy look!”
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It gives marvelous result when you apply oil before your anti-aging cream. The oil molecules act like tiny Trojan horses, tricking the skin into letting active ingredients including vitamin C, A and glycolic acid to penetrate deeper into the skin and closer to the collagen-producing fibroblasts. Essential oils have a strong affinity for lipids, which means they are attracted to and soluble in fatty substances. This makes them able to slip easily and rapidly into the lipid layer of the skin together with active ingredients that hitch a ride.
Our tester, Stella is always on the go. She lived with only Rose Apricot Facial Oil for two weeks and had this to say “This multi-tasking miracle oil is the best thing since sliced bread! The gentle oils really softened and moisturised my skin. On top of that, I find it doubles as a really effective eye and full face makeup remover that leaves my skin supple and refreshed!”
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PLUMP UP YOUR SKIN
Crow’s feet suddenly look deeper? Most women start to get fine lines and wrinkles in their early 20s. In their late 30s, wrinkles suddenly look deeper as skin’s natural oils decrease and the moisture barrier breaks down. Most creams contain little oil, but it does not quench enough to make a big difference in water loss. Oils are lipophilic, hence they pass through the lipid layer of the skin faster, preventing water loss and plumping the skin which simultaneously also reduces wrinkles.
Our tester, Kelly lived and breathed Ole Henriksen’s Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil for 2 weeks. Naturally derived pure rosehip fruit oil and rich in essential fatty acids, it promised to nurture and brighten skin. “My skin definitely felt more supple and softer after a week, I loved knowing that I was putting something pure on my face nightly!”
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Many botanical oils such as Rosehip Seed, Marula, Argan and Olive oil have been used for thousands of years in Mediterranean cultures. Rosehips were a remedy that was used by the ancient Egyptians and Native Americans all because of their powerful healing properties. Rose hip oil comes from the seeds of a specific variety of rose, Rosa moschata. Rose hip is beneficial when applied on the skin due to its primary constituents: essential fatty acids, vitamin C, vitamin E and beta-carotene.
A carefully blended powerful treatment oil, Sloane Inc YOUTH contains 100% Organic Rosehip Oil with Lavender provides the skin with a rich source of antioxidants and essential fatty acids. Not only that it contains essential fatty acids that counteract the drying effects of sun exposure and environmental influences that lead to signs of aging and skin damage, studies have shown Rosehip Oil can improve surgical, traumatic and burn scars. The essential fatty acids in rose hip oil can help to reduce scarring, stimulate skin regeneration and improves discoloration.
YOUTH is designed to soften and smooth fine lines and wrinkles while restoring skin’s youthful resilience and suppleness. The anti-aging benefit comes about due to the antioxidants and the oil’s ability to sink into deeper layer of the skin that works on a cellular level to rejuvenate the skin. Carefully formulated with 100% certified organic Rosehip Oil, which provides vital nutrients to correct dark spots, hydrate dry, itchy skin, all while reducing scars, fine lines and wrinkles.
How to use: Wear on clean, dry skin. Roll over desired areas, such as under eye, lips and anywhere with fine lines. Lightly massage in with fingertips. For dry skin, use as an all-over facial hydrator.
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– By Jennifer Wu