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Dana our in-residence skin therapist explains how to use face oils

One of our best face-care products is Birch Recovery Face Oil. We have all heard that using oils on our face is great for getting that glow, but you might need some guidelines when applying it to get the maximum effect.

Introducing our new contributor Dana from Offispa, our in-residence skin therapist who will help answer your questions and explain our natural beauty house.

Today we asked here about oils and how use them according to your skin type.

Dana tell us more about oils:

We don’t hear often that fats are good for us. Eating the right kind of fats are crucial for optimal health. Unfortunately, skin is the last organ to receive the good fats we take from our diet.

External Fats (in form of Oils) are complimenting your skin health and treating skin inside and out.

However, some fats are bad, some are good and some can fit your skin better than the others. 

  1. What are the differences between skincare oils?
  • Mineral Oils

Do not be deceived by a “natural” name. The properties of mineral oils are similar to those saturated fats in food.

Mineral Oil have no nutritional value for the skin. It is mass- produced, inexpensive oil that made from petroleum- as a by-product of the distillation of petroleum to produce gasoline.

When used in skincare, mineral oil provides quite a nice feel, with its gliding, softening texture, but make more harm then good to your skin- not allowing it to eliminate any waste, blocking your skin from breathing and act as a barrier to get good products into the skin, creating a perfect environment for bacteria to breed.

Vaseline is another product to be aware of. Vaseline is made up of pure petroleum jelly combined with microcrystalline wax. It’s a pure synthetic.

When I see my clients having dry lips with few blackheads around the mouth area- they have most likely used Vaseline.

  • Natural Oils

Work in synergy with the skin, without interrupting skins natural processes.

There are different oils for every skin condition and skin type. Natural Oils are kind for skin and can bring the skin to its balance.

  • Essential Oils

 Very powerful and can be used in small amount only, always diluted with a natural base oil. Essential oils can be toxic if overused. Can treat not only skin, but the mind. Their molecules are so tiny that they can travel through the skin and into bloodstream.

2) What is the difference between an oil and a moisturiser?

Whereas moisturiser will often contain water, emollients and array of other ingredients to preserve the content, Oils are normally 100% natural with nothing added but oil.

Oils’ molecules are also smaller than those in creams, allowing it to work beyond the outer layers of the skin.

Some oils are so light in texture and molecularly small, that they can act as serums, penetrating deep and activating skin processes such stimulating collagen and elastin. Natural Oils give skin nutrients in their purest, unprocessed forms.

3) What skin type can benefit from using oil? 

Any skin type.

There is an oil for anyone.

If you have a drier skin that needs a lot of moisture, then going for slightly “heavier” textured oils are better. Think avocado oil, shea butter, macadamia oil. They normally stay on skin for longer and penetrate slowly.

Jojoba Oil is an optimal oil that suits everyone. It’s uniqueness is that the pH of Jojoba Oil resembles our skin’s pH .

Borage Oils is a fantastic anti-pollution oil, helping to fight free-radicals and protect the skin from external factors. Works wonderfully for sensitive skin.

4) Is Oil good for acne skin?

Yes, some oils can even treat acne. Take a jojoba oil as a base oil and add a few drops of “detox” oils like tea tree. It will have an antibacterial effect without making your skin oilier.

Another thing to remember is that the best cleanser to clean fatty, oily skin residue is oil. Oil has an amazing property to “attract” oil. Water cannot “cut through” the oil the same way as oil does..

5) Why some oils are more expensive than others?

Oil prices may differ from the methods of extraction and distillations and on the plant’s characteristics.

One of the greatest of all essential oils Rose Oil- a single 5ml bottle of this oil requires 10,000 roses. Imagine production cost.

Whereas, on the other hands- Almond and Rapeseed Oil are quite easily made and make a big volume of oil when pressed. 

A Plant can be pressed a few times sometimes. The first press is the most potent and refined. Some big brands use the 6th press of the plant. So imagine the difference in potency and effectiveness.

Our Birch Recovery Oil is made from the finest ingredients-

An “all-rounder” Jojoba oil, anti-inflammatory and moisturising borage seed oil and our very Scandinavian Birch Leaf Extract- which is quite unique and proven to treat dermatitis, dull and congested skin and enhances the skin’s glow.

To shop our Birch Recovery Oil see HERE.

To read more about Dana see HERE.