Our skin needs those naturally produced oils for several reasons. The production of natural oils, including sebum, helps to maintain the barrier function of your skin and minimizes water loss which helps to keep your skin healthy and hydrated.
A healthy balance of skin oils and hydration contributes to your skin’s strength, elasticity, and proper functioning.
The microbiome is made up of microorganisms that live on and help protect your skin. One of the functions of the microbiome is to maintain a mild acidity that helps protect your skin from the environment.
If microbiome protection breaks down and is not functioning properly, this is when you’ll start to see problems arise with your skin. So it’s really important when addressing skin problems to work on building a healthy microbiome so that your skin has that protection.
Where you live – because the humidity level and temperature of your environment will play a part in how much oil your skin produces. Your diet – because certain foods tend to create increased sebum production.
Things, like eating a lot of sugar, or eating certain types of fats or oily foods, can be a factor. Also, some processed foods can speed up the production of oils.
While this may not always be a bad thing, you’ll want to make sure it’s in check. So getting the right kinds of oils and fats in your diet is going to help you balance your skins oil production without creating excessively oily skin.
If you have sensitive skin, your barrier function may be compromised further by using these types of cleansers, which may produce even more skin reactions. Ultimately, using cleansers that dry and strip those natural defenses will leave your skin vulnerable to premature aging.
The key with facial oils is using the right ones, not all oils are going to be beneficial for your skin. This is really important to understand, it’s similar to food. As you probably have heard other skincare experts say- there’s some fats and oils in our diet that are healthy, like extra virgin olive oil and avocado oil, and some that aren’t, like trans fats and processed oils.
Well, for the skin it’s similar – some oils are going to be bad for the skin and some are going to be beneficial and hydrating.
So there are many concerns when it comes to using mineral oils on our skin. Mineral oil causes reactions in many people and contains impurities that are bad for the skin.
But companies and manufacturers will use mineral oil in skincare products because it is cheap and has a long shelf life. That’s not what you want to be putting on your skin. So why take the risk if there are so many great plant-based oils?
These are the oils that are going to help provide fatty acids and support the skin barrier function, the skin microbiome… those good microorganisms that live on and protect your skin.
The right types of plant-based oils in skincare products, such as Glow Boost, are in a balanced blend that will hydrate, protect, and nourish the skin without feeling heavy or sticky.
What common skin issues do oils help improve?
Plant-based oils are great for all skin types and for many different reasons. They help hydrate dry and maturing skin with essential fatty acids.
They are also great for sensitive and irritated skin because of how gentle and soothing they can be in building up and supporting the barrier function of the skin.
Types Of Oil For Skincare:
Essential oils are the ones that are heavily concentrated oils. You’ll notice that these oils tend to be very fragrant and so they’re oftentimes used in skincare products to help create a natural scent, but they also have therapeutic value and each essential oil has a unique therapeutic value.
For example, you may be very familiar with lavender essential oil. It’s a very popular essential oil that’s used to help people with relaxation. A lot of times people will put it in their bath at bedtime to help calm down and relax.
Those types are plant-based oils. Avocado, coconut, almond, there are many, many plant-based oils. These are the ones that are used in some natural skincare products.
Because in nature one plant can be very different from another. So it can make it difficult for manufacturers to create an experience for the customer that’s consistent because they might get one batch that is different than another.
Just like in nature, you’ll find that if you have five avocados that you’ve gotten from five different locations and you open them up, you’ll find that each one of them has a different consistency. It feels different, it smells different, the oils feel different. You’ll find it the same with natural plant-based oils- one batch might be different from another.
So a lot of times companies will refine them to help ensure that the customers experience the exact same smell and experience from one batch to the next.