MADÉ PURE PLANT FACE & BODY OIL January 30, 2017 14:43
Perhaps the ultimate skin secret, face oil has been used by indigenous people all over the world in various forms for millennia; nothing lasts that long unless it works.
I began developing mine about a year ago in an effort to keep the colour in my tattoos bright. I began playing with a mix of oils; anti-aging (to keep the skin soft), anti-oxidant (to prevent colour fade) and regenerative (to repair damage) and from there, my research lead me to the benefits for the skin on my face (and hair) as well.
There are some key benefits with oil that make them an essential part of any beauty regimen...
1. You See Instant Results
No matter your skin type, try face oil for the first time and you’ll see benefits right away. Conventional moisturisers combine waxes with water and oils and contain small quantities of their key ingredients. Depending on the formula, more or less of the key ingredients penetrate to the lower layers of the skin. With oil, it all sinks right in. And most oils are already naturally packed with ingredients like antioxidants, polyphenols, and omega fatty acids.
2. They’re Beyond Multipurpose
You can use face oil for basic (and really effective) moisture, but it’s also amazing for makeup removal, frizz fighting, cuticle and under eye cream, lip balm…
You really need an oil if you use retinols or other drying anti-aging or anti-acne treatments. Treatments like Retin-A, AHA peels or creams, or breakout fighters from astringent toners all the way to prescription Accutane can really help your skin, but they can also seriously dry it out. Face oils return moisture and elasticity to your skin, smoothing wrinkles and soothing irritation in the process.
On the flip side, even skin that’s decidedly un-dry can also benefit from oils. While synthetic and mineral oils can clog pores, most natural plant oils are not. Believe it or not, the right face oil can help clear pores of excess sebum, and can reduce inflammation and irritation—critical, as inflammation itself is actually one of the primary causes of acne.
For ultra-dry skin, massage in some face oil, then layer over it with rich moisturiser. Another layering trick: Pat on face oil, then smooth all-natural mineral SPF over it. The sunblock seals in the oil a bit, but it also slightly mattifies your skin, so it’s less shiny. You can also use oil just the way you would serum or moisturizer when thinning out foundation or bronzer formulas.
3. Oils feel amazing
Moisturiser formulators spend an enormous amount of time, money, and unnecessary ingredients on texture—how it feels when you actually put the moisturiser on your skin. Texture is important: If you don’t love using a product…you tend not to use it. And definitely tend not to buy it again. Oils have a naturally gorgeous, instantly skin-comforting texture—they need no extra ingredients to make them sink in.
4. Pure plant face oils are actually better
While conventional beauty companies have (finally) gotten into the face-oil business, the all-natural, pure plant options are absolutely superior, not just from an environmental perspective, but because 1. there’s no improving on perfection—adding in extra ingredients often just dilutes the benefits of the base oils, and 2. most pure plant face-oil makers have been making it much longer than the conventional newbies, and they’ve learned what really works on skin.
MADÉ BODY & FACE OIL
A cocktail of 30 pure organic plant oils come together to render an illuminating, 100% natural face oil.
Lightweight yet highly concentrated, this skin-loving facial oil imparts a radiant glow and protects skin from harmful external aggressors.
Infused with a blend of nourishing exotic oils this luxury multipurpose beauty oil softens and re-balances skin. The hydrating formula is rich in Vitamin A and beta-carotene to help perfect skin and contains free-radical fighting antioxidants to help protect skin against harmful external elements. Used over time, skin appears radiant, plumped and healthier-looking.
Provides daily nourishment for a healthy complexion.
Calms and soothes dry, irritated skin.
Refines the appearance of pores.
Oils include Jojoba, Almond, Argan, Apricot Kernal, Camellia, Neroli, Sweet Orange, Rosehip, Ylang Ylang and Jasmine
Jojoba oil is a liquid wax extracted from the nut of an indigenous American shrub that goes by the scientific name Simmondsia chinensis
It mimics the skin’s natural oils and can penetrate deep into the skin layers.
About 30% of our skin’s sebum (the natural substance that coats our skin) is a natural wax ester. It helps kill germs, smother viruses and creates a protective barrier for locking in moisture.
There are many reasons this protective wax ester in our skin diminishes. Loss is normal in mature skin and common after illness, poor nutrition or certain medications. This can leave your skin looking dry, tired and dull.
Your skin recognises jojoba wax as similar to its own natural wax ester. As a result skin pores remain open allowing jojoba to penetrate beyond the epidermis layer (top layer). It is in these deeper layers where cell regeneration and cell synthesis occurs, and jojoba also ‘carries’ other important nutrients deep into these layers.
Jojoba naturally contains a balance of vitamins A, D and E which are known as skin healing vitamins.
Vitamin A is important for skin cell regeneration and keeps skin healthy.
Essential fatty acids omega 6 and 9 help to regenerate skin cells and repair damaged skin tissue.
Powerful antioxidant properties penetrate down to the skin matrix level. Jojoba’s wax ester fills the gaps between skin cells, soothes and slows their metabolism, protecting skin against accelerated skin aging.
Docosenol is a saturated fatty acid naturally contained in jojoba. Docosenol is antiviral and is used in cold sore treatments.
SWEET ALMOND OIL
Sweet almond oil is one of the most useful, practical and commonly used oils. It is good for all skin types as a moisturiser and is best known for its ability to soften, soothe and nourish the skin. It is rich in proteins and vitamin D. On the face, almond oil can be massaged directly to smooth out wrinkles and reduce sagging skin. It is absolute best to treat dark eye circles.
Argan oil is said to have restorative and age-defying effects. It is very moisturising and is quickly absorbed, is a natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. It is high in vitamin E and essential fatty acids and is believed to help all sorts of skin conditions: dry skin, acne, psoriasis, eczema, wrinkles. It helps to protect and regenerate the skin, leaving it soft and supple and is good for damaged and mature skin also.
APRICOT KERNEL OIL
Apricot kernel oil is good for people with sensitive skin. It is non-irritant and soothing for the skin. It is light and quickly makes the skin soft and smooth. Apricot oil penetrates deep into the skin and it is rich in Vitamin A offering nourishment to prematurely ageing skin.
Camellia oil has outstanding moisture-retaining ability and is rapidly absorbed. It penetrates into the deepest layers of the skin, leaving it smooth and supple.
Camellia oil is very rich in monosaturated essential fatty acids and contains vitamins, A, B, and E and various minerals and has an active constituent known as squalene, which is an important component of the skin’s natural emollient system.
A deficiency of squalene can result in dry skin and premature ageing, resulting in wrinkles and sagging skin.
Neroli is effective for improving the appearance of acne-prone skin and improving the appearance of other skin irritations
This oil also has anti-aging effects, softening the appearance of wrinkles and scars. A few drops may also improve the appearance of skin elasticity making your skin look younger, smoother and firmer.
SWEET ORANGE OIL
Topical application of this essential oil helps in enhancing the synthesis of collagen. It also eases the inflammation and hence is a blessing for oily skin. It improves the flow of blood to the skin and helps in clearing the clogged pores. The antioxidant nature of this oil helps to lower the signs of premature aging
A natural source of vitamin E which is an anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant that calms and hydrates dry and sensitive skin.
It also helps protect skin cells from sun damage. Reship is a natural source of essential fatty acids omega 3, 6 and 9 which help repair and regenerate damaged skin tissue. Also a natural source of vitamin C, a skin brightening, anti-ageing antioxidant that helps improve the appearance of pigmentation and restore skin's tone.
Ylang Ylang essential oil is very effective and versatile in toning and stimulating the skin cells mainly because of its power to balance the production of sebum.
The soothing, anti-seborrhoeic and antiseptic properties of this oil supports in treating skin inflammation, boils, skin irritation, chapped lips, acne, wounds, burns, blemishes, wrinkles, dry skin and few other signs of aging.
Adding few drops of Ylang Ylang oil in your skin care lotion will help you in retaining the moisture of the skin, leaving it healthy and glowing.
Jasmine oil has long been associated with skin care, particularly in terms of treating dry, brittle, or dehydrated skin.
Frequently used for the treatment of eczema and dermatitis, Jasmine is extremely rich in esters, which can make up 70% of the oil. Esters are the most relaxing chemical “family” found in essential oils. Aromatherapists use Jasmine oils for their calming effects. Jasmine’s softening effect on the skin makes it a valuable essential oil for both face and body.
Mandarin essential oil, Hemp seed oil, Tamanu oil, Peppermint essential oil, Rosemary essential oil, Vanilla essential oi,l Arnica infused oil, Lavender essential oil, Marula oil, Patchouli essential oil, Pink grapefruit essential oil, Pomegranate seed oil, Bergamot essential oil, Calendula infused oil, Coriander essential oil, Eucalyptus blue gum essential oil, Evening primrose oil, Patchouli essential oil, Rose essential oil, Sweet fennel essential oil
HOW TO USE
AS A CLEANSER
Starting with a dirty face (no need to pre-clean here, even if you’re wearing makeup), rinse your face lightly with the warm, running water. Pour the oil in the palm of your hand and then apply gently all over your face. Massage firmly, but gently, always moving upwards. Massage for 2 minutes, and then let the oil sit on your face for 30 more seconds or more.
Rinse. By now, you should have very hot water coming out of your faucet. Adjust the heat until it’s cool enough to apply to your skin, but warm enough to soften the oil (it’s probably going to be hotter than the water you usually rinse your face with). Dunk the washcloth under the hot/warm water until it’s completely soaked. Apply the washcloth to your face and hold it there for 10-15 seconds. Slowly begin to wipe off. Rinse your washcloth and repeat until you’ve wiped all the oil off your skin.
Your skin is now cleansed.
AS A MOISTURISER
First begin with thoroughly cleansed, damp skin. Always apply oils after the skin has been freshly washed and/or spritzed with a moisture mist. Oil will hold that extra water on the skin and help the skin to rebalance itself faster.
Dispense 3 drops of facial oil (or a very small pump) onto your four fingertips (exclude the thumb), rub fingertips lightly together and gently press oil onto your cheeks, forehead and then chin.
This pattern allows distribution of oil to the largest surface areas of the face, in order. Follow with gentle, upward strokes to evenly distribute the oil onto the skin.
Lastly, include your lips. If your skin needs more moisture, repeat.
FOR YOUR HAIR
If you hair is fine - medium textured, put a couple of drops on the mid-lengths and ends of well towel dried hair
Coarse, dry or unruly hair you can apply wet or dry
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