Avoid the Common Mistake of Using Facial Oil Blends

What could be safer and more useful than using animal fats and vegetable oils as a moisturizer? It seems that precaution can be thrown in the wind with these ingredients, but that is only at first glance!

Using oils without understanding how they affect your skin can cause serious problems. Many women who started making homemade skin care products often start using oil blends because it is easier to make then your own skin cream and requires fewer components. However, after some time, they start to notice skin rashes, dryness, or breakouts. What is the problem?

Avoid the Common Mistake of Using Facial Oil Blends

Even with its many benefits, oil is a waterless solution and cannot moisturize the skin. Water is what is necessary to make the skin smooth and elastic, not oil. However, you don’t need to avoid oil altogether because some fats can be useful to the complexion, and they are also necessary. Oils not only cover the surface of the skin with fat to prevent water loss, but they will also work as a building material to protect the exterior of the skin. Let’s dig deeper…

How Does Oil Affect the Skin?

The stratum corneum is the outer layer of the epidermis, and it is very thin. This is the protective barrier against water loss and bacteria to keep your skin healthy. Beneath the stratum corneum, the lipid barrier is located. Lipids are responsible for the barrier function of the skin, and they will protect all cells from moisture loss by providing fresh lipids to the lipid barrier when necessary.

To determine how oil affects the surface of the skin, there are two concepts called lipophilic, or fat loving, and hydrophilic, or water loving. The outer layer of the skin contains lipophilic components, and the outer epidermal lipids are made of cholesterol, ceramides, and free fatty acids.

Elements of fat and oil are necessary for the cell membranes of the skin, and because of the small size of their molecules, they can easily pass through the barrier to penetrate the surface of the skin. Moisturizing the skin with water, however, is much more complicated.

The result of dry skin is often the effect of “oiling” the outer layer of the skin. To avoid this serious issue, you must moisturize and tone the surface of the skin with a hydrosol before applying any oil product to the complexion.

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