Applying oils to your skin?! Yes!
Some may find using pure oil blends instead of creams unconventional, but natural oil blends have been used in skincare for thousands of years, and are becoming more and more popular in the modern beauty world.
The Difference Between Creams & Natural Oil Blends
The majority of creams and lotions are a blend of water and oil, most being as much as 70% water. The oil that is used can be the cheap petroleum derivative paraffinum liquidum which, in short, provides no benefit to your skin. In the natural and organic skincare market the oils used should be more beneficial plant oils, in either an emulsion with plain water or a floral water. In order to mix these two components emulsifiers and thickeners are used, plus preservatives must be used due to the presence of water which can breed bacteria. Pure oils blends do not require these additives; instead each ingredient is used to bring benefits to your skin. Pure oil blends are also cold-blended, no heat is needed to make the blend unlike creams which need heat to emulsify the product; this can damage the fragile ingredients that contain the most nutrients. There are a small number of excellent organic skincare companies that cold-blend their creams, but this is not the norm.
Creams & Waterproof Skin
Our skin contains a sebum layer, made of natural oils, found at the skin’s surface. This layer forms a protective barrier for our skin, and it is water-proof. A water-based moisturiser can therefore not penetrate this layer and take its ingredients down into the skin, instead it sits on top of the skin plumping the top layer of cells with water giving the impression of moisturised skin. Alternatively some moisturisers contain ethyl alcohol or ethanol which breaks down this sebum layer so that their ingredients can penetrate, which can be damaging to the skin, and can result in dryer skin so we feel we have to apply more cream, and the cycle continues.
Natural Oils for Skin
As oil blends contain no water, their composition is quickly absorbed past the waterproof layer of skin, taking their wonderful benefiting properties with them; Blue Labelle skincare oils provide your skin with nutrient antioxidant vitamins minerals proteins and omega oils, and their essential oils deliver wondrous properties to the body and mind.