Botanical oils have been used for thousands of years across the world and in all ancient traditions to protect, moisten and nourish the skin. They are an excellent natural source of skin-loving nutrients such as essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Oils are very similar in composition to skin sebum, one of the components of the skin’s hydrolipidic layer whose function is to protect the skin from the outside; therefore oils are recognized chemically by our body and interact positively with the other compounds on our skin. Egyptians used a variety of botanical oils on the skin including castor, olive and sesame to keep their skin looking ageless and smooth. These were so precious that research shows they were used as payment for labour!
Balms and oils are a great alternative to face creams.
Compared to creams, oils are more concentrated which means a very small amount is needed for best results.
Water based creams often require chemical additives to preserve the products and maximise shelf life. In contrast, oils have the unique ability to capture and store specific liposoluble botanical ingredients such as herbal extracts and essential oils, which act as natural preservatives, meaning extra additives are not necessary.
There is a common misconception that oils should not be used on oily skin, this could not be further from the truth! Oil-based products can help to balance the skin sebum and prevent the overproduction of oil which can often be the result of excessive scrubbing and cleansing. Well formulated skincare products, using carefully selected botanical oils, are easily absorbed into even oily skin, without clogging the pores or leaving an oily residue. Many oils also contain triterpenoids and phytosterols which have anti-inflammatory effects, so helping to calm and soothe.
To ensure you buy the best quality oils, check first that they are unrefined and organic.
All skin types, whether dry, normal or oily, need hydration. Effective hydration is vital to keep the skin healthy, supple and youthful, oils offer the best possible moisturiser for all skin types. Unlike creams, oil based products provide a protective barrier which helps to lock in water, keeping the skin hydrated for longer.
Top 3 natural oils to nourish your skin.
Olive Oil – Cold pressed and extra virgin.
Olive oil is the most similar oil to our own skin sebum and therefore recognised and well absorbed. It is full of vitamins such as A, D, K and E and contains a high concentration of squalene (often found in skincare in an animal-derived form) which is a great anti-oxidant.
Jojoba oil is an emollient, meaning it moisturizes our skin and prevents irritations, or scaly and rough patches. It is rich in iodine, which fights harmful bacteria growth that can lead to breakouts and it is very effective at stimulating collagen production.
Coconut oil is becoming increasingly popular for its many benefits. Full of vitamin E it helps to promote skin regeneration. It is also known for its anti-ageing properties and for its proteins which contribute to cellular health and tissue repair.
Inlight’s organic ingredients are infused for over a month to harness their unique strength and properties. Once the oils have been fully imbued with powerful herbal and floral properties, they are pressed and filtered to leave a pure and stunningly beautiful oil infusion to which are added final ingredients such as essential oils or beeswax.
Dr Spiezia’s patented oil blend, the Bio-lipophilic Matrix®, is at the heart of every Inlight skincare formulation. This unique blend is naturally identified and accepted by the skin thanks to its close affinity to the human sebum, to the pure, natural origin of ingredients and to the energetic frequency of the blend. At the same time the energetic vibration of the Bio-lipophilic Matrix® triggers the skin to re-tune itself to the primordial essence of health and harmony.
Each Inlight product is affirmed by its own alchemic symbol, reinforcing its unique vibration.
Notes from skin expert Dr Spiezia, Inlight formulator:
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