Want healthy, glowing skin from using pure and simple ingredients? Say hello to your new best friends: water-free products.
While good ol’ H20 is extremely hydrating when we drink it, it's not ideal when it comes to skin care. Which raises the question, why is it often the first ingredient in conventional skin care products? Not surprisingly, the answer is because it's cheap.
To increase profits, companies create water-based products with only small amounts of the beneficial oils we see listed on the package. And when you combine water and oil, you get an inherently unstable product that actually attracts bacteria and mold, so chemical preservatives become a necessity. So in addition to seriously diluted ingredients, we have preservatives that actually harm our systems.
Hmm. That doesn't sound ideal.
Fortunately, there's a glorious solution: pure, natural, oil-based skin care.
“What!?” says the girl with oily skin. Keep reading, and I promise you’ll want to give natural oils a try.
Pure oils like coconut oil, shea butter, mango butter, hemp, and more contain high amounts of vitamins, fatty acids, and antioxidants that are both extremely moisturizing and healing to the skin.
They help soothe and heal a variety of skin conditions, protect the skin from environmental damage, and aid in cell regeneration. Plus, oils like hemp seed and marula absorb super-fast, are naturally antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, and actually help to balance the skin's oil production over time, making them ideal for acne-prone skin.
So how do you choose which oil to use? Fortunately, you don’t have to; blends provide a more powerful treatment than one oil alone, due to the wider range of vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals. But if you do want a more targeted approach, here are a couple of common skin issues and the oil to treat them with.