Need a moisture boost for your skin? Have you tried a facial oil or a serum for an intensive burst of hydration? Could your body be doing with some TLC and you don't know where to start?
Read on for your guide to oils and serums and how they can benefit you.
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Why would I need to use a facial serum?
A serum is a fast absorbing carrier with highly concentrated ingredients to penetrate your skin. The molecules are smaller in size than those in an oil or moisturiser and as a result, they can penetrate into the deeper levels of the skin. It acts like a delivery system for the ingredients that you want to get the benefits from. They are
most often made up of active ingredients for a particular skin type or skin problem. If you wanted to stimulate collagen production, you would use a product that contains peptides or hyaluronic acid. Adding hyaluronic acid to a moisturiser or gel will have a different effect to adding it to a serum. In a gel or moisturiser, it penetrates the top layer of the skin and will absorb and retain water giving a moisture boost. In a serum, it will be active at a deeper level and while it will still retain moisture, it will also be working to regenerate skin cells.
What is hyaluronic acid?
Pure hyaluronic acid is a carbohydrate molecule that naturally occurs in your body. It lubricates the connective tissues in our skin and joints. It is a humectant so it takes moisture and holds on to it. This is why its so effective and we see so many hyaluronic acid skin care products. Many women have hyaluronic acid fillers to plump their lines and wrinkles. It is very effective and because our body produces it naturally, it tends to not reject it when its introduced artificially. Hyaluronic acid can hold 1000 times its own weight in moisture.
Pure hyaluronic acid can kick-start collagen production and as its collagen and elastin that hold our skin cells together, the use of hyaluronic acid products make sense. Imagine a pair of brand new tights, from the packet they are sleek and hold their shape. Now imagine those tights when you have taken them off after a days wear. They are bagging and out of shape. Collagen and elastin are what keeps your skin looking like the brand new tights. As you age, collagen and elastin production slows and skin starts to feel loose and wrinkled.
Hyaluronic acid will boost collagen and elastin production and this, in turn, will stop the signs of ageing.
Vitamin C is popular and effective. It is a powerful antioxidant. You will see it noted on ingredient lists as l-ascorbic acid. Using vitamin C on skin helps to protect the skin from UVA and UVB radiation. It can reduce the effects of sun damage in deeper levels of the dermis.
Too much vitamin C can cause irritation so restrict the use to either a serum or a vitamin C moisturiser. Don't go using both.
Argan oil is the new black! There is argan oil hair care, argan oil body butter, argan oil body lotion and so many more products containing this wonder oil. The reason being that skin and hair reap massive benefits from it.
The high linoleic acid content makes it ideal for acne-prone skin. It has been proven in clinical studies to reduce inflammation caused by acne. It hails from Morocco where it has been used for hundreds of years to treat wounds and nourish skin and hair. The slow-growing trees that the nut comes from, are so revered that in 1998, the argan forest was declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO. Rich in vitamin A and vitamin E, Omega 6 essential fatty acids, the natural oils from the argan nut replenish lost moisture and promotes healthy skin and hair.
Tamanu oil hides its light under a bushel. This incredible oil really should be shouting its benefits from the rooftops. It is proven to quickly disperse bruising in the elderly. Tamanu oil has a unique ability to promote skin cell rejuvenation through the growth of new, healthy skin tissue, the anti-ageing benefits of tamanu oil and tamanu oil-based products are obvious.
Jojoba oil and marula oil are both nourishing and hydrating. Marula oil is full of fatty acids and is very soothing on sensitive skin. Jojoba oil can fight infection as it helps to control bacterial growth. It acts as an anti-inflammatory agent, soothing irritated skin. When used regularly, Jojoba oil can control acne.
Oily skin & Oils?
Oily skin reaps benefits from introducing a facial oil. Contrary to belief, adding a facial oil into your skin care routine will help the sebaceous glands to regulate and not over produce sebum.
Oily skin types can get great results from the introduction of face oils. An oil cleansing routine will also decrease sebum production. It goes against everything you were ever told about dealing with oily skin but trust us, we at Danu World have done our research and we can guarantee you that this is clinically proven to be the case. Have a look at an oil cleansing method for yourself. Lyonsleaf has a super oil cleansing kit and it would be perfect for any teenager experiencing acne-prone skin.
For a parched and dehydrated skin, you can take your pick of facial oils. You probably have sensitive skin too as dry skin can develop redness and sore areas. You will show fine lines earlier than someone with an oily skin and need help from an intensive daily facial oil.
A big mistake people suffering from dry skin make is to choose a heavy thick moisturizer in the belief that it will hydrate their skin. What it actually does is block the skin and pores and causes breakouts. Using a facial oil under a moisturizer is the way to boost hydration and get your skin comfortable and healthy. Your face will thank you for it.
Eye serum use is on the increase. The skin around the eyes is tissue paper thin and will react poorly if a heavy moisturiser or oil is used on it. Anti-ageing serum is recommended for use on fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. The active ingredients can penetrate to the level that they work at and your eyes should look and feel much better quickly. An eye-serum containing ferulic acid is anti-ageing. It works well with vitamin c and hyaluronic acid. Ferulic acid is an antioxidant found in the cell walls of plants such as rice and oats and the seeds of apples and oranges. It aids cell regeneration in the fruit and will do in your skin too. It is a powerful naturally active ingredient.
Have a Massage!
Body oils can be used for massage although it's preferable to use a formulated massage oil. A body massage oil will generally be a blend of essential oils in a carrier oil. L
avender massage oil is wonderful for babies and small children. The fragrance of lavender is a sleep aid and will relax your child before bed. Body oils are also good for massaging into stretch marks or for use to prevent stretch marks in the first instance. Keeping skin supple and elastic means you are less likely to suffer the tiny tears that cause stretch marks. There is nothing more soothing than a relaxing bath, a fragrance oil burning and some time alone to clear your mind. Slather a shea butter moisturiser over your body and you are ready for bed.
Supplements such as evening primrose oil or sunflower seed oil will help to nourish your skin from the inside. Check your diet and see where you can add essential fatty acids. Oily fish is a great source and its good for brain development too!
All of our natural body oils and facial oils are selected for the benefits to you.
We believe in harnessing the power of nature and are confident that you will love the essential oils and products we have chosen for our shop.