Hydration And Moiturizing

Face Oil or Face Cream?

When reading about skin care, the words hydrate and moisturize are commonly used interchangeably. But they are and do very different things.

Hydration is the water in the skin cell. With enough water, your skin looks and feels plump and supple. If there is insufficient water, skin will look dull and sunken, and potentially compensate for dryness by overproducing oil. It is therefore important to keep skin cells well hydrated. The number one thing to do is to drink plenty of water. This maintains proper levels of electrolytes and magnesium in your system.

Face creams contain water and emulsifying ingredients. Natural emulsifying wax is used by Alaffia in their face cream that replenishes and retains water in the top layer of the skin. Artificial ingredients are used to do this, and often show promising results initially. But don’t be fooled! They deteriorate the skin over the long term.

Face creams are a must after washing, especially after a shower, swimming, and scrubbing skin hydration is at it's lowest. Face creams are replenish water, but often do not provide enough moisturize.

Moisturizers assist with bringing oils to the deeper layers of fat and connective tissue. Face oils are the best at accomplishing this because they absorb well, especially if blended with essential oils. Quality oils combine specific ingredients to balance the skin’s natural production of oil.

If you have tendencies for overproduction -- oil skin or areas of oily skin -- apply or massage face oil on clean skin, let it absorb, and then add a face cream after. This will trap water in the skin and prevent overproduction of oil. You can switch it around if your skin is balanced.

Always use a face cream in the morning, and add face oil after absorption. Face creams are not as useful at night when there is less risk of water loss through heat and exposure. Face oils are ideal before bed. You should apply plenty on your forehead, eyebrows, and around the eyes. If you do this during the day, you run the risk of the face oil bothering your eyes. Some people sleep with masks covering their faces, and those are helpful at retaining hydration and moisturisers into the skin longer. They also help with minimizing creases in the skin while you sleep. Creases increase wrinkles.

Aura Cacia Deep Rosehip Facial Oil is a blend of sunflower oil (decreases inflammation and enhances the development of new skin cells), rosehip oil (gently exfoliates, brightens and boosts collagen formation), jojoba oil (hypoallergenic, controls sebum production, speeds up wound healing), geranium oil (naturally tightens skin without reducing moisture and suppleness), and clary sage (heals and soothes skin).

Aura Cacia Daytime Argan Facial Oil is a blend of sunflower oil, argan oil (nourishing, brightening and protects skin from sun damage), jojoba oil, patchouli oil (helps with acne, and dry cracked skin), and helichrysum oil (targets fine lines and wrinkles).

The Butters Anti-Aging Face Oil is a blend of hempseed oil (balancing and regulating skin of all types), red raspberry (assists with eczema and rosacea), cucumber seed (helps heal dry and cracked skin), sweet almond (reduces puffiness and under-eye circles), jojoba, evening primrose oil (provides nourishing omegas neem), pumpkin seed oil (provides naturally occurring zinc), tea tree (helps with oily skin and scars), eucalyptus (keeps skin moisturized and reduces inflammation), lemongrass essence, and Vitamin E (provides antioxidants).

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