In the age of social media, it can be hard to separate fact from fiction. Skincare advertorials look more like journalism than marketing, and subreddit threads are often filled with myths propagated by even the most well-intentioned individuals. One long-standing myth is that oily skin and facial oil don’t mix. That may be true for certain types of oils, but we’re here to put the issue to rest once and for all because having a good facial oil in your skincare arsenal can do a lot more than just amp up your glow factor.
Facial Oils Solve Multiple Skin Concerns
You’ve heard the phrase, “they’re oil and water.” Well, your skin needs both, and when you pour them in a glass together, you’ll see that the oil rises to the top. When it comes to facial oils, they penetrate the outermost layer of your skin (known as the stratum corneum or barrier layer) and prevent moisture (aka water) from escaping. The Lorde + Belle Radiant Face Elixir harnesses the power of plant-based carrot seed, citrus peel, and fruit oils because they work synergistically to:
Increase skin hydration
Slow skin’s aging process
Balance sebum production
Amp up antioxidant powers
Fend off damaging free radicals
Lessen the look of fine lines and wrinkles
Protect the skin from stress, pollution, and UV rays
Provide the benefits of retinol without the side effects
Having Oily Skin Isn’t a Bad Thing
We know. We know. If you’re battling breakouts due to oily skin, you probably think oil is the enemy. In actuality, the American Academy of Dermatology Association says, “People with oily skin tend to have thicker skin and fewer wrinkles.” Why? “Oil helps preserve the skin.” So, if you’ve been using harsh, stripping products in attempt to regular your skin’s natural oil production, it’s time to stop. Doing so may be causing your sebaceous glands to work overtime.
Oil Balances Oil
Huh? Yes, we want you to use oil to take the burden off your skin. The key is to use the right oil. Every oil is unique, just like your skin’s sebum. For example, the jojoba esters found in our Radiant Face Elixir are very similar to the oil in human skin. When applied topically, research has shown that jojoba not only moisturizes skin; it also has anti-acneic, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties. In short, that makes it perfect even for oily skin.
Powerhouse Oils Benefit Most Skin Types
When you’re trying to decide which face oils are right for your skin, it’s important to understand both your goals and your skin type. Almost all oils will prevent transepidermal water loss (TEWL). Beyond that, you need to dig a little deeper to reap the benefits of a facial oil’s key ingredients. Our Radiant Face Elixir contains both Bergamot Peel Oil and Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil. Both oils work to normalize skin’s natural oil production without feeling heavy or clogging pores.
Carrot Seed Oil is a great option for people with sensitive, dry, and oily skin because research has revealed that it contains a high concentration of both oleic and linoleic acids. If you’re questioning the logic behind applying a facial oil if you already have oily skin, research has shown that oily-skinned individuals often lack linoleic acid. Carrot seed oil helps correct this imbalance and benefits those looking to slow the signs of aging as well.
Beta-Carotene in Oil Acts Like Retinol Without the Downside
Carrots are a rich source of beta-carotene, which is a precursor of vitamin A. For years, scientists thought beta-carotene was only converted into vitamin A internally. Recent studies, however, have shown that beta-carotene penetrates the skin barrier, improves skin texture, and evens tone similar to retinol without the irritation.
Antioxidants in Oil Protect Skin from Environmental Stressors
And in case you need another reason to use plant-based oils in your routine, many of them fight free radicals found in everything from pollution to stress. Rice bran extract, which softens skin, contains 100+ antioxidant compounds, so we combined it with rosemary leaf extract and naturally lightweight olive-derived ethylhexyl olivate to give your skin a calm, healthy glow.
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Want to learn how to use a facial oil in your routine? Ask your Lorde + Belle Brand Partner about pairing the Radiant Face Elixir with other skincare products to give your skin the nourishment it needs.