Why organic oils make sense for hydrating mature skin
Jane Sandwood tells us why organic oils make sense for hydrating mature skin.
Why Organic Oils Make Sense For Hydrating Mature Skin
Dry skin is a common condition among seniors, as reported in a study by E Foy and colleagues, owing in no small part to the fact that mature people can have several incurable – but treatable – chronic diseases that can affect skin health. Factors such as taking specific medications (diuretics, especially), overusing heating or air conditioning systems, and general age-related changes in skin (such as the lower production of collagen and elastin) can affect skin smoothness and hydration. By the same token, medications can make skin more reactive to commercial skincare products containing harsh ingredients such as parabens, fragrances, and other chemical components. For those with dry skin, organic oils can benefit the skin in many ways, trapping moisture in and helping to combat the effect of medications and lifestyle factors that cause dehydration.
Why Are Plant Oils So Effective?
A study by T Lin and colleagues highlights why plant oils can benefit dry skin. Essentially, plant oils contain specific components such as triglycerides, phenolic compounds, and antioxidants, which act synergistically to achieve several aims. Some of the most important properties of these oils include the ability to improve balance in the outer layer of skin, as well as their antioxidative and anti-inflammatory properties. Plant oils can also exert an anti-microbial effect, promote wound healing, and even wield anti-carcinogenic benefits.
A Bevy Of Oils To Choose From
Today, oil-based brands like DHC (born in Japan) are creating entire skincare lines centred around one or more oils. In the case of DHC, organic olive is the star ingredient in products such as collagen creams, cleansing oils, collagen mists, and eye creams. Organic olive oils are ideal for sensitive skin because they contain no pesticides and are gentle on both the face and the body. Just one product can effectively remove dirt from pores and battle dryness all at once, without the need for stabilisers, preservatives, and other ingredients. Other oils used on the skin by top brands include seabuckthorn, buriti fruit, argan seed, rosehip seed, raspberry seed, cranberry seed, and tamanu oils. Some brands (like famed luxury brand, ISUN (which develops products made from wild crafted, organic oils) use several of these oils together to make the most of their antioxidant power, while lending products a natural fragrance and texture that is a pleasure to utilise daily.
Are Plant Oils Pleasant To Use?
For decades, consumers who use skincare regularly have preferred creams to oils, largely owing to the fear that oil can clog pores and cause acne outbreaks or leave an unpleasant sheen on the face. In fact, the oils mentioned above are non-comedogenic (i.e. they do not clog pores). Moreover, they are quickly absorbed into skin and can be applied beneath makeup. Even those with oily skin can benefit from the use of natural organic oils, since often, the cause of overactive sebum glands is surface dehydration.
If you have mature skin that is prone to dryness, your skin condition could be caused by various factors – including the natural ageing process of skin. Organic oils are a good choice, since they are antioxidant-rich and are able to effectively lock moisture in. Moreover, they are free of synthetic preservatives and stabilisers, which can wreak havoc on skin and, ultimately, do more harm than good.