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Last updated on November 30th, 2016
Creams and lotions are mostly water.
Creams and lotions are a combination of oil and water; they are mostly water. Since, as you may have heard, oil and water don’t mix, they are bonded together with an emulsifier. Depending on the manufacturer and the type of lotions or creams, the proportions usually are 80% water and 20% oils. And in some cases, lotions contain even less than 20% oil. The thinner the lotion is, the more water it contains. So when you buy a cream or lotion, you mostly pay for water, while facial oils are more concentrated, and therefore will last you a long time.
Facial oils do not need preservatives
Because there is no water in facial oils, there is no breeding ground for bacteria and mold. Preservatives are not needed. In creams and lotions, a formulator has to use preservatives to prevent bacteria and mold contaminations. There are lots of different types of preservatives and some of them can irritate the skin or act as hormone mimicking substances.
Facial oils give you the power to balance your skin.
Depending on how your skin feels on any given day, you can apply more or less oil. If your skin is very dry, consider applying more oil on damp skin; usually that means 2 drops for your face. And when your skin is not dry, use one drop of oil and more water to spread the oil evenly over the face. I normally put one drop in my palm and wet my fingers with water, mix the water and oil in my palm and apply the mixture to my face. Or you can apply water to your face first and then follow with oil. In other words, you create a cream or lotion in your palm, depending on how much oil your skin needs.
Facial oils deliver concentrated antioxidants and nutrients straight to the skin.
Because facial oils are made only with oils without water, preservatives, silicones, and emulsifiers, every ingredient in them is for the benefit of your skin. Unlike creams and lotions, there are no ingredients that are in there for the sake of making the product easier to use or store.
Facial oils are better for the environment.
Because creams and lotions are made mostly of water, creams and lotions are either heavier or you have to buy them more often, increasing the environmental toll in getting the products from point of manufacture to your home.
Here is a list of facial oils you might like:
Acure Organics Seriously Firming Serum – Great for aging skin
Meow Meow Tweet Face Oil – Good to try if you have blemish prone skin
Weleda Almond Smoothing Oil – It is great for very sensitive skin because there are essential oils
Evanhealy Rosehip Treatment Serum – It is perfect for those with normal to oily skin.
Spa 4 U Liquid Gold Youth Serum – It makes my skin glow
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