skin oilOils rather than creams are becoming increasingly popular as a moisturiser in the beauty industry. They are one solution for dry skin, protecting against the ferocious winds and storms we’ve been having this winter. Easy absorption and pleasant smells are what attracts many people when choosing their product but one has to be careful to understand just what is going into the product to make it do what it says on the bottle!

Many popular beauty oil brands contain “mineral oil” as the main ingredient which is a by product of petroleum. Mineral oil is a substance of relatively low value, and it is produced in very large quantities. Mineral oil is available in light and heavy grades, and can often be found in pharmacies. The definition of a Mineral Oil is “A heavy film forming oil and a clear liquid mixture of hydrocarbons, a by-product of petroleum” Mineral oil acts as a layer that’s difficult to absorb & can clog the pores which slows the skins’ ability to eliminate toxins. It can also cause irritation to our skin, eyes and respiratory system.petrochemical

To make this oil absorb easily the 2nd ingredient is often some form of ‘penetration enhancer’ this product alters the skins’ structure allowing other chemicals to penetrate deeper into the skin. But our skin is our largest organ and we need to think as much about what we put on it as we do about what we eat.

Look for an oil which uses a petroleum free carrier oil as its’ main ingredient. The only reason to use any chemical based product is because it’s cheap. There is no need to do this if you want a quality product. There are many oils such as Jojoba, Almond or even Olive that do the job just as well, to lubricate the dry skin before moisturising.

mortar and pestleAfter establishing what the main bulk of the product is made up from then look at the ‘special ingredients’ as these are often what we are drawn to when looking at the content but are only added in small amounts. Calendula, Vitamins A and E are all super skin regeneration ingredients. Lastly look what source your lovely smell is coming from, make sure it’s not artificial. A lovely smell can be achieved with essential oils such as Lavender, Rose, Sweet Orange, Geranium and many more according to individual choice.

A gorgeous product newly available on the market is “Pure Blend Therapeutic Body Oil” from Elena’s Nature Collection. It is made from only natural, pure ingredients such as Almond, Jojoba, Coconut and Olive oils and fragranced with Sweet Orange essential oil. It’s a beauty oil that smells delicious, contains no chemicals and still does what it says on the bottle!