We chatted to Jesslyn from local, natural beauty brand, Lulu & Marula, to learn a bit more about the importance of essential oils.
“We can think of many a reason why we are loving those little bottles of golden goodness. They’re lightweight, anti-ageing and super hydrating. What’s not to like? There is an oil for every skin type (yes, even for you oiler skinned gals), and we promise that you will be an oil-on-the-face convert once you’ve read the reasons that make us want to coat our faces in the stuff like it ain’t nobody’s business.
Firstly, you can fight oil with oil, because like attracts like. One of the biggest myths is that oil-based products clog pores, making skin greasy and causing breakouts. But actually, natural plant oils balance the skin’s natural oil production, while decongesting skin and calming breakouts. We recommend a double-cleanse approach to cleaning your skin in the evening, for all skin types. First you use an oil-based balm cleanser on dry skin to remove make-up, excess oils and the day’s debris, before going in with a gentle milk or gel cleanser. This ensures your skin is thoroughly cleaned and prepped for the treatment stage, so that your serums, moisturisers and oils are able to work the way they should. We recommend Lulu & Marula’s Balancing Cleansing Balm – not only does it remove make-up like a dream (including mascara), but it smells uh-mazing.
Oils are effective anti-agers without the harshness of other anti-ageing ingredients like topical retinols, which can be irritating for most skin types. Natural oils are packed with antioxidants, essential fatty acids and vitamins that reduce the appearance of fine lines and discoloration, without any of the bad stuff.
Oils give you glowing, not greasy, skin. They deliver moisture, boost radiance, and give skin that lit-from-within warmth thanks to their cell rejuvenating properties. The skin’s acid mantle is constantly under attack from free radicals, pollution, stress and harsh weather. But adding natural oils to your skin protects, rebuilds and maintains your skin’s lipid barrier, keeping you looking younger for longer. And because many plant oils are similar to the oils that our own skin produces, they are easily absorbed and won’t make your skin greasy.
Oils can be added to any skincare routine, which not only gives your skin an anti-ageing, brightening boost, they also act as a carrier for other active ingredients, enabling your other products to penetrate into lower levels of the epidermis. This not only helps to prevent water loss while hydrating the skin more effectively than water-based creams, oils enable other treatments to work more effectively. Use oils on their own, after a serum, or mixed into your moisturiser. You can also mix a few drops of oil with your foundation for additional skin care benefits and a glowing, dewy finish.
For a lavish skin treatment that works, we recommend Lulu & Marula’s Purifying Treatment Oil for oilier skins, and Nourishing Treatment Oil for drier skins. Both rejuvenate and protect the skin from ageing free radicals, while being 100% pure and natural. You’re welcome.”
What do you think, Beauties? Would you introduce oils into your skincare routine?