Facial Oils vs Moisturisers

Facial Oils vs Moisturisers

LUXWORKS Face Oils available to purchase are:

1:11 CLEANSE - Hemp Oil Cleanser

3:33 ACTIVATE - Bakuchiol Night Serum

4:44 NOURISH - Pomegranate Day Oil


These are the questions we get asked ALL the time:

Can I still use moisturiser with oils?

Where is your moisturiser in the range?

I've never used oils because I have oily skin..

I have used oils before and my skin broke out..

I have sensitive skin can I use these oils?

Face oils and moisturisers are both skincare products, but they have different formulations and functions.

Face oils are primarily composed of plant-derived oils. These oils are rich in fatty acids and nutrients that help nourish and hydrate the skin. When applied, face oils create a protective barrier on the skin's surface, preventing moisture loss and improving its overall hydration.  Which is the key to glowing skin.

On the other hand, moisturisers, also known as creams or lotions, contain a combination of water, emollients, occlusives, and humectants. Emollients help soften and smooth the skin, occlusives create a barrier to seal in moisture, and humectants attract water to the skin. Moisturisers are designed to hydrate the skin by replenishing its natural moisture levels, keeping it supple and preventing dryness.

Now, let's dive into the science behind oils and the skin dermis. The skin is composed of three layers: the epidermis, dermis, and hypodermis. The dermis is the middle layer responsible for providing structural support and maintaining the skin's elasticity and strength. It contains a network of collagen fibers, elastin, blood vessels, and sebaceous glands.

When face oils are applied, they primarily affect the outermost layers of the skin, including the epidermis. The fatty acids in oils can penetrate the epidermis, helping to improve the skin's barrier function and preventing water loss. Some oils also have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which can soothe irritated skin and protect against free radicals.

The history of cream moisturisers - their origins can be traced back thousands of years. Ancient Egyptians, for example, used creams made from natural ingredients like honey and plant oils to protect and moisturise their skin. However, it wasn't until the 19th century that modern-day moisturisers started to emerge.

In the early 1900s, advancements in cosmetic science led to the development of more sophisticated moisturisers. Scientists began experimenting with new ingredients, such as petroleum jelly (petrol based product) and lanolin (wool fat), to create creams that were more effective at hydrating the skin. These innovations paved the way for the commercialisation of cream moisturisers, which became widely available to the public.  Before this all history sits within the plant oils only being used on the skin along with natural ingredients like honey, rosewater, milk and so on.

Here are some common skincare ingredients derived from petrol or crude oil if you are curious on reading labels:

1. Petrolatum (petroleum jelly): A semi-solid mixture of hydrocarbons derived from petroleum.
2. Mineral oil: A colorless and odorless oil derived from petroleum.
3. Paraffin oil: A type of mineral oil derived from petroleum.
4. Isoparaffin: A group of hydrocarbon solvents derived from petroleum.
5. Propylene glycol: A synthetic compound derived from petroleum.
6. Polyethylene glycol (PEG): A polymer compound derived from petroleum.
7. Dimethicone: A silicone-based polymer derived from silica, which can be derived from crude oil.
8. Butylene glycol: A synthetic compound derived from petroleum.
9. Benzene: Although not a skincare ingredient, it is a carcinogenic compound found in crude oil and can be a contaminant in some skincare products.

In summary, face oils and moisturisers serve different purposes, with oils focusing on nourishing and hydrating the skin. The science behind oils and the skin dermis involves the penetration of fatty acids and nutrients into the epidermis, improving the skin's barrier function.

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