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A Short Primer on Oil in Skincare: an Essential Cog in the Skincare Wheel.

oil in skincare

Key Insights:

–           Naturally occurring oils in the skin.

–           A brief history of oil in skincare.

–           Organic oils for skincare.

–           Micronutrients of various natural oils.

–           Summary.

Skin cells consist of building blocks known as amino acids. Various factors, including excessive sun exposure, chemical applications, poor nutrition, and oxidants, affect collagen that keeps skin cells together. The damage to collagen commonly results in sagging skin and wrinkles.

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Our skin produces oil that helps fight dehydration and dryness. Oils contain fatty acids of various compositions. The amount and composition of oil in the skin differs from person to person. That is why we have normal, combination, oily, and dry skin types!

Oil in Skincare

Using the right type and amount of natural oil in skincare is a powerful tool for skin health and nourishment.

History of oil in skincare.

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Natural oils are used for skin care, skin conditions, and cosmetics for thousands of years. For example, Ayurveda is a form of alternative medicine that originated in prehistoric times in the Indian subcontinent. It used Neem oil, Sesame seed oil, and Coconut oils for various skin and hair conditions.

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Ancient Egyptians appear to have used Olive oil, Moringa oil, and Sesame seed oil for beautification and preserving youthful skin. Ancient Greeks used Olive oil as a skin moisturizer. Europeans used rosemary and cucumber seed oils to cleanse the skin.

OilSourceCompositionMicronutrients
Agran Oil1Kernel of Argan treeOleic acid, Linoleic acid, Palmitic acid, Stearic acid, Linolenic acidVitamin A, E
Almond Oil2Fruit of Almond treeOleic acid, Linoleic acid, Polyunsaturated fat, phytosterols.Vitamin E, Zinc
Avocado Oil3Fruit of Avocado treeOleic acid, Stearic acid, Linolenic acidVitamin C, E
Coconut Oil4Kernel of Coconut treeCaprylic acid, Decanoic acid, Lauric acid, Oleic acidVitamin E
Grapeseed Oil5Seeds of GrapesLinoleic acid, Oleic acid, Palmitic acid, Stearic acid, Alpha-lipolenic acidTcopherols,
Vitamin E
Hemp seed Oil6Seeds of Hemp plantOmega-6 fatty acids, Gamma-linolenic acid, Alpha-linolenic acidVitamin C, E
Jojoba Oil7Jojoba plant seedPalmitic acid, Stearic acid, Arachidic acid, Oleic acid, Behenic acid, Erucic acid, Lignoceric acid, Nervonic acidIodine
Macadamia Oil8Nut from Macadamia treeMystiric acid, Oleic acid, Gadoleic acid, Behenic acid, Palmitic acidTocotrienols
Vitamin E
Neem Oil9Seeds of Neem treeLinoleic acid, Oleic acid, Palmitic acid, Stearic acid, Alpha-linolenic acid, Palmitoleic acidVitamin E, Azadirachtin Nimbin, Sterols
Olive Oil10Fruit of the Olive treeOleic acid, Linolenic acid, Palmitic acidVitamin E Squalene
Rosehip Oil11Seed of wild Rose bushLinoleic acid, Omega-3 & 6 fatty acids, Alpha-linolenic acidVitamin C,
Beta carotene Retinol
Sesame Oil12Seed from Sesame plantPalmitic acid, Oleic acid, Linoleic acidVitamin K
Soybean Oil13Seed from Soybean plantAlpha-linolenic acid, Oleic acid, Linolenic acid, Stearic acid, Palmitic acidVitamin E
Vitamin K
Various Organic Oils for Skincare.
Peppermint-Lemon Natural Shower Gel

Oils are used for various purposes in cosmetic industry. Natural oils are used as toner, cleanser, moisturizer, and protectant for day-to-day skincare.

Most liquid soaps contain caster, coconut, and palm oils that are cheap and mass produced. High-quality soaps such as our natural shower gels use Olive Castile soap made from USDA Certified organic olive oil.

Summary

Natural oils derived from vegan sources are used for cosmetic and medicinal purposes for centuries. Today, we have a good understanding of its contents, nutrients, and benefits for skincare.

How do you feel after reading through this brief discussion? Let us know. We hope that you found this post informative and useful.

Reference:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argan_oil
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Almond#Oils
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avocado_oil
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coconut_oil
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grape_seed_oil
  6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemp_oil
  7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jojoba_oil
  8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macadamia_oil
  9. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neem_oil
  10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olive_oil
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_hip_seed_oil
  12. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sesame_oil
  13. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soybean_oil

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Skin Facts, Fun, Myths and More!

Skin Facts
Skin Facts
Let’s learn about our skin today!

We want to talk about taking good care of our skin, the largest organ of our body! And, we will discuss skin facts, fun information, myths and more. Happy reading!

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Key Insights
* Skin Layers and their importance* A touch on diet and the skin
* Interesting facts about our skin* Common factors affecting our skin
* Terminology for Cosmetic products* Suggested reading
  • Have you ever wondered how skin manages to protect our inside organs? 
  • How about protecting our skin from various external factors? What are these factors?

The ways of nature are wonderful. Let’s face a bit of a challenge and learn!

Why the skin exists?

The skin protects internal organs by providing a dry barrier.

Our skin protects against mechanical injury, heat and cold injury, microorganisms, radiation, and chemicals.

Skin Facts- Single Organ, Many Roles.

Our skin also regulates the temperature of our body by sweating.

It also responds to the temperature changes by changing the pattern of its blood flow.

Fine hair on the skin increases its sensitivity to fine touch.

The skin helps in making vitamin D. Nerves of the skin detect touch, heat and cold, and pain sensations.

The structure of the skin contains specialized cells called Melanocytes that are responsible for skin tone.

The versatility of Our Skin

How does our skin manage to perform so many functions? The answer resides in the layers of the skin!

Layers of the skin
Layers of human skin concept illustration

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* The skin has three main layers. The outermost layer is the epidermis. It has many layers of cells with the oldest cells on the outside and the youngest cells on the inside. The epidermis also provides a dry, waterproof barrier.

* The second layer is the dermis. The dermis has connective tissues, hair follicles, and sweat glands.

* The third layer is the hypodermis or subcutaneous tissue. The hypodermis has fat cells, blood vessels, and connective tissue. The nerve endings also live in this layer.

Underneath these layers lays the muscle of the skin. The muscle causes movements of the skin such as shivering and feeling of tense skin during cold weather.

Skin Facts and Fun

1) The skin is the largest organ of our body.

2) The skin covers about 2 square meter area of our body on an average.

3) It has more than 250 million cells.

4) It weighs 10 lbs. and has more than 10 miles of blood vessels.

5) The skin varies in thickness. The thinnest skin (0.2 mm) is present on the eyelid and thickest on the feet (1.5 mm). But, repeated friction increases the skin’s thickness by forming a “callus”.

6) The skin sheds the outermost cells (about 40,000 old or dead skin cells every minute). Our skin renews itself completely every 30 days.

7) The skin’s pH is acidic, ranging from 4.5 to 5.5. This acidity helps our skin fight against many dangerous pathogens.

8) Our skin is home to more than 1,000 kinds of microorganisms such as bacteria and viruses.

9) Any breakage of the skin heals with dense, fiber-like tissue (fibrous tissue) called a scar.

10) Skin represents your health, dietary pattern, and mental status. Read further on diet and skin health below.

Factors affecting the skin

Our skin receives nutrition through the bloodstream. The skin needs sunlight to make Vitamin D. Several factors affect our skin health.

The table below simplifies it.

Skin Facts- Sunlight helps the skin make Vitamin D.
Factors Affecting Skin Health
Internal factorsEffect on the skin
Inadequate sleepLowers skin moisture
Stress, anxietyChange in hormone & oil production
High fat, low fiber dietDecreased smoothness
Excessive sugar in the dietIncreased acne and eczema
Vitamin C, Omega-3 Fatty Acid in the dietIncreased Collagen, and smooth, shiny skin
External factors Effect on the skin
Sunlight exposure (10-30 minutes/day)Vitamin D production
Excessive sun exposureSunburns, cancer, and radiation damage
Chemical exposureDryness, irritation, inflammation, cancer
Repeated injury/frictionScar formation, Callus (thick skin)

A touch on diet and the skin

Our body shows pretty much what we eat.

A healthy diet helps the skin fight aging. Vitamin C, Omega 3- fatty acids, Zinc, and Vitamin E are well known for skin nourishment.

Healthy foods.

Skin Facts- Skin friendly foods!

But, a diet rich in trans fats, sugar and decreased activity adds oxidative stress on the skin. This stress makes the skin age faster and causes wrinkles early.

Yum but not so good.

Skin Facts- Yum but not so good for the skin! 

Stress, anxiety, and lack of sleep affect skin health by reducing moisture and causing dryness, wrinkling and sagging.

Myths about the skin

Now we know a bit about the structure of the skin, its functions, and its favorite nutrients.

We also learned what factors affect our skin in good and bad ways.

Let’s look at several myths about skin and skincare treatments.

1) Creams claiming anti-aging substances can keep the skin looking young.

The cosmetic industry is a $532 billion industry.

Our markets are filled with thousands of products claiming various anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging capabilities.

The cost of the product is driven by the brand name, marketing, and appearance of the product.

Most of such claims are untested, unproven and has no scientific data behind them.

2) Cleaning the skin with antibacterial soap is better than regular soap.

The skin is home to many microorganisms, including bacteria and viruses.

Many of these creatures are useful and take part in skins’ function.

Some of these microorganisms even protect us from other harmful bugs.

It is not possible to keep the skin completely free of bacteria or other organisms; it is not necessary.

Keeping your skin clean with regular soap is just fine.

Good and frequent hand washing prevents most infections.

3) Hot water provides better skin cleanse.

We feel great while taking a hot bath, don’t we?

Actually, hot water will strip the skin of its natural protectants (such as oil) and leave your skin very dry.

If your skin looks red after a wash, the water was too hot. Simple.

Skin Facts- Use lukewarm water for cleaning the skin.

4) Rubbing hard with a scrub means better exfoliation.

Ideal exfoliation removes the most superficial layer of the skin.

Hard and repeated rubbing of any type of scrub will injure the younger, budding cells.

The young skin cells give you that great look but you end up damaging them by friction!

The best exfoliation is the gentle one.

5)The price tag of a product speaks for its quality.

The brand name, aggressive marketing, and popularity drive the cost of a product.

Remember that gorgeous looking bottle with a shiny label claiming the ultimate cure?

You do. Remember its price tag of $130 for 0.5 Oz product?

A good cosmetic product is driven by the quality of its ingredients and how it helps reach your goals without causing harm.

Now, there is a price tag to this achievement and there is a reasonable method to assess the quality of a cosmetic product without having to use it.

A proper understanding of the label of the product is essential to identify a good product. 

6) If a product is labeled “natural” or “chemical-free”, it must be good for me.

First of all, one needs to determine if you are allergic to any ingredient listed on a cosmetic product.

Natural or not, allergic reactions can be serious and therefore carefully read the back panel for a list of ingredients.

A label claiming chemical-free has a vast definition (or lack of thereof) and does not exclude chemicals introduced in its base ingredients.

Improperly preserved, “natural” products can promote bacterial growth. As a result, it may cause problems for you. 

In general, reading the label thoroughly helps you understand the content and quality. It also helps you set your expectations out of using the product.

Make sure to thoroughly read the label on the backside of the product. Why?

Because it is the most important source of this information!

Read more about how to analyze a product label here.

Cosmetic Terminology

Last but not least, we want to discuss several terms used in the cosmetic and skincare world and their meaning. 

* Acidic- normal skin pH ranges between 4.5-5.5. The neutral pH is 7. Any number lower than 7 is acidic. What is pH?

* Alkaline- any pH number greater than 7 is Alkaline.

* Anti-oxidant- a substance that reduces free-radical damage. In reality, most cosmetic products claiming to be “anti-oxidant” are not proven by scientific means. Avoid such marketing words while evaluating a product.

* Emollient- a substance that increases water levels in the skin, also known as a moisturizer. An example here.

* Essential oil- an oily substance extracted from the plant while preserving its fragrance.

* Flavonoids- substances found in pigmented fruits, vegetables, nuts, and the seeds. Some claim they possess anti-oxidant properties.

* Fibroblast- a cell responsible for collagen production and keeps the skin plump.

* Fragrance- a natural or chemically produced compound used as a scent.

* Free radicals- substances generated in our body by excessive sunlight, smoking, pollution, and unhealthy diet causing skin damage.

* Fruit enzymes- mild substances derived from fruit for gentle exfoliation by breaking down keratin of the skin. An example here.

* Humectant- a moisturizer.

* Gel- a thin, pasty substance/product. An example here.

* Lotion- a thin product made with water, oils, and butter for application on the skin for moisturizing, and improving dryness. An example here.

* Cream- thicker product compared to lotion, particularly for very dry skin. An example here.

* Body butter-Shea or other butter for dry skin, and areas with naturally thick skin (palm of hands, sole of feet). An example here.

* Body balm- a cream without water!

* Serum- a deep moisturizer. An example here.

* Toner- a product claiming to improve skin tone and texture. They come in all forms- creams, serum, oils, lotions, and gels!

* Hair oil- various oil preparations used to promote hair health and growth. An example here.

Suggested reading:

In summary, our skin is a showcase of our body and taking good care of our skin is essential for well being.

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