What do we mean by "moisture"?
In order to achieve the best results possible from your lovely facial oils there is one simple step to achieving great results. If you have tried facial oils in the past and didn't like how they sat on the surface of your skin, this simple step will totally transform your experience!
First off, oils in and of themselves do not provide our skin with any moisture at all! Oils do many other important tasks but they do not provide moisture. When we say moisture what we are really saying is "WATER"! So if we want to moisturize our skin at the same time we are providing nourishment with our facial oils, then we have to manually add the water component ourselves.
A lotion, cream or moisturizer is a suspension of oils and water, held together with something. That something is emulsifying wax. Emulsified lotions provide a quick shot of moisture but in the long run, our facial skin will have a better chance of retaining moisture longer as it becomes more resilient by simplifying our skin care and returning to the generous use of oils to condition, heal and nourish.
Facial Oils applied to damp skin is a much overlooked and vital step in getting good oil penetration quickly. You skin will feel dewy soft and not greasy within a few minutes.
Adding moisture before applying facial oils will benefit all skin types. This technique is especially beneficial for more mature skin. As we age our skin becomes less able to absorb the richer, thicker emollient oils which bring the most benefits to our facial oils. Applying them with moisture helps soften the skin, making it better able to absorb richer, thicker oils.
HOW TO CREATE A PENETRATING, HYDRATING APPLICATION OF FACIAL OILS
By simply splashing your face with warm water, then while your skin is still damp, or even wet, apply a 3-5 drops of oil to your fingertips and gently massage.
This simple step is how you are creating a penetrating moisturizer with just water and oil, making it possible to begin reducing the amount of preserved, emulsified lotions, creams and moisturizers you are using.
This technique is a much overlooked and vital step in getting good oil penetration quickly. You skin will feel dewy soft and not greasy within a few minutes.
Allow your skin to AIR DRY - do not pat dry. By allowing your skin to air dry the oils will seal in the water and provide long term moisture retention.
Tightness is a sign of dryness. After your skin has dried completely after the first application of oils to wet skin, about 15-20 minutes your skin may feel tight. Simply splash more warm water on your face, pat a little off, and apply a few more drops oils, massage into the skin, and again allow to air dry. Most people find that 2 applications is all they need to relieve the dryness.
With the regular application of oils massaged into wet skin, over a period of time, for some that means a month or 2 depending on many factors, you will find that your skin has become more supple and better able to retain moisture and the second application of oils will no longer be needed. If you decide to forgo traditional moisturizers with emulsifying waxes, you may find that your skin needs to time to adjust to the use of facial oils (about a month). Those with dry skin should do 2 applications of facial oils during this period.
If you were very generous with the oils, you may feel a bit oily after it has a chance to dry completely and absorb the water and oils. When this happens at night I just don't worry about it, I just let it all soak in over time.
But in the morning if I over do it, I simply splash some warm water on your face, massage around, and again allow to air dry. This will wash away a bit of the oil and usually solves the problem.
HARD WATER - WE ALL HAVE IT
0ver 80% of the tap water in the US is considered "hard". Water which has a lot of dissolved metals and minerals in it is referred to as "hard water". Unless you add a softener to your household water system then your water is almost sure to be hard. And that means you are bathing in it, drinking it, washing your clothes in it, and washing your face with it. And this can spell trouble for our skin. It also has negative impacts over time on our hair, our bodies when we consume it, and the cleanliness of our laundry.
TRY HYDROSOL WATERS INSTEAD OF TAP WATER
I suggest that instead of plain water, you dampen your skin with something with a beneficial Ph. A nourishing toner, facial spritz or hydrosol water will do the trick.
We are all familiar with toners. We spritz and pat them on our skin to achieve various results. But the single most important aspect of the toning step is to adjust the Ph of the skin.
Pure Plant Hydrosol waters are the perfect choice for your water component. By themselves are are extremely gentle and mild, safe enough even for babies. They are very nourishing, containing hundreds of medicinal plant compounds including essential oils in very small amounts, making them very unlikely to cause skin irritation.
Hydrosols neutral to slightly acidic Ph matches our skin’s desired, slightly acidic pH. They won't disrupt or alter the vital functions of the Acid Mantle, that thin layer on the surface of our skin. In fact, hydrosols nourishes, restores, and conditions the Acid Mantle.
Hydrosols also contain carboxylic acids, which may explain their observed anti-inflammatory activity making them a good choice in helping your skin stay strong and resilient at any age.
SPEND A DAY AT YOUR HOME SPA
Planning on being home on a cloudy day? Take your face to the spa without leaving the house. Spritz your face with hydrosol water and apply your oils, allow to air dry. Do it again and again during the day! Your skin will love you for it. Mine does!
If you have very dry skin that just really has a tough time holding in moisture, I would suggest a high quality Hyaluronic Acid serum be applied prior to your facial oils. Apply the HA serum to skin dampened with Hydrosol waters for added hydration and beneficial plant compounds. Then apply your facial oils.