Skincare Oils: Food, Not Fad
In a recent beauty article in Good Housekeeping, Dr. Rebecca Lasheve states, “You should really start using face oils” because they: “can reduce your wrinkles”, are “good for dry skin”, “really protect your skin”, are “the perfect primer for makeup”, “can calm down rashes”, and are “great for banishing zits”. She specifically lauds the benefits of high quality oils like macadamia nut oil and jojoba oil. Thank you, Dr. Lasheve, we here at Pure Mana wholeheartedly agree!
In a Marie Claire article this August, beauty editors Chloe Metzger and Taylore Glynn boldly proclaim, “We’re here to shout from the rooftops that face oil is the one product that can actually treat your skin issues while giving you the bright, glowy, clear face of your dreams. And yes, every single skin type can use it (according to me, your derm, and your derm’s derm).” The boldface is their doing because they want you to know they really mean it.
So, in the words of your therapist, let’s unpack this. Why are oils the bee’s knees…or the tree’s knees? Hand pressing oils is like fresh-squeezing a plant that has absorbed and made usable all the rich goodness the earth can offer. Skin needs this goodness to supplement its own natural function. The skin has 3 layers, from surface to deepest: epidermis, dermis, and hypodermis. The deeper layers produce oils and push them to the surface, creating a protective barrier to external aggressors and sealing in the skin’s hydration. In a March 2019 article on Self.com, Dr. Tyler Hollmig, Dir. of Laser and Aesthetic Dermatology at Stanford Health Care, explains, “Skin oils [that your face produces] are critical to maintaining the barrier and minimizing water loss, which is essential for healthy, hydrated skin—and for preventing outside chemicals and irritants from entering the skin.”
But what happens if the skin does not produce enough or produces too much of its natural oils? With our modern diet, mounting daily stress, and the drastic rise in environmental toxins and UV rays, both of these possibilities are increasingly true. This is where high quality skincare oils come to the rescue. Oils like macadamia nut oil and green coffee oil most closely match the skin’s natural sebum and are thus easiest for the skin to absorb and assimilate. They contain essential fatty acids that counteract free radicals and balance skin’s natural oil production – reducing inflammation and irritation and nourishing glow. They also provide your skin the necessary nutrients to bolster its protective barrier – keeping hydration in and external toxins out (softer smoother skin, less lines and wrinkles). They even facilitate healthy cell regeneration.
Your skin is the body’s largest organ, and its job is not only to protect everything inside but to absorb whatever is put on it. High quality, pure, organic oils are literally food for the skin.
We here at Pure Mana want to feed your skin from the same land we feed our own children from, so we’re providing you only the purest hand-pressed oils produced from our own organic, hand-cultivated, hand-harvested trees that we have fed the most potent nutrients and minerals. Like your soul, your skin craves what it needs to nourish and nurture its greatest radiance. Oils pressed from the earth’s bounty fulfill that craving.
** To learn more about the specific benefits of macadamia nut oil, check the “older posts” blog archives for “Mac Nut Oil: Nature’s Most Powerful Skincare in a Nutshell”.