Lines may be drawn between those who favor water-based over oil-based skin care products and vice versa. We maintain it is not a matter of one over the other but a combination of the two that works best to hydrate and rejuvenate the skin. Water and oil do mix when carefully formulated to protect and nourish the skin. The role of moisturizing skin care products is to add water to your skin and keep it there. The right combination of water and oils is needed for this to be effective.
We are water-based creatures. Skin absorbs water faster than it does oil. Up to 60% of the human body is made of water held in cells, tissues, bones and organs. Water is the body’s natural distributor of essential nutrients on the cellular level and removes waste that organs reject.
Water has a lighter texture than oil and is less likely to clog up pores. Water based products used at night allow the skin to rejuvenate along a natural cycle with the rest of the body. However, water-based skin care products do require preservatives to prevent contamination from micro-organisms. Read the label to understand what preservatives are used and in what volume.
Oils such as Jojoba and Olive attract water and provide a gentle way of hydrating and cleansing by breaking up dirt. These oils absorb into inner layers of the skin but don’t reach the cellular level as water does. Natural oils balance excess oil production so they can be used effectively on oily skin type. Natural oils help your skin get its glow on without harsh chemicals. Their anti-oxidants create a protective barrier and trap moisture.
Both Oil and Water
Throughout the day water is much more likely to leave the skin than enter it. The amount of water in your skin is higher than that in the air that surrounds you. Unless you apply a barrier such as a moisturizer to hydrate the skin, it will dry and flake and cell turnover will slow down. Humectants such as glycerol help moisturizers keep water in the skin.
Without enzymes, skin cells can lose their ability to retain water and shed old skin cells. Being water soluble, amino acids and salts that retain moisture on the skin’s surface can be washed away by harsh soaps and detergents. An oil and water based product gently cleanses without stripping the skin’s surface. It also delivers anti-oxidants and other essential nutrients to cells.
Certified organic extra virgin olive oil is great for your skin because it’s LOADED with nutrients and antioxidants like Vitamin A and E, It penetrates deep into the skin, repairing sun damage while promoting elasticity to your skin and ensuring that your skin is hydrated. Certified organic jojoba oil closely resembles human sebum (the oil naturally produced by skin), making it effective for a wide range of skin types and conditions. Dry or oily, young or mature, jojoba helps bring balance to skin. They are both amazing carrier oils. That’s why we love them.
Skin care products that contain water and natural oils deliver benefits to the skin that one or the other alone will not provide.