We used to think oils were bad for the face, but the tide has turned and we've seen the light. Not only are facial oils wonderful for hydrating your skin, they can address every concern from acne prone to mature skin.
// The 3 Step Skincare Routine: A Review //
At Thread + Seed, we advocate for a curated, minimalist lifestyle, and that doesn't stop with skincare. We think 3 steps is a great place to start your Clean Beauty routine. All you need to do is Cleanse, Tone, Hydrate then you're done! Optional fourth step when you are ready is to Treat with a mask or targeted treatment.
1. Cleanse // It's important to find the right cleanser for you, one that is tailored for your skin type and concerns. Read more about Cleansing and how to choose the right one by Clicking Here.
2. Tone // Confused about whether you need to tone, or which one is right for you? Get a better understanding of what toners do by Clicking Here.
3. Hydrate // You've come to the right place. I'm sure most of you know that it is important to moisturize after Cleansing and Toning, so let's break down the 2 ways to do it and some of our favorite picks below.
// Facial Oils versus Facial Lotions //
To understand why oils are in fact great for the skin, you must first understand what lotions are. In most cases, a lotion is just oil + water + emulsifiers. So if you use a facial lotion already, you were putting oil on your skin and you didn't even know it! A facial oil is just a more concentrated version of what's in your lotion, so you get more bang for your buck. Plus, most traditional lotions contain chemical emulsifiers that we just don't think need to be on your skin. That being said, we do carry just a few lotions in the shop that we approve of. If you simply prefer the lightweight moisture of a lotion, no worries, shop Facial Lotions Here.
// Benefits of Facial Oils //
The number one reason you need a facial oil in your skincare routine is because of their lipophilic properties. This means these specifically chosen oils are able to deeply penetrate deep into the skin, trapping water and other moisturizing elements. Because they are able to get into the areas of the skin where other, less concentrated moisturizers might not, they will make your skin smoother overall - nature's primer! Oils also help to minimize the appearance of pores. The highest quality botanical oils help to pull grime and large molecule fats from pores, making them appear smaller and less noticeable. The best, highest quality botanical oils each have properties that will aide whatever your skin's concerns are, making them a superior hydrator. Lastly, facial oils improve your skin's barrier function. They fortify the skin's natural ability to keep the bad stuff out - helping your skin strengthen it's armor.
Benefits of Facial Oils
Addresses Skin Issues
Improves Skin's Barrier Function
// Our Picks For Every Skin Type //
Sensitive: Emerald Deep Glow Moisture Oil by Herbivore
Deep moisture meets flash absorption in this skin calming and seriously hydrating blend of Omega-rich and irritation soothing Hemp Seed Oil and environmental stress defending Adaptogens including Shiitake Mushroom and Ashwagandha Root. Emerald by Herbivore Botanicals provides skin with rich moisture in a gentle form: ideal for sensitive types.
Dry: Nourishing Facial Oil by Woodlot
This vitamin-rich, luxurious facial oil by Woodlot is lightweight and absorbs quickly to illuminate + brighten your face while correcting the appearance of dry, dull skin, giving you a balanced and radiant complexion. It features some of our favorite ultra-hydrators: Rosehip, Olive, Apricot, Jojoba and Argan oil, as well as Shea Butter for solving dry skin. Plus Bergamot, Chamomile and Lavender Essential Oils help soothe your most chapped and irritated areas.
Normal: Daily Vitamin Infusion by Indie Lee
This Ceramide-enriched daily facial oil by Indie Lee will soothe and brighten the complexion. This rich blend of oils help rejuvenate skin while Vitamin C promotes a more even skin tone and glowing skin. After application skin will appear noticeably supple, smooth and beautifully nourished.
Combo: Squalane Facial Oil by Indie Lee
One of Indie Lee's best-sellers, this one is just 100% pure, olive-derived squalane oil. Squalane oil promotes skin elasticity, diminishes the appearance of age spots and hyper pigmentation, and boosts skin regeneration and color, texture and tone. It's great for combo skin because it's non-comedogenic (won't clog pores) and is quickly absorbed by the skin, leaving you feeling soft and nourished - never greasy.
Oily: Lavender + Frankincense Original Oil by Little Barn
Also known as the "OG Oil," Little Barn created this nutrient rich oil 10 years ago and it has reach cult status since. Loaded with high levels of omega- 3, 6, and 9 essential fatty acids. Powerhouse of vitamins including - a, d, e, copper, zinc, selenium, iodine, chromium, and chlorophyll. It's beloved by our staff with oily skin because of its ability to quickly penetrate the skin, leaving skin feeling soft and non-greasy.
Acne Prone: Lapis Oil by Herbivore
The star ingredient in this Herbivore oil is Blue Tansy, which holds a component called Azulene which acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial that aids in reducing redness and clarifying the complexion. Blue Tansy, alongside the other wonderful oils calm irritated acne areas and help to balance out oil production in the skin over time.
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