The Magic of Facial Oil

Skincare and more specifically organic skincare have become very popular recently. In recent surveys, facial skincare makes up 19% of the beauty industry as a whole. So why is skincare so hot? The no-makeup trend has helped to emphasize focus on beautiful skin and skincare. Some of the focus has to do with the desire to get glowing skin without having to wear makeup. There is also a major focus on preventing wrinkles and other signs of aging. Good news, facial oils can help with both!

As people learn more about skin care and the tools to achieving a youthful glow, they have become very focused on facial oils. Facial oils are amazing moisturizers for skin. They are designed to provide skin with moisture and lock in hydration. Facial oils that are formulated with a mixture of plant oils help to soften, nourish, and balance skin for a healthy-looking glow. If you’re aging or have damaged skin you actually need facial oil to maintain a youthful look. As you age, your skin stops producing the healthy facial oils that keep your skin plump and nourished. Adding a facial oil to your skin regime can make a huge difference!

When it comes to a great beauty oil; It’s all about the ingredients. The oils and ingredients used in the facial oil are the most critical. Using the wrong ingredients on your face can actually clog pores and create irritation or break outs. Some comedogenic (pore clogging) oils include coconut, wheat germ oil, avocado, and olive. You should also be aware of irritation and dermatitis that can be caused by essential oils. Now, let’s get into the specifics of some top performing healthy oils. 

REWIND Anti-Aging Toning Oil

Much like the changing of the seasons REWIND was created based upon premise of renewal and turning back time. A natural remedy for reducing the appearance of fine lines & aging, REWIND helps skin maintain elasticity & moisture, while preventing future signs of aging with protective antioxidants. Artisan, seasonal beauty is more than just hype: it’s the purest form of skincare available. We base all of our formulations on the latest peer-reviewed & published research. REWIND is no exception. As soon as you open the bottle, you’ll catch a whiff of sage, flowers & maybe even cookies–that’s honeysuckle and lavender; no artificial anything here.                                                               

Honeysuckle, extracted in organic squalane and jojoba oils, offers gentle chemical exfoliation via natural BHA salicylic acid, while gently assuaging inflammation through the same naturally occurring acid. Thanks to squalane, anti-oxidant flavanoids and saponins penetrate deep into the skin, for powerful anti-aging properties. Organic pomegranate seed oil offers additional skin-brightening properties through it’s high vitamin C content. 

We use squalane as the natural carrier of many ingredients because it is known to help the active ingredients penetrate deeper and faster into the skin for better anti-aging results.

What exactly is Squalane carrying?

First of all: honeysuckle.

Honeysuckle flower extract is a powerful source of anti-oxidant flavanoids and saponins, making it a good anti-ager. It’s an anti-oxidant, so it helps reduce free radicals and the aging skin damage that comes with free radicals.

Honeysuckle extract also contains a form of salicylic acid (p-hydroxy benzoic acid of the salicylic class), which you might know from acne treatments. Salicylic acid–also known as a BHA–is a chemical exfoliator that helps prevent pores from getting clogged by correcting the abnormal shedding of cells. It has aspirin-like properties (because aspirin is made from salicylic acid), giving it anti-inflammatory properties. It can improve skin thickness, barrier functions and collagen production — that’s all good news for your skin. An added benefit is that natural honeysuckle has a sweet pleasing scent which makes the use of REWIND even more wondrous.
The next ingredient, lavender flower extract, reduces redness and inflammation – both of which will make your skin look old and over-worked.

Then sage leaf and spearmint leaf extracts join the formulation. Both are high in rosmarinic acid (much more so than rosemary itself), which is a great regulator for melanin —meaning it helps keep your skin tone even and keeps dark and damaged spots at bay (while fading the ones you already have). This is especially true when using spearmint leaf and sage at the same time – which we do in REWIND.

Rosmarinic acid in spearmint leaf also helps alleviate signs of oxidative stress, and is strongly antioxidant. Overall, the carvones in spearmint leaves help reduce stress in the body, even when applied topically. Using spearmint leaf extract is just a great way to tell your body and skin to calm down.

Finally, the terpenes in spearmint leaf extract are penetration enhancers, like jojoba oil and squalane, so you don’t have to worry about the active ingredients in this formulation making it deep into your skin! Seriously, that’s a big issue that us beauty bloggers look at when weighing skincare products: Will the active ingredients in this formulation even be able to penetrate the skin? So no worries, REWIND will.
Rose damascena, extracted with pomegranated seed oil, round out the formulation. Rose damascena has been used for centuries in the Middle East for it’s anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, antitussive, hypnotic, antidiabetic, and relaxant effects. For REWIND, we just care about the first two things–reducing inflammation and protecting skin from oxidative damage due to sun exposure, pollution and other environmental factors.

Additionally, rose is high in natural skin brightener and toner, vitamin C. The reason we extract our roses in pomegranate seed oil, was to get the highest vitamin C content, bringing the brightening aspect into the formulation, alongside the melanin regulating effects that rosmarinic acid in spearmint and sage bring.

SHINE & REWIND Organic Facial Oils

SHINE Brightening Facial Oil

If you’re seeking an overall healthy glow to your skin then Shine is for you.

Brighten dark spots, fade blemishes, & moisturize dry skin with SHINE brightening face oil.  SHINE naturally fades dark spots & blemishes on the skin, for a more even skin tone. Vitamin C from pomegranate, arbutus from bearberry, glabridin from licorice fade blemish marks & brighten dark spots, while vitamin E rich argan & jojoba oils moisturize. Day or night, this oil blend is sure to please, with its light, silky texture, and soft jasmine fragrance. SHINE hydrates and nourishes, naturally diminishing the look of fine lines and wrinkles. If you wan tto read the details of all of the SHINE ingredients check here.

When do you apply facial oil?

Apply facial oil as the last step of your nighttime skin care routine and before your sunscreen and makeup in the morning. We recommend patting the oil (vs rubbing) on and allowing the oil to fully absorb before applying your makeup. Allowing the oil to be completely absorbed helps to create a natural, hydrated glow.

In summary, facial oils are totally worth the hype. Adding this additional step to your daily beauty regiment will be well worth the effort. The right facial oil will help to maintain a healthy balance, which in turn helps to avoid it skin drying which can cause breakouts, fine lines, and wrinkles. Be sure to read the labels carefully and enjoy!

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Dr. Vanessa Rodriguez is a board-certified general practitioner with more than 15 years of patient care experience. She takes an integrative approach to patient care that considers the whole person – mind, body, and spirit – and is deeply committed to assisting her patients in achieving and sustaining optimal health. Dr. Vanessa is also a skilled writer and medical reviewer, specializing in preventive care and health promotion. Her articles are written in an approachable manner that is simple to comprehend and implement in one’s own life. Dr. Vanessa’s mission is to equip her patients and readers with the knowledge and resources necessary to live their greatest lives.

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