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How to use skin care oils

Learn how to use skin care oils. These nut and seed derived plant oils are a natural addition to your body care experience, protecting, nurturing and replenishing skin after cleansing and on the go.

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To clean your face without the stripping effects of cleansers, try the oil cleansing method, which replaces soap with skin care oil.

To expereince the benefits of skin care oil, try swapping it for your regular lotion or moisturizer. Simply apply a small amount to clean, damp skin.

To make a simple DIY oil-based body scrub or exfoliant, combine 5 tablespoons ground almonds or oatmeal with 2 tablespoons skin care oil. Scrub skin, rinse with warm water and pat dry. 

To remove make-up with a skin care oil, simply apply a small amount to a cotton ball or facial cloth and gently wipe away make-up. 

To make a simple DIY face and body mist, combine 2 ounces water and 1/2 teaspoon skin care oil, pour in a spray mister bottle, shake and mist skin. Great during hot, dry, windy days or dry indoor air.

Our skin produces a protective layer of oil, called sebum, that includes a balance of ceramides, cholesterol and fatty acids. This layer is called the acid mantel and is a very important feature of healthy, balanced skin. Serving a very important protective function, the slightly acidic pH of the acid mantle creates an environment that is not conducive to bacteria or yeast overgrowth. It also creates a waterproof layer that protects against moisture loss from the epidermis. Over-cleansing, dry air and environmental pollutants have the potential to disrupt the balance of the acid mantel, rendering the skin vulnerable to damage, dryness, infection and disease. The fatty acids in skin care oils offer a way to replenish and renew the acid balance, especially immediately after cleansing. Soap and surfactant based cleansers do dissolve excess oil and carry away dirt and dead skin cells, but they also essentially strip away the protective acid mantel while turning the slightly acid pH to a more caustic base pH. It is vitally important to replenish the acid mantel with fatty acids present in skin care oils after cleansing.

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