What is best equipped for almost every case? Bathroom cabinets. They often contain jars and tubes for every single facial area and for every time of day or season: here lip care is combined with eye care, day cream with night cream and tonic is placed between micelle water and serum. But what the fragrant drugstore products all have in common is the long list of ingredients that consumers without any chemical expertise will find to be like bohemian beauty farms. Transparency is not the hobbyhorse of the cosmetics industry.
All the tips and information available on skin care do not exactly make things easier. One says so, the other says so - it's a bit like looking for the right way in the jungle. So as a layman, you are somehow dependent on getting reliable information. And then every skin is different. In principle, a statement may be scientifically correct, but it still has no universal validity.
One thing is certain: all the ingredients in skin care products are daunting, even if you don't understand them; they often contain substances that have a hormonal effect. It is now generally known that parabens and silicones have unhealthy effects. In addition, creams are extended with fillers that are not caring or even harmful (palm oil, mineral oil). Many of these substances are considered to be potentially dangerous. The limit values that exist for these substances are not necessarily met either. And even if they do - no one can say exactly what this colourful mix of all these substances may ultimately achieve.
In addition to that, in many cases history creams rather belong to the make-up category and are not really a skin care product. Similar to shampoos, they camouflage the deficiencies of the skin but do not eliminate them. This is why industrial creams only cover dry skin particles (with silicone) or conceal the oily ones with a film.
Why oil is the better choice
If you want to tackle the cause of your skin problems and not just whitewash symptoms, vegetable oils are the best choice. Oil supplies important fatty acids and vitamins (linoleic acid, vitamin A, E, ...) deep into the skin layer. They also have a short (or even understandable) list of ingredients. Of course, there are also products with synthetic fillers or oils that are blended with mineral or palm oil, but the price alone does not say anything about the quality of the oil. If you want to pay attention to quality, you should choose a pure oil that is cold-pressed, natural and comes from controlled organic cultivation. Then you will achieve the desired result in your skin care and protect it from harmful substances. Antioxidants such as tocopherol (vitamin E) may be included; they prevent oxidation. If the oil was obtained by using solvents (Enriched Oil), it is better to leave it standing. In this case the concentration of the active ingredients would be lower.
The components of vegetable oils are similar to the natural skin oils. They bring the skin into balance as they support the skin's own functions. Water and oil are mixed in creams, which is a pleasant breeding ground for moulds and bacteria. Preservatives are added to prevent them from forming, but this has an unpleasant side effect: they upset the skin flora or, in the worst case, kill them off completely. Good, pure oils do not need any additives - neither preservatives nor emulsifiers.
That just leaves the comedogenicity issue. Not every type of oil is able to penetrate the skin well; they then combine with skin flakes, harden and thus clog the pores. Thus, "comedogenic" rather means "clogging" and "non-comedogenic" accordingly gives green light for impure skin. The scale ranges from 0 to 5. You can find an overview of the individual oils and their factors on the page candycush.de.
In order to remember this important characteristic, a mnemonic could help: "If the oil is very comedogenic, you will soon see pimples.
For example, coconut and olive oil are comedogenic. But coconut oil provides a lot of moisture, and many have had good experiences with it in the fight against impure skin. (What was it like with the universal validity?)
Many may think that facial oils would aggravate the problems especially with oily or impure skin, but this is not the case. Vitamin E, for example, has an anti-inflammatory effect and makes the skin more resistant so that it can better ward off negative environmental influences. Oils extracted from seeds and nuts contain many natural antioxidants. They also protect the skin and keep the cells healthy.
Interestingly, there is no need to resort to special facial oils, but you can simply take what the kitchen has to offer. On the one hand, edible oils have to meet much stricter requirements, on the other hand they are cheaper. Depending on the skin type, cold-pressed coconut or sunflower oil can be used, as well as safflower oil, grape seed oil, hazelnut oil, walnut or soybean oil or virgin olive oil.
The practical thing is: you can combine the oil of your choice with essential oils, either to enhance the desired effect or to mask the skin's own smell.
Shia from wastelandrebel.com gives the tip to mix coconut oil as a base with up to 25% with another oil. The result is a cream-like consistency which is very practical, e.g. as lip balm or as care when travelling. You will also find a list of the individual kitchen care oils and their effects.
It may be that the skin has to get used to or, better said, first of all really recover from the ballast it has been exposed to so far. In the time of the changeover the true face of the skin may show up; a condition which was already there before and which was covered by a mask until now. Now it shows what the skin needs. One may find the appearance problematic and in this phase many break off the change from oil to cream again as they blame the oil for dry skin or blocked pores. However, those who stay on the ball, search for and find the right oil and change the entire skin care program will surely soon have previously undreamed-of success. It is not necessarily enough to simply replace tubes and jars with bottles. Cleaning should be adjusted accordingly. A chemical washing gel in combination with a good oil is also not the optimum.
Dosing the right oil correctly
We are used to apply a bunch of creams, but this does not work so well when using oil. For dry skin 4-5 drops are recommended, for normal 2-3 and for oily or combination skin only 1-3 drops (so no greasy film remains). But you have to find out for yourself if this recommendation is also suitable for you. The same applies to the right oil, because an oil that does not suit your skin type could even worsen the condition of your skin. It may also be necessary to adjust the care to the season. In summer, aloe vera gel or cucumber juice may be sufficient. You will get to know your skin better over time.
Make some clean skin
In order for an oil to be absorbed well, the skin must be thoroughly cleansed beforehand, otherwise pores could actually become clogged (but this also applies to creams). All you need is water, our washable make-up remover pads, a Konjac sponge, Aleppo soap, lava clay, oatmeal - natural products that make you feel like it. Industrially produced peelings or masks should no longer be used. It is better to touch your own mask. Things that you can eat often also provide excellent moisture.
It is best to apply the oil to damp skin. This way the skin does not dry out and the low dosage makes it easier to spread. Simply use water - or rose or aloe vera water from a spray bottle for more wellness.
Last but not least: Drink enough and pay attention to your diet to supply your skin with moisture from within.
Jetske Ultee is a research doctor for cosmetic dermatology and likes to use jojoba oil herself. She writes: "Jojoba oil is a light oil that is also easily absorbed by the skin and is well suited for slightly oily skin as it does not clog the pores and literally dissolves sebum (sebum). But actually this oil is suitable for all skin types. Scientific studies show that jojoba oil can have anti-inflammatory, bactericidal and UV-protective effects. Otherwise, she also likes to use camellia or rice oil.
She also recommends keeping oils in a cool place, as they have a limited shelf life. A vegetable oil that oxidizes is not good for the skin. Ultee advises to keep the oil in the refrigerator and to pour small amounts of it into a bottle.
The closing words are dedicated to moisture: Our skin needs not only oil, but also substances that bind moisture (especially with increasing age). Oil alone cannot do this - which brings us back to food.
Buttermilk removes dead skin cells, helps to remove dark spots and provides a lot of moisture. For a buttermilk cure, simply soak a clean cloth in buttermilk, leave to work for 15 minutes and rinse with cold water. Honey also provides the skin with a lot of moisture and also has an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effect. Simply "cream" your face with a little honey for an hour or even overnight and rinse off with cold water. Hardly to top is the often quoted Aloe Vera gel as moisturizing care.
Of course, it can happen that some skin really cannot tolerate oil. In this case shea butter is a good alternative or the cream he makes himself. This way the care can be individually adapted to the skin or better adapted by adding ingredients like urea or vitamin E.
So, now you have a lot of ideas how to really equip your bathroom cabinet well. And if you still need sustainable bamboo love toothbrushes, washable make-up removal pads or other environmentally friendly equipment, you know where to find them.