- Are Serums / Oils better than creams?
In most instances, yes, serums/ oils benefit from being 100% active and easily absorbed by our skin. Creams on the other hand can contain anywhere between 30 and 60% water. This water really has no benefit for the skin. Serums / oils also tend to be made up of much smaller molecules than creams thus absorbed much more quickly.
- My skin is quite oily, is it still ok to use oil based skincare?
Yes this is in most cases fine. It is a myth that adding oil based skin care products to oily skin will make the skin much oilier. Oily skin is usually down to the body’s own over production of sebum and is sometimes a product of over cleaning the skin and removing the oily barrier, causing the body to overproduce sebum to compensate. Using oil based skincare products can often help to re-balance the skin and remove problem oily skin.
- So cleansing could be bad for my skin?
No, cleansing is essential for your skin’s long term health. It clears away dirt and bacteria, keeps pore ducts open and exfoliates surface skin cells. Cleansing will of course change your skin’s balance with its environment by stripping its protective oils that act as natural barriers to the elements. It is harsh cleansing that can lead to oil or sensitive skin. The key is to use a gentle cleanser every day.
- What really is a cream?
A cream is simply a product that is made up of 3 key constituents, water oil and an emulsifier. Under normal conditions oil and water don’t mix but add in the properties of an emulsifier with a little energy (mixing) and the three ingredients form what is known as an emulsion or cream. The resultant cream has the benefit of being able to deliver oil soluble and water soluble active ingredients to the skin.
- So what’s so great about natural plant oils?
The thing about plant oils is that they are all chemically different from each other, although some are plants oils have chemical structures that are closely related. Within most plant oils can be found a whole host of beneficial elements, elements that will provide a vast array of skincare benefits. The sheer diversity of plants therefore provides us with a wide range of beneficial ingredients to use in skincare products.
- What exactly is 100% natural?
This is a very interesting question and an area that is often misunderstood. In truth there are no clear guidelines to what 100% natural means in skincare and is therefore open to interpretation by marketers and brands alike. We like to take a clear simple approach using only ingredients that occur naturally in nature and undergo little or no changing from their original state save minimal refining.
- So natural ingredients are better, right?
Not necessarily, although Mother Nature provides us with some really beneficial ingredients we have to be careful to ensure these ingredients do not contain components that are harmful to humans. We must also consider that in our relentless pursuit of perfect younger looking skin it is sometimes necessary to turn to science and use ingredients specifically developed to provide quicker longer lasting effects.
- Which is best 100% Natural or Organic?
Firstly we need to understand that natural and organic are completely different things. Within skincare natural refers to products that include ingredients which fit the natural criteria of each skin care company. Organic by definition relates to the use of ingredients that are produced and involving production without the use of pesticides, artificial fertilizers or synthetic chemicals. So organic refers to the way certain ingredients are harvested and refined but can also of course be classed as natural. Ethically and environmentally organic ingredients are better however, are skincare products that contain organic ingredients better than those with non organic ingredients? In truth there is usually very little perceivable difference in performance.
- At what age should I start using anti aging products?
Around the age of 25, the skin starts to weaken and deteriorate as the effects of early growth become less. This is also the age when we tend to start expose our bodies to external elements that age our bodies, such as UV rays, toxins, stress and pollutants. If you have already reached this age, you should consider incorporating products that help prevent the signs of aging into your skincare regime.