To Oil, or not to Oil?
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To Oil, or not to Oil?

For that is today’s question.

This has been a hot topic recently, particularly in the health and wellness circles. If it has never occurred to you to question why using oils on your face instead of lotions or creams is better, or if you’d like to boost your knowledge on African organic ‘super’-oils, we encourage you to read on!

The argument against creams

We’ll spare you the scientific jargon – here are the basic facts we found on the matter:

  • Face creams are made out of mainly waxes and water, with some oils mixed in
  • Waxes building up on the skin’s surface may lead to clogged pores as they create a barrier to keep moisture in
  • The wax barrier may also prevent the oils from the cream from being absorbed into the skin

Not only this, but most face creams out there on the market (in the mainstream) contain other ingredients – often harsh chemicals and synthetic fragrances – for which consumers pay an arm and a leg given that many of these are touted as luxurious, containing the ‘finest ingredients’. These ingredients are not only harmful for your skin, they are harmful to the environment! Our motto is always; get as close to Mother Nature as possible, she knows and does best!

Your skin is at its absolute best when you are young because of a healthy lipid (oils) barrier that helps your skin retain moisture and prevent dry skin. As you grow older, your skin produces less and less oils, which is compounded if your diet includes processed or nutrient deficient foods.

Why choose botanical face oils over face creams?

For a few, simple reasons:

  • They are only nourishing and beneficial, causing no harm at all
  • They contain essential fatty acids, giving you a natural glow and keeping the skin healthy
  • On application, they are absorbed directly into the skin
  • They improve the lipid (oils) barrier/environmental protection barrier function and keep improving on further application
  • They help the skin retain moisture
  • They improve skin resilience therefore decreasing the formation of wrinkles

Here’s our pick of 4 nutrient-rich super-oils that are not only organic, they are also 100% African! They all have many amazing benefits, see which one would work best for your skin and specific needs!

Baobab oil

Cold pressed from the fruit of the upside down baobab tree, this oil has miraculous benefits. Great for all skin types, baobab oil has healing properties that work to even complexion, regenerate cells, and deeply nourish your delicate facial skin and even your hair. Great to heal eczema, psoriasis and skin conditions, its healing properties encourage cell regeneration effective but gentle enough to alleviate chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis. Rich in vitamins A, D, E and F with a high concentration of essential fatty acids, it’s a s non-greasy, highly absorbent and nourishing, restoring elasticity and hydration, soothing and so gentle it is great for those with painful skin issues too. It also nourishes hair without leaving it too oily and makes a great base for homemade perfume or massage/aromatherapy oils. Very versatile, it can be used as a moisturiser, for skin conditions or sensitive skin, as a hair conditioner, etc. 

Marula oil

Wild harvested cold pressed Marula Seed Oil – known traditionally as the elixir of youth – has powerful properties, including protective antioxidants. In fact, while it is similar to its well-known counterpart Moroccan Argan oil, it actually contains 60 percent more antioxidants. Rich in essential fatty acids Omega 9, oleic, Omega 6, and linoleic that deeply hydrate and reduce redness while nourishing, healing, moisturising and improving skin elasticity. Marula oil is a multipurpose tonic that can reportedly reverse photo damage, boost cellular activity, aid in building collagen, protect against environmental toxins, and support the health of the skin and hair. It works perfectly as an all-round and reliable moisturiser.

Moringa oil

Miracle Moringa Oil is one of the most nutrient dense skin and hair oils, enhancing your natural radiance. The perfect skin and hair food to add to your routine, for any age, it reduces wrinkles as well as blemishes and boosts and evens complexion. It’s a natural multivitamin, complete protein source filled with powerful anti-aging antioxidants. With a total of 90 nutrients and 46 antioxidants, it truly is miraculous. It deeply moisturises your skin, hair and scalp, fights aging, and helps with blemishes and breakouts. This is the oil for anti-aging especially.

Neem oil

The oil extracted from tropical Neem trees has magical medicinal properties for your scalp and hair, as well as many skin diseases. Organic and sustainably harvested, it’s an excellent moisturising oil with insecticidal and medicinal properties, packed full of anti-viral, anti-fungal, antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-parasitic properties as well as vitamin E, other essential amino acids and some percentages of fatty acids. It’s also widely used for treating many skin diseases such as eczema, psoriasis, skin allergies, ring worm, chickenpox etc as well as supporting healthy hair growth in the case of thinning hair or hair loss. This is the one to choose for skin conditions, specifically. 

For all: apply on clean skin, by putting a few drops onto your hands and rubbing gently in a circular motion. This is the only moisturiser you will need in your skin care regimen as the oils are so rich and nourishing. Make sure you exfoliate once a week to remove any dead skin cells that may have collected to ensure that the oil will absorb properly. Here’s an easy recipe for an all-natural 4 ingredient Coffee-Scrub Mask you can make up as needed.

 “I started putting a few drops of baobab oil on my face every day after cleansing and could not believe how healthy my skin became after just a week. People even started commenting on how my skin was glowing! I have stopped using blemish cream as my skin looks and feels so good.”

Jade, Cape Town

This week we have a 20% off all our oils so you can start feeding your skin with Mother Nature’s best kept secrets! Go to www.earthtribe.co.za and use voucher code: “OURSECRET” at check out. The offer is valid for one week only until 7th September.

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