Why Oils?

Jamie Hofmann

The reason we at Christine’s Garden of Beauty are so passionate about oil-based skincare.

Long ago, before this business was even a thought, we wouldn’t think twice about pumping out a handful of lotion from a drugstore value-sized bottle of lotion and slathering it all over ourselves. The bottles read words like “healing,” “locks in hydration,” and “moisturizes and repairs.” We trusted these words because if this weren’t true, they wouldn’t be able to put these phrases on the bottle, right? NOPE. Most lotions, creams, and facial moisturizers are water-based and contain alcohol and other harmful chemicals that dry out and damage skin. They irritate your skin and weaken the skin’s ability to naturally heal itself. What is supposed to heal, is essentially making the problem worse and contributing to a slew of other negative health impacts that we’ll discuss in future posts.

So if lotions and creams are no good, then what on earth are we supposed to use on our skin? OILS, OILS, OILS! Oil-based skincare is one of the oldest practices in the book, dating all the way back to ancient Egypt. Oils are what is called lipophilic, meaning that they keep moisture and nutrition in the skin while simultaneously creating a barrier against outside toxins. Oils like sweet almond, jojoba, and macadamia, deliver a high concentration of omega fatty-acids that intensely moisturize AND nurture the skin. But if you think oils are only good for normal to dry skin, guess again! The antioxidants found in oils like rosehip seed, evening primrose, sea buckthorn and apricot kernel are proven to heal skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles while fighting against skin-aging. Okay so this all sounds good, but can oil-based skincare do anything for oily skin? ABSOLUTELY! Hazelnut oil is our favorite for oily skin because of its antibacterial and astringent properties. It delivers nutrition to the skin while helping to control oil. Jojoba and macadamia oils are also known to draw out dirt and reduce the appearance of pores.

The oils we discussed here are just the base for healthy skincare. When these oils are taken in their organic, highest-quality form, and expertly combined with essential oils and other skin-nurturing ingredients, it creates the purest skin products possible. This is what we do. We got sick of big business taking advantage of the uninformed consumer; pushing cheap, dangerous, chemical-laden “moisturizers” on people with no regard for the major health-impacts these consumers could face in the future. This is why we strive to make the safest, purest oil-based skincare products and make them affordable enough that everyone has access to them


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