Our series this April will focus on trends, news and technologies in dermatology! Let’s start off with one of the recent trends in skincare: skin oils.
Where did this idea come from?
Many cosmeceuticals have included plant-based oils as a component in their products, but recently there has been a resurgence of using the pure oils only on the skin because this is “all natural” and perceived as healthier for the skin. This idea is not really new, as many ancient cultures used some type of oil in their skin & hair care, but has come back as a “new” trend as we are all looking to use more natural, organic & healthy products & foods. These days, some oils may be 100% or may be featured in a cream or other product.
What are skin oils used for?
Oils are used to moisturize the skin. As I’m sure you remember from science class, oil repels water. When oils are applied to the skin, this causes the oils to lock moisture in your skin and keep it from evaporating out of the skin.
How are they used?
Skin oils are used on skin when it is still damp, such as when you have just gotten out of the shower, to seal in the moisture. Usually, just a few drops of oil go a long way.
Are they for all skin types?
Most skin types can use skin oils. If you have oily skin, your skin may benefit from skin oils, but be careful about the type and amount you use. The issue with using pure oils is that everyone’s skin tends to react differently. There are people who swear by coconut oil, and others who say it made them breakout or irritated the skin; that is the difficulty.