I hope all is well ! I wanted to talk about face oils vs moisturizer today. I hear so much great debate about the differences and the benefits of one over the other. It’s pretty simple, oils are created more natural and organically then creams.
In order for brands/manufacturers to create creamy, luxurious creams, them have to add all sorts of fillers and emulsifiers to the ingredients. This is where the toxicity comes in. The base and active ingredients start off wonderful, but to add the creamy texture, they have to add things like dimethicone – Dimethicone works as an anti-foaming agent, a skin protectant. It prevents water loss by forming a hydrating barrier on the skin. When applied to the skin, it’s known for creating a subtle gloss that feels smooth and silky to touch. It also acts as a mild water repellent by forming a protective barrier on the skin, and can fill in fine lines/wrinkles on the face, giving it a temporary “plump” look.
On the other hand, Face oils are natural products made from plant-based ingredients. Face oils are most extracted straight from plants and other botanicals. They are natural and non-toxic ( for the most far ) It’s another story if we’re taking serums which we are not and they tend to be thicker in texture. Face oils actually penetrate the skin were as stated above, creams are barriers that coat the skin.
Dimthicone is a silicone, and if you have that on your face, nothing is getting pass it. That is why most skin care applications encourage applying your moisturizer on last, it locks everything in, literally ! Though, don’t think that silicone isn’t penetrating your skin at some point. I rather not have that sinking into my skin if I can avoid it. I always say ” google ” what you’re applying to you skin and decide for yourself.
My favorite face oils are Sunday Riley – Luna Night oil, and Biossance – Squalane + Vitamin C Rose oil. I just recently started using Derma e x SunKiss Alba’s collaboration – Radiant Glow Face Oil. This oil is liquid gold in a bottle, I’m obsessed with it. It literally glows/shimmers on your skin, but doesn’t feel greasy at all. I’ve also tried and loved Tata Haper’s Retinoic face oil and love it.. but a bit pricey !
So, there you have it, the diff between Face Oils vs Moisturizer ! Hope this helps.