There is a luxury when you consider the entire story of the ingredients
In the past few years, face oils have become a staple in women’s cabinets around the world. Generally preferred for their unique nutritive and restorative benefits, most face oils deliver dense concentrations of antioxidants, nutrients and essential fatty acids to the skin. To meet the growing popularity of face oils and skin types, many brands offer a wide variety of intelligent formulations that cater to different skin requirements and profiles.
However, the growing diversity of choice has created a new dilemma for the beauty consumer – selecting the best face oil for one’s skin type. Most face oils are not created equal. Depending on the ingredients used, oils vary in function, efficacy and quality. Finding an oil that best synchronises with your skin begins with an education of face oil and its properties.
Speaking with founders of leading facial oil brands Infiore and Vintner’s Daughter, we identify common skin types and recommend ingredients that best cater to each unique profile. By stripping blends down to their fundamental ingredients, we can cultivate an awareness of quality and efficacy in a face oil. This in turn allows us to make more informed assessments of the quality and nutritive benefits of face oils.
April, Vintner's Daughter
Working with your skin is a lot like approaching your diet
As your skin changes with the seasons, we recommend rotating your face oils throughout the year. Much like the peculiarities of the human skin, all oil appears on a spectrum; each with a unique set of characteristics that caters to different skin requirements. Some oils act as barriers to retain moisture, whilst others serve to nourish the skin. Other oils work to strengthen and protect the skin’s natural barrier.
During the colder months, the battle begins to prevent moisture from evaporating from the skin’s surface. To reinforce the skin’s natural defence, oils rich in Alpha Linoleic Acid and Linoleic Acid help to produce ceramides and reduce inflammation. This is essential in reinforcing the skins moisture-retaining barrier. These ingredients are rich in Omega 3 and 6 also work to nourish dry, winter skin.
However, as we move into the warmer months of spring and summer, our skin is exposed to longer periods of sunlight. During this period, it is essential to balance out the overproduction of natural oils and protect against free-radical damage. Oils high in antioxidants and fatty acids like evening Primrose and Rosehip Seed are perfect for post-sun healing and replenishing lost moisture in the skin.
The whole process is testimony to the expertise of craft. It is a very exact science
By familiarising yourself with the smell and texture of fresh oil, you can begin acquainting yourself with the essential characteristics of oil. To assess a good quality oil, it is important to consider its colour, texture and scent. Much like the difference between fresh and rancid olive oil, a well-crafted oil will have a silky texture and a vibrant hue. Rancid oils are sticky and tacky as a result of oxidation. Household olive oil can serve as an easy means of reference in identifying the freshness of an oil.
The next step is to consider its purity. Fillers are often commonly found as a means of bulking up the composition of an oil, and are devoid of any nutritive value. Common filler chemicals include isopropyl myristate and water to synthetically enhance the texture of the product. Highly refined versions of natural oils can further compromise the integrity of each face oil’s formulation.
When selecting a face oil, it is important to note the storage and preservation of the product. Heat and light are the enemy to natural ingredients as they accelerate the rate of product oxidation and denature the quality of the formulation. The rate of oxidation in an oil is directly related to the stability of an oil’s formula. However, the presence of antioxidants help to ensure the stability of an oil’s formulation. For luxury natural brand InFiore, natural oils such as Rosemary extract and Sunflower oil act serve a good source of vitamin E , ensuring a longer shelf life and reducing oxidation.
Brooke Holm was born in California, USA and moved to Australia when she was nine with her mother and three sisters. Living there for 20 years, she established her photographic practice dividing her time amongst commercial, editorial and fine art projects. She now lives and works in New York. Salt & Sky brings together Brooke Holm’s landscape photography with her keen eye for linear compositions in a series that depicts the salt fields of Western Australia. Holm is fascinated with both the tension and bond that exists simultaneously between humans and the natural world. The salt field landscapes that she captures are based within the UNESCO Heritage site of Shark Bay and in her eyes provide a visually stunning example of nature and human intervention entwined. Shot from above, the salt ponds and harvested fields create graphic compositions with painterly textures in ice-cream hues.