The skin is the body’s largest living organ, and skin has the power to protect the body from the outside environment by maintaining homeostasis keeping harmful microbes and chemicals out. However, if we choose to continuously use artificial, synthetic, and chemically loaded skincare, then it can disrupt the skin barrier and once the skin barrier is disrupted then unfortunately doors are wide open for numerous skin problems/diseases.
Plants and plant extracts like seeds, flowers, leaves, roots, fruits, oils, spices, and herbs have long been used for skin beautifying purpose for centuries in skincare in ancient India, Egypt, and Rome.
Can facial oils and plant butters help us in aging backwards?
We are born with natural layer of fats/oils on our skin aka epidermal lipids that preserves and protects the youth of the skin against water/moisture loss but when the natural layer of skin gets disrupted due to aging, harsh skincare products, too many products and/or environmental stressors we tend to experience dry, dull, dehydrated, flakey and lifeless skin.
Facial oils and plant butters deliver the missing fats/oils/lipids to the surface of our skin, to help our skin retain its natural moisture. However, be mindful that not all oils and botanical butters are created equal. These days, due to marketing gimmicks, smart word play and too many options, a consumer can feel lost and overwhelmed and in desperation give in and buy the adulterated versions. The adulterated ingredients will do more harm than good. Coming back to botanical oils and butters, it might sound counterintuitive to people with oily skin, but oils and butters keep skin in its natural element, with the help of right oils and butters, skin is well equipped to fight trans epidermal water loss on daily basis.
What is Trans Epidermal Water loss?
From infancy till teenage our skin is plump, juicier, and full of life but as we start to age, we start to lose the same plumpness, juiciness, and vitality from our skin. As we age, it is a natural process for our skin to start losing moisture (fats/oils/lipids) throughout the day, and it is called trans epidermal water loss.
To protect and preserve skin against trans epidermal water loss we need to maintain healthy skin barrier and to maintain healthy skin barrier we need to ensure that skin retains as much moisture as possible and to retain as much moisture possible we need transformative OILS & BUTTERS.
Can plant oils & butters replace a moisturizer and preserve the health of our skin barrier?
In my opinion, oils and plant butters are far better option than creams and lotions because high quality, organic and holistic oils & butters are full of phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids minus fuzzy ingredients that are required to form silky emulsion and soft texture in the creams and lotions to be appealing for our senses, but they are detrimental to our skin’s lipid barrier in the long run. As healthy diet is required by our body for it to function optimally likewise, we need holistic and living skincare for health of our skin. Like rest of the body our skin requires skincare that is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids. In ancient India, Egypt and Rome plant oils and butters were used to nourish and to beautify skin from head to toe.
Our cult favorite moisturizers are concentrated oil to facial balm. Deep Skin Repair & Endless Moisture are vegan, waterless, and wax-less balms.
Deep Skin Repair is an intensive, transformational healing balm that is jam-packed with antioxidants rich ingredients. This balm is designed for dry, sensitive, inflamed, and damaged skin.
Endless Moisture is a beauty balm that is brimming with phytonutrients and bioactive compounds which are significant to overall skin health. This balm is designed for normal to dry skin.
Do you know that you can cleanse, restore, and brighten your skin with just right oils?
Cleansing is the most important part of skincare. No serum, moisturizer or sunscreen will be able to do its job if you don’t click the reset button on skincare rituals daily and detox skin weekly. After daily cleansing & weekly detox our skin is prepared to absorb the nutrients from our clean skincare products better.
If you haven’t discovered our revered formula yet, then without further ado lets meet our favorite restoring-cleansing oil - BARE BEAUTY. BARE BEAUTY is an everyday gentle cleanser that can melt makeup, clean everyday debris leaving a visibly clear and bright skin without disturbing the skin’s delicate lipid barrier. It keeps skin in its beautiful harmony and protected against the visible damage from environmental stressors. Bare Beauty infuses life into the dull skin.
Meet our most celebrated facial oil serum - Youth Glow Serum. It is a unique facial oil serum, and it is prepared in small batches in the traditional Ayurvedic method by soaking the oils in one of the world’s most precious herb Saffron for weeks.
If you are new to world’s oldest holistic science ‘Ayurveda’ then let me share that Saffron is widely used herb in Ayurvedic recipes for skin and overall health. Saffron is proven to be a powerful herb that is packed with Vitamin A, B, C and Quercetin which encourages cell repair, restores damaged skin, and reduces production of melanin pigment to brighten the skin naturally and keeps blemishes at bay with its anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory benefits. Our living, bio-active serum is brimming with phytonutrients, beta-carotenes, botanical vitamins a, c, d, e, f, and essential fatty acids (Omega 3, 6, & 9) that improve skin’s elasticity, preserve skin’s moisture, promote collagen production, and strengthen the skin barrier.
To health & high vibrations,
~Smilee (Founder, Gaea Organics)