Skincare: Oils & Their Purpose

Skincare: Oils & Their Purpose

Skincare products that are in the form of ‘oils’, or contain oils are now becoming a popular presence in the UK skincare market, but how much do people actually know about them? From oils naturally found in foods, to specially formulated variants, there are important differences between the oils that are going to benefit the skin and oils that do more damage than good.

“The key to facial oils is recognising that no two are the same.” 

What are oils & what puts us off using them?

Oils when used correctly can hugely benefit the skin due to their composition. Cream based products can contain up to 70% water, which means in order to maintain a shelf life and to restrict bacterial growth, preservatives and unnecessary chemicals are often added. According to Dr. Alastair Carruthers, a clinical professor of dermatology at the University of British Columbia, such additives increase the chances of skin irritation and allergic reaction. Oils on the other hand, made up of from plants and seeds often with the addition of a lipid-soluble active ingredient here and there such as Vitamins C and E, have the potential so contain very little unnatural ingredients. Due to their thicker texture and combination of molecular sizes, oils also provide both surface and below surface benefits, and can be deeply hydrating and repairing.

Despite these benefits, many of us will still think of horror stories when we think of facial oils. Many of us may think of being left with a break out and clogged pores from facial oils. The mistake made here is largely due to the use of scented oils., quotes for example, how many citrus oils can be problematic when exposed is to UV light, possibly changing skin’s colour. Other fragrant oils contain compounds that can oxidise on skin and cause long term skin health problems. Despite this, the right plant oil or a beautiful a blend of beneficial oils can make a remarkable difference for dry, flaky, or dehydrated skin.

The Use of Oils

The skin is a complex organ, and although it’s to be noted that oils shouldn’t replace your daily moisturiser, they can be part of a daily routine to help maintain smooth and supple skin in the short term, and gain repaired and hydrated skin in the long term. When oils are heavy, they can prevent skin breathing, which is why it’s vital to use lightweight formulas. pHformula’s SOS Oil is designed to be part of your daily skin care routine. Lightweight, it gives skin a silky and smooth finish, without feeling like a heavy layer on top of your skin. The oil is dual-phased, meaning it’s unique combination of oil blends and natural sourced actives including almond oil, infuse the skin with a healthy glow and youthfulness. Collagen production also improves, helping soften the look of fine lines and wrinkles while visibly firming skin. This is all done without clogging pores, which is what causes the breakouts we often associate with using skin oils.

Alongside a facial oil as it’s own product, many products now state they contain ‘natural oils.’  Natural oils have been used alone for centuries, and are thought to be the basis of skincare in Egyption times.  It’s important however, to remember that everyone’s skin reacts differently to natural oils, and finding the right oil for your skin type can take time. That’s why when natural oils are combined with an array of unnecessary chemicals in products, you could be mixing ingredients that have a recpie for disaster to the skin. pHformula infuses oils into products delicately to suit all skin types. When correct amounts are sourced, addition in creams and makeup can allow for extra hydration and protection without irritating skin.


Sweet Almond Oil in pHformula 

Almond Oil is a very popular oil choice of plant oil, largely due to its antioxidant properties. Sweet almond oil is known for protecting skin against UV radiation damage and keeping skin soft and supple. A 2007 study by the Departments of Pharmaceutics at Hamdard University in India found it to both prevent initial UV damage and slow down the effects of UV damage after it happened, as quoted by The natural vitamin E plus vitamin B help firm and tighten your look, maintaining hydration, which helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Exisiting within the SOS range, the oil makes the perfect natural barrier to protect the skin, whilst nourishing simultaneously.

Rice Bran

Rice bran oil is the oil extracted from the hard outer brown layer of rice after chaff. Full of antioxidants, vitamins B and E, and wonderful natural emollients, this ingredient not only hydrates skin, but also protects. Rice bran oil also has an ability to brighten the look of your skin, helping to reduce the appearance of dark spots and smooth skin tone. Antioxidants like beta-carotene and lycopene protect from environmental stressors, and enzymes like CoQ10 provide active components that help it maintain its youthful glow. The oil is found in both pHformula’s UV Protect, and the range of CC Creams. To stop skin from becoming flaky in the sun, the oil protects and hydrates skin as part of the UV protect formula. Makeup can also can be dehydrating, which is why the brightening and antitoxin properties of rice bran make it ideal to be used in makeup.

Olive Oil

Often associated with the internal health benefits, olive oil can be overlooked when it comes to a natural oil that is beneficial for the skin and hair. With high levels of anti oxidants, olive oil has been known to be a natural remedy for skin disorders such as acne. It’s naturally hydrating properties due to the high levels of fatty acid, also mean it is the ideal protective barrier to prevent dry and flaky skin. A key ingredient in the pHformula hand cream, olive oil penetrates the skin to deeply hydrate.

With guidance from global experts, pHformula are experts in using oils and understanding their functions. Although they can be an intimidating option of choice to put on your face, they really don’t have to be as scary as they seem, and can perform amazing results inside and out for the skin. Browse pHformula products to discover which products contain oils, and pick out the ones that will be the most beneficial for you.



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