The Beauty of Facial Oils

January 29 2017 – Cassandra Hilton

The Beauty of Facial Oils
The Beauty of Facial Oils

Loved by Cleopatra and the Geishas, facial oils are making their comeback to the skincare world and offer more beauty punch than ever. There has been a misconception that an oil, as the name suggests, will make your skin oily. What many people don’t realise is that our skin is lipid based and therefore loves lipids, meaning that all skin types may benefit from the use of facial oils in one’s beauty regime including oily skin types. Facial oils are concentrated drops of essential fatty acids, rich in Omegas 3, 6, 7, & 9 and are high sources of nutrients and antioxidants that can literally benefit your skin in just a few drops.

Ocinium facial oils are a signature blend of organic cold pressed oils, Rosehip canina, Jojoba and Camelia sinensis oils, each renowned for their use in skincare. The cold pressing of delicate plant oils maintains the highest extraction of essential fatty acids and nutrients as they are processed without chemical extraction, solvents or heat. Ocinium facial oils are then infused with botanical extracts (Green Tea + Ginseng) and cold pressed fruit oils (Papaya + Pomegranate) to increase the skincare benefits and overall performance of the oil.

The beauty of adding a facial oil to your skincare artillery is that you can create your own bespoke routine through your choice of application and layering, resulting in a regime that is individualised just for you. Oils can be used either on their own or can be layered after your serum and then your moisturiser to amplify the benefits. Rule of thumb is to layer products based on molecular weights, serums first then moisturiser then seal with a facial oil.

  • Green Tea + Ginseng Facial Oil
    • Rejuvenate tired, damaged and sensitive skin
    • Detoxify and stimulate circulation
    • Regenerates, restructures and nourishes the skin
    • Increase resilience to environmental stressors
    • Balance sebum production with skin loving lipids
    • Restore hydration by locking in moisture 

  • Papaya + Pomegranate Facial Oil
    • Quench’s free radicals and reduce inflammation
    • Powerful polyphenols for antioxidant protection 

    • Rich in fruit enzymes to nourish and rejuvenate skin 

    • Balance sebum production with skin loving lipids 

    • Restore hydration by locking in moisture

Green Tea contains a high source of antioxidants, the activity constituents found in Camelia sinensis (Green Tea) are known as catechins that deliver potent antioxidant activity. Catechins are understood to protect against DNA damage caused by free radical formation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) whilst simultaneously boosting levels of defense enzymes such as superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase. This activity assists in protecting us against the harmful effects of exposure to environmental toxicity and UV radiation that damages our skin at a molecular level contributing to the formation of lines, wrinkles and decreased skin tone.

Ginseng stimulates blood flow and microcirculation, which encourages an immune response and promotes detoxification of the skin. It promotes physiological stabilization and reduces cellular sensitivity to stress. The active constituents ginsenosides, demonstrate anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic activity which indicate suitability for sensitive and problematic skin. Its superior moisturising and softening ability is attributed to its richness in polysaccharides ensuring nourishment and regeneration of tired, dry and mature skin. 

Pomegranate seed oil is extracted from the ancient super fruit Punica granatum, that is actually classified as a berry. This fruit delivers a potent dose of Vitamin C and polyphenols promoting powerful antioxidant activity that neutralise the effects of environmental damage and toxicity. The nutritional status is further boosted by the abundance of Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), potassium and omega-5 fatty acids. These plant compounds act synergistically to support collagen, both by promoting its synthesis and inhibiting enzymatic degradation, whilst reducing inflammation, which are vital to the protection and repair of the skin, improving its resilience and elasticity.

Papaya seed oil is tropical fruit rich in the enzyme papain, papaya is known for its remarkable ability to dissolve dead skin cells making it a superior exfoliant and skin brightener. This fruit seed oil also contains high concentrations of essential fatty acids and antioxidant rich Vitamins A, C & E which hydrate, protect and repair the skin promoting an even skin tone and texture. Its anti-fungal, antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties make it a sought after ingredient in many skin care formulations.

Vitamin E is an ingredient within both facial oils as an active blend of natural mixed tocopherols with naturally occurring d-alpha, d-beta, d-gamma and d-delta tocopherols. They act as strong anti-oxidants to protect against UV damage and skin ageing. By inhibiting matrix metalloproteinase [MMP] an enzyme responsible for degrading collagen, tocpherols increase collagen production and protect existing collagen. With the ability to inhibit COXII, tocopherols are beneficial in inflammatory skin conditions and to accelerate wound healing.