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Ever wondered why you need Face & Body Oils? Or how to use them? Here are some answers...
QUESTION no. 1 “What is a Facial/Body oil For?”
OV face & body oils are super-charged skin conditioners, which are a staple in beauty cabinets everywhere, because sometimes the skin craves nourishment.
A well formulated botanical facial or body oil delivers which deliver a wealth of active nutrients to your skin while locking in moisture, protecting & softening at the same time.
Imagine eating a plate of rainbow coloured salad, or drinking a healthy green smoothie, & all the nourishment that would deliver to your body. OV formulas deliver that goodness to your skin.
OV ingredients include plant oils & waxes, essential oils & other botanical extracts, which contain essential & non-essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, phytosterols, chlorophylls & other phytonutrients. These work hard to help your skin look & feel healthy.
OV botanical formulas are absorbed quickly and you will be surprised at their satin texture. This is a grease-free zone! How can that be? See Question no 2 below.
QUESTION no. 2 “Aren’t Oils Greasy?”
Essential oils are not, in fact, oils. Neither are they greasy or oily! They are highly concentrated plant extracts with numerous skin-boosting actions & natural aromas.
Plant oils (also known as “fixed oils”) such as vegetable, seed or nut oils, have different levels of oiliness, depending on their type. Polyunsaturated oils are high in Linoleic Acid or Omega 6. These absorb quickly into the upper layers of the skin, without that “oily” feeling. Because of this they are sometimes known as ‘dry’ oils. All of the OV formulas are high Linoleic. So OV face & body oils are not greasy.
QUESTION no. 3 “What Will an OV Oil Do For My Skin?”
Don’t be afraid to use a professional facial oil, whatever your skin type – do your research & find what is suitable for your specific needs. OV formulas are designed with different skin types & conditions in mind – for example, SERENE is a light balancing formula for oilier skin while BUOYANT is designed for mature skin which is becoming lax. These professional formulations work synergistically with your skin, for visible results.
• Reduce signs of ageing
• Fight free radical damage with antioxidants
• Protect collagen
• Encourage elasticity
• Boost hydration
• Reduce trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL)
• Plump out your skin
• Give a dewy, healthy glow
• Balance & calm
• Protect from the external environment
• Support the acid mantle
QUESTION no. 4 “How Do I Use a Face or Body Oil?”
This is an interesting question and many experts give different advice regarding how & when to apply oils. So we think the answer is to find out what works for you. The majority of people will get on really well with their oils & never look back. For the super-sensitive or those with a compromised acid mantle (skin barrier), it may take some other measures before the skin will tolerate active botanical ingredients, if at all. Learn to listen to your skin.
You may wish to use your oils morning, night, or both. We use our facial oil after cleansing/toning & eye cream: 2-3 drops, followed by moisturiser. We apply body oil liberally, straight after a shower.
Some customers prefer to use oils alone (often when the skin is already well hydrated), others apply underneath their moisturiser (which may suit very dehydrated skin). We recommend you experiment, listen to your skin & find out what works for you.
TIP: In a rush? Blend oil & moisturiser in your palm before application, to create a super-fast, super-charged skin conditioner.
TIP: Feeling lacklustre? Smudge a tiny droplet onto cheekbones or collarbones for natural highlights.
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