Beauty Heroes February: Oil is the new Lotion
Oils. I slather my face and body in them. If you didn't know. Now you know.
Our home is, among many things, a "No Lotion Allowed" zone. With lotion, you're paying mainly for the packaging and water. Lotion provides little moisture and certainly doesn't pack a nutrient-dense punch to the skin, so we don't even bother.
Proper body oil on the other hand has become an all-around winner in our home because it:
- Is created with the purest of ingredients
- Provides the best moisture
- Feeds and heals the skin since it is full of vitamins and nutrients
- Lasts longer, a little goes a long way
- Smells incredible without harmful, synthetic fragrance
Notice I say proper body oil because there are plenty of improper oils. You may notice the oils come with a higher price tag, but don't be so quick to write it off. Not only are they filled with top quality ingredients from the best sources, the bottles last a long time if used properly.
You should apply post-shower/bath while your skin is still very damp. I recommend skin brushing, showering then oiling. I leave my oils in the shower and apply when I turn the water off after a light pat-dry. The contents of the oils are so potent, they are literally feeding your skin amazing nutrients you simply won't get even if you applied a gallon of your favorite lotion.
Also, give the oils a few moments to absorb. Be aware of what you touch for the moments immediately following application. Personally, I stay in my towel as I finish my nighttime routine, but for those trying to rush out the door, you don't want to ruin clothing, so take heed!
BEWARE, THE DREADED CONVENTIONAL OILS
Be careful about the average 'body oil' you see on the market shelves. Many of them are what I like to call "Foils" or Faux-oils. For example, Neutrogena's Body Oil is available for around $10 for an 8.5 oz bottle. The contents include only ONE oil, and it's not even the main ingredient:
- Isopropyl Myristate (Irritation - skin, eyes or lungs)
- Sesame Oil (not organic, can contain pesticides, insecticides, etc.)
- PEG-40 Sorbitan Peroleate (Organ system toxicity, Ethylene Oxide and 1,4-Dioxane Contamination Concerns)
- Propylparaben (Developmental/Reproductive Toxicity, Ecotoxicology, Hormone Disruption, Allergies, Immunotoxicity)
- BHT (Cancer, Developmental/Reproductive Toxicity, Allergies, Immunotoxicity, Irritation - skin, eyes or lungs, Organ system toxicity)
So why the other harmful ingredients? They act as binders, fragrance, fragrance maskers and emulsifying agents. You could go buy pure, organic sesame oil for less than this toxin-laced product! The problem with just using one oil is you want a good combination to give the right vitamins and nutrients to properly nourish and moisturize your skin. The above product, and many others like then do far more harm then good.
Osmia was the first body oil I fell in love with, and our shower has not been without a bottle in the past few years. I love that in addition to sourcing the best, most raw and beautiful ingredients for their products, they are passionate about the power and importance of smell.
So it is no surprise Beauty Heroes selected their body oil as their featured product for the month of February.
The scent is Night; a Lavender and Roman Chamomile infusion for a relaxing pre-bedtime application.
All oils are rich in protective and nutrient dense properties including coconut oil, jojoba oil, kukui oil, sweet almond oil, rosehip seed oil, hemp seed oil, avocado oil, borage seed oil, evening primrose oil and CO2 extracts of sea buckthorn berry and rosemary.
caprylic/capric triglyceride (fractionated coconut oil), simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil*, aleurites molaccana (kukui) oil, prunus amygdalus (sweet almond) oil*, rosa rubiginosa (rosehip) seed oil*, cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil*, persea gratissima (avocado) oil*, borago officinalis (borage) seed oil*, oenothera biennis (evening primrose) oil*, hippophae rhamnoides (sea buckthorn berry) CO2 extract*, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) CO2 extract*, and a proprietary blend of organic and wild-harvested essential oils and CO2 extracts
Also included is the must-have sidekick, a stick of Lip Doctor, created to soothe sensitive, chapped and cracked lips. It's formulated with no essential oils since even those can irritate the most sensitive of lips. It's a simple formula of 6 ingredients: Lavender infused olive oil, avocado oil, lavender, cocao seed butter, candelilla wax, beeswax and argan nut oil. Chapped lips or not, it's my latest go-to for daily lip moisture!
This month’s selection is worth $76, for the usual outstanding price of $39. You can take advantage of this one from Beauty Heroes here now!