If you’re advocating for a clean lifestyle and would like to consume products that are made only from all-natural ingredients, it’s not unlikely that you’re a fan of fresh juice blends.
It’s a no-brainer that things we put in our bodies should be clean, fresh, and natural. Most people tend to focus more on things they ingest and tend to overlook the ones they apply topically. Products we put on our bodies should just be as natural, and that’s why we should shop for skincare products, such as face oils, much like we do when we get our juice blends.
Here we discuss 3 key questions you should ask yourself when choosing face oils. Let’s take a look!
1. How natural is the face oil?
Every juice peddler out there can take a fruit-flavored beverage and call it a fresh juice blend. But is it? The real fresh juice blends are processed naturally with little to no addition except for, well, fruits. The same thing should apply to your face oils.
When choosing face oils, pay particular attention to how the ingredients are processed. A research conducted in 2018 showed that the plant essential oils of the best quality are extracted via a method called cold pressing.
Cold pressing is a form of mechanical extraction that requires less energy than other extraction techniques, thus making it more environment-friendly. As cold-pressed oils are extracted without solvents, the quality of the oils is far superior in terms of retaining natural nutrients, antioxidants, aroma, texture and flavour compared to refined oils.
A good example would be the cold-pressed moringa oil, which not only retains a number of fat-soluble nutrients such as vitamin A, E but also a multitude of antioxidants, which nourish and repair the cracked skin and promotes cell regeneration. Moringa oil also provides a brilliant moisturizing effect due to its high concentration of behenic acid and oleic acid, which can help smooth the skin and works well as a final step in your clean skincare routine.
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2. How clean is the face oil?
Ever took a sip of bottled mango juice and immediately regretted it? Next thing you know, you’re frantically scanning the ingredients list to check exactly what it is you drank.
Most commercial fruit juices out there are chock full of preservatives, artificial flavors, sweeteners, and food colors. Needless to say, these ingredients are not good for your body.
When it comes to face oils, you should exercise the same level of caution and choose products that contain only skin-saving ingredients. Go for face oils that do not have fragrances, synthetic ingredients, and unnecessary additives (emulsifiers, alcohol, thickeners, etc). They will do more harm than good - especially for the most sensitive skins.
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As a rule of thumb, ingredients are listed from the highest concentration to the lowest. The best face oils should list the plant where the oil was extracted from as its first or second ingredient. That means that your product consists mostly of the plant oil and the rest of the ingredients are added to support its potency.
Be wary of products that have a lot of chemicals listed before the actual plant oil. Research shows that fragrances are one of the most common allergens so if you have sensitive skin, it’s advisable that you altogether forgo products containing fragrances.
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3. How appropriate is its shelf life?
Shelf life is defined as the time under storage conditions during which a product stays safe to consume and retains its characteristics as declared on its label.
Think of a fresh watermelon smoothie––you would want to drink it immediately after it was prepared. It’s not going to taste as great if you wait for a few hours before gobbling it up or worse, you may even end up with a spoiled, wasted smoothie. That said, we can say that your watermelon smoothie has a shelf life of about an hour.
With face oils, you should read the label thoroughly and check not only its shelf life but also its manufacturing date. Generally speaking, face oils should be used within 6 months after opening. It’s a red flag if it has a shelf life of more than 6 months, because it means that the product potentially has stabilizing agents and harmful preservatives to extend its shelf life.
So next time you’re shopping for a new face oil, keep these tips in mind. They will come in handy, and your skin will thank you too.