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What do moisturisers do?

Moisturisers keep the skin hydrated.  Think water and food.  A normal, young, healthy 20 year olds skin has a balance of 50% water and 50% fat. Thus, for skin to function in a healthy way, the best skin care requires a balance of oil and water. This is why most skin treatments are creams. Many traditional creams however are 70% to 80% water, which does not supply sufficient nutrition to the skin.

Oils and balms which are 100% fats with no water added can be helpful in the short term for oil deficient skin, but in the long term can end up drying the skin due to the lack of moisture.  They are good used under creams or lotions for extra ‘food’.  This ‘layering’ is becoming very popular. Oils, are of course wonderful for massage!

Beyond Organic creams are generally a mix of 50/50 oils and fats and so are much more nutritious for the skin and in balance with nature. If you add to this natural plant extracts, many of which have been used for centuries in skin care you will have a potent mix. The chemical constituents that are naturally in plants (referred to as phytochemicals) have been used since Egyptian times for healing, beauty and magic. Many plants act in synergy with each other, so that when mixed together they have a greater therapeutic effect than individually.

However, the story does not end there.  There are creams and lotions. There are ‘dry’ oils, high viscosity oils, fixed oils and essential oils and oils from solid fats. Omegas in oils are as important outside as they are internally.

Omegas used topically in skin care

Less well known is the importance of a correct balance of Omegas in skin care. For skin care you need a balance of the Omega 9 Oils (Oleic Acid) and Omega 3 & 6 oils (linoleic acid). 
Using natural, cold-pressed and organic oils containing natural lipids and high levels of key fatty acids helps to maintain healthy skin condition and combat inflammatory skin disorders. This balance also helps with firmness, elasticity, skin smoothness; reduction in wrinkle depth and UV irritated redness. Whilst these oils are essential for healthy skin, they need a balance of moisture as well as explained above.

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