OILS IN SKIN CARE

Nourishing oils are a wonderful way to incorporate fatty acids and lipids into your daily skincare routine.

Vegetable oils have been used in skin care for centuries. They can be used pure, or as an intensively nourishing composition of different oils. Nourishing oils are often used to keep the skin of the face and body soft and supple.

Here you can find out what benefits a high-quality care oil can bring to your daily care routine, what is special about plant-based oils and what properties and benefits they can have for your skin.

WHAT ARE VEGETABLE OILS?

Vegetable oils are obtained from various types of fruits, seeds, grains and nuts. They come from natural sources such as apricot kernels, almonds, the fruit of the argan tree, pomegranate seeds or rose hips.

Plants store energy in their seeds and kernels, which they need for germination and growth. During photosynthesis (assimilation), plants use solar energy to convert inorganic salts, water and carbon dioxide into complex organic substances. These include fats, carbohydrates (sugars) and proteins, which provide energy through metabolism. The leaf green (chlorophyll) in plant leaves allows the plant to use light energy and initiate the chemical processes of biosynthesis. In order to form fats and oils, the glucose (carbohydrate) previously produced in photosynthesis is used as the basic building block through very complex conversion processes. The Oil and grease formation takes place in the fruits and seeds during the dark phase (dissimilation). During the metabolism of starch (carbohydrates), fatty acids and glycerol are formed, which form the basis for the vegetable fats and oils.

Even in ancient times, people extracted oil from these plant energy deposits and used it for soothing massages and skin care. The therapeutic benefits of plant oils have also been documented in medicine for centuries. Vegetable oils are known to naturally protect the skin's protective barrier. And also for hair care oils hold many benefits.

The chemical composition of most natural plant oils is quite similar to the lipids and fatty acids of our human skin. They are recognized by the skin as the body's own and are absorbed relatively well into the top layer of skin. High-quality plant oils are always free of chemical ingredients, pesticides or artificial fragrances. Vegetable oils support the natural functions of the skin and protect the lipid barrier.

Read more about our skin, its structure and about our skin protective barrier.

QUALITY OF VEGETABLE OILS

In order to benefit from all the wonderful advantages of high-quality vegetable oils in the care routine, one should pay attention to the quality and the method of oil extraction. Only vegetable oils from certified organic cultivation that are obtained by a gentle cold pressing contain many plant nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and secondary plant compounds. They are also guaranteed to be free of unnecessary chemicals and pesticides. Oils with these criteria are often referred to as food-grade oil.

The term "cold pressing" refers to the extraction process in which oil is extracted from organic seeds, fruits and nuts without chemicals or solvents and at low temperatures, even room temperatures. Before delving into the details of the cold-pressed extraction method, let's first discuss the most commonly used method, the "Chemical extraction."

Chemical extraction - Refined oils

Most of the oils we consume today are obtained through a method called chemical extraction.

  • In this process, the raw materials are washed with chemicals or solvents such as hexane to extract the maximum amount of oil.
  • It is heated at high temperatures to refine it and make it commercially available.
  • It is then distilled to remove the chemical solvents, bleached to remove impurities, and deodorized to remove odor and color.
  • Finally, preservatives are added to the oil to extend its shelf life. In the end, the oil we get is colorless and odorless.

The refining process strips the oil of its healthy antioxidants and nutrients, while the high heat increases the amount of unhealthy free radicals; and the further risk of added preservatives and chemicals to the extraction process has other influences on quality.

Exposing the seeds and nuts to heat during pressing can speed up the process and produce more oil, but the downside is that this heat can also destroy the nutritional content and weaken the flavor.

Cold extraction - mechanical process

Cold-pressed oils, on the other hand, are obtained by a completely different and simple process. Oils can be obtained from raw materials that come from controlled organic or conventional cultivation. Cold pressed is therefore not a guarantee of organic quality.

  • Cold pressing does not use chemicals or high heat that can change the composition. They are obtained through a mechanical process as presses obtained without heat.
  • The absence of heat helps keep the oils in their natural and unaltered state - meaning the result is high levels of phenols, antioxidants and fatty acids naturally found in plants and seeds.
  • Oil produced by the cold-pressed extraction method is considered to be more environmentally friendly than oil produced by other methods. This is mainly because no additional chemicals are used. Chemicals are usually used to increase the total amount of oil that can be extracted from a plant.

Similarly, heat can destroy substances that are good for the skin, such as proteins and fats found in oils, while cold pressing preserves the originality of skin-friendly nutrients, including omega 3, 6 and 9.

At CRAFT & CARE, we know how important the use of nutrient-rich ingredients is for the health of your skin. Oils obtained by cold pressing provide the skin with nature's powerful antioxidants, which help prevent free radical damage and other signs of premature aging.

Organic cold pressed

Cold pressed organic oils not only offer endless benefits for the skin, but are also the best choice for your overall health and our planet. Organic ingredients are free of pesticides and genetically modified organisms, and organic farming methods reduce environmental pollution, reduce soil and water erosion, increase soil fertility and consume less energy. Cold-pressed virgin oils, on the other hand, are associated with a lower risk of cancer and heart disease when consumed as food.

So cold pressed organic oils are the first choice for consumption and body care.

BASE OILS AND ACTIVE INGREDIENT OILS

Each oil brings different modes of action and properties. Oils are basically grouped into different categories. A distinction is made between base oils and active ingredient oils.

The main difference between the two oil groups is the respective fatty acid profile.

  1. A base oil consists mainly of fatty acids stable to oxidation, and predominantly of poly- and monounsaturated fatty acids.
  2. An active ingredient oil, on the other hand, consists largely of polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are known to be rather oxidatively unstable.

The fatty acid composition, which makes an oil either light stable (photostable) or susceptible to oxidation by UV light or air, depends on the proportions of saturated or unsaturated fatty acids.

Two examples of stabilizing base oils are for example Jojobaoil or Almond oil. Both are excellent to use during the day, as they're both photostable. Both oils are also very well tolerated. Base oils have the property that they can stabilize less stable oils and increase their shelf life.

Two examples of active ingredient oils, are rose hip oil and pomegranate seed oil (contained in our Night oil).Both oils are characterized by their ability to stimulate cell regeneration. Since they are rather sensitive to oxidation, they should be incorporated either at night or in a stable composition. Our Glory Balm is an example of such an all-rounder.

CARE OILS FOR YOUR SKIN

Organic vegetable oils bring many skin-friendly benefits in daily use. There is a suitable care oil with many skin-caring properties for every skin type.

There are numerous application possibilities of care oils. In addition, there is a suitable oil for every skin type. See our table below for more information. It shows you which oils are suitable for which skin types

Oils are known to nourish and soften the skin as an emollient. Plant oils from controlled, organic cultivation have antioxidant and protective ingredients. The majority of all vegetable oils have a high tolerance and often bring antimicrobial and soothing properties.

The properties and modes of operation of a skin care oil as skin care:

  • In combination with moisture, oils absorb even better into the skin.
  • Oils form a breathable film on the skin that protects against transepidermal water loss.
  • Skin cells need moisture to maintain their functioning. The application of oils helps to regulate the moisture balance of the skin.
  • The fatty acids contained also protect against wind, weather and excessive dryness with their light lipid film.
  • The minerals, antioxidants, vitamins and secondary plant substances contained protect against external environmental influences.
  • Rough or dry skin areas are quickly softened.
  • Oils can provide relief from the signs and symptoms of dry, sensitive or irritated skin.
  • Also irritated and inflamed skin with impurities, is soothed by certain oils, such as jojoba oil.
  • Small cracks, due to dryness, are quickly softened and the skin is supported in its natural ability to regenerate.
  • Lipids and fatty acids increase the elasticity of the skin and thus prevent fine lines and wrinkles in the long term.

BENEFITS OF CARE OILS AT A GLANCE

With a skin care oil you can complement your skin care routine in many ways. Mild and fragrance-free oils offer many uses for many minor skin problems and are suitable for the face and body.

  • Sparingly used vegetable oils are absorbed quickly especially on still slightly moist damp skin. They do not feel heavy and leave a pleasant vibrant and well-groomed skin feeling.
  • Under sun protection care, plant oils can provide the extra portion of moisture and prevent a premature feeling of dryness during the day due to the high compatibility of plant oils.
  • They are also particularly suitable for the delicate skin areas e.g. around the eyes and increase the elasticity of the skin with their fatty acids.
  • Nourishing oils perfectly prepare the skin for subsequent products, such as a concealer. Moisturizing oils soften and protect against environmental influences.
  • Most skin care oils are well suited as facial care, but also care for the skin all over the body
  • Oils can keep the cuticle supple and prevent cracks, inflammation and calluses. Nail growth will be promoted by a well-groomed and soft cuticle.
  • As an intensive lip care, the properties of a nourishing oil can take effect and quickly repair rough and chapped lips. Just before going to bed, the oil can be applied and act as a lip care overnight.
  • Eyebrows also benefit from an intensive treatment with an oil of your choice. With long-term use, they become fuller and grow back stronger.
  • The same applies to the eyelashes. Through regular care with an organic oil, they become more elastic and no longer break off so easily. The nourishing ingredients promote growth and can support fullness over a few weeks.
  • As an intensive nourishing booster, a few drops of your nourishing oil can be mixed into your day cream, night cream, serum or body lotion. This increases the moisturizing benefits of a cream in no time at all.

Very well-known care oils include, for example, the popular argan oil for all skin types, but especially the mature and dry skin or the very popular jojoba oil that is ideal for impure and oily skin. The mild almond oil, which is ideal for the care of delicate baby skin is also very popular with all skin types.

CARE OILS FOR EVERY SKIN TYPE

Vegetable oils keep the skin soft and supple and differently compared to mineral oil (petrolatum, kerosene, etc.) they are "recognized" by the skin and more or less absorbed. Mineral oil "only" lies on the skin and forms an occlusive (shielding) film, which, however, can be very desirable in very dry skin conditions.

Jojoba oil, for example, which is actually a liquid wax, is particularly similar in its fatty acid profile to the skin's own sebum (sebum) and is therefore very well tolerated by oily and acne-prone skin.

Argan oil is rich in vitamin E is and is considered the oil against environmental influences, so it protects very well against the damage caused by the formation of free radicals. With its high content of vitamin E, argan oil is particularly suitable for mature skin. But is also an optimal skin care oil for all other skin types.

The mild apricot kernel oil with its delicate fragrance and also the mild almond oil are perfectly suitable for the skin of babies and toddlers.

Plant oils are very different in their fatty acid compositions and there is the right skin care oil for every skin type. Perhaps you have heard of the term comedogenicity? Often this is an issue for oily and blemished skin and represents an important aspect in the selection of care oils. In our article on Comedogenicity of oils you will find all information about this topic.

Below you will find a table with the common oils that are used in skin care and see directly whether your skin type fits with the respective oil:

Name

INCI

Skin type

Priority

Fatty acids

Almond oil, sweet

Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil

Dry, sensitive, impure skin

Oleic acid, linoleic acid

Apricot kernel oil

Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil

Sensitive, dry, combination skin

Oleic acid, linoleic acid

Argan oil

Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil

All skin types

Oleic acid, linoleic acid

Avocadoöl

Persea Gratissima Oil

Dry, blemished skin

Oleic acid, linoleic acid

Babassuöl

Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil

All skin types

Oleic acid, linoleic acid, myristic acid

Baobob oil

Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil

All skin types

Palmitic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid

Currant seed oil

Ribes Nigrum Seed Oil

Dry, sensitive skin

Linoleic acid, γ-linolenic acid, 𝛼-linolenic acid

Black cumin oil

Linella Sativa Seed Oil

Combination skin

Oleic acid, linoleic acid, palmitic acid

Borage seed oil

Borage Officinalis Seed Oil

Oily, sensitive, combination skin

Linoleic acid, γ-linolenic acid, oleic acid, palmitic acid

Broccoli seed oil

Brassica Oleracea Italica Seed Oil

Dry skin, hair care

Erucic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid

Castor oil

Ricinus Communis Seed Oil

All skin types, especially acne/unclean skin

Ricinoleic acid

Chia seed oil

Salvia hispanica Seed Oil

Dry, mature, irritated skin

𝛼-linolenic acid, linoleic acid

Cocoa butter

Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter

Dry, sensitive skin

Stearic acid, oleic acid, palmitic acid

Coconut oil

Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil

Dry,

Lauric acid, myristic acid

Cranberry seed oil

Vaccinium Macrocarpon Seed Oil

Dry, blemished skin, acne

Linoleic acid, 𝛼-linolenic acid, oleic acid

Elderberry seed oil

Sambucus Nigra Oil

All skin types

Linoleic acid, 𝛼-linolenic acid, oleic acid

Evening primrose oil

Oenothera Biennis Oil

Dry, sensitive, irritated skin

Linoleic acid, γ-linolenic acid

Grapeseed Oil

Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil

All skin types

Linoleic acid, oleic acid

Hazelnut oil

Corylus avellana Seed Oil

All skin types

Oleic acid, linoleic acid

Hemp oil

Cannabis Sattiva Seed Oil

All skin types

Linoleic acid, 𝛼-linolenic acid, oleic acid

Jojobaöl

Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil

All skin types, especially blemished skin/acne

Gadoleic acid, erucic acid, oleic acid

Macadamia nut oil

Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil

Dry, mature skin

Oleic acid, palmitoleic acid

Marulaöl

Sclerocarya birrea Oil

Dry, sensitive skin

Oleic acid, palmitic acid

Olive oil

Olea Europaea Fruit Oil

Dry skin

Oleic acid

Plum kernel oil

Prunus Domestica Seed Oil

Mature, dry skin

Oleic acid

Pomegranate seed oil

Punica Granatum Seed Oil

All skin types, especially mature skin

Punicic acid

Raspberry seed oil

Rubus Idaeus Seed Oil

All skin types

Linoleic acid, 𝛼-linolenic acid

Rose Hip Oil

Rosa Canina Seed Oil

All skin types

Linoleic acid, 𝛼-linolenic acid

Safflower oil

Carthamus Tinctorius Oil

All skin types, especially oily, combination skin

Linoleic acid, oleic acid

Sea buckthorn pulp oil

Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil

All skin types, especially mature skin

Palmitoleic acid, palmitic acid, oleic acid

Shea butter

Butyrospermum Parkii Butter

Normal, Dry

Oleic acid, stearic acid

Sunflower oil

Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil

All skin types

Linoleic acid, oleic acid

Wheat germ oil

Triticum Vulgare Oil

Mature, dry skin

Linoleic acid, palmitic acid

TIPS & NOTES FOR SKIN CARE WITH OILS

When caring for your skin with oils, there is one very important motto: "Less is more!" Approach the use of oils very slowly.

  • Take only a small drop at the beginning and see exactly how the oil behaves on a skin area. Massage it slowly and gently on your skin and increase the radius.
  • Apply oils to a well moisturized skin. Use a moisturizing serum or toner for this purpose.
  • Mix a few drops of oil with a water-based serum every now and then and find out how different your fresh emulsion feels, applies and absorbs into the skin.

Intensive moisture for the skin is provided, for example, by the Hydrating Serum or the Balancing Toner by LIPID GLORY’s waterline. The Hydrating Serum is a moisturizing serum with hyaluronic acid and the Balancing Toner, our moisturizing spray, has a balancing effect with niacinamide.

SKIN CARE ROUTINE WITH A NOURISHING OIL

Oils are "highly concentrated" and very productive care products. A tiny amount is often enough for the whole face and neck.

We recommend toning your skin with a water-based product to prepare it for the application of an oil. After moisturizing, your skin can absorb the following care much better.

Care steps of a mild and effective routine, with a nourishing oil, for morning and evening:

  1. Start your skin care routine with a Cleansing balm. Take a small amount between the palms of your clean hands, melt the balm and massage your skin with gentle movements, feel free to take your time for this step. On contact with water, a rich and cleansing milk is formed. Add one or two drops of water directly when melting or keep adding moisture during the massage.
  2. Remove the resulting cleansing milk with lukewarm water and then gently dry your face. It is best to pat your skin dry with a clean towel without rubbing. Mild cleansing prepares your skin for the application of regulating and hydrating products.
  3. Always apply your moisturizers starting with the most watery form. This means, for example, that you first apply a very watery toner and then a light gel serum.
  4. Apply a small amount of nourishing oil on the prepared, moistened skin, so it can be better massaged in.
  5. Or mix your individual emulsion. Our LIPID GLORY oils and balms can be blended with the Hydrating Serum into an emulsion according to your needs. Put a few drops of the oil and one or two pumps of the hydrating serum in the palm of your hand and mix with your fingers. Voila, a rich cream or a light fluid that absorbs quickly is created.
  6. Gently apply the oil or emulsion to your skin with light massaging movements to facilitate absorption. A gentle massage stimulates the blood circulation of your skin.

LIPID GLORY CARE OILS

Pure organic oils & oil serums

After moisturizing, you can use one of our LIPID GLORY skin care oils apply to additionally nourish the skin. All ingredients used are from organic farming.

A plant-based skin care oil that is suitable for your skin type is an ideal foundation, whether for your morning or evening routine. Transepidermal water loss can be regulated by creating a protective and breathable film through the lipids on the skin's surface. Most oils, used sparingly and in conjunction with moisture, are absorbed relatively quickly. Vegetable oils are rich in nourishing secondary plant substances, antioxidants and vitamins, which protect against the formation of free radicals caused by environmental influences.

Check out our LIPID GLORY oils an. Each pure organic oil or our oil serums Day & Night Oil, have different care properties and benefits for all skin types.

Day Oil - a light day oil

The composition of the Day Oil consists of photostable oils, all of which are quickly absorbed. The vegetable oils from controlled organic cultivation are rich in vitamins, important fatty acids and antioxidants, which have a nourishing effect and protect the skin from environmental influences.

  • The included organic jojoba oil is particularly distinguished for its beneficial properties for all skin types. This makes it an ideal care for acne-prone skin and susceptibility to pimples and blackheads. At the same time, it also provides ideal lipids and fatty acids for dry skin.
  • It is especially appreciated for its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and moisturizing properties.its composition is similar to the skin's own sebum (sebum).
  • The day oil is an ideal base under your sunscreen and protects against a feeling of dryness that often develops around early afternoon.

Night Oil - a regenerative night oil

The Night Oil is a rich oil serum that has a moisturizing effect and cell regenerating properties. The skin is left soft and supple. The potent oils have a high content of vitamins, antioxidants and secondary plant substances. This protect the skin from environmental influences and stimulate the renewal of skin cells.

  • Also for your combination skin, the night oil is suitable. It is only slightly comedogenic, keeps moisture sufficiently in the skin and leaves a soft skin feeling.
  • The two active ingredient oils contained, obtained from rose hips and pomegranate seeds, are characterized by their regenerative effect on skin cells. Therefore, they are among the most important vegetable oils against premature skin aging. They are known as anti-aging oils with a particularly high cell regenerating effect and at the same time a high care potential.

The Day Oil is the perfect base before makeup and sunscreen. As our Night Oil softens and moisturizes the skin for the new day.

Create your own skin care routine!

Our LIPID GLORY collections consist of mild and effective products. We have the right skincare line for every skin type, providing all the essential steps of a skincare routine.

All ingredients used come primarily from controlled organic cultivation or are ecologically responsibly obtained. LIPID GLORY is designed to regulate and strengthen your skin's protective barrier, intensively moisturize your skin, and protect and keep it supple with plant lipids.

Mild and effective products for a simple care routine with nourishing oils:

Clay Cleanser

  • Cleanses mildly and thoroughly
  • With gentle clay and mild emulsifiers
  • Non-irritating, non-drying and gentle on the skin's protective barrier
  • Reliably removes makeup, dirt, sweat and sunscreen

Balancing Toner

  • Has regulating properties
  • Balances the pH and soothes the skin
  • Contains the multifunctional active ingredient niacinamide
  • Contains moisturizers aloe vera powder and glycerin

Hydrating Serum

  • Intensive moisture with antimicrobial effect
  • With low and high molecular weight hyaluronic acid
  • Absorbs immediately, does not stick, does not roll off
  • Helps regulate inflammation

Night Oil

  • With organic rose hip oil and organic pomegranate seed oil
  • High content of vitamins, antioxidants and phytochemicals
  • Supports cell renewal of the skin
  • Blends beautifully with Hydrating Serum to create a rich fluid

Day Oil

  • Light day oil formulated with photostable oils
  • With soothing organic jojoba oil and organic almond oil
  • Protects against environmental influences
  • Preserves the skin from water loss

Organic almond oil

  • Very mild and compatible base oil
  • Can be used ideally for sensitive skin, for babies and toddlers
  • It nourishes the skin soft and supple and protects it from external environmental influences
  • Absorbs relatively quickly and leaves skin feeling soft

Organic argan oil

  • Is characterized by its regenerating and antioxidant properties
  • Organic argan oil very compatible and is said to support the skin barrier function
  • Protects the skin from environmental influences and oxidative processes
  • Is a proven care oil for skin and hair

Organic Jojoba Oil

  • Supports the natural barrier function of the skin
  • Especially suitable for impure and oily skin
  • has an anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and moisturizing effect
  • Protects against environmental influences and prevents moisture loss from the skin

Organic apricot kernel oil

  • Very mild and compatible base oil
  • Excellent for sensitive and delicate skin
  • Has a light scent of marzipan
  • Absorbs quickly into the skin and leaves it feeling silky and soft

It's important to develop a morning or evening routine that fits into your schedule and create spaces where you can find yourself.

We wish you much joy with your skin care moments, patience and gratitude with your skin.