Ask Sara: Does skincare have to be complicated?
-May 23, Jenny Paul , Beauty -
We spoke to Lumity’s Dr Sara Palmer Hussey, Phd about why essential oils in beauty products can be good for your skin if handled carefully as well as her belief that skincare should not be complicated.
There’s so much confusion around skincare, do we really need ten-step beauty routines?
Skincare doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, less is definitely more when it comes to skincare. The cosmetic giants will try to convince us that we need a different product for every area of skin or specific skin issue, but wherever skin is and however it is behaving,its function is the same. Basically, it needs a range of nutrients to function well and be healthy. When this support is given, inside and out, skin tends to be healthy and no longer presents any of the issues you might be trying to resolve with specific skincare.
What do you believe about natural beauty products and those which contain essential oils?
I definitely back 100% natural skincare and find that plant oils and botanical extracts have an affinity with the skin that is hard to replicate with synthetics. Essential oils have recently been given a certain amount of bad press, but they are extremely potent and beneficial when used correctly, in the right proportions and with knowledge of their properties. For example, Lumity Skin Nutrients Facial Oil does not contain any essential oils that could provoke photosensitivity.
With regard to essential oils, yes, they need to be handled with care. You only need a tiny amount and they should be diluted in a carrier oil.
However, if they are dosed correctly and in the right products (e.g. don’t use photosensitising essential oils in leave-on products), they are very beneficial. So, companies that pride themselves on not using essential oils while they justify other synthetic ingredients is rather blinkered.
Why should we be using facial oils in our skincare routine?
Using a well-balanced facial oil could be one of the best things we can do for our skin. Natural oils have an excellent affinity with skin. The skin’s own oil production decreases as we age and an oil provides the perfect replenishment. Oils are contained in creams and serums, often as the active ingredients, with the cream base as the carrier, whereas a good facial oil should be 100% pure active ingredients. An oil is rich in ceramides, fatty acids, phytosterol and phytonutrients, all ingredients that are essential to the healthy functioning of the skin.
What are the key benefits of a plant-based formula?
If 100% natural, plant oils do not contain all the chemical components common in cream moisturisers and serums that can irritate the skin, clog pores and accelerate ageing. They are instead concentrated sources of nutrients (vitamins, minerals and polyphenols) that nourish, soothe and balance.
Each botanical, whether an oil or an extract, has a specific profile offering a range of benefits, safflower seed oil, for example has a particularly high level of ceramides, evening primrose oil is rich in gamma-linolenic acid, buriti oil has a high concentration of carotenoids and vitamin C, however, no one botanical contains the full range of nutrients that best support the skin’s health, so a blend of oils and extracts with complementary benefits gives the skin the best nourishment.
Lumity Skin Nutrients Facial Oil contains a blend of 32 ingredients, each identified as the best source of specific nutrients that together provide the full range of optimal care the skin craves.
If you enjoyed this, find out what Sara believes about diet and nutrition as well as why she formulated Lumity’s supplements to come in a softgel capsules rather than in a hard capsule. And, if you’re interested in more of the obvious benefits of essential oils, we spoke to an expert aromatherapist who explains how they can uplift as well as soothe.