Sensitive skin can describe a lot of different things. It can mean you're prone to oily skin and thus want to avoid pore-clogging ingredients. It can mean you want to avoid harsh ingredients that affect your skin's delicate acid mantle.
And for a lot of people with sensitive skin, it means you want to avoid scent.
Even when it comes from pure essential oils, scent can cause your skin to react (your skin does have scent receptors, after all). Even if your skin doesn't mind it, some people simply prefer not to have scent with their skin products, and we totally get that.
So our most recent adventure was creating an Unscented Facial Oil, one that beyond lacking essential oils can give a soothing feeling to sensitive skin types and delivers potent antioxidants that keep your skin looking radiant. This led us to some new and unique ingredients.
The Goal of a Product Designed for Sensitive Skin
Like we said, we wanted the Unscented Facial Oil to do more than just moisturize. The ingredients in this formula are designed to:
- Moisturize without exacerbating oily skin, and even reduce the amount of clogged pores.
- Minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Protect skin from environmental stressors.
So here's how we did it:
The Moisturizing Base
For some people, the switch to using oil instead of lotion as a moisturizer can be a little scary. The trick is knowing which oil is best for your skin type.
For the Unscented Facial Oil, we used the same base as we do in our facial oils designed for oily and combination skin: grapeseed oil. This oil is great for moisturizing without clogging pores. In fact, one study showed that topically applied linoleic acid, a type of fatty acid that grapeseed oil has a lot of, can actually help reduce the appearance of the size of your pores. You can read more about grapeseed oil here.
A lot of people these days favor coconut oil, and we’re big fans as well. When we include coconut oil in our facial oil formulas, we use fractionated. Fractionated coconut oil is made by removing the long-chain fatty acids via hydrolysis and steam distillation. Without these larger fatty acids, your skin absorbs the oil more easily, and it also stays liquid at room temperature, helping you get it out of the bottle and onto your face. You can read more about the difference between extra virgin and fractionated coconut oil here.
Together, the grapeseed and coconut oil provide a base that moisturizes your skin thoroughly without clogging your pores. It absorbs quickly, leaving behind nothing but a subtle glow.
You’ll notice that the herbal infusion for our Unscented Facial Oil is a lot simpler than some of our other infusions. We wanted to stick to ingredients that work best with sensitive skin. These are the 2 herbs we chose:
Take a look at a calendula flower and it shouldn’t surprise you that it’s high in carotenoids, the compound that gives plants their bright orange color.
Carotenoids do more than that, though. They also protect against environmental stressors that can take a toll on your skin. So carotenoid-rich plants like calendula are great ingredients in anti-aging skin care.
The word lavender comes from the latin root ‘lavare,’ which means ‘to wash.’ Today, people may know it by its iconic scent without even realizing the myriad of benefits it provides, both to our skin and to our psyche. Of course, synthetically scented products don’t hold the same benefits as the truly herb infused, so you want to make sure that the lavender you smell is coming from the plant, not a chemical.
Besides being purifying, lavender also helps the skin by protecting and cleansing.
Potent Seed Oils
Oils differ in their composition and thus bring different benefits to the skin. Of course, not all are created equal. Here are some oils that are unique in that they help with sensitive skin while offering other potent, anti-aging properties.
Sacha Inchi Oil
Exceptionally high in omega-3s, sacha inchi oil is said to help protect from environmental stressors, a factor that can cause it to age prematurely. We won’t say too much more about it here because we already talked your ear off about how amazing sacha inchi is here.
Perilla Seed Oil
High in antioxidants and omega-3s, perilla oil provides similar benefits as sacha inchi oil, helping to reduce appearance of large pores while delivering a beautifying dose of antioxidants to the skin. It's also moisturizing.
Pomegranate Seed Oil
Pomegranates recently got a lot of attention for their value as a health food, with pomegranate juice quickly earning more shelving space in the grocery store.
As far as our skin is concerned, it’s the seeds that contain the magic. Pomegranate oil, from the seeds, can help give skin a more youthful appearance.
We’ve talked a bit about omega fatty acids in this article (and even more in this one), but one we haven’t talked about is omega-5. Pomegranate seed oil contains a unique omega-5 fatty acid called ‘punicic acid,’ which has been shown to have strong properties.
You'll find all of these ingredients and more in this great product, the Unscented Facial Oil, available now!
What ingredients have you noticed work well for your skin sensitivities?
by Hope Freije