Updated: Jun 1, 2021
Let's Talk Schemes! Just like some bottled water companies secretly add salt to their water to keep you parched and reaching for another one of their bottles, many beauty companies do the same thing. One example is the viscous cycle between most shampoos and conditioners nowadays, but that is for another email. Today we are discussing many of the skincare industry's face washes and cleansers that are actually designed to strip the oils from our faces.
First, Let's Break It Down. Wherever you have a hair follicle on your body (whether the hairs are prominent or not), you have an oil gland or "Sebaceous Gland" which secretes oil that lubricates the skin and hair. Ideally the sebum (oil substance) production is balanced and leaves our skin moisturized . . . not dry and flaky and not oily and shiny. BUT! Many people suffer from dry skin and/or oily skin.
Why Do So Many People Struggle With Dry Or Oily Skin?
This is where that skincare industry scheme comes to play. Many skincare companies' face washes and cleansers are designed to actually strip your skin of its natural oils and this can go one of two ways. One is that the skin becomes dry and tight (many times flaky and layered feeling) because the sebaceous glands can't keep up with being stripped of oils so they become "burnt out". Without them producing enough oils, this leads to dry skin and more noticeable wrinkles. The second is that the skin becomes oily due to the sebaceous glands overproducing sebum to try and make up for the oil that is stripped from the skin. This oily skin can feel greasy, look shiny, and cause the pores to appear larger as the sebum pools and stretches the walls of the pores.
So what does this mean in regards to the vicious cycle?
Well for those with dry skin, they often reach for a cream that may moisturize for a short time but ends up clumping with the dry dead skin cells on the surface. So then you must wash your face to get rid of this feeling, which leaves you feeling dry, so you apply more cream . . . so on and so on. The same kind of thing goes for those with oily skin. The face wash or cleanser strips your skin and your oil glands overproduce leaving you feeling greasy. So what do you do? You wash your face again which strips your skin and your oil glands overproduce leaving you feeling greasy. Are you seeing the pattern here? Whichever cycle you are dealing with, the skincare companies are profiting from keeping you in this hell hole of a loop as you reach for more of their products to "help" your skin.
Wouldn't You Rather Buy Products That Actually Help Your Skin & Break The Awful Curse?
It has been scientifically proven that oil is in fact beneficial for all skin types. So no more fearing oil or searching for "Oil-Free" products because . . . Oil actually helps restore balance to the skin! Using oil and oil based products is like telling your sebaceous glands, "Hey, I'm here now, everything is going to be okay. You can mellow out again". Since we know scientifically that like dissolves like, not only does oil balance your skin, but using an oil cleanser in particular reaches deep into the pores to flush out impurities, dissolve build-up, expel grime, and break down makeup.
So Let's Sum It Up!
Every hair follicle contains a sebaceous gland which excretes oil/sebum to lubricate the skin and hair. Most skincare companies design face washes and cleansers that strip your skin of its natural oils to keep you buying more of their products. Stripping the skin like this can cause dry, flaky skin or oily, greasy skin depending on whether the sebaceous glands underproduce or overproduce as a reaction. So you actually need to transition to oil based products because they can not only balance the skin's sebum production, but since like dissolves like, they can also penetrate deep into the pores to cleanse all the gunk. The biggest take away? Oil is GOOD. Oil is for ALL skin types. :)
Are you ready to change to Oil? . . . Check out our Cleansing Oil below!
While this article solely revolves around the topic of oil, we would like to note that our Face Wash is specifically formulated to not strip the skin of its natural oils like most other face washes on the market. Ours also includes Silver Hydrosol which is naturally anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antifungal. Our Face Wash has been dry and oily skin approved!
If you have any further questions regarding oils and oil based products, feel free to contact us directly at Support@TillyRuth.com.