Since the texture (the galenic) of a face oil is very different from that generally used in serums, creams and lotions, introducing a skincare oil into your beauty routine is surely one of the best habits to take. take.
How to hydrate your skin?
To better understand the moisturising function of an oil like Sowé's Huile Précieuse Face Oil, it is important to understand the general process of hydration of the dermis that accompanies the application of cosmetic products on our skin. Today, we mainly have two ways of moisturising our skin:
- The first is to develop formulas containing several types of moisturising ingredients: occlusive ingredients whose action is to create a film on the surface of the skin to prevent transepidermal water loss (e.g. vegetable oils) and emollient ingredients Who, in addition to moisturising, provide a soft touch to the skin (eg lanolin, butters, petrolatum). Studies have also shown that botanical oils are effective in providing an occlusive effect on the skin and that they can be a long-lasting alternative to synthetic emollients such as petrolatum, which is often used in cosmetics and renowned for its occlusive properties. While petrolatum has a more pronounced immediate effect, over the long term (6 hours) most vegetable oils showed results comparable to petrolatum.
- Another way to hydrate is to use moisturising ingredients capable of penetrating the outer layers of the skin and transporting water towards its interior, thus balancing hydration levels (eg glycerin, sorbitol, hyaluronic acid, urea).
The difference between creams and oils?
Most creams and lotions contain occlusive, emollient and moisturising ingredients, which ensure the skin's water supply and retention at the same time, in order to hydrate in both ways and to maintain this hydration as long as possible. In the case of oils (where occlusive ingredients predominate), their main function is to retain water in the skin, which allows the skin to stay hydrated for longer. Our face oil, Huile Précieuse, is formulated with nine botanical oils, which ensures that you keep your skin hydrated long-term. So, the oil does not replace a cream but can be used in addition, for a more effective routine. However, to get the most out of these products, you need to know your skin well and understand its needs.
How do I use Precious Oil in combination with my moisturiser?
Which should I apply first? The answer to this question depends on your skin type and the type of moisturiser you use.
If your skin is very dry and you use a thicker day cream with more occlusive ingredients, you should apply your Huile Précieuse before your moisturiser in order to enjoy the benefits of the oils and greater hydration with the two products together.
However, if your skin is normal and you use a lighter moisturiser, you should apply your Huile Précieuse at the end of your routine, after cream. This way, the oil will help retain moisture, and the absorption of ingredients from both products will be more efficient.
For sensitive and combination to oily skin, you can enjoy both products by mixing a few drops of Huile Précieuse of your choice with your moisturiser. For more information, do not hesitate to consult our article explaining how to integrate Huile Précieuse into your beauty routine.
In general, the application of Huile Précieuse in addition to your moisturiser will always depend on the type of moisturiser you use. However, experiment and observe how your skin reacts and what feels more comfortable, because the best advice for you is always to know your skin well.
To find out which Huile Précieuse best suits your skin type, we invite you to take our short test here.
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