How many times have you wondered whether your skin has the right amount of oil or not? How often have you tried to figure out whether there is a concrete definition of ‘oily skin’? Somewhere over the last several decades, we seem to have become obsessed with skin oil to the point that a lot of people misunderstand what it is all about. Indeed, how many people know that oil is the skin’s natural moisture barrier?
The skin is the largest organ in the human body. It is also one of the most vital components of the immune system. The skin has built-in defense mechanisms that do a very good job at fighting bacteria, viruses, and other contaminants that would otherwise harm the body. Therefore, it’s absolutely imperative that we keep the skin functioning to the highest degree. Moisture is a big part of that.
As with every other part of the body, moisture is critical to the skin. The problem is that the water evaporates rather easily. So the body produces an oil known as sebum to keep the skin lubricated and hydrated. If your body produces too much sebum, you could end up with oily skin. If it produces too little, the result will be dry skin.
It’s More about Skin Care
One of the biggest myths about sebum is the assumption that most people have too much oil on their skin. This is just not true. Unfortunately, our obsession with skin oil has led us to create harsh chemicals designed specifically to remove oil. That’s not a good thing. Stripping the skin of sebum creates all sorts of problems including dry skin, inflammation and even bleeding.
The talented people who make natural, organic skincare products at Salt Lake City-based CRUDE Personal Care say that a good many skin-related issues really have nothing to do with the amount of sebum a person’s skin produces. They say it is more about the skincare practices a person employs.
For example, someone who perceives she has oily skin may use a harsh cleanser along with an exfoliant to solve her problem. Then she gets frustrated when she suffers from skin inflammation and acne. Her problem most likely was not too much sebum; it was not taking the right kind of approach to cleansing and moisturizing.
Rather than aggressively trying to strip the skin of oil, a better approach would have been to use an oil-based facial cleanser that works with sebum rather than trying to remove it. CRUDE Everything Oil is one such product. Its ingredients are all 100% certified organic. Furthermore, they are all essential oils that dissolve in sebum and bind themselves to dirt, debris and dead skin cells.
Everything Oil provides the deep cleansing necessary to help fight acne without interrupting the natural balance of sebum on the skin. As a result, the skin’s natural moisture barrier is not jeopardized in the ongoing fight against acne.
Don’t Get in the Way of Nature
The skin’s natural moisture barrier is there for a reason. The best way to care for your skin without harming the moisture barrier is to not get in the way of nature. Do not use products that strip the oil from your skin. Do not use exfoliation products that require aggressive scrubbing. Do not spend a lot of time taking hot showers that can rob your skin of sebum.
Protect your skin’s natural moisture barrier by using the best cleansing oil and moisturizer you can find. The more gentle you are with the skincare products you choose, the better your skin will respond.