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Should I use Coconut Oil on my Face?

Using coconut Oil on the face seems to be a ‘fad’ right now. We often get customers and clients who ask about its use. I do not recommend that people use just coconut oil on their face for several reasons.

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Coconut oil consists of triglycerides that are mainly composed of short and medium chain fatty acids such as lauric acid. Lauric acid has 12 carbons. There is nothing innately wrong with lauric acid and it has benefits for the skin, but your skin needs so much more than JUST lauric acid.

An important part of the skin barrier function is the matrix of lipids (including fatty acids) found in the stratum corneum (outer layer of the epidermis).  The skin barrier functions to protect the skin from water loss, and to protect the body from the outer environment.   Linoleic acid, an 18 carbon fatty acid found in olive oil, grapeseed oil, sunflower oil and rice bran oil is an important component of the skin barrier system and has been found to help relieve dry skin. Palmitoleic acid found in macadamia nut oil has 16 carbons. It too plays an important part in the integrity of skin. A variety of longer chain fatty acids that are not found in coconut oil are crucial for the the integrity of the skin.

Coconut oil does not provide moisture to the skin as some people think.  Moisture means water. An oil alone, such as coconut, can help trap water in the skin but it cannot add water or moisture to the skin. Only water can do that. A good moisturizer is the perfect combination of water to hydrate and oil to help moisture stay in the skin – but you need both.

Coconut oil has fewer sterols and phenolics that act as antioxidants, compared to other oils such as sunflower and rice bran oil.

Coconut oil also has a lower level of vitamin e (tocopherols) compared to other oils.

Coconut oil is considered comodegenic. This means that it clogs pores and makes it particularly harmful for acneic skin but can cause any skin type to become congested.

Just as we are encouraged by nutritionists to eat a wide variety of foods for proper nutrition and functioning of our body in whole, it is just as important to give a variety of nutrients to our skin. This can be done by using a product that contains a variety of different plant based oils as well as added nutrients.

We of course recommend Springtide Face cream with rice bran oil, olive oil, raspberry seed oil and meadowfoam oils. Or if you prefer an all oil product, try Parsley Eye Serum with olive oil, sea buckthorn oil and Macadamia nut oil. This way you are getting a variety of fatty acids, as well as added antioxidants delivered to your skin.

 

The Colorado Facial

We had our esthetician, Laura Lee, develop this facial using Colorado Aromatics products.  All of us here at Colorado Aromatics received the facial and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Colorado Facial

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After a Colorado Facial

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What you will need:  
3-4 warm, wet, washcloths Your choice of 7 Herbal Hydrosols
Yarrow Makeup Remover and Oil Cleanser Meadow Mist Exfoliating Cleanser
Starbright Brightening Face Mask Razz Tightening Serum
Parsley Eye and Face Serum Springtide Gold Face Cream
Mountain Mist Hand and Body Lotion  Herbal Relief or Allure Lip Balm

1. Begin by massaging a large pea size of Yarrow Makeup Remover & Oil Cleanser onto dry skin, covering all of the face. Using a warm, wet cloth remove the cleanser from the skin. Skin impurities and makeup will be attracted to the oil and will easily glide off skin.

2. Spray the skin with chosen hydrosol until damp, then apply Meadow Mist Facial Cleanser in a circular motion. This cleanser will provide mild exfoliation with jojoba beads and cleanse the skin more deeply, removing any lingering impurities. Remove with a warm, wet cloth.

3. Next, apply the Starbright Brightening Mask to the skin and let sit 10-15 minutes. This mask will provide mild exfoliation, hydration and will brighten hyper-pigmentation. Hyper-pigmentation ingredients may irritate sensitive skin. If this happens remove the mask immediately and spritz with a hydrosol. Otherwise, remove after 10-15 minutes with a warm, wet cloth.

4. During the mask time, give a hand and arm massage using Mountain Mist Hand and Body Lotion (citrus or lavender).

5. Spray the skin with a hydrosol, then apply Razz Tightening Serum to the face. The hydrosol will restore skin pH and provide antioxidants. This serum will lift & tighten the skin and reduce puffiness. Continue to lightly massage into face in a circular motion until the serum has been fully received by the skin.

6. Again spray the skin with a hydrosol, followed by an application of 4-5 drops of Parsley Eye and Face Serum. This serum, packed with Vitamins A & K and organic Macadamia nut oil, will reduce fine lines and dark circles as it replenishes the skin. Use this oil to give a facial massage with this tremendously nourishing and luxurious oil.

7. As a final moisturizing step, use Springtide Gold Face Cream (after spritzing with a hydrosol, of course!). This exceptionally hydrating cream will boost collagen production and fuel skin rejuvenation with an extra boost of anti-oxidants.

8. Finally, apply Herbal Relief Lip Balm or Allure Lip Balm to the lips. The conditioning oils in both are rich in phytosterols, carotenoids and vitamin E. Herbal Relief contains lemon balm extract to reduce the incidence of cold sores and prunella to soften lips. Allure contains collagen promoting ingredients to plump lips.