Why Oils Are Better Than Creams

If you are a skin care aficionado you probably already know this, but some of you may not. And since many people still find it counter-intuitive to put oil on their skin, we thought we’d write a quick post to explain why oils are better thank creams for your skin.

The main reason is that creams and lotions contain waxes. While these help to keep moisture in, they also create a barrier which prevents the beneficial components of the cream from penetrating the skin. This means that those components that the skin so desperately needs for replenishment won’t be able to penetrate the surface of the skin and reach the lipid barrier.

The lipid barrier, also called the skin barrier, is the Queen Bee in skin care as it is responsible for the efficiency of the skin function. Simply put, the lipid barrier makes the good stuff (moisture) stay in and keeps the bad stuff (bacterias, toxins, radiation) out. The main thing we want our skincare products to do is strengthening the lipid barrier. So if a product prevents strengthening of the lipid barrier by preventing nutrients from even reaching it in the first place, then that’s a product we’d want to stay away from.

Another con with wax is that it clogs pores and we all know the result of that - pimples!

Oils, on the other hand, penetrates the surface of the skin and reaches the lipid barrier where they can work their magic; rebuilding, repairing and reducing inflammation.

In other words, the waxes in creams and lotions form a layer on the skin and stays on the surface, while oils are going deep into the skin layers where we need the magic to happen.

In addition, many creams and lotions contain a ton of other ingredients in order to provide them with their smooth and luxurious texture. Some of these ingredients may further clog the pores and cause breakouts.

Finally, adding oil to your skin will stop any overproduction of your skins natural oil and actually make your skin less oily.

Of course, not all oils are equal. We’ll write more about different oils and which ones to use when in a later post.

Hanna Bergqvist Jackson