For a moment forget about those claims that oily skin ages slower — which it may. Take it from someone who knows, oily skin care can be a hassle and many of us would happily trade our oily skin for some other skin type any day of the week.
Why is it that through no fault of our own our skin seems to keeps producing more and more oil. And with the aggressive steps we take to relieve ourselves of that ever-present shine, the more problems we seem to create for ourselves fenugreek.
Just what is going on with oily skin, anyway? Oily skin is caused by a variety of factors. Heredity, diet, exposure to heat, and hormonal changes are all major contributors. Our choice of cosmetics and the frequency in which we use them also greatly influence how active our sebaceous glands become.
These sebaceous glands within the skin produce sebum, our own natural oil. While we often refer to sebum as an oil, it’s really a soft wax that acts as a protective barrier on the outside surface of skin called the epidermis.
People with oily skin produce sebum at much faster rates and in greater quantity than are found with other skin conditions – causing wax to build up within our pores and on the surface of the skin.
Our natural tendency to is clean, scrub and exfoliate more in a desperate attempt to relieve ourselves of the messy stuff only to realize that our skin gets even more oily. Doesn’t make sense, does it?
Well, actually it does if you understand a little about how the skin works. You see, when too much activity occurs with the skin by either stripping away precious oils or over moisturizing, we upset the skin’s natural balance and our sebaceous glans work harder to produce more sebum to compensate for what it interprets as a lack of moisture.
But what if there was a way to ensure that the skin receives the proper moisture it needs to protect itself from dehydration while regulating sebum production within the skin to ensure it is not over producing oil. Would you be interested?
Fighting oil with oil sounds like a silly proposition, but hear me out. Let me introduce you to jojoba oil which I call oily skin care magic.
What is especially effective about this wonderful oil cultivated from the jojoba plant found in the deserts of North and Central America, is that its chemical structure is very similar to that of human sebum.
This means our skin accepts it well without the threat of adverse reactions such as rash or breakouts. And just as our natural sebum is a wax, jojoba oil is also a wax, but in this case, a liquid wax.
Many theorize, that because of this similarity to human sebum, jojoba oil can actually fool our skin into thinking it has produced enough oil and can act as a regulator to ensure our skin’s oil production is kept balance.
But easing oil production in oily skin is not its only benefit. Jojoba oil is a wonderful all day moisturizer that will not evaporate like those that are water based. Organically it is very stable, retains anti-oxidants and is capable of withstanding temperatures up to 370 degrees Fahrenheit before exhibiting any signs of degradation.