The Definitive Guide to Facial Oils

We’ve put together an essential primer to help you navigate the world of oils and tap into their full benefits.

HISTORY OF OILS
Botanical oils have exploded in clean beauty lately because they impart such a naturally dewy glow. But these elixirs haven’t just been trending for the last several months, they’ve been sought after for several thousands of years by ancient royalty, haute society, philosophers and physicians. Wealthy Egyptians used natural plant oils as a beauty treatment to prevent wrinkles and preserve youth. In Cleopatra’s day, anointing the body with oil was a way to protect skin against the scorching sun. The queen’s own beauty ritual included oils to silken her skin. Pliny the Elder, a great Roman philosopher, touted oils as a wrinkle treatment and Galen, an early Greek physician, made the world’s first cold cream with olive oil, beeswax, and rosewater.

WHY USE A FACIAL OIL?
A facial oil is for anyone seeking a radiant, well-nourished complexion. Every skin type, including oily and especially dry, can benefit from incorporating a facial oil into their skincare routine.

Simplicity meets efficacy. In the natural skincare world, facial oils tend to be made with a blend of botanical oils or just a single one. Since it’s an undiluted waterless formulation, made with just a few simple ingredients, it’s less likely to trigger sensitivities and require preservatives. It may be simple but it’s also luxuriously concentrated with nourishing botanical oils, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and other valuable nutrients for skin.

WHAT DO OILS DO FOR SKIN?
Let’s delve into the science to understand how oils work. Facial oils are anhydrous or waterless and emollient and occlusive in nature. Dripping with benefits, oils nourish, smooth, condition and lubricate skin. They act as a sealant, forming a protective lipid barrier on skin to help keep moisture in. Because oils are lipophilic, or fat loving, they can easily pass through the lipid layer of the skin to prevent water loss and plump skin effectively.

Facial oils restore lipids and essential fatty acids that can get stripped during washing. Lipids are produced by cells in the stratum corneum, the outer layer of skin that serves as its protection against water loss. By maintaining stratum corneum lipids and replenishing fatty acids, oils minimize water loss and maximize barrier function. They seal in hydration and prevent the environment from depleting skin of water. They also help strengthen and repair this outermost layer to boost skin’s ability to protect itself against irritation, redness and environmental toxins.

Botanical plant oils are rich in powerful nutrients and vitamins that give skin extra nourishment, restore a healthy glow and encourage cellular renewal. They are packed with potent antioxidants that protect against environmental damage and pollutants. And many plant oils also have anti-inflammatory properties that soothe inflammation.

IS MOISTURIZING A MYTH?
Oils nourish, correct and protect but the one thing that can’t do is moisturize. You need water to moisturize and oils do not contain water, add water, draw water or encourage skin to absorb water as a humectant does. Oils provide an occlusive layer to seal in moisture that is already there and prevent it from escaping for longer-lasting benefits.

HOW TO APPLY A FACIAL OIL?
Facial oils are designed to complement and enhance the performance of serums and creams. Layered over these other skincare products, oils help seal in moisture and act as a barrier of protection on the skin surface.

Save your oil for the last layer of your skincare routine, after serums and creams. They are the perfect finish. We recommend applying a facial oil both morning and night, using our gentle massage technique to get your microcirculation going and skin glowing. Oils have a luxurious silky glide that allow you to give yourself relaxing facial massage. Warm drops in your fingertips and massage gently into skin, using a circular motion, starting from the center of your forehead and working down, following the lymphatic pathways. Take extra care around the delicate eye area. Repeat until absorbed.

This technique promotes lymphatic drainage, bringing blood to the surface for a healthy glow. It warms the product, activates the healing power of botanicals and helps increase absorption of the oil. Take a moment for self-care to massage stress away and enhance your well-being.

FACIAL OIL PERFECTED. DUE ALBERI BIPHASE MOISTURIZING OIL

If you’ve been wanting to try a facial oil but hesitated, thinking it may be too heavy or greasy, this one is for you. Introducing Due Alberi Biphase Moisturizing Oil. All the revitalizing benefits of an oil without the weight. Light in feel yet loaded with nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants, the non-greasy formula plumps, repairs, moisturizes and protects without a trace of residue.

Named after two trees that have stood by each other’s side on our La Furtuna Estate in Sicily, Due Alberi Biphase Moisturizing Oil offers two potent formulas in one. Skin needs water and oil to maintain its healthy balance, so we designed a wild skincare formula that’s a perfect balance of both. A botanically-infused blend of olive, magnolia and seed oils is combined with hydrating olive leaf water, for a formula that both restores moisture and seals it in. The dual delivery system enables our biphase to transport both water and oil soluble vitamins for optimal skin nutrition.

Our shake-activated blend visibly plumps skin with moisture as it helps repair its protective barrier. Active levels of Vitamin C and organic chicory help boost natural collagen production for long-term resilience. From the first silky drop, your skin begins to transform into a more vibrant version of itself. Over time, skin becomes more resilient with lines softened and elasticity strengthened.

The oil phase of the formula includes our own Estate-exclusive olive oil, packed with phenolic antioxidants, Vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids, while the water phase features our own special olive leaf water, filled with protective antioxidants like oleuropein and hydroxytyrosol. Both phases are infused with high performance, wild-foraged botanicals such as Anchusa Azurea from our Splendore Anchusa™ Complex. Since a conventional, slow extraction process can destroy the phyto-nutrients, we use the quick and gentle Soundbath™ method of soundwaves to maintain full potency of our ingredients.

Due Alberi Biphase Moisturizing Oil is the final step of your ritual. As the last layer, it forms a lingering antioxidant shield over skin with 360° Exposome Defense™, a cutting edge multi-filtering complex that protects against everyday exposures to blue light, free radicals and urban air pollution. Our proprietary blend combines the powerful anti-blue light botanical, calendula flower, with other wildly potent, antioxidant-rich plants such as grape vine, dog rose and poppy. It’s the next level protection you need to face today’s harsh realities.

The universal formula is perfect for all skin types and ages, including dry, sensitive, combination, oily, and acne-prone. It effectively hydrates dry skin with natural moisture replenishment while fighting breakouts and irritation with wild-foraged, medicinal plant oils, known for their anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.

To activate, shake well to mix the oil and water phases. Warm drops in your fingertips and gently massage in. Layer over serums and creams as the final step of your morning and evening skincare ritual.

Due Alberi Biphase Moisturizing Oil. Facial oil perfected.
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