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Face oil: The Key Skincare Step You Didn’t Know You Were Missing

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Cleanse, tone, moisturize: Skincare regimen 101. Or so we’ve all been led to believe.

Many of us supplement this basic routine with occasional exfoliation and a mask. But there are two powerful tools in the daily skincare kit too often overlooked altogether: serums and, the focus of our journal today, face oils.

 

So, what are face oils?

Not to be confused with sebum (the oily substance produced by skin), face oils are technically moisturizers, to be applied to the skin. They are botanically derived, either from a single plant or combined to maximise benefits.

Oils are lipophilic, meaning they absorb easily into the skin’s lipid membrane. Your lotion moisturizer contains some oils and water – skin needs both – but it cannot penetrate the skin or reinforce the lipid barrier in the same way as oil. Plant oils also contain a variety of nourishing compounds, so omitting face oil from your skincare regimen is missing out on double benefits.

 

Why you should be using them

Considering their virtues have been extolled by our ancestors all over the world for centuries, it’s a wonder oils have been largely forgotten in facial care until recently. Here are just some of the reasons they should be part of your daily regimen:

  • Rebalancing oily skin. Fatty acids in plant oils penetrate and reinforce the lipid layer in the skin. A more resilient skin barrier layer means reduced sebum production. That’s why, contrary to what you might think, the right oil actually reduces oiliness and breakouts!
  • Nourishing moisture. The naturally occurring antioxidants and omegas in plant oils prevent water-loss and free-radical damage. As well as plumping the skin and locking in moisture, this protection is key in reducing the effects of aging.
  • Gentle make-up removal. For holistic skin health, you should respect and restore rather than strip and scrub. Face oils emulsify the waxes in make-up that make it waterproof, naturally breaking it down so it can be gently washed away.
  • A natural glow. Good quality face oils are light and non-greasy, leaving the skin soft to the touch and dewy to behold. 

 

For best results…

There are some simple guidelines to remember to get the best results from your face oil:

  1. Apply before bed. Air tends to be drier at night, so this is the optimum time for protecting and repairing the skin.
  2. The last step. Either add a few drops to your moisturizing lotion or apply oil after moisturizing; not before. You want the fatty acids to lock the water and active ingredients from your moisturizer in, not block them out.
  3. Pat, pat, pat! Patting the oil gently all over your face, neck and décolleté will promote circulation and even absorption.

 

Not all oils are equal

As lipid products, pure botanical oils can quickly go rancid if not expertly blended. Oils that are heat-treated during processing may also have lost some of the fragile, natural nutrients. Synthetic and mineral oils can cause irritation and don’t have the benefit of the natural nutrients present in plant oils. The oil you’re looking for should be cold-pressed, botanical and have vitamin E to aid preservation.

 

Supreme Face Oil

Villa Floriani Supreme Face Oil delivers a precise balance of cold-pressed Argan, Jojoba and Olive oils for deep and refined moisturization. Fortified with vitamins A, C, D and E, this elixir fuses optimum lipid and vitamin levels for intensive restoration of the skin’s barrier. Regular use reveals a radiant, resilient and even glow.

If you’re ready to change the game and complete your skincare regimen with a face oil formulated for natural radiance, this is where to find it.

 

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Do You Know Your Skin Type?

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For most women, the answer is yes.

A smaller number know the importance of tailoring their regimen to properly care for it.

Even fewer know that environmental and lifestyle changes present skin challenges outside of it.

Sometimes these temporary changes, or ‘stressors’, simply intensify your regular skin concerns. For example, your regimen usually does a great job of caring for your dry skin type, but after a day at the beach, it needs a little extra help.

Other times, stressors bring skin concerns that seem to be the exact opposite of your regular skin type. For example, you’ve curated a regimen for your oily skin but after a long flight in a climate-controlled cabin, your skin is suddenly dry as a bone. Or your skincare focus is usually on maintaining supple, youthful skin, but the harshest weeks of winter have left your face sensitive and patchy.

These temporary skin concerns are a conundrum. It wouldn’t be practical, economical or environmentally responsible to buy a whole range of products for a new, temporary regimen every time we encounter a new stressor. So how do we protect and nourish our skin, no matter what life throws its way?

Our experts at Villa Floriani have engineered a solution. The culmination of decades of harnessing the natural power of plants in treatment-grade products is here: Villa Floriani Intensive Serums.

These little bottles of potent plant concentrate tailor your regular regimen in 1, 2, 3:

  1. Select the Intensive Serum to suit your stressor
  2. Swirl a few drops into your regular moisturizer* and apply as usual
  3. Use before, during or after exposure to the stressor for as long as your skin needs Intensive care

*or eye cream for i-Recovery Multi-Active Eye Serum.

Whatever your scenario, there’s a serum to intensify your skincare:

 Scenario

Intensive Serum

Results

  1. A city-break
  2. A day using public transport
PureActive Mint Purifying Serum
Ultra-clear skin
  1. A skiing holiday or harsh Chicago winter
  2. Stressed skin after an upper lip wax
  3. Flare-ups of sensitive skin 
CalmActive's Chamomile Calming Serum
Even, healthy-looking skin
  1.  Flying to a conference or holiday
  2.  A day at the beach 
HydraActive'sAloe Intensive Hydrating Serum
Full, silky-soft skin
  1. Tiring week exacerbating the signs of aging
  2.  Jet-lagged, dull and tired skin
 
Active Recovery's Synergy-6 Age Defying Serum
Noticeably smooth and youthful skin
  1. A long week at the office (‘computer eyes’)
  2. Eyes irritated by makeup
  3. Tired eyes after a late night
i-Recovery's  Multi-Active Eye Serum
Luminous, vital eyes


You can expect noticeable relief from the signs of skin stress from our naturally effective formulas. Your skincare: intensified.

Not sure which is the right Intensive Serum to suit your stressor? Go ahead and ask us, our experts are here to help.

 

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Hydration: The Key to Youthful Skin

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No matter your age, if you’re a woman in the western world you’re likely to have come across the concept of ‘the signs of aging’. For decades, skincare research has focused on identifying these and formulating ways to counter them. Many experts and skincare companies claim to have the answers on exactly what the signs of aging are. But they don’t agree! Some insist there are 6, others 7, some say there are as many as 8 core signals our skin is beginning to lose its youthful vitality.

One sign is agreed upon by all, however. Underlying so many of the other mechanisms of visible aging, dryness is undisputedly key to the divide between youthful and mature skin. Like plants whose leaves droop and wilt when under-watered, the cells in our skin function better, renew themselves more effectively and are better supported when they are hydrated.

The Causes of Dryness

Some changes are internal or related to the natural processes that happen as we get older:

  • Loss of sweat and oil glands
  • Changes in hormones
  • Existing dry skin type

Other factors are external, behavioral or environmental:

  • Extremes of heat or cold
  • Sun and wind
  • Baths and showers
  • Air conditioning
  • Harsh skin products and make-up
  • Drinking too little water

Clearly, some level of dryness is inevitable as our skin ages. So, what can be done about it?

Keeping Skin Naturally Hydrated

It’s never too early or too late to start protecting your skin. Here are our top tips for retaining moisture and maintaining youthful, strong and vibrant skin.

  1. Keep the water from your wash locked in

Hot baths and showers scald and dry out your skin. Adjust the temperature to warm and keep time in the water to a minimum. Blot gently with a towel and apply your moisturizer while your skin is still damp.

  1. Beware allergens and irritants

Your detergent can irritate your skin, even on your face. It’s right against your pillowcase for a significant time every day, after all! Choose your laundry products carefully. Likewise, take extra care of your skin when you know you’ll be encountering harsh chemicals, such as in a swimming pool.

  1. Keep warm gently

Try not to sit directly by the heat when you’re cozying up, whether it’s an open fire or another heat source.

  1. Give your air some moisture

Use a humidifier in rooms in which you spend a lot of time. The air we face is so often dehydrating, reintroducing water into it as much as possible is a great way to prevent our skin drying out.

  1. Drink plenty of water

Our make-up is roughly two-thirds water. It’s no shock that we need to consume a lot to keep topped-up to optimal levels for our skin! Eight glasses a day sipped regularly throughout the day will help keep you and your skin healthy and bright.

  1. Make use of nature’s hydrators

Some plant extracts work in synergy with our skin to increase and maintain moisture levels. Products with Aloe, Linden, Hamamelis, and Mallow are deeply hydrating, while natural oils such as Shea, Sweet Almond and Olive replenish lost lipids.

 

HydraActive

Our experts at Villa Floriani specialize in naturally quenching thirsty skin. The HydraActive range blends nature’s most active moisturizers in a collection of treatments that deliver both instant and long-lasting hydration. Skin is plumped and smooth with a youthful glow.

Explore the HydraActive range here or discover the ActiveRecovery collection for more treatments designed with mature skin in mind. 

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The 8 Signs of Sensitive Skin and 8 Plants that Treat them

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What’s the first word you think of when you hear the word ‘skin’?

Chances are, you didn’t answer ‘barrier’. Yet this is actually your skin’s most important role. How your skin looks and feels is directly affected by how it performs this primary function.

The barrier of those with sensitive skin types allows more irritants to penetrate. This is no cause for alarm – it’s a variation of normal (in fact, 45% of Americans are reported to have sensitive skin). It simply means a little extra care is needed to ensure:

  • The barrier is protected and reinforced
  • Irritants are avoided
  • The threshold for irritation is increased
  • When reaction occurs, it’s soothed gently

Do I Have Sensitive Skin?

If you have experienced any 3 of these signs regularly, it’s time to switch to a sensitive range*.

*please do consult your dermatologist if you experience persistent symptoms or are worried you may have a condition or allergy.

  1. Red - Redness can appear in blotches or blushes and everything in between.
  1. Reactive - Your skin reacts to triggers, from soaps and perfumes to a strong wind on a blustery day.
  1. Itchy - You often have the urge to scratch your skin (and scratching makes it worse!)
  1. Pain - Your skin stings and burns upon contact with strong products and chemicals.
  1. Dry - Your skin often appears or feels dry – all over or in patches – and flakes or peels easily.
  1. Rashes - You’re prone to rashes that aren’t due to allergy.
  1. Breakouts - You often see blemishes or breakouts, but acne treatments exacerbate the problem.
  1. Burn - The sun may make your skin feel more sensitive and you’re likely to burn easily.

Nature to The Rescue

Sensitive skin is often reactive to synthetic and harsh chemicals. Plants are biocompatible: their building blocks are the same as those of the skin, so they’re able to work with and less likely to irritate it. Even better, many plants have properties ideal for dealing with the signs and symptoms of sensitive skin:

  1. Chamomile - Used for centuries to treat heat stroke, camomile has long been known to be calming. The now identified anti-inflammatory actives are widely used to soothe irritated skin.
  1. Marshmallow Root - Althea Officialis was once given in place of a teething toy, such were its soothing powers. Reducing redness and easing pain, this plant is a great friend of those with sensitive skin.
  1. Everlasting - The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actives in Helichrysum Italicum help to even out hyperpigmentation and redness.
  1. Jojoba Oil - So similar in make-up to the skin’s own sebum, this oil helps build up the hydro-lipid barrier without irritation and imparts nourishing vitamins and minerals at the same time.
  1. Olive Oil - Also aids the hydro-lipid barrier, locking moisture in (treating dryness and itching) and helping to keep irritants out.
  1. Caffeine - Reduces inflammation by aiding circulation.
  1. Horse Chestnut - Is high in saponins - which purify the skin without inflaming it – and has vasoprotective properties that reduce redness.
  1. Linden - This is a well-renowned protector against free radicals, which can trigger the signs of sensitivity.

If you answered ‘yes’ to the question ‘Do I have sensitive skin?’ you should look to incorporate these natural healers into your regimen. Villa Floriani’s CalmActive range makes use of them all, using delivery systems that allow their actives to penetrate the skin.

Skin obtains resilience and protection and is visibly healthier and uniform.

See our Herbarium for more wisdom on healing plants, or stock up on our CalmActive range here.

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Protect Your Skin from the Summer Sun With Broad-Spectrum SPF

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The temperatures are rising, the sky has taken on a distinct shade of blue and summer is knocking on the door. It’s time to dig out the shorts and sheets, lock the boots away until the fall and boost your Vitamin D with some serious sessions in the sun. The problem with those sessions is that whether you are in Newcastle or Nice, Bangkok or Baltimore, that golden ball we all worship gives out some pretty nasty rays that cannot only seriously burn you but can result in you having to cover up for life as a skin cancer sufferer. The annoying thing is that this is one of the easiest cancers to avoid, and here’s how.

The regular use of a broad-spectrum SPF moisturizer will protect you from both of the suns evil rays; UVA and UVB. UVA is the blighter responsible for the premature aging, wrinkles and age spots. It is the UVB rays which burn your skin when you are out in it for too long. Prolonged exposure to both rays can lead to you developing skin cancer, so it’s common sense that you will need protection from both of them at the same time.

Villa Floriani was developed in Italy for this specific reason, and anyone who has ever experienced an Italian summer will appreciate that they know what they are talking about! Villa Floriani SPF20 broad-spectrum products not only protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays but also nourish and moisturize it, giving you a naturally healthy glow without intensive sun exposure. By applying these products daily, before you go out into the sun, after swimming and with re-applications during your time in the sun, you are greatly reducing your chances of developing skin cancer. You shouldn’t rely wholly on one product, however, as there are other things you can do to protect yourself, as listed below:

  • Limit your time in the sun, especially during the hottest part of the day between 10am-2pm
  • Cover up as much as possible in loose and comfortable clothing such as long-sleeved tops and long pants
  • Protect your scalp and eyes with a sun hat and sunglasses
  • Water resistant sunscreen should be used if you intend to go swimming or sweat profusely, but still, reapply after bathing if you are in the water during the peak times

Nothing in this blog is difficult or expensive to embrace, as part of your daily routine through the summer, and your skin will thank you for it, in more ways than one!

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