Why most face oils are AGING you

orange oil bubbles    I know this is going to be hard to hear, but most face oils on the market are aging you. To understand which ones are aging vs anti-aging, you have to know how they are made up chemically.  It’s always down to chemistry unfortunately.

There are two types of oils: saturated and unsaturated. Saturated oils have single bonds in the fatty acid chains which makes them extremely stable under all conditions and resistant to free radicals (aka oxidation). Unsaturated oils have a double bond, or sometimes several in their fatty acid chains, and the more double bonds, the less stable the oil. Monounsaturated oils contain one double bond, polyunsaturated contain many double bonds. These are the easiest oxidizing of all. 

Most face oils on store shelves are polyunsaturated, (PUFA's) literally the most unstable, easiest oxidizing of all oils. This includes rose hip oil, argan, almond oil, sunflower to name a few. You should not ingest them and you should not use them on skin. You can find out which oils are polyunsaturated by a simple google search such as: “is jojoba oil unsaturated”. Please try to find a chemistry site or at least Wikipedia, and not just a blogger with no credibility.

It's really terrible that the natural beauty industry persists on marketing these oils as anti-aging when they are the exact opposite. But unfortunately many natural skin care brands are owned by people who do not understand basic cosmetic science.

So which oils do you choose? Any of the more saturated oils. You can use jojoba, olive and coconut oil for starters, or our favorite oil in the world which deserves its own post: squalane. We’ll talk about that most perfect of face oils in a future post so please check back.

xo, Jacci

Jacci Russ

Our founder Jacci, combines her background in Marine Biology and Organic Cosmetic Science for high performance, yet clean skincare using ocean-based ingredients. She has traveled the world in search of strange spa treatments and perfect pizza. Dreamer and Doer. Adventuress, animal activist, recovering cheese addict. Read more about Jacci.