Can oil-based skincare be the anti-aging panacea? Skin-the body’s largest organ-naturally excretes oil, so using it to replenish, cleanse and hydrate seems fitting. In fact, in some countries, like Japan, using oil-based products is the preferred way to care for skin.
As we age, moisture levels in the skin drop, causing it to become dry and dehydrated, which makes fine lines and wrinkles more noticeable. A vast majority of skincare products boast some kind of oil agent as a main ingredient. Experts say this is because oil is an emollient that fills in spaces between cells in the upper levels of skin; so by replacing essential lipids, oil-based products lubricate rough skin.
Additionally, oils are more easily absorbed by the skin than water-based moisturizers, due to their chemical structure.
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