Benefits & Potential Side Effects: Water Based VS Oil Based Skincare Products

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Water-Based VS Oil Based Skincare Products 

It might be tough to choose items in the beauty sector since it is so large, with so many firms and more joining the market every month. Water-based skincare and oil-based skincare are the two basic types of topical skincare. In many skincare products, you can find both jojoba oil and sweet almond oil which is beneficial for your skin.

Water-based skincare products vs oil-based skincare products:

The majority of water-based skincare products are exactly water. Oil-based skincare products contain more oils (like jojoba oil or sweet almond oil) and no water content.  By glancing at the ingredient list, you can figure out what kind of product it is.

Your product is a water-based product if water is specified as an ingredient. If the ingredients mention juice, aloe vera, tea, or anything that is normally composed largely of water, it is likewise termed a water-based product. 

Water is usually included as one of the top three components in water-based skincare products. This indicates that the product is mostly constituted of water. Even though it claims juice, it's comprised largely of water since the juice is basically water.

Water-based skincare products

Because water is the major component in water-based skincare products, skincare firms may save a lot of money because water is a cheap ingredient. For decades, Big Brand Beauty businesses have told us that water-based skincare is ideal for our skin, based on the notion that our skin requires water to keep hydrated. The fact is that the water in your product may evaporate before your body has an opportunity to absorb it, causing your skin to become dry.

While water-based treatments are simple to use, widely accessible at a range of price points, and gentle on the skin, they all need two ingredients that might compromise your skin's health: 

Preservatives and emulsifiers

Preservatives might be synthetic or natural, but they all affect the microbiota of your skin, even the most delicate natural preservative. This is because current preservative methods fight all bacteria and fungus on your skin, not only the nasty germs that might cause your lotion to become rancid. Using a preservative on the skin on a regular basis will always upset the microbiota of the skin and, over time, dry out the skin, perhaps leading to even worse skin issues.

Emulsifier is another problematic element in skincare products. The component that allows the oil and water in your cream to stay together is called an emulsifier. Synthetic and natural emulsifiers are also available. Emulsifiers aren't known to cause skin issues in and of themselves. When the emulsifier allows additional skin irritants to enter the skin, the issue emerges. Emulsifiers disturb the skin microbiota by piercing the skin barrier and causing the skin's layers to lose their capacity to retain moisture.

If you feel like you can't get enough moisturiser and your skin is perpetually dry, you could be suffering from the 'wash out' effect. When an emulsifier is applied to your skin, it lowers or destroys the capacity of your skin barrier to retain moisture. When you wash your face, the emulsifier really removes moisture from your skin, even from the deepest layers that aren't supposed to be accessed.

Emulsifiers should only be used if you're trying to eliminate oil from your skin, as in a cleanser. However, an emulsifier is essential in every water-based skin care product to prevent the chemicals from separating. Furthermore, chemical-based emulsifiers, preservatives, alcohol, and scent are often included in water-based skin care solutions, all of which may be very drying to your skin.

You probably began using face cosmetics while you were in your early teens when hormones were generating changes in your skin, the most frequent of which was an excess of oil. When you develop a few pimples you may have acne-prone skin, you immediately use an oil-drying cleanser and a non-acne-causing moisturiser.

This causes your skin to dry out, and as your skin dries out, it signals your body to start producing more oil. So you keep using stronger cleansers until you're no longer a teenager and your skin starts to wrinkle and dry out. So you start using an anti-ageing cream but it's not working since your natural skin barrier has been screwed up by years, if not decades, of water-based skincare and non-stop application of preservatives and emulsifiers!

The remaining elements in a water-based skincare solution would be deemed "active" substances if the water, emulsifier, and preservative were removed. These are the components that drew you to the product in the first place. These are usually the components that are featured on the label, such as Argan oil.

Cleansers, serums, gels, toners, and moisturisers are just a few examples of water-based products. Because they don't cling to the skin as firmly as oil-based cosmetics, they don't feel as greasy. They may also be applied to the skin in a mild and creamy manner. Every sort of skin condition, skin type, and skin requirement may be treated using water-based solutions. It's by far the most prevalent sort of skin care product on the market.

Oil-Based Skincare Products

Oil-based skincare is the other primary kind of skincare product. As customers gain more knowledge about oil-based skincare products, the market has seen a lot of development. Oil-based skincare isn't only for those with oily skin. Those with oily or blemished skin often avoid facial and body oils for fear of further clogging their pores or resulting in a greasy appearance. This apprehension is completely unjustified.

Oil-based skincare products really encourage your body's natural oil production to be more balanced. They may help oily skin become more balanced and minimise breakouts over time. By applying oil to your skin, you're telling oily skin types that it's OK to reduce natural oil production since your skin already has plenty.

Debris and undesirable oils may be removed with the use of well-formulated oil-based skincare solutions. They also assist maintain a healthy pH balance and may aid in oil balance correction for a radiant, bright complexion that is impossible to obtain with other kinds of products. Oil-based skincare products are particularly enticing because of this.

Whether it's a water-based or oil-based treatment, delicate and mild oils are a vital component of every successful, high-quality skincare product. They gently cleanse, nourish, and moisturise while supporting the skin's fight against ageing and environmental damage by maintaining a healthy oil balance. 

Oil-based skincare products don't need an emulsifier and may be preserved with natural preservatives. These natural preservatives serve as both a preservative and an active substance. Vitamin E, for example, is good for your skin and helps an oil-based product last longer. This implies that the majority of oil-based skin care products may include 100% active ingredients. So, when it comes to oil-based creams, you're mostly paying for skin-loving active ingredients that promote skin health.

Oil-based products are the superior value in terms of pure value, as long as they are created with high-quality components. In future episodes, we'll go through ingredient details and which oils are ideal for particular skin types.

Oil-based skincare products are thicker and heavier than water-based skincare products. However, you may counteract this heaviness by putting oil-based products on moist skin, which will help them spread more evenly.

Cleansers, facial oils, serums, and balms are examples of oil-based products. Oils for exfoliating and spot treatments might also be included. In recent years, advancements in component additions for oil-based goods have exploded, making oil-based products much more competitive than water-based products.

Take Away

Water-based skincare products are more widely accessible and easier to apply, but they are essentially water and must include emulsifiers and preservatives that are potentially detrimental to your skin.

Oil-based skincare products are created solely of active, skin-loving elements, with no potentially hazardous preservatives or emulsifiers, but they are more difficult to apply and may be more expensive.