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The latest issue of Women’s Health features an article with the title “Don’t be Scared of Oil Based Products”. Fifteen years ago this was unthinkable. But I’m not going to claim I’ve spotted a new trend here – far too late for that since the story is already out for all to hear.
Instead I’m going to ask: How big is the oil based cosmetics market going to get? I for one will venture to place a bet on this answer: “really big” and this is why: The oil and water emulsion, which has been our typical moisturiser for many decades now, relies on emulsifiers (how else can you get the oils and water to mix?) and on preservatives to stop the emulsion becoming a paradise for all kinds of bacteria, moulds and fungi. To date, the cosmetic industry has not managed to find a functional natural emulsifiers or preservative – unless you count the “vegetal derived, processed”. More than that, there are some basic issues with these two groups of substances:
- Emulsifiers make it possible for water and oil to mix by hooking a fat molecule at one end and a water molecule at the other. On the other hand, our skin works hard to maintain an orderly structure of fats in its deeper layer (the so called ‘skin’s intracellular matrix’). Disrupting the fat content of this matrix is thought to be a cause of skin dryness. If the emulsifiers we put into our skin via cosmetic products go around attaching themselves to the fats in our skin’s intracellular matrix, and binding them to alcohol and water molecules, it seems to follow that our skin will have to work even harder to repair its intracellular matrix.
- The issue with preservatives is even more obvious: they are killers. Is it possible to create a substance that kills all bacteria while being totally harmless to living skin tissue?
Oil based cosmetics go round the problem by leaving water out altogether. Emulsifiers become totally unnecessary. As for preservatives, products that consist exclusively of oils can only degrade through oxidation – all you have to do to preserve them is pack them full of antioxidant, which are great ingredients for the skin too.
There is a good chance the natural cosmetics market will be divided along this line:
1. The almost-natural stuff in which all ingredients are natural except the emulsifier and the preservative
2. The oil based products which can be formulated to be 100% natural.
I won’t rule out the 100% natural cosmetic emulsion as a possible future achievement of the cosmetic industry, after all there are some ingenious chemists out there and the prize is worth it. Nevertheless, after carefully weighing the facts, I have put the water deionizer into storage and I’m placing my bet on oil based cosmetics. For now.