According to the beauty experts at Cosmedicine™, "There are many factors that contribute to the onset of lines and wrinkles. With age, skin cells divide slower and skin begins to thin. The network of Elastin and Collagen fibers, which support the skins's outer layer, begins to loosen and unravels, resulting in depressions on the skin's surface." Clinical studies revealed that Emu Oil applied twice a day, for a 14 day period was able to thicken skin an average of 14%. Dr. Leigh Hopkins, Clinical Professor of Pharmacy found that Emu Oil plumps and softens both the top layer of skin (epidermis) and also improves the quality of the skin in the lower levels (dermis) where new cells are generated.
What is the difference between using Pure Emu Oil and formulated skin products?
We always recommend starting out with pure Emu Oil – it is less expensive and totally natural, it absorbs quickly and it's capabilities are astonishing. However, many people prefer to apply a cream or lotion to oil; and if you are looking for deep moisturizing, creams and lotions actually provide an additional benefit, they provide a barrier to seal the skin and retain moisture. Pure Emu Oil is so similar to human skin that it is absorbed through multiple layers – a benefit of this is that it does not clog pores; a downside is that it does not leave any barrier on the skin to trap moisture. The creams and lotions have purified water added which hydrates cells and other oils which form the barrier.
Additionally many of the formulated skin care products contain amazing ingredients which further improve the skin's health and quality; and these ingredients are able to penetrate deep into the dermis thanks to the Emu Oil's carrier properties. To sum this up – I use both – creams and lotions during the day and pure oil at night. Studies have shown that top cell regeneration occurs between 2 and 5 am.
Will sensitive skin react to Emu Oil?
According to Alexander Zemstov, MD, MS, a double-blind study at the Indiana University School of Medicine concluded that the oil is "non-irritating, highly moisturizing and nurturing to the skin." From years of selling Emu Oil and its products to thousands of people, many of whom looked to Emu Oil because of sensitive skin and chemical allergies, I have come across only one person who developed a reaction and it was very mild.