Frequently Asked Questions
What are face oils and why use them?
The skin needs both hydration and fatty acid nourishment for optimal health and appearance. When combined together the two in essence create what we know as a lotion or cream. The difference is that to bind hydrophilic products (ie. RENEW serum) and hydrophobic products (ie REPAIR face oil) ingredients known as solubilizers and emulsifiers are required to prevent separation. These ingredients are not all bad, but we have decided to keep our hydrophilic and hydrophobic ingredients separate primarily for two reasons: to avoid the addition of unnecessary ingredients and so that your routine may be customized to your needs using the building blocks we provide: REFRESH, RENEW, REPAIR & BALANCE.
To create nutritionally dense, filler free products, we have carefully selected 100% pure all natural oils, made from minimally processed seeds, nuts, fruits and steam-distilled essential oil. Our synergistic blends contain ingredients known to protect the skin, deeply moisturize, improve the clarity of the complexion, enhance elasticity, fight free radicals and oxidative damage, even skin tone, encourage cellular turnover, repair scar tissue and decrease inflammation. They contain gentle yet active biocompatible ingredients and nothing else.
Is this product for dry or dehydrated skin?
Dry skin is a skin type that often occurs when the body does not produce enough natural oils resulting in itchiness, redness, flakiness and increased incidence of dermatitis, psoriasis, and eczema. Dehydrated skin is a temporary condition in which the skin lacks water. This can occur in dry and oily skin types and manifests as congestion, sensitivity, dullness, lack of elasticity and oiliness. For dry skin we recommend our oils and balms, and for dehydrated skin we recommend our mist and serum. REPAIR is loaded with nourishing fatty acids that support the skin's barrier function and prevent dehydration. Use REPAIR with one of our hydrating products for complete skin nutrition.
Will oil make me break out?
There are many oily substances available to formulators. Some of them will clog pores. The right oils, however, such as jojoba and hazelnut can help regulate sebum production. Oils also help lock in moisture leaving your skin hydrated and nourished, rather than dehydrated and greasy. Research also shows that people with acne have low levels of linoleic acid in their skin’s surface lipids. Adding omega-6 fatty acid-rich oils, such as black cumin seed, may be the best way to address this problem. The addition of anti-septic, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory essential oils further aid in the treatment and prevention of pimples and blackheads. Many of our essential oils also contain regenerative properties and thus are beneficial in the healing of scar tissue associated with acne. If you would describe your skin as greasy or acne prone, BALANCE is a perfect choice for you.
Can I use BALANCE on my hair?
Not just for the skin, BALANCE is are perfect for facial and head hair - you can even try them on the hair... down there. These products are packed with nutrients known to nourish and protect both the hair and scalp. Ingredients such as jojoba and rose hip are especially good for addressing hair loss, improving dandruff, encouraging hair growth, and revitalizing dry, thinning or dull hair. Whether you apply these products just to the ends of hair to style and finish a look or use them as as a special scalp treatment they will help hair look healthy, shiny, and well-hydrated.
What is the difference between BALANCE and REPAIR?
BALANCE was formulated for oily or blemish-prone skin and REPAIR was formulated for skin that tends towards dryness, or requires care for sunburn, scars, or hyperpigmentation. REPAIR is made with rich and deeply nourishing seed and nut oils and regenerative, anti-inflammatory essential oils from the roots, rhizomes and bark of plants. The aroma is warm and woodsy. BALANCE is made with sebum-regulating seed and nut oils and antiseptic, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory essential oils from the aerial parts of plants. The scent of BALANCE is herbaceous and bright. Many LINNÉ loyalists use both oils, thus allowing for a customized regimen that supports the changes in skin. Others just love to use BALANCE in the morning and REPAIR at night.
Where is BALANCE in the order of products?
We recommend preceding oils with serums and mist for complete skin nutrition. LINNÉ products are marked with Roman Numerals as a nod to our namesake, the botanist Carl Von LINNÉ who laid the foundations for the taxonomical classification system. We borrowed this system to create our easy step protocol. Oils are Step V.