The secret to giving your skin a healthy glow is all about hydrating it and nourishing it with fatty acids and vitamins. Creams deliver these nutrients all in one, but often with chemical additives.
Beauty oils, meanwhile, are rich in fatty acids, and contain vitamins, antioxidants, phytosterols, carotenoids, squalene…They nourish skin, protecting it from dryness and external pollutants. Not only do they help repair and regenerate skin, they also fight signs of aging. Unlike hydrating creams, beauty oils do not contain water, so the skin must first be hydrated, for instance, with an organic floral water (hydrosol) mist. Beauty oils preserve your skin’s hydrolipidic layer – a natural protective barrier – by forming an oil layer that prevents water evaporating from the skin.
Beauty oils also promote metabolic and physiological functions, as they contain ingredients that help regulate various cellular systems and facilitate cell functioning.
The Chemical Composition of Beauty Oils
Most beauty oils contain three kinds of fats, in varying proportions: saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. Oils are classified according to which fatty acid they contain the most.
Vegetable oils containing more omega 3s have better skin absorption, meaning that are better able to penetrate into the skin. Conversely, oils containing more saturated fat penetrate less.
Types of fats:
• Saturated: Cacao, coconut and shea butter / Very high fat content.
• Mono-unsaturated or omega 9: Olive, Sweet Almond, Avocado, Argan and Apricot Kernel Oils / High fat content.
• Omega 6: Arnica, Calendula, Carrot, Tamanu, Prickly Pear, Black Cumin Oils and St John’s Wort / Moderate fat content.
• Omega 3: Sea Buckthorn, Rose Hip, and Sacha Inchi are beauty oils with higher skin absorption. They oxidize more quickly than other oils.
• Macerated oils
These are vegetable oils to which other plant matter has been added, in order to extract its active ingredients. Plants are macerated in sunflower or olive oil, and then the mixture is filtered. For example, Arnica, Calendula, Carrot, St John’s Wort.
Active ingredients found in beauty oils:
• Azadirachtin A: Found in Neem, it promotes wound healing, and is highly recommended for eczema and irritated skin.
• Beta-carotene – carotenoids (provitamin A): Found in Argan, Sea Buckthorn, Avocado, Calendula, Carrot and Black Cumin Oil. Carotenoids give these oils their orange colour. They are antioxidants that can protect the skin against free radicals and give a glowing complexion.
• Calaustralin and inophylloids: Found in Calophyllum Inophyllum – Tamanu oil. These have powerful restorative and wound-healing properties. Inophyllin is an antibacterial compound.
• Phenolic compounds (oligomeric proanthocyanidins, procyanidins): Found in Argan oil, they are anti-oxidants and protect against skin tissue degeneration.
• Triterpene esters: Found in Calendula oil. They are anti-inflammatory, wound-healing and can reduce swelling. Calendula oil is also rich in flavonoids, a group of antioxidants.
• Nigellin: An antibacterial compound found in Black Cumin oil.
• Phytosterols: Found in Sea Buckthorn, Avocado, Shea, Hazelnut and Apricot Kernel. These are anti-oxidants that promote wound healing, slow signs of aging, protect against UV rays and improve sub-cutaneous circulation.
• Retinol: Also known as vitamin A, found in Rose Hip oil and Sacha Inchi. It is involved in skin cell regeneration and immune function. It regulates sebaceous glands, stimulates collagen and can increase skin thickness.
• Squalene: Found in Rosehip oil. It is an emollient and antioxidant that serves as an intermediate in the biosynthesis of vitamin D. It helps to regenerate the skin’s lipid layer and give it a healthy glow.
• Sterol: Found in Prickly Pear and Sacha Inchi oils, it improves the skin’s natural barrier and sub-cutaneous circulation, and slows signs of aging. An anti-inflammatory compound that protects skin against UV rays.
• Tocopherol (vitamin E): Vitamin E is an antioxidant and anti-aging ingredient, recommended for dry or mature skin, and for after-sun care. It also prohibits oil oxidation. This vitamin is present in the majority of beauty oils.
• Vitamin K: Found in Rose Hip beauty oil, it promotes coagulation and reduces redness.
Choose the right beauty oils for your skin care needs:
– Anti-aging: Argan, Sea Buckthorn, Prickly Pear, Jojoba, Rose Hip, Carrot
– Dry skin: Sweet Almond, Avocado, Apricot Kernel, Carrot
– Mixed to oily skin: Hazelnut, Jojoba, Carrot
– Mature skin: Argan, Sea Buckthorn, Rose Hip, Jojoba, Carrot
– Acne-prone skin: Black Cumin, Jojoba
– Irritated or rosacea-prone skin: Calophyllum Inophyllum – Tamanu, Rose Hip, Neem
– Sensitive Skin: Sea Buckthorn, Sacha Inchi, Rose Hip
Try Divine Essence® organic beauty oils today. Take care of yourself simply and naturally.
Source: Michel Turbide, aromatherapist, teacher and speaker
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