Is inflammation or embarrassing redness a concern?

Then chances are you could be suffering from a sensitive, thin skin.

But please don’t panic your not alone, this is one of the most common skin conditions.

A sensitive thin skin, is often associated with those who are fair.

But those who also have oily or combination skin also suffer from sensitivity, especially if they are prone to breakouts.

FATTY ACID PROFILE OF OILS

I feel it’s not enough, to simply write a list of great oils for sensitive skin types.

You really need to have a good understanding of the fantastic properties each botanical oil contains, so you can relate to their specific role on the skin:

Oleic acid
This resembles some of the fatty acids in human sebum.

It is a potent anti inflammatory and skin softener, offering wonderful moisturisation and skin regenerative properties.

Linoleic acid
This is crucial to barrier function, if you have dry skin or hair then chances are, your missing this very important essential fatty acid, which you can read more about here.

Palmitoleic acid
A building block in skin, preventing burns and wounds as well as being an active anti-microbial.

Phytosterol
ß sitosterol is a phytosterol that behaves like cortisone, reducing itchiness and redness and inflammation.

Caretonoids
These lend colour to an oil, basically the darker the colour the more caretonoids. They are natural antioxidants behaving like free radical scavengers upon the skin, and are great for sensitive skin types as they are an anti-inflammatory.

OILS FOR SENSITIVE THIN SKIN

  • Calendula oil
  • Tamanu oil
  • Hemp Seed oil
  • Pomegranate oil
  • Sea Buckthorn oil
  • Grapeseed 16% oleic,  70% Linoleic acid
  • Olive oil contains 80% oleic acid
  • Safflower oil 8 – 21% Oleic, Linoleic 60 -80%
  • Hazlenut oil contains 60 to 80% oleic acid
  • Soybean oil contains 25% oleic, 45 to 55 linoleic acid and 5 to 10% linolenic acid, alpha and gamma
  • Sunflower oil has 15 to 40% oleic acid and 50 to 70% linoleic acid
  • Rose hip Seed oil, a dry smooth oil. 15% oleic and 44% linoleic acid,33% linolenic acid, alpha and gamma
  • Evening Primrose oil helps to reinforce the barrier function, it contains 10% oleic acid, 50 to 7% linoleic acid and 10% linolenic acid
  • Avocado contains around 70 to 80% oleic acid and 1% phytosterols, perfect for chapped itchy and sunburnt skin
  • Sweet almond oil contains 60 to 80% oleic acid, along with ß sitosterols and phytosterols, known anti inflammatories
  • Virgin coconut oil contains the antioxidant p.coumaric and ferulic acid, known for it’s anti inflammatory properties
  • Apricot kernel oil contains ß sitosterol around 2730 mg per kilogram of oil, 60 to 70% oleic acid and 20 to 35% linoleic acid
  • Macadamia contains around 60% oleic acid and ß sitosterols 1506 mg per kilogram of oil, with some campesterol and stigmasterol and phytosterols that behave like cortisone, reducing redness and itchiness
  • Raspberry oil is a potent antioxidant, that helps to promote healing
  • Sesame oil contains around 45% linoleic acid and 40% oleic acid. It is incredibly high in phytosterols. Sesame also contains a polyphenol called lignan the structural backbone for most antioxidants, which exhibits anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties

Camellia
This is a lovely light healing oil, containing as much as 80% oleic acid, which is extremely rejuvenating and moisturising, it also contains anti inflammatory properties.

Like jojoba, olive and squalane, camellia is said to mimic our own sebum which is due to it’s high levels of oleic acid.

Hemp Seed
A lovely oil rich in fatty acids, it contains 9% oleic acid, 52% linoleic acid, 10% linolenic acid. It is similar to jojoba which is like our own sebum, hemp contains ceramides so it is very protective for the skins barrier.

The only problem with this oil, is that it doesn’t have a very long shelf life, six months in total.

Rice Bran
This oil is rich in  palmitic, oleic and linoleic acid and tocopherols, meaning your skin would be subject to lots of healing Vitamin E.

The perfect oil for dry, sunburned skin, helping to reduce inflammation and irritation.

There are so many oils that are perfect for treating sensitive skin that I think you’d agree, who needs synthetic ingredients, when nature provides everything your skin requires in abundance.

As always learning how to be lovingly nurtured by nature…..Samantha

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