Tender, irritated, flaky skin? It’s true; life as a dry skin sufferer isn’t the easiest.
It usually feels one size too small, like it requires much-needed moisture relief.
Fortunately, oils with a deep, rich feel are great for treating dry skin, especially those containing GLA, linoleic acid, and ß-sitosterols.
Not only do they offer deep moisturisation, but they also repair and protect your skin’s barrier function.
They can also help with your dehydrated skin by reducing the flow of trans-epidermal water loss from your skin’s tissues.
Botanical oils for dry skin
- a lovely, rich, fatty oil, which makes it extremely protective against environmental rays
- avocado is also very nutritious and has an extremely high vitamin content, making it the perfect oil for a mature, dry skin
- 45 – 50% linoleic acid
- 10 – 12% alpha-linoleic acid
- 10 – 15% gamma-linoleic acid
- rich in many phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, essential fatty acids, and minerals.
- contains up to 20% gamma-linolenic acid, not common for many oils
Carrot tissue oil
- carrot tissue oil is rich in ß-carotene, which is an important antioxidant
- when this oil is applied to the skin, it behaves like a precursor to vitamin A, which helps to improve the skin’s barrier function; increasing cellular turnover and thickening the skin
Evening primrose oil
- evening primrose oil contains 9% gamma-linoleic and 71% linoleic acid. These are fundamental for the improvement of the skin’s elasticity and cell structure
- this botanical oil protects the skin’s barrier and adds moisture to a dry skin
- evening primrose is also a great antioxidant
- gamma linoleic acid can help to reduce acne, by diluting sebum reducing clogged pores. It can also help treat rosacea and sensitive skin, by reducing inflammation and by producing prostaglandins which stimulate the contraction of blood vessels
- this oil is absorbed by our skin really well, offering wonderful moisturising effects
- contains anti-inflammatory properties, great for those with sensitive skin
- it has natural squalene, offering great moisturising and absorption
- It contains vitamin E, which softens the skin and retards rancidity of the oils and butter
- it’s also a humectant, drawing water from the atmosphere to your skin
Macadamia nut oil
What is not to like about this gorgeous oil, which has a real affinity with the skin?
- macadamia nut oil is a rich, slow absorbing oil; perfect for a dry skin
- rich in palmitoleic acid, a component of the skin that starts to reduce as we age, which is partly why our skin becomes so dry
- protects against the harsh elements, locking moisture into the skin, the perfect treat for a dry skin
- macadamia nut oil is great to blend with some of the drier oils, such as thistle, hemp, or rosehip seed oil, for sheer protective bliss
- this has a very high zinc content, which makes it an excellent lifting oil for a dry skin
Rice bran oil
- rice bran oil contains up to 35% linoleic acid and 40% oleic acid
- it contains up to 400 mg per kg of tocopherols
- contains squalane, one of the most common lipids (oils) produced by the skin
- it has the highest amount of vitamin E in all the natural oils
- its shelf life is up to a year
Sweet almond oil
- this is a lightweight oil that is low comedogenic
- sweet almond oil is perfect for dry skin and is full of lovely fatty acids, vitamins A, B1, B2, B6
- sunflower oil contains 61 to 73% linoleic acid
- sunflower oil contains about 630 to 700 mg of vitamin E per kilogram
- great for mature, dry, sensitive, or damaged skin
- offers a moisturising, cell regeneration, and conditioning for the skin
- imparts a slightly oily protective layer on the skin, that resists rancidity
- sunflower Seed oil contains ceramides that are also found in the skin. They help with the adhesion of skin cells, minimising dehydration in the skin’s tissues
- it has a shelf life of about six months
- great oil for dry or mature skin, it’s rich in omega 9 and vitamins A, D & E
- it is wonderful for cellular regeneration and has excellent skin penetration properties
- safflower oil contains up to 70% linoleic acid
- its shelf life is limited; around six months
- sesame oil contains up to 40% linoleic acid
- high in fatty acids, vitamins B & E, calcium, magnesium & phosphorus
- it restructures and moisturises skin
- a longer lasting oil, due to the high proportion of oleic acid
- soybean oil contains up to 51% linoleic acid
- good carrier oil with 60% unsaturated fatty acids
- a source of vitamin E
- the shelf life of 9 months
- contains up to 650 mg per kg tocopherols in the gamma-tocopherol state, which means it has wonderful anti-oxidant properties
Watermelon seed oil
- watermelon seed oil is high in omega 6 and 9 essential fatty acids
- rich in linoleic containing around 45 -55%
- 15 to 20% oleic acids, both essential acids vital for restoring natural elasticity to the skin.
Linoleic acid is an omega-6 fatty acid that the skin needs to build up its lipid barrier, stay hydrated, and protect itself from the elements.
Interestingly, linoleic acid is produced at lower-than-normal levels in patients who have acne; so using oils with high levels can help restore an impaired barrier in acne patients. Linoleic acid balances out the oleic acid that’s naturally abundant in sebum on the skin, so if your skin is oily or your pores are chronically clogged, oils rich in this may help clear them up.
BIO Lipid Complex has been intelligently formulated with the correct balance of oils and ceramides, to help carefully bring your skin back into balance.
Nectar treatment balm has potent healing herbs, butter, and phytosterols, which will facilitate healing on a deeper level.
We can’t complete this article without giving borage, hemp, and wheat germ a mention because they also contain wonderful linoleic acid sources. Borage contains around 40% linoleic acid, hempseed around 50%, and wheat germ between 55 to 60% linoleic acid; we don’t use them in our formulas because of their very low shelf life of 3 to 5 months.
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