How Barrier Repairing Botanicals Repair Thin Skin

Updated 10/10/2020

If you suffer from sensitive skin, now’s the time to break out the oils and make them a permanent fixture of your beauty routine,

Inflammed skin? they’ve got you covered. Singed and reddened by the wind? Fixed.

Skin thin and fragile, almost translucent? Lovely botanicals fix that too.

Basically, whatever you need, there’s an oil for you.

Why are some skin types so reactive?

There are so many things that cause our skin to become reactive – sensitive and thin skin types can be genetic, while others develop it over time.

Environmental factors such as fluctuation in temperatures or overexposure to the sun can exacerbate the condition further, even pollution can upset the acid mantle over time.

Studies show, that over two-thirds of women experience some type of skin sensitivity in their lifetime.

Whilst it’s not common knowledge, the fatty acid profile in lovely botanicals are incredibly healing and repairing, and can help to re-densify a thin skin type.

Here at NC we felt it wasn’t enough to just write a list of great oils, we believe it’s important to dig deeper and fully understand their properties, so our readers can begin to understand, how they truly benefit their skin.

If you’d like further reading on this tricky type of skin we’ve got you covered, this article looks at the truth behind the triggers of inflammation.

The Beautifying Benefits of Botanicals

Oleic acid
This resembles the fatty acids found in our own oil on the skin – sebum.

It is a potent anti-inflammatory and skin softener, offering wonderful moisturisation and skin regenerative properties – this is an interesting study on the anti-inflammatory and skin barrier repairing benefits of oleic acid.

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 found naturally in the skin, this particular fatty acid prevents burns and wounds as well as being a potent anti-microbial.

These give an oil a beautiful deep orange colour and they have incredible anti-ageing properties – the darker the colour the more carotenoids are within the oil.

Biolipid complex is brimming to the top with antioxidants and carotenoids, which help to fight free radicals, replenishing a damaged barrier, whilst also warding off premature ageing.

ß sitosterol is a phytosterol that behaves like cortisone, reducing itchiness and redness, and inflammation – so really important if you suffer from sensitivity or fragile, thin skin.

Miracle cleanse has been intelligently formulated with healing botanicals, rich in phytosterols and carotenoids to protect as it cleanses, perfect for delicate, thin skin types.

Nectar treatment balm is packed full of nourishing omegas, carotenoids, herbs, exotic butters, and phytosterols, to facilitate healing on a much deeper level, for sensitive, inflamed and thin skin that needs re-densifying.

So what are the best plant oils for sensitive, thin skin types?

  • 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
  • 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 its 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
  • Rosehip Seed Oil, a dry smooth oil. 15% oleic and 44% linoleic acid,33% linolenic acid, alpha and gamma, this oil has a real affinity with a thin sensitive skin, we like it so much we have sourced the most precious cold-pressed oil and bottled it, which you can find here.
  • 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

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, the camellia is said to mimic our own sebum; which is due to its high levels of oleic acid.

Squalane oil
A lovely oil rich in fatty acids, squalane is similar to our own sebum, making it incredibly repairing and protective for the barrier of the skin.

Rice Bran
This oil is rich in palmitic, oleic, and linoleic acid and tocopherols, delivering lots of healing Vitamin E to your skin; making it 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 we think you’d agree, who needs synthetic ingredients when nature provides everything your skin requires in abundance.

Sensitive, dry and thin skin is usually a result of skin that doesn’t produce enough oil. And, skin that lacks oil will also let your skin’s natural moisture evaporate more quickly, so you’re more likely to notice flakiness, irritation, and visible fine lines.

This skin loves oils full of rich oleic, linoleic acid, phytosterols and carotenoids, which will supplement your protective barrier, balance an impaired acid mantle and lubricate areas where expression lines are starting to form.

Like us, I’m sure you don’t need any more convincing that there is a lot of skin healing coming from lovely botanicas, they are certainly something we recommend you think about introducing into your skincare routine, especially if sensitive, thin skin is a major concern.

As always learning how to be lovingly nurtured by nature.

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