Do you love being nurtured by nature, and are looking for natural options for your skin?
Then these botanical beauties are for you, oils that come directly from nature, which have a real affinity with the skin.
Benefits of Vegetable Oils
Anti-bactericidal: Some oils can be topically applied, to help heal open wounds and fight infections.
A good example of an oil that offers both antibacterial and anti fungal properties, is Calophyllum Inophyllum.
It is more commonly referred to as Tamanu oil, because it is extracted from the fruit of the Tamanu tree.
The oil has wonderful skin healing properties, which is due to the fact that it has potent germicidal properties, which help to fight infections.
Antioxidant: There are many botanical vegetable oils rich in antioxidant properties.
Avocado oil has many antioxidant rich properties; it is extremely rich in vitamin E, helping to protect the skin from free radical damage, which can lead to premature ageing.
Anti-inflammatory: Many oils contain compounds that help to take the fire out of the itch, soothing and calming an inflamed skin.
Camellia oil used in our sensitive skin range, is a firm favourite of ours here at The Naked Chemist, simply because of it’s wonderful anti-inflammatory properties.
Balancing: Whether you suffer from a dry, combination or oily skin, there are some oils that help to rebalance our natural lipids and normalise skin conditions.
Jojoba oil has a composition close to human skin, it can be used of for the treatment of dry skin conditions such as psoriasis or dermatitis, as well as an oil control treatment, for breakouts and oily scalps.
Emollient: Fortunately, nature has provided us with lovely botanical vegetable oils, which offer wonderful moisturising and skin softening properties.
To find out more about emollients and their role on the skin, follow this link.
Hydrating: If your skin often feels parched or dehydrated, then we recommend using a natural oil blend on your skin.
My facial oils contain the perfect blend of oils, which are rich in both oleic and linoleic acid.
The cold-pressed oil from Rose Hips is an excellent example of such an oil, which contains around 30% gamma linoleic acid; the role of these fatty acids, is to form a protective barrier, preventing moisture from escaping from the skin’s tissues.
Healing: Many vegetable oils such as Argan oil, help with cellular regeneration; This rare and precious oil is extremely repairing, helping to ease troublesome skin conditions, such as eczema and dermatitis.
Nourishing: Botanical vegetable oils offer maximum undiluted goodness, in the form of vitamins, phytosterols and essential fatty acids,
There are far to many too mention in this article!
So we put together a complete list, of all the valuable properties found in botanical oils, which you can read all about here.
Protecting: The molecular structure of some vegetable oils is quite large, so penetration into the stratum corneum (our outer layer of skin) is slow.
The great thing about this is the oils remain on the skin for longer, working its magic placing an invisible protective barrier over you’re skin, helping to protect the acid mantle.
Sun Protection Factor (SPF): There are some oils that offer natural protection against the sun.
We love to use Red Raspberry Seed oil in our natural sun screen protectors,
Raspberry seed offers a full spectrum of protection against both UVA and UVB rays.
Other oils that offer natural protection against the suns damaging rays include:
- Hemp Seed Oil
- Macadamia Oil
- Sesame Seed Oil
- Shea Butter
- Jojoba Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Raspberry seed
Naturlene treatment balm contains a potent blend of healing herbs, butters and phytosterols, to facilitate healing on a deeper level.