Like proteins and vegetables, botanical oils are food for your skin.
The properties in vegetable oils are far-reaching – they are replenishing, restoring, and revitalising.
Our skin has a natural protective barrier function, a combination of lipids (oil) and water that sit below the surface of your skin, preventing water loss and keeping your skin protected from environmental pollutants.
These lipids occur naturally, but over-cleansing and using harsh ingredients can throw your skin off balance, leaving it unprotected.
This is why here at the NC, we recommend incorporating a facial oil into your skincare routine:
The beautifying benefits of vegetable oils
Vegetable oils are full of natural goodness, and different oils bring different nutrients to your skin, as you can see below:
Anti-bacterial: Some oils can be topically applied, to help heal open wounds and fight infections.
A good example of an oil that offers antibacterial and anti-fungal properties is Calophyllum Inophyllum; more commonly referred to as Tamanu oil. The oil has wonderful skin-healing properties since 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 properties and is extremely rich in Vitamin E, helping to protect your 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 inflamed skin. Calendula oil is a firm favourite of ours, simply because of its wonderful anti-inflammatory properties.
Balancing: Whether you suffer from dry, combination, or oily skin, some oils help rebalance our natural lipids and normalise skin conditions. Jojoba oil has a composition close to human skin. It can be used to treat dry skin conditions, such as psoriasis or dermatitis, and an oil control treatment for breakouts and oily scalps.
Emollient: Fortunately, nature has provided us with these lovely botanical vegetable oils, which also offer wonderful moisturising and skin-softening properties. To find out more about emollients and their role on your skin, follow this link.
Hydrating: If your skin often feels parched or dehydrated, then botanicals can help. Ceramide Barrier Repair Balm, containing exotic butters and botanicals, is extremely hydrating, helping to replenish that much-needed moisture.
Barrier repairing: The cold-pressed oil from Rose Hip Seed is an excellent example, containing around 30% gamma-linoleic acid. The role of this fatty acid is to form a protective barrier, preventing moisture from escaping from your skin’s tissues.
Healing: Many vegetable oils, such as Argan Oil, help with cellular regeneration; This rare and precious oil is extremely repairing, easing 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 too many to 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 structures of some vegetable oils are quite large, so penetration into the stratum corneum (our outer layer of skin) is slow.
The great thing about this is the oil remains on your skin for longer, working its magic and placing an invisible protective barrier over your skin, helping to protect the acid mantle.
Sun Protection Factor (SPF): Some oils offer natural protection against the sun. Red Raspberry Seed Oil 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 seed oil
- coconut oil
- raspberry seed oil
Nectar Treatment Balm contains a potent blend of healing herbs, butters, and phytosterols, to facilitate healing on a deeper level.