If you love being nurtured by nature, then botanical beauties are for you,
oils that come directly from nature that have a real affinity with your skin.
Like protein and vegetables, botanical oils are food for the skin and ideally, they should be the foundation of your skincare routine,
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 sits below the skin’s surface, preventing water loss, which keeps your skin protected from environmental pollutants.
Oil or sebum as it is referred to in the beauty industry occurs naturally in your skin, but when you over-cleanse, use harsh products and don’t get replenish oil internally through your diet, this 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 – if your not sure which oil will suit your skin type, check out this article.
The beautifying benefits of vegetable oils
Vegetable oils are full of natural goodness – 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 both antibacterial and anti-fungal properties is Calophyllum Inophyllum; more commonly referred to as Tamanu oil. The oil has wonderful skin-healing properties 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 properties and 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 inflamed skin. Calendula oil 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 re-balance our natural lipids and normalise skin conditions. Jojoba oil has a composition close to human skin. It can be used 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 botanicals can also help. Ceramide barrier repair balm, containing exotic butters and botanicals is extremely hydrating, helping to replenish much-needed moisture.
Barrier repairing: The cold-pressed oil from Rose Hip Seed is an excellent example of such 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 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 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 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): There are some oils that 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 Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Raspberry seed
Nectar Treatment Balm contains a potent blend of healing herbs, butters, and phytosterols, to facilitate healing on a deeper level.