Plant oils are recognised for their glowing health benefits so we thought it was time to find out more about the power of plants.
Plant oil is oil that is extracted from various types of fruits, seeds, grains, and nuts. These oils are a wonderful way to keep your face and body looking healthy and hydrated because they give your skin exactly what it wants: healthy oils. Plant oils absorb easily into the skin, protecting the skin’s lipid barrier and preventing moisture from evaporating from the skin. The top layer of your skin, called the stratum corneum, is composed of dead skin cells held together by lipids or oils. Keeping this layer constantly supplied with healthy oils will protect your skin from the elements and will help your skin to have a beautiful, healthy and moisturised glow.
There are a wide range of plant oils that are being formulated into body lotions to ensure that the skin is kept hydrated, balanced and protected after and between waxing treatments.
Hemp seed oil is very high is gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), a great polyunsaturated fat; hemp seed oil contains a high percentage of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. GLA acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory while simultaneously aiding skin growth and new cell generation. This oil can help to calm inflammation and irritation on the skin, including acne and some conditions like psoriasis, while keeping the skin nourished and moisturised.
Even though it looks and feels just like an oil, it is a liquid wax ester made from expeller-pressed jojoba seeds. Jojoba oil is believed to be the closest to our skin’s natural oils, making it suitable for all skin types, including those who are acne-prone. This gentle, non-allergenic oil is loaded with essential fatty acids that enrich and repair, antioxidants (including vitamins A and E) that resist aging, and plant molecules that reduce inflammation. It absorbs quickly and easily into your skin, leaving it feeling soft, smooth and hydrated. Jojoba oil limits water loss from the skin and may assist in reducing the signs of aging, it gives the skin a firm look.
Extracted from the kernels found in the fruit of Moroccan Argan trees, Argan oil has high levels of Vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants, which means it is nourishing and hydrating for the skin. Argan Oil penetrates deep into the layers of the skin due to the high levels of Vitamin E /tocopherols (antioxidants) and saponins (skin-softening agents) and does not leave an oily residue.
Olive oil is a good all-around moisturiser and is recommended for dehydrated skin. Like jojoba oil, olive oil is similar to the oils naturally produced by our skin and is therefore easily absorbed. It is rich in antioxidants and vitamins including A, D, E and K. Vitamin A stimulates the cells responsible for developing tissue that keeps skin firm and healthy — in the deep layers of your skin. Vitamins D and E are also thought to help with fine lines and wrinkles – mostly through its ability to act as an antioxidant. Vitamin K may help speed up skin healing process.
Canola oil, like many vegetable oils, is rich in vitamin E, which is an essential vitamin for the body for various reasons. Vitamin E is very effective as an antioxidant and can protect the skin from the damaging effects of free radicals. This oil can help keep your skin supple and smooth, increases the healing rate of injuries and reduce the appearance of blemishes, wrinkles, and acne marks.
Plant oils have amazing benefits to create glowing skin or anti-ageing, wound healing and antibacterial effects making them the ideal ingredient to add into body lotions.
Written by Rosie Hopgood from Jax Wax Australia
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