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Why Oils Are So Anti-AgeingBy Sandra Atilgan
The anti-ageing skin care is in high demand these days. It seems like everyone wants a bit of a youth-boost, but with so many products to choose from, it can prove to be a tricky decision to make, especially when each product claims a different property and concern to treat. Luckily though when it comes to anti-ageing skin care – oils are starting to gain more attention, as people become increasingly aware of the benefits of natural, ‘clean’, ‘no nasties’ skin care products and their potent properties.
In fact, oils have been used for skin care for thousands of years and by some of the most beautiful women on earth, from the queen Nefertiti to legendary Sophia Loren, actress Catherine Zeta Jones and supermodel Gisele Bundchen to name just a few. With their star-studded following and properties to match, facial and body oils are equally loved now as they were years ago.
What oils are most known about is their age fighting and skin rejuvenating effects which while maybe expected a little too soon by the anxious consumer, are known for their long lasting results especially if used regularly over a period of time. In fact, oils can be used from just about any age as they are very gentle on the skin and are known to help delay the ageing process. With skin regenerating and rejuvenating phytosterols, vitamins and fatty acids, oils can be used by young and old, women and men alike.
Avocado is currently considered one of the healthiest foods in the world so it’s green lights all the way for this new favourite. Not surprisingly though, with around 70% of fat per berry (yep, you read it right), Avocado has all it takes to be featured in our top 5 anti-ageing oils list. In fact, Avocado oil is incredibly high in oleic acids, otherwise known as the Omega 9. This monounsaturated fatty acid is great for mature or very dry skin and can effectively moisturise and plump it creating a protective barrier that can be particularly beneficial in colder temperatures, which is why we love it and include in our winter skin care regimen. .
Buriti Nut Oil
Buriti oil is native to the wonderful Amazon rainforest. For centuries Buriti tree played an important role in the lives of natives. It was known as ‘the tree of life’ among the indigenous communities. Interestingly though, even after years of use and popularity in South America, Buriti oil is still relatively unknown in Europe, which perhaps qualifies for Buriti oil to be considered as a beauty secret. The reason why we (and our skin) love it is because Buriti oil has an impressive antioxidant profile. When we say beta-carotene, you think carrots, right? – We say, think Buriti, because Buriti oil has more beta-carotene than, surprise – carrots! Exciting, we know. But fear not because Buriti won’t leave you orange. Instead, using naturally present beta-carotenes, Vitamin C and E as antioxidants it will help fight off free radicals that are the main component when it comes to ageing. High antioxidant and fatty acid levels are the reason why Buriti oil is particularly good for sun damaged skin or ageing caused by the over-exposure to sunlight. That being said, Buriti oil has a ‘ton’ of other benefits like helping reduce inflammation and aiding in the treatment of acne and rashes.
Marula Seed Oil
Marula seed oil is an age fighting miracle oil from Africa. With it’s incredible absorption rate it starts working on the skin seconds after the application. Marula oil is great for people aiming to reduce the signs of ageing in their skin, particularly due to the high levels of Vitamin C and E and the skin friendly linoleic acid. It’s a gentle enough to smooth out the first lines, but equally potent to help re-plump and regenerated tired skin. Marula oil also has anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties making it a great choice for those with problematic skin. In fact, Marula oil is non-comedogenic oil meaning that it will not clog your pores, but help reduce the inflammation by balancing out it’s natural pH levels.
Pomegranate Seed Oil
Pomegranate seed oil is somewhat a legend on its own, as it has been used in various religious and medical and beauty rituals for around 8000 years. Having said that, the research into the many benefits of this oil continues on and scientists are looking into the possible anti-ageing effect that pomegranate seed oil can have on our muscle cells. What it is known at this point in time is that pomegranate seed oil promotes cell life and their regeneration, which is achieved through the use of naturally occurring antioxidants that boost collagen levels which declines with age. The lower collagen levels cause less elasticity and with it the increase in facial lines and wrinkles. This is where pomegranate seed oil comes into play boosting collagen production, thus supporting and firming the skin from inside out, literally.
Rosehip Seed Oil
Rosehip seed oil is perhaps one of our favourite anti-ageing oils out there. It has a beautiful amber tone which is directly linked to the levels of pro vitamin A in the oil. Vitamin A is primarily a skin vitamin as it works to thicken and stimulate the dermis therefore slowing down the ageing process from deepest layers of the skin. Basically where the life happens. It also can help reduce the pigmentation and strengthen skin’s natural protective barrier, thus protecting the skin from environmental damage which in this day and age is at the levels we’ve never even imagined before. Indeed, vitamins A, E and C that naturally occur in the rosehip oil can help to improve the texture of the skin and protect it from premature ageing. This is why rosehip seed oil is fantastic for urbanites, as most of the inflammatory processes in the body and skin occur due to the high levels of stress, pollution and inconsistent, nutrient poor diet. So a couple of drops after a stressful day at work and a facial massage can be enough to de-stress and reboot your skin’s health.