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Why Oils Are So Anti-Ageing
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.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you Emiliano for your comment. In this blog we are referring more to oils, more so than butters and while we agree with you Shea is an excellent emollient for hair, it's consistency is more buttery and it is used more as a leave-in remedy to smooth hair texture. We have suggested Coconut oil as it helps slow down hair loss by penetrating deep into your hair shaft to prevent protein loss, which in turn prevents breakage. When applied to your scalp, it simultaneously moisturises and removes build-up around your hair follicles to encourage hair growth and is one of base oils always used in Ayurveda for hair treatments. As this post is more focused for hair and not for skin, the comedogenic scale applies to skin/pores and not hair follicles. Thank you again for your feedback.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Hello Zu, yes hair loss can be very stressful and this in turn amplifies the cause almost.. Perhaps with Covid, your system may have been depleted of nutrients and fighting the virus can take its toll on your immune system, so sometimes our hair and skin suffer when we have been ill. We really believe in oils for scalp massage as the best way to revive the growth and help regenerate the follicles. It may be also worth at looking at internal supplements and making sure you are getting enough of omega oils, perhaps plant based such as nuts and seeds in your diet. For external oil treatment, would recommend the Really Good Hair oil which we create with Brahmi, this herb is known to help bring the scalp back to health and improve growth. Biotin is also a good vitamin to take as a supplement to help with hair growth so do look into that. So hope these tips will be helpful for you.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?I, am very surprised that your article did not include Organic Shea Butter and that coconut oil, is your number one choice for hair growth and thickness. According to the comedogenic scale, coconut oil, has a rating of (4), on a scale from (0), to (5), on clogging your pores. Why would anyone put coconut oil, on their hair or skin knowing the pores will get clogged up. Shea Butter, on the other hand has a (0), rating on the comedogenic scale, which is great for dry hair and skin and won't clog up your pores.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you for your very informative article. I suffered COVID in December, 2020, and in February I started experience extreme hair loss and all my hair jus falls like a person who is under going Chemo therapy. It's very depressing. Had to cut off all my hair and even the little that is left is falling off daily not sure what to do. Please suggest something.
- Carrot Oil for Face Hello :) You can use carrot oil only in small drops on your skin in the morning/during the day since it is highly potent. Carrot oil is rich in vitamins and is a very effective moisturiser. You can also mix a few drops of Carrot Oil with your favorite face cream. You can do that at least twice a week or include it in your daily skincare routine. Hope this helps.
- Carrot Oil for Face Can I use the carrot oil in the day time? Because I am using Vitamin c serum in the night. Please advise. Thanks