Botanical Oils: Good for you Inside and Out

Customers sometimes wince when they see oils – even botanical oils – on skin care labels. They fear it will clog their pores, cause acne or make their skin oily.

Not long ago many of us also held negative opinions about cooking with oils – that we shouldn’t use them because they would make us fat.

We’ve come a long way since then. Nutritionists now urge us to use moderate amounts of olive, grapeseed and other plant oils because they have heart healthy levels of Omega 3, 6 and 9 essential fatty acids.

Well, now we know that many plant-based oils are nutritious for our skin, too: That what’s good for the inside is also good for the outside. That’s why Second Nature Skin uses botanical oils in its products.

Argan, tamanu, avocado and other botanical oils contain essential fatty acids that soften and protect our skin. They also have vitamins, antioxidants, and phytosterols that may reduce inflammation and sun damage.

Studies have shown that argan oil, with its high linoleic acid and Vitamin E content, reduces excess oiliness and the irritation that surrounds clogged pores. (See foot note).

Tamanu oil is high in Vitamins A and E and all three essential fatty acids. It’s known to promote the formation of new skin cells without clogging pores.

Avocado oil has powerful antioxidants, is rich in Omega 3 and helps the skin retain water, which promotes soft and supple tissue.

As our skin ages, it excretes less oil and can appear dull and sluggish. Using a good botanical oil is one sure way to improve your skin’s radiance.

Footnote: June 6, 2007 Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology article: Study showed argan-based cream reduced greasiness and improved the appearance of oily facial skin.

 

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