What are Vegetable, Fruit and Seed oils
Many plants produce seeds or fruits that can be cold pressed to create beautiful botanical oils. These oils are composed mainly of lipids that condition and nourish, soothe, moisturize, and return elasticity to the skin and hair. The oils are derived from the fatty portion of a plant, usually from the seeds, kernels or the nuts. They are often called carrier oils. Carrier oils are used to dilute essential and other oils prior to topical application. The term carrier oil is derived from their purpose in carrying the essential oil onto the skin. Each carrier oil offers a different combination of therapeutic properties and characteristics. The choice of carrier oil can depend on the therapeutic benefit being sought. Botanical oils can be similar in composition to skin lipids so they are taken up by the skin through enzymatic decomposition while a synthesized ingredient such as mineral
oil is not metabolized. Furthermore, many vegetable oils contain components such as triglycerides, flavonoids, phytosterols and tocopherols which provide additional benefits. The very top layer of our skin is lipophilic which means that oils will have a natural affinity with this outer layer of our skin, the stratum corneum. Scientists have found that
carrier oils will penetrate into the stratum corneum and filter down through the top 2-3 cellular layers. The oil traps water beneath the skin and they can prevent the loss of water through evaporation, thereby making your skin feel softer and smoother. Mature skin produces less oil as it ages so will benefit from the barrier effects provided by a good facial oil if applied at least once a day. The same goes for dry skin. Oily skin gets help from oils with sebumbalancing properties to help the skin to stop overproducing sebum. Oils moisturize, soften and hydrate the skin.
Almond oil is a classic, mild, semi-fatty oil for skin care, which has been used since antiquity. It spreads well and makes the skin soft, smooth and supple. It can be used for most skin types. Relieving muscle pains and soreness are one of the main traditional uses of almond oil. This protein-rich oil can help tired muscles to rejuvenate them and to relax knotty muscles. The oil is rich in Vitamin E, monounsaturated fatty acids, proteins, potassium and zinc, besides a number of other minerals and vitamins, which explains why it is so good for our heart, skin and hair. Almond oil is mild, hypoallergenic oil that can be safely used even on baby skin. Regular application of the oil can protect the skin from oxidative stress. Almond oil is light in texture and can easily penetrate the top layers of the skin, softening and dislodging the dirt and debris accumulated in the skin pores and hair follicles.
Apricot Kernel oil is used for sensitive, inflamed dry or mature skin. The oil may enhance the skin elasticity and leaves a soft and smooth feeling. The Apricot kernel oil can reduce inflammation when the oil is applied topically. The oil contains antioxidant properties which prevents the skin from damage by free radicals.
Argan oil is rich in poly-unsaturated fatty acids, including linoleic acid, Omega 6, and natural tocopherols. It is said to be nourishing, regenerating and protective for all skin types. The Linoleic Acid can help the body to reduce inflammation by producing prostaglandins. This Moroccan miracle oil, as it is often called, contains 80% essential fatty acids (that can help to reduce inflammation), as well as squalene (to keep our skin soft), phytosterols (to help protect collagen) and phenolic compounds (to guard against free radicals).
Arnica is the classic herb that is widely used for before and after sports and to reduce swellings, bruises, sprains, pulled muscles and torn ligaments. The Arnica plant is recognized for its anti-inflammatory properties, stimulatory effect on blood circulation and action against fatigue and muscle pain. It is high in calendulin, carotene, waxes, tannins, phosphorous, Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Arnica Montana contains 10 different constituents (including the immuno-stimulant helenalin, its most active sesquiterpene lactone), which can have anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects. The plant’s essential oils contain thymol and various ethers of thymol. These are mostly found in the roots and root stock and are antiseptic and are thought to have anti-inflammatory properties. The essential oil may stimulate the “mopping up” and re-absorption of blood from the bruised tissue and hastens the replacement of damaged tissue with new cells. The content of carotenes may promote healing.
The beta carotene, potassium, proteins, lecithin, fatty acids, and vitamins A, D, and E found in avocado oil helps to moisturize and protect your skin. It is a deeply nourishing oil especially valuable for sensitive, mature, dehydrated and sunburned skin. The Avocado oil is uniquely rich in chlorophyll which aids to give the skin a vital look.
Baobab oil has nourishing and moisturizing properties. The oil contains up to 36% Omega 6 and 3% Omega 3 essential fatty acids. Baobab oil is also a natural source of Vitamin D3 which is essential. The oil contains vitamins A, D, E and F (up to 38% vitamin F) which are all helpful and soothing for eczema and psoriasis prone skin. It is ideal to improve dry and damaged skin. The oil moisturizes and may improve the elasticity of the skin and penetrates quickly without clogging the pores. It may relieve dry, cracked skin because it is a superb emollient that will soften the skin. It is effective when used on sunspots, stretch marks and scarring, it encourages the regeneration of skin cells combined with its rehydrating effect.
Broccoli seed oil is unique with its composition of 50% Erucic Acid which is an Omega 9 fatty acid. The fatty acid aids the skin to hydrate and penetrates the skin deeply to provide a lasting moist also providing the skin a vital look. It is also a valuable softening agent and emollient. The Broccoli seed oil also contains vitamin C and other nutrients which are nourishing for both the skin and hair. Broccoli has another essential fatty acid called “arachidonic acid,” which is the second most abundant polyunsaturated fatty acid in the epidermis, used for calming and soothing the skin.
Cacay oil is known as one of the Amazon's best kept secrets. Cacay Oil is a very nutrient rich plant oil. Potent and concentrated, this sustainably harvested oil is quickly becoming an essential ingredient in natural skin care for mature skin because of its ability to improve skin tone. This Vitamin A and E-rich oil nourishes and hydrates skin, providing deeply penetrating moisture to help support the skins natural reparative and regenerative process. Studies show that Cacay oil contains 50 % more vitamin E and twice the amount of Linoleic Acid than Argan Oil as well as 3 times more Retinol (Vitamin A) than Rose Hip Oil, giving the Cacay oil powerful properties for all skin types especially mature skin.
Camellia seed oil contains antioxidants and polyphenols that helps to revitalize the skin. The seeds of Camellia contain a class of compound called polyphenols or phenols which are capable of stopping a free radical chain reaction or are more commonly known as anti-oxidants. This very precious oil has been recognized for centuries in Eastern Asia for its highly restorative and rejuvenating effect on the skin. Camellia oil contains vitamins A, B, and E and various minerals. Camellia oil has an outstanding moisture retaining ability and is rapidly absorbing and the unique make-up of the oil allows it to penetrate into the top layers of the skin.
Carrot oil acts as a moisturizing base for dry skin. The carrot root oil improves complexion, tones and creates a fresher appearance. The oil is very rich in Beta Carotene, Vitamins A, B, C, D and E and essential fatty acids. Carrot oil is known to help skin regeneration and to moisturize. The Beta Carotene is a great anti-oxidant that offers photo-protective benefits and can behave as a precursor to Vitamin A. Vitamin A aids to improve the skin barrier functions, increase cell proliferation and thickening of the skin and increase collagen production.
The triglycerides found in Castor oil can help to fight skin infections. Castor oil may play a protective role on the skin, keeping invading pathogenic bacteria at bay. One of the main benefits of castor oil is thought to be that it retards the growth of harmful microbes due to ricinoleic acid, which is an effective fatty acid that helps to protect the skin against invading viruses and bacteria. Castor oil can help to pull excess dirt from the epidermis. It works as a natural humectant, which means its pulling moisture from the air and trapping it close to the skins tissues. Castor is rich in oleic and linoleic acid two wonderful fatty acids, making castor oil the perfect choice for softening and smoothing the skin. The triglycerides that is present in castor oil help to restore the skins natural moisture balance.
Chia seed oil is a thin, dry and a very soft oil, it has a silky soft skin feeling and a pleasant smell. Chia seed is considered the richest botanical source of omega-3 fatty acids found in nature, offering more than flax seed or fish oil. These fatty acids work to encourage a plumper look to the skin. They also help maintain the moisture level, to give a smooth appearance of the skin and can also help in relieving dryness and peeling. Chia seed oil is also a great source of vitamin B3 and zinc, which helps with oily skin and clogged pores. It has antioxidant effects, and components including chlorogenic acid and caffeic acid, as well as myricetin, quercetin, and kaempferol flavonoids. These components offer protection from environmental stressors. In fact, the antioxidants in chia seed oil have shown to be even stronger than vitamin C and vitamin E, two common and powerful antioxidants.
Comfrey oil has a deep green color which is due to the allantoin content of the comfrey. Researchers have found that allantoin has soothing, firming and tightening properties. Comfrey’s high content of allantoin is really its claim to fame. Comfrey is also great for sensitive skin. A mild cleansing property makes comfrey a good solution for removing dirt, oils and impurities without agitating. Comfrey oil also contains tannins, glycosides and is an excellent source of B12.
Cucumber seed oil contains a high level of linoleic acid which is and Omega 6 essential fatty acid and oleic acid which is an Omega 9 fatty acid, used for moisturizing. The oil has high natural tocopherols and phytosterols that further enhance its protective and nutritive benefits for the skin. Studies indicate that phytosterols help the skin strengthen its lipid barrier, restoring proper moisture balance, smoothing the skins surface and improving skin elasticity. Phytosterols are also known for their ability to nourish and stimulate the skin cells to encourage regeneration of healthy skin cells and for their antioxidant properties.
EcoSilk is made from renewable natural sources such as sugar and coconut. It is a colorless and unscented vegetable based emollient that is 100% biodegradable. Emollients soften the skin. EcoSilk is a natural alternative to silicone and gives your skin a lustrous glow and a soft velvety feel.
Hazelnut oil has a lot of natural fats that helps to moisturize the skin, leaving it soft and plump. The oil has antioxidant protection from environmental stressors and is a good source of proteins, vitamin E and B, and oleic acid. Hazelnut oil has a reputation of being a good oil for oily skin, since the oils natural properties help balance the sebum. Hazelnut oil has been used for oily skin and minimizing the size of pores because of the unique properties. A high content of catechins and tannins (healthy flavonoids) make this oil as "dry" oil that feels smooth and toning on the skin.
Jojoba oil is unique because it closely resembles sebum, a waxy substance produced by our skin glands, so it can act as a natural skin conditioner. The oil has protective properties and ability to retain moisture. Jojoba oil can act as a protective film on the skin which slows down the transepidermal water loss (TEWL). The Jojoba oil acts of a solvent by softening the sebum plugs in the pores and allows the pores to expel the blackheads. Studies have documented that jojoba improves the feel of skin, and provides a substantial long-acting skin hydration. Jojoba contains nutrients like vitamin E and B, as well as minerals like chromium, copper, and zinc, which all nourish and protect skin from environmental stressors.
Kiwi seed oil is a gentle oil for sensitive, oily and large-pored skin as it aids the skin to find a balance. Kiwi seed oil is useful in the repair of damaged skin tissue, skin overexposed to sunlight and mature skin and scars. The Kiwi seed oil may help the skin elasticity. The oil has high concentrations of Omega 3. This ultra-nourishing oil can help to maintain moisture in the skin. Kiwi seed oil contains around 60% of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), and it is also a rich source of Vitamins C and E. Kiwi seed oil are good cleansers for your skin as they contain an enzyme called actinidin which helps to dissolve protein based dead skin cells and dirt on the skin.
Kukui nut oil is a natural moisturizer that has been used for centuries in Hawaii. It is produced by pressing oil from the Kukui nut (or candlenut) tree, and it contains essential fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants that help to sooth dry skin. The oil is rich in vitamin A, E, omega 9, omega 6 and omega 3. This antioxidant-rich oil is able to prevent the damage from the free radicals. The rich blend of fatty acids, which may have anti-inflammatory effects, can be absorbed into the skin and help to soothe sore muscles and joints. Over the history of Kukui nut oil use in Hawaii, it has been shown to also benefit people with skin conditions like; eczema, psoriasis, dry skin, damaged skin, acne, sensitive skin and babies skin.
Macadamia nut oil contains a high level of antioxidants, including tocotrienols, which can have a powerful effect on the overall health of the body. One of the other antioxidants in macadamia nut oil is squalene, which is rare and has a particularly strong impact on our skin. Squalene is a naturally occurring antioxidant in our body, but adding more through macadamia nut oil can help reduce oxidative stress. Macadamia nut oil is an excellent oil for mature skin as it contains over 20 % palmitoleic acid. Palmitoleic acid also occurs naturally in our skin as part of sebum, where its job is to maintain moisture levels. The level of palmitoleic acid is reduced with age, which results in drier skin. Macadamia nut oil helps to retain the moisture in our skin.
The oil aids to maintain moisturizing levels in the skin. The root is high in mucilage, which is used to coat and prevent irritation and the oil also has low concentrations of ceramide precursors, a natural hydrator which may help with repairing the skin barrier. Since marshmallow root is similar to a plant-derived form of glycerin, it is an excellent emollient that softens skin.
Marula oil is known as the Africa's beauty secret. The multipurpose oil containing powerful antioxidants, high concentrations of nutrients, minerals and essential fatty acids that works as a protector against environmental aggressors. The oil may improve photodamage and hydrate the skin. The antioxidants including in the oil are, vitamin C, tocopherol (vitamin E), tochotrienol, phenolic compounds, essential amino acids and flavonoids. These help cells to renew and resist damaging effects of the environment. With regular use of Marula Oil, it may protect against free radicals and provide antioxidant protection. More antioxidant protection provides a better defense against premature skin aging. Marula Oil is rich in essential fatty acids Omega 9, oleic acidand Omega 6, linoleic acid that hydrates and reduces redness while nourishing, and moisturizing skin. Marula Oil helps reduce transepidermal water loss and increases the smoothness of the skin.
Mullein is also known as the Velvet plant. Mullein contains natural tannins, which is astringent and excellent for mature skin. Mullein also contains approximately 3 % mucilage, which is thought to be responsible for the soothing actions that mullein has on the body’s mucous membranes. Mullein has a lengthy medicinal history for being a therapeutic astringent, emollient and as a soothing plant.
Oat kernel oil has excellent qualities for softening and hydrating the skin against itchiness and irritation. Oat oil may help to restore normal pH values for the skin. The oil can also aid to maintain a healthy protective layer on the skin as a buffering agent. The oil contains high concentration of essential fatty acids and a good source of anti-oxidants. The oil is an emollient and makes is easy for the skin to absorb. Oat kernel oil is used for the anti-inflammatory, anti-irritant and anti-allergenic properties. Oat oil has great ability to nourish and soothe maturing, sensitive and damaged skin and can support the elasticity of the skin and hair.
Olive oil used to be called “liquid gold” by the ancient Greek poet Homer. In fact, this moisturizing and antioxidant-rich oil was a common skin care ingredient used by the Greeks, Egyptians, and Romans. Olive oil contains linoleic acid, a fatty acid that helps to moisturize the skin. It has several different antioxidants, all of which helps to protect from environmental stressors. Olive oil also has vitamin A, D, K and E. Olive oil contains antioxidants such as polyphenols, which helps to protect your skin from free radicals. It has a very high concentration of a component called squalane which can help to regulate sebum and very closely resembles human sebum.
Olive Squalane is derived from Olive Oil and is added for its skin protecting and softening properties. The texture is super-light and non-greasy. Olive squalane is absorbed quickly by the skin to soften and nurture the skin. As it has a similar structure to the sebum that is naturally found in the skin, olive squalane sinks in very fast and prevents moisture loss.
Perilla seed oil has one of the highest amounts of Omega 3 (Alpha-linolenic acid) found in plant oils. This means it is a natural emollient that can help both skin and hair to retain moisture. As Perilla seed oil can reduce transepidermal water loss (TEWL), it is a valuable choice to use for dry skin. The oil may aid to soothe and nourish stressed skin as it is considered to have calming, soothing and anti-inflammatory properties and is especially good for sensitive skin. The relatively high Omega 3 (Linoleic acid) content gives it anti-bacterial properties mainly suitable for acne prone skin as it can inhibit the growth of acne causing bacteria found naturally on the skin and is non comedogenic. The oil is rich in Flavones and Polyphenols such as Rosmarinic Acid. These compounds are natural antioxidants that are helpful in preventing damage by free radicals. For those who live and work in areas of higher air pollution it may be worth considering using this oil as a protector for the skin.
Pomegranate seed oil contains Vitamins A, B, D, E and Punicic Acid which is known as Omega 5. Omega 5 has strong anti-inflammatory properties and is a good antioxidant. The rare essential fatty acid is rich in Pomegranate Seed Oil and this oil is the only known botanical source. The high amount of Punicic Acid can help to reduce inflamed skin and regenerate new skin production thus improving the elasticity and tone of the skin. Research has shown that the oil stimulates keratinocytes which are skin cells found in the epidermis. Regeneration of these cells can noticeably improve the appearance of the epidermis (outer skin layer) giving a fresher look.
Pumpkin seed oil is high in vitamin A, K, beta-carotene, B2, B3, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron and most importantly zinc. It is also high in Omega 9, 6 and 3 essential fatty acids that sink deeply into skin to provide long-lasting moisturisation. These acids can also help to balance the oil production in the skin and moisturize dry skin. Pumpkin seed oil is very valuable for its skin firming and lifting properties. It also contains phytosterol which has been shown to slow-down the breakage of collagen production that can be caused by the sun, and that phytosterols can encourage new collagen production. Pumpkin seed oil may have skin soothing properties that work great on all skin types.
Raspberry Seed Oil is excellent for sensitive skin and has deeply nourishing, softening, emollient and conditioning properties. The oil can help to provide protection and moisture retention for the skin. It also contains extremely high levels of alpha and gamma tocopherols (vitamin E), vitamin A, approximately 30% of Omega 3 and 54% of Omega 6 fatty acids. With the approximately 84% content of essential fatty acids, it gives the skin a vital defense.
Sesame oil provides a nice and silky texture for the skin. The presence of fatty acids along with linoleic acid makes the oil an effective moisturizer and emollient for the skin. The oil is also rich in Vitamin E, D and B complex which is thought to be good to reduce scars and other rashes on the skin. The Sesame oil has a high amount of viscosity and this particular property makes it good for massaging and capable of penetrating into the pores of skin. Another exciting feature of Sesame oil is that it can help the skin cells from oxidation and improves skin rejuvenation. The oil has an antioxidant known as sesamol that can help to prevent photo aging.
The soothing nature of St. John’s wort and the rich concentration of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds make it perfect for easing the aching pains of muscle aches. The oil may help to ease inflammation on the skin. St. John’s wort in topical application may speed the healing process of burns, bruises and scrape by stimulating circulation of oxygenated blood to those skin cells to help to repair the skin.
Strawberry seed oil is very high in linoleic and alpha-linolenic acids. These are essential fatty acids and are part of the Omega-3 group. Strawberries also contain an antioxidant called ellagic acid, which is the main phenolic antioxidant (a type of antioxidant found only in plant foods) in strawberries. The application of ellagic acid extracts from nuts, fruits and vegetables keeps the skin more vibrant by preventing collagen breakdown under the skin. Ellagic acid has an anti-inflammatory effect on the skin and may prevent damage from ultraviolet radiation. Ellagic acid provides many benefits such as promoting collagen production.
Thistle oil is an excellent source of Omega 6 and Omega 3 essential fatty acids, also known as vitamin F. The essential fatty acids make up over 80% of the oil content. Thistle is particularly high in Omega 6. The oil is good for oily skin and skin with large pores, where it can help to reduce the size of the pores. It also contains a high value of Vitamin E, which is a strong antioxidant. The oil is well tolerated and ideal to use on skin with problem, mature skin and normal to oily skin. It is also used for fragile nails that are prone to splitting.
Watermelon seed oil is also known as Ootonga oil or Kalahari oil. The oil contains high levels of linoleic acid an Omega 6 essential fatty acid. It is also very rich in B vitamins especially niacin, folic acid, thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin B6 and pantothenic acid. The oil also contains high levels of magnesium and zinc. The watermelon seed oil provides nourishing moister and also may have qualities to reduce pore size. The array of potent vitamins and minerals contained in the oil feed the skin and help it to flourish. It is an excellent emollient that softens and soothes the skin.
Coconut oil is a superior moisturizer and the fractionated coconut oil, also called “liquid coconut oil,” is a form of the oil that has had the long-chain fatty acids removed via steam distillation. The lauric acid and other long-chain fatty acids are removed and it contains the capric, caprylic, myristic and palmitic acids, all of which retain their super-moisturizing capabilities. It also have the natural antioxidants, which protect from environmental stressors and the free radicals, and nutrients like vitamins A, C, and E, which help maintain a tighter, firmer look. Fractionated coconut oil is completely soluble with other oils, which makes it the perfect carrier oil, capable of escorting other oils into the skin. It’s also extremely light, and absorbs quickly into the skin without clogging pores. The skin feels soft and smooth.
Shea butter contains essential fatty acids, along with vitamins A and E, which are imperative to maintaining your skin's elasticity and suppleness. In a clinical study done by Frank Renard, Ph.D., shea butter was found to have significant age improving properties and was proven to help rebuild and rejuvenate collagen. This is a superb emollient, moisturizer and is excellent for conditioning the skin. The oil is protective and healing, especially for dry and damaged skin. It contains phytosterols which stimulate the basal layer of the skin to regenerate faster
Sunflower oil has an impressive fatty acid content, which includes palmitic acid, stearic acid, oleic acid, and linoleic acid. Furthermore, some of those fatty acids, as well as vitamin E and other compounds, act as antioxidants to protect the skin from free radicals. In addition to these, it contains carotenoids and appreciable quantities of vitamins A, D and E. Due to its emollient properties, sunflower oil helps the skin to retain its moisture. Sunflower oil also contains high amounts of lecithin which acts as an emollient and is a softening and soothing agent. Lecithin has powerful moisturizing properties that help to keep the skin hydrated. It also has the unique ability to deeply penetrate the skin. As a result, it may assist the skin in absorbing other properties as well.
Meadowfoam seed oil has been extracted from the seeds of the meadowfoam plant. Meadowfoam Seed Oil has wonderful moisturizing and rejuvenating properties. When the seed is examined carefully, it is found out to contain components like, tocopherol (Vitamin E) which is known to keep protect the skin from free radicals as an antioxidant. It is non-comedogenic (does not block the skin’s pores), it can be readily absorbed by the skin, and it balances the oil in the skin, making it less oily. This component is similar to jojoba oil and is slightly waxy and closely resembles human sebum. In skin care, it naturally helps the skin to effectively form a barrier to lock in moisture. Meadowfoam seed oil is a popular mature skin due to its nourishing, high antioxidant composition.
Calendula also known as marigold, this oil is made from macerating organic calendula flowers in organic high oleic sunflower oil. The most impressive health benefits of calendula include its ability to speed healing. Aside from stimulating healing, calendula oil can significantly boost the appearance of the skin. It can affect blood flow to the skin cells and provide antioxidant protection. Calendula has been found to have strong anti-inflammatory properties via powerful flavonoids. These plant-based antioxidants protect cells from free radical damage. These petals contain high levels of antioxidants in the form of carotenoids and flavonoids. Calendula contains both lutein and beta-carotene, which the body absorbs and converts into vitamin A. It also has fatty acids, with the two dominant fatty acids being calendic and linoleic acids. Additionally, the flower heads are rich in oxygenated oils like monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes.
RAW ORGANIC SHEA BUTTER is extracted from Shea nuts from the Karite tree which grows in Ghana. Shea butter is known for its rich moisturising and skin healing properties. Shea butter has well documented properties for helping the skin to recover from scars to psoriasis and stretchmark prevention. Raw Shea butter is full of nutrients, including vitamin A, which has many healing properties and has been known to aid in treating blemishes, wrinkles, eczema and dermatitis, as well as burns and even stretch marks. Shea butter is also packed with antioxidants like vitamin E , as well as polyphenols and phytonutrients. These ingredients make shea butter an anti-inflammatory, which is why it works so well at moisturizing and soothing all types of skin.
Virgin coconut oil is known for its nice fragrance, taste, antioxidants, medium chain fatty acids and vitamins. Virgin coconut oil is very effective as a moisturizing agent. The contribution of vitamin E towards skin care is well known. It is essential for healthy skin, keeping the skin smooth, and protecting it against cracking. Above all, it prevents premature aging since it has good antioxidant properties. Like coconuts themselves, coconut oil is rich in many proteins. These proteins keep skin healthy and rejuvenated, both internally and externally. Proteins also contribute to the cellular health and tissue repair, along with a wide range of other essential activities within the body. The fatty acids or triglycerides when applied to the skin, keep the skin smooth to the touch and helps to retains the moisture content of the skin. Capric/Caprylic/Lauric acid: These are not very different from the medium chain fatty acids, but they have their own contributions. These three fatty acids have disinfectant and antimicrobial properties.
Cocoa Pod ash is rich in antioxidants that fight harmful free radicals and can help to prevent premature aging and also contain anti-inflammatory properties that soothe eczema, acne & other inflammatory skin conditions. Enriched with minerals and vitamins like Vitamin C, magnesium and omega 6 fatty acids, cacao promotes blood flow and increase cellular healing to develop a youthful glow and may help to tone the skin.
The konjac plant has been used in traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine for centuries but has recently gained popularity in the West as a weight loss supplement primarily due to it's high fibre content and amazing absorbency properties. Konjac root contains about 40% glucomannan which, when it comes into water can expand up to 17 times in size. Konjac root is reported to have natural antimicrobial properties. A 2015 study found that the results of antimicrobial activity were significant and went on to say that it could be used as a new generation of antibiotic in the future. This is relevant in terms of skincare products as using an ingredient with antimicrobial properties can help prevent the absorption of foreign bodies into the epidermis and therefore could work to prevent acne and other skin conditions.