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Ever wonder how Pegasus got it’s wings? According to legend, without the Sea Buckthorn fruit, Pegasus would have remained a humble horse. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to grow wings myself, but I am happy to absorb the incredible skin healing properties of Sea Buckthorn oil while keeping my feet planted firmly on the ground.

Many oils are awesome—if you read my blog, you know this to be true! But Sea Buckthorn fruit oil contains a rare fatty acid called omega 7, which is simply incredible in its ability to regenerate skin cells. The best way to use this oil is to mix it with the oil of the Sea Buckthorn seed, also nourishing and healing to the skin. The combination of these oils—both from different components of one near-miraculous plant—are a potent blend for skin suffering from eczema, scarring, and even burns. Of course, this blend is also a fantastic anti-aging treatment as well, as it helps cells regenerate in a healthy manner (something our bodies become less and less able to do as we age).

Intrigued? Read on to discover how to best use these oils on your skin. (more…)

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Tamanu oil is a prodigy of an oil—it can do many things very, very well. It has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, helps cells regenerate more quickly, is brimming with antioxidants, provides pain relief when applied topically, and studies have shown that it has some efficacy in successfully attacking a certain type of skin cancer cell.1

And it is a beautiful oil. It is also known as “green gold” and its colour is a unique, warm, blackened green. It is opulent and plush, with a rich almost-toasted odour. Is this what a dragon’s tears might look like?

Tamanu oil is, without a doubt, a valuable oil…but what can it do for your skin and, the Big Question: is it non-comedogenic? (more…)

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Oil-free: The myth

Although many oils have anti-inflammatory, nourishing, moisturizing, and wrinkle-reducing properties, the use of oils in skin care often gets a bad rap, especially in those products for acne-prone, oily, or combination skin. However, many oils are fantastic to use topically, even on acne-prone skin, and the right types of oils can even help reduce clogged pores and acne (see my post here about the popular Oil Cleanse Method)! However, many of the oils you see at the grocery store, the health food store, or listed in your skin care products, cause clogged pores and inflame acne. So, how can you know which oils are non-comedogenic?

Comedogenic simply means likely to cause comedones. Non-comedogenic, therefore, means unlikely to cause comedones!

A comedone is a plug of debris (made up of bacteria, oil, dead skin cells, and skin care ingredients)  filling a skin pore. Comedones commonly appear as blackheads and sometimes as whiteheads. Comedones trap the oil that normally flows out of pores and a pimple will often develop around this trapped oil.

How to use oil in skin care: What matters?

How much of an oil is in a product influences how comedogenic a product is. Product ingredients are listed in order of inclusion—from most to least. Therefore, if an oil is found close to the end of a list of ingredients, there is likely little oil in the product.

What type of oil is in a product influences how comedogenic a product is. Some oils are much more likely to cause comedones than others.

Type of skin and pore-size must also be considered when choosing a product, as these also affect the comedogenecy of that product. Those with dry skin often have small pores—these pores do not let much oil out or much debris in and rarely develop comedones. Those with oily skin often have larger pores to release a larger amount of oil on the skin—these pores can collect quite a bit of debris and often form quite obvious comedones.

The type of product influences its comedogenecy. A cleanser—typically left on the skin for a short period of time—is unlikely to clog pores. A moisturizer—typically left on the skin until it is washed off—is more likely than a cleanser to clog pores. Even toners can cause clogged pores if they contain comedogenic ingredients.

Comedogenic or common sense? Read the oil comedogenecy chart and find out more! (more…)

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