Posts Tagged ‘Tamanu oil’

Welcome to the blue-ribbon circle of dry skin oils.

When using oil as a moisturizer for dry skin, three things must be considered: texture, scent, and—most importantly!—ability of the oil to nourish the cells of the skin. See below for my top 3 oils to use to nourish and repair dry skin.

3. Rosehip oil: Medium texture, virtually no odour, mimics sebum and absorbs quickly while nourishing.

2. Avocado oil: Rich texture, little odour, good nourishing properties—absorbs deep into the skin and may help strengthen collagen fibres.

1. Coconut oil: Silky texture, strong (but delicious!) odour, good nourishing properties—helps to repair cell damage and soothe weakened or sensitive skin.

Keep in mind that skin that is only moderately dry will benefit from the medium texture of rosehip oil, while those of you with very dry or aging skin, will benefit most from the rich texture and superb repairing properties of avocado or coconut oil.

My advice? Each of these oils is fantastic for dry skin—try a blend of two and add 10 drops of tamanu oil per tablespoon of the dry skin oil blend you’ve chosen for added antioxidant activity! (See my post on the wonderful skin healing properties of tamanu oil.)

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The safflower is a member of the sunflower family and lives up to its reputation, having yellow, ray-like petals that explode forth in a bright sunburst of a flower. Safflower oil is expressed from the seeds of this plant. There are two types of safflower oil: monounsaturated safflower oil and polyunsaturated safflower oil Each variety has unique properties that make it suitable for various uses of uses, ranging from use as a cold oil in dressings, to the healthiest oil for frying, to cosmetic and skincare applications, to a mixing medium for oil paints.

For more information on cooking with and consuming each variety of safflower oil, see my post here.

So, when is sunshine best for 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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