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My hydrating complex:
I've chosen the following botanical oils for their various benefits to skin and hair:
Borage: Borage oil contains a lot of gamma linolenic acid (GLA). Gamma linolenic acid is an essential fatty acid, one our bodies can't produce; it is found in the ceramides in our skin. GLA can be a great anti-inflammatory, improving skin's protective qualities and helping repair the skin barrier faster than linoleic acid. Like the oils containing linoleic acid, GLA will help with itchy dry skin, act as a moisture retainer, and helps with acne prone skin. GLA containing oils are absorbed quickly into the skin, increasing skin's flexibility and suppleness.
GLA has been found to reduce transepidermal water loss (TEWL) and increase stratum corneum hydration in normal skin, and to treat atopic dermatitis (chronic inflammation of the skin that causes an itchy, swollen, red rash).
Borage oil makes a great addition to facial moisturizers or lotions to help with dry, chapped, or inflamed skin. Ferulic acid makes up about 50% of the total phenolic content. Ferulic acid is a very effective anti-oxidant, more powerful than Vitamin E, that can prevent skin aging, reducing age spots, and helps repair light and radiation induced damage. It penetrates skin to soften and moisturize, soothes wind chapped and sun burned skin, and reduces itching and inflammation..
Grapeseed: Contains about 200 to 500 ppm squalene. The tannins will make this oil feel drier than something like sunflower oil. The high levels of Vitamin E make this a good moisturizing and softening oil filled with anti-oxidants. The phytosterols offer anti-inflammatory, anti-itching, and anti-dry skin properties.
Sesame: Sesame seeds are full of zinc, an essential mineral for producing collagen and giving skin more elasticity. Zinc also helps damaged tissues in the body to repair. Sesame oil is also known to sooth burns and prevent skin related disorders.
This complex contains the following:
Palmitoleic acid: A building block in our skin that prevents burns, wounds, skin scratches. Most active anti-microbial in human sebum. Treats damaged skin and mucous membranes.
Oleic acid: (Sesame, grapseed) Very moisturizing, and helps skin cells regenerate quickly. Very well absorbed by the skin. Acts as an anti-inflammatory.
Linoleic acid: (Sesame, grapeseed) Helps to improve skin’s barrier function, helps soothe itchy and dry skin, acts as an anti-inflammatory, and moisture retainer.
Tocopherol: (Vitamin E) sinks into our skin and behaves as an anti-oxidant. It softens skin, and adding it to oils can retard rancidity.
Phytosterols: behave like cortisone, offering anti-inflammatory and anti-itching benefits, as well as soothing dry skin (all oils).
Polpyhenols: have many different benefits, but many will help with anti-inflammatory, anti-itching, and anti-oxidizing (all oils).
My essential oil complex:
I've chosen the following essential oils for their various benefits to skin and hair:
Lavender: Some of the most important health benefits of lavender include its ability to relieve stress, reduce inflammation, lower skin irritation, prevent infections, and eliminate dandruff.
Tea tree: The health benefits of Tea Tree Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties as an antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, fungicide, insecticide, stimulant and sudorific substance. Used for centuries to heal cuts, wounds and skin infections.
Myrtle: An antibacterial, antiseptic astringent; helps reduce skin irritation, swelling and redness.
Elemi: Anti-infectious, antiseptic oil that has multiple effects on skin tone; may reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Palmarosa: Antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial antiseptic, antiviral and hydrating. Valuable for all types of skin conditions; stimulates new cell growth.
Rosewood: Antibacterial, antifungal, anti-infectious and antiviral. Sooths skin and increases elasticity. treats eczema, candida, beneficial for cuts, tissue regeneration and wounds.
German chamomile: Analgesic, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant. neutralizes allergies and increases the ability of skin to regenerate.treats acne, abscesses, boils, burns, cuts, cystitis, dermatitis, eczema, rashes skin disorders and wounds.
Myrhh: Anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic astringent. Treats fungal infections, ringworm, inflammation, chapped and cracked skin, wounds and wrinkles.
Sandalwood: Soothing, antiseptic astringent. helps skin regeneration, skin infections, acne.
Patchouli: Anti-ifectious, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antiseptic astringent. Fights infections, tones skin, facilitates tissue regeneration; helps with acne, cellulitis, itching. Tightens loose skin.
Ylang Ylang: Antiseptic; soothes insect bites, various skin conditions.
Aloe: The health benefits of Aloe Vera are numerous, beginning with improving the digestive system all the way to preserving food; it can result in optimal health in the long run. Aloe Vera strengthens the immune system, delays the aging process, cures dermatitis, heals wounds, reduces oxidative stress and promotes hair growth.
Squalane: A natural moisturizer, antioxidant and repair ingredient; found in human skin lipid barrier
Willow bark extract: Willow bark extract has been shown to have soothing properties on irritated skin and works as an toning agent and mild cleanser. It also moisturizes the skin.
Licorice extract: Widely used as skin lightening agent. Has also been shown to soothe the skin and have rejuvenating and anti-irritant effects.
Behentrimonium methosulfate: Oil and silicone free skin conditioner. Emulsifier.
Enteromorpha Compressa Extract (and) Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum: A marine pentasaccharide (MPS) obtained from a marine seaweed, Enteromorpha compressa, and a polysaccharide fraction (galactomannans), extracted from the Andean tara tree, Caesalpinia spinosa, that makes a novel 3D hydrocolloidal matrix. Prevents and reduces wrinkles by recovering and maintaining homeostasis in the dermal extra-cellular matrix. It increases the production of dermal collagen and other ECM components in fibroblasts. It inhibits the synthesis of Metalloproteinases (MMP) as well as the synthesis of pro-inflammatory mediators. Operates on two levels of combined action. MPS, the small molecules, penetrate the epidermis and act on the fibroblasts' metabolism; and Galactomannan, the high molecular weight molecules remain on the horny layer, acting as a gradual MPS release system. The result is less wrinkled, more elastic and firmer skin.
Ethylhexyl palmitate: Derived from coconut or palm oil; a natural substitute for silicones in body care products.
Glycerin: Humectant. derived from glycerides of natural vegetable lipids that are just like the glycerides in our own lipids.
Sodium PCA: Humectant.
Panthenol: Vitamin B5; Humectant. Improves skin hydratrion, reduces redness and inflammation, increases wonud healing by stimulating skin epitheliazation, improves skin barrier mechanism repair, mitigates itching and soothes irritation.
Tripeptide-29: In-vitro experiments have shown that this material will dramatically increase synthesis of Collagen. Collagen, the fourth most abundant protein found in the body, is the principal structural protein found in the body’s molecular scaffolding. The scaffolding is a complex matrix of proteins and proteoglycans that support the internal organs as well as the skin.
Tocopherol: Vitamin E, this vitamin is lipid-soluble, which means that it helps in cell-membrane stability. The antioxidant content in Vitamin E protect our cells from the negative effects of free radicals.
Polyquaternium-51: Cationic polymer derived from sugar. A powerful humectant and protective film former. Stabilizes epidermal phospholipids while significantly improving moisture retention.
Sodium hyaluronate: has been observed to increase the rate of cellular repair while minimizing the formation of scarred tissue, sodium hyaluronate is intended to facilitate cellular repair and renewal to minimize cracking and damage.
Cetyl alcohol: This short chain, saturated, fatty alcohol imparts an emollient feel to lotions and creams and works with cationic quaternary compounds to super-charge conditioners.
Butylene glycol: Humectant; most resistant to high humidity than other glycols, which means it's great for very humid areas.
Glycol distearate: Emollient, emulsifier.
Allantoin: A fantastic skin protectant that softens skin (it's a keratolytic, meaning it causes the keratin to soften), causes rapid cell regeneration and proliferation, and is approved by the FDA to temporarily prevent and protect chafed, chapped, cracked, or windburned skin by speeding up the natural processes of the skin and increasing the water content. It can be derived from comfrey root or aloe vera.
Urea: Urea is capable of binding water in the stratum corneum to prevent water loss while effectively moisturizing the skin. Urea also functions as an effective exfoliating agent to help smooth and soften the skin, which normally becomes rough and flakey after desiccation. Both sodium PCA and urea are components of the body’s natural moisturizing factors (NMF), which function as the body’s methods to retain moisture.
Trehalose: Trehalose is a glucose disaccharide that facilitates osmo-regulation, and it can be found in fungi, bacteria, some amphibians and many invertebrates that are forced to survive in desiccating environments. It functions as a carbohydrate reserve in Saccharomyces cerevisiae to stabilize proteins during heat shock and suppresses denatured protein aggregation. Trehalose is also important for overcoming environmental osmotic and oxidative stresses. Topical application of the disaccharide may improve epidermal barrier function, and possibly prevent heat shock.
Sorbic acid: Preservative.
Caprylyl glycol: Preservative.