I love using all-natural skin care products and for as long as I can remember, researching products best suited for my skin always held my interest. I came across camellia seed oil and yuzu essential oil a few months ago, and I am in love with how it has enhanced the overall health of my skin.
Let me start with camellia oil! Known as “one of the most treasured secrets of the geisha,” camellia oil is derived from the camellia flower which symbolizes feminine beauty, while oil from the seeds provide a deeply moisturizing effect. This oil, also known as tea seed oil, when derived naturally without any added preservatives or chemicals, can even be used as a cooking oil and is commonly used in Taiwan and China as cooking oil.
I apply camellia seed oil after cleansing, toning, and applying serum, and it leaves my skin super soft and moisturized. Camellia seed oil are in the top 5 richness in vitamin E crops. It also contains the omega 9 oleic acid, and omega 6 linoleic acid, omega 3, as well as monounsaturated fats. Research shows that topical application of essential fatty acids can have profound effects on the fatty acid composition of the skin, resulting in the regulation of the anti-inflammatory response in the dermal and epidermal layers of the skin. Also, essential fatty acids such as linoleic acid improves skin hydration, elasticity, and helps prevent skin breakdown. Camellia oil also helps heal acne scars, wounds, and scrapes. Yes to Camellia!!
Other oils I love to use on my face, body, and even hair are organic unrefined cold pressed carrot seed oil, amla oil, avocado oil, and extra virgin olive oil.
Yuzu is a citrus fruit very popular in Japan and is considered “Japanese lemon” by some. It is high in vitamin c and phenolic. Research indicates that mature yuzu fruit contains higher amounts of vitamin C, phenolics, and limonene contents than other citrus fruits and could therefore be used as a significant dietary source of antioxidants. This fruit also contains anti- inflammatory properties due to the limonene it contains and has been used as traditional medicine in Japan for years. Yuzu fruit essence is used in cosmetics and soaps as a humectant to keep skin moist and soft.
I add a few drops of yuzu essential oil to a carrier oil to keep my skin tone even and radiant. Research results from clinical trials show that when applied topically, vitamin c promotes collagen formation and mitigates the effects of free radicals, helping to maintain firm, moist, and youthful skin. Also, plant phenolic compounds are widely known for their antioxidant properties and possess a significant potential to inhibit, or even reverse the signs of aging, such as wrinkles or hyper-pigmentation marks.
Many skin care products we see, and many times are bombarded with, contain endless list of hard to pronounce ingredients which can be toxic. According to Dr. Axe, store-bought skin care products typically contain toxic ingredients and chemical fragrances that are linked to all sorts of issues − from hormonal problems, irregular periods and infertility to allergies and even cancer. Yikes! Let us all try to opt for simple, healthy, all natural products for our skin.
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