Essential Oils and the Skin
Toulou Organics Skincare at The Anti-Ageing Show 2016, Olympia, London.
What are essential oils?
- Aromatherapy is the application of essential oils to the body via topical or inhalation. They are extracted from the plant anatomy, namely the flowers, leaves, bark and roots.
- The dictionary definition of an essential oil:
‘a natural oil typically obtained by distillation and having the characteristic odour of the plant or other source from which it is extracted.’
History of Essential Oils
Civilisations that have traditionally used essential oils:
- Egyptians in perfumery and embalming.
- China, it is said that all ‘Citrus species’ originated in this land.
- The Middle East, Greece and Rome joined the club in the latter part of 800 AD and later.
- India possesses an extensive selection of plants of which essential oils are extracted and have been used in Ayurvedic medicine dating back to the 4th century BC.
Essential Oil benefits
Essential oils act to protect the skin against premature ageing by:
- Regenerating skin cells.
- Provide antioxidants to fight free radicals.
- Promote collagen and elastin production.
- Hydrate the skin by stimulating the sebaceous glands.
- Provide a natural SPF.
- Scientific Research quantifying the benefits of specific essential oils and their effect on the skin are increasing and revealing the amazing results and benefits, affirming the long held knowledge of historic civilisations. One such essential oil is:
Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)
“The results confirm that scented myrrh possess genuine wound healing activity supporting the traditional use of the plant.’”
Michael Gebrehiwot, Kaleab Asres, Daniel Bisrat, Avijit Mazumder, Peter Linderman and Franz Bucar. Evaluation of the wound healing property of Commiphora guidottii Chiov. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2015; 15: 282
‘A study of the Rose Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)’
“one of the best oils for diverse dermatological problems such as oily or congested skin, eczema and dermatitis”
Mohamed Nadjib Boukhatem, Abdelkrim Kameli, Mohaned Amine Ferhat, Fairouz Saidi and Maamar Mekarnia. Rose geranium essential oil as a source of new and safe anti-inflammatory drugs. Libyan J Med. 2013; 8: 10.3402/ljm.v8i0.22520;
Scientific Research has further confirmed the following essential oils have therapeutic benefits to the skin.
Antioxidant (Free Radical Scavenging) essential oils:
- Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
- Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
- Juniper (Juniperus phonicea)
Ivana Binic, Viktor Lazarevic, Milanka Ljubenovic, Jelena Mojsa and Dusan Sokolovic; Skin Ageing: Natural Weapons and Strategies. Vol 2013, Art ID 827248.
‘Therapeutic Approach for Wound Healing by Using Essential Oils of Cupressus Family Antioxidant and Enhances Collagen strength.’
- Juniper (Juniperus oxycedrus)
Chanchal Deep Kaur and Swarnlata Saraf. In vitro sun protection factor determination of herbal oils used in cosmetics. Pharmacognosy Res. 2010 Jan-Feb; 2(1): 22-25
Essential Oils – with Sun Protection Factor 1-7
- Lavender (6) (Lavandula angustifolia)
- Rose (1) (Rosa damascena)
- Peppermint (7) (Mentha piperita)
- Tea Tree (2) (Melaleuca alternifolia)
Our award-winning ‘Youthful’ Face Oil contains the following essential oils with the following therapeutic benefits for mature skin:
Frankincense essential oil:
- Cicatrisant promotes the formation of scar tissue.
- Cytophylactic encourages growth of the skin cells
- Vulnery prevents tissue degeneration and promotes healing of wounds.
Rose essential oil:
- Cicatrisant promotes the formation of scar tissue.
- Emolliant used externally to soften and soothe the skin.
Neroli essential oil:
- Rejuvenating effect by stimulating the growth of healthy skin.
By: Andrea Lawrence, MIFA – Toulou Organics Skincare Ltd
The saying that beauty starts from within still appears to remains true till today. As opposed to several dieting myths, feeling and looking good has less to do with the quantity of food you eat but more with the quality. Studies have revealed that taking specific types of foods can help to bring out the best of the skin. There’s no argument that we all desire to have a supple, luminous and youthful skin. Although applying topical beauty treatments can give a quick fix in appearance, if you truly want to keep your skin healthy from within, you have to pay attention to what you are putting into your body. Superfoods are natural and nutrient-rich foods deemed to be especially beneficial for health and well being. Adding superfoods into your diet is on of the many things that can be done to enhance the look and beauty of your skin. Some of the trendy superfoods that can give your skin a glowing and beautiful look include:
This fruit has been conventionally used for several skin diseases due to its valued nourishing, restorative and regenerative actions. Oil from this fruit can ostensibly be used to aid healing skin ailments like wounds, burns, lesions, eczema, abrasions and sun-damaged skin. This amazing oil has copious amounts of Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Phytosterol, Antioxidants, Carotenoid and Beta-Carotene which assists to substantiate its rather high success rate as a skin conditioning and repairing oil. It can as well be used for cosmetic reasons like moisturizers and anti-aging skin crèmes.
Chia is easily absorbed by the body, and it is rich in Vitamin E – a potent anti-oxidant that combats wrinkles and skin redness. This Vitamin E that chia seed contains is among its most excellent skin advantages. Chia seed keeps your skin smooth, supple and soft. Thus if your skin is unusually dry, try to add a few drops of Chia Serum into your preferred moisturizer for improved hydration.
Aronia berries have several health benefits. They possess one of the main antioxidant values ever recorded in the world of fruits. They have antioxidant content that is similar to fruits like acai berries, blueberries and goji berries. Furthermore, they are loaded with polyphenols, which helps to lower skin redness, reduce wrinkles and acne while increasing healthy circulation.
These green leafy vegetables grow up to about knee length from the ground. It has a threefold of antioxidants that combat to lessen your wrinkles. The Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Beta-Carotene can perform wonder when consumed regularly. They all function in perfect agreement for a united cause: to guard your skin from aging, mainly the Ultra Violet ray. Generally, it enhances the skin tone and texture of the skin when added regularly in diet. A cup of spinach per day in your salad will do.
The heart has a great ally with Flavonoids. Almonds are rich both in flavonoids and Vitamin E, so you get a double effect: you care for your heart and also offer your system with valuable help towards skin health. Flavonoids and Vitamin E, together can kick free radicals off, and can considerably lessen the smoking-related oxidative harm to your skin.
The water from coconuts is a great natural hydration aid and it contains potassium, an electrolyte that helps to move nutrients into our body cells. Oil from this food is rich in healthy fats, vitamins K, vitamins E and minerals, and it is one of the best natural nutrients for your hair, enhancing growth and shine by moisturizing the scalp. Protein loss can leave hair strands weak and prone to damage. Thus, coconut oil is very effective in reducing protein loss when utilized as a pre-wash conditioning treatment. Furthermore, you can as well try to substitute vegetable oil for coconut oil when cooking due to its high smoke point, which implies, it is ideal for high-heat cooking
Hemp seeds consist of 30% pure protein and a wide range of essential fatty acids and amino acids, needed to keep up the structure of your skin. You can sprinkle a spoonful of hemp on cereal, use its oil in dips or add it to your morning smoothie. Hemp seed oil assists in treating skin dryness and itching when one to two tablespoons is consumed daily.
The above super foods will definitely make a substantial difference to the overall health of your skin. Introduce them into your diet and watch as your skin glows.
Photo-ageing is the result of damage to collagen and elastin from the sun. It occurs as a result of the UVA rays that radiate from the sun, as well as UVB rays and penetrate the skin. Collagen and Elastin are the structural components of the skin, they provide skin strength and elasticity, and retain the youthful appearance of the skin.
The best natural sun protection is Zinc Oxide, it is an inorganic mineral and is not absorbed into the skin like some nano-particles, but sits on the surface creating a shield against the sun’s rays, offering good sun protection ranging from SPF 2 – 45. It has a long history of safe and effective long term use.
Toulou Organics Skincare’s face crème products contain zinc oxide, which assist to block this portion of the UVA spectrum, especially the UVA1 rays. Zinc oxide can virtually block the entire UVA and UVB spectrum if it is in high quantity within the product, this would give you the ‘Bondi beach surfer’ look (white chalk appearance). We recommend using additional sunscreen that is suitable for your skin type to gain full protection.
The key to effective sun protection, is to combine the organic ingredients with the inorganic components and nourish and protect your skin from the sun.
Toulou Organics Skincare products contain various organic and cold pressed oils that have natural sun protection: Raspberry Seed Oil – SPF 28-50, Jojoba Oil – SPF 4-8, Shea Butter – SPF 4, Sesame Seed Oil – SPF 4, Avocado Oil – SPF 4, Green Tea Extract and Camellia Oil both reportedly block cancer causing changes in the skin caused by the UVA and UVB rays.
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