Aloe Vera is a rich source of antioxidants and vitamins that help protect and soothe the skin. It can hydrate, nourish, clarify and revitalise the skin and hair. Its antioxidant activity and richness in vitamins helps it to repair skin and hair damage, and give protection before and after the harmful effects of UV radiation. Its smoothing quality helps to prevent and diminish the appearance of wrinkles, making it ideal for “anti-ageing” purposes. It moisturises without leaving a greasy residue, which makes it beneficial for oily skin types. Aloe Vera is also believed to help fade stretch marks.
Coconut Oil has the ability to penetrate the skin more easily than other oils. It is an occlusive moisturiser (traps moisture beneath the skin), and is a great emollient, having the ability to soften and soothe the skin. It also helps bolster your skin's protective barrier layer, trapping moisture inside and keeping skin supple and hydrated. Coconut oil has been found to have anti-inflammatory properties, making it beneficial for irritated, chafed skin, and it can also reduce inflammation and increase collagen production.
Cocoa Butter is sourced from the cocoa bean. The moisturising abilities of cocoa butter are frequently recommended for the prevention of stretch marks in pregnant women, treatment of chapped skin and lips, and as a daily moisturiser to prevent dry, itchy skin. Cocoa Butter helps to reduce cutaneous dryness and improve skin elasticity.
Calendula Oil is a natural oil extracted from the marigold flower and is used in formulations for dry, scaly and sensitive skin, due to its healing and anti-inflammatory effects. The therapeutic value of the flowers in treating skin problems has long been known. Marigold skin remedies are very highly regarded in today’s homoeopathy and herbal or holistic medicines.
Sunflower Seed Oil
Sunflower Seed Oil is particularly high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid that is known to benefit the skin with its anti-inflammatory and moisture-retaining properties. It is also rich in vitamin E and oleic acid, an omega-9 fatty acid, helping to soothe dry skin and combat skin issues like acne, inflammation, general redness and irritation of the skin.
Sweet Almond Oil
Sweet Almond Oil contains the antioxidant Vitamin E, and can be used in skin care to soothe and replenish skin. Almond oil is also an anti-inflammatory and may help ease swelling of the skin, and due to its emollient properties, it has the potential to improve both the complexion and skin tone. Ancient Chinese and Ayurvedic practices have used almond oil for centuries to help soothe and soften the skin and treat minor wounds and cuts. Today it’s not uncommon to find almond oil in a wide variety of cosmetic and beauty products.
Olive Oil is sourced from the fruit of the olive tree. Olive oil can moisturise dry nails and cuticles, whilst giving nails a healthy and natural shine. It is packed with healthy vitamins, fats, and antioxidants. These components can contribute to healthier looking skin and have been linked to improved moisturisation, anti-ageing effects and relief from sun damage.
Rosehip Oil is rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants, which are integral for tissue and cell regeneration in the skin. This can help with anti-ageing, elasticity, and collagen production. Prized since ancient times for its valuable healing benefits, rosehip oil is loaded with skin-nourishing vitamins and essential fatty acids. It also contains phenols that have been shown to have antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Castor Oil is sourced from castor seeds. Castor oil has an unusual fatty acid profile, containing modest amounts of both oleic (omega-9 fatty acid) and linoleic acid (omega-6 fatty acid), and 85% to 95% of ricinoleic acid (omega-9 fatty acid). It has a low molecular weight, so penetrates the skin easily and acts as a softening agent. It is also a natural humectant, which means it can draw moisture from the air into the skin, keeping the skin hydrated. It retains or restores moisture by preventing water loss through the outer layer of the skin.