Skin Care and Body Care Oils

Skin care and Body care oils should ideally be cold pressed. Oil quality is extremely important particularly when used in Aromatherapy, so try to only use pure, organic, cold pressed, virgin oils because they will have less negative and more positive affects due to less unwanted chemicals from the production processes and more beneficial nutrients such as vital trace minerals and vitamins found in vegetable oils from the seeds or nuts etc. from which they are extracted.

It is important to choose the correct vegetable oil and essential oil from a trusted brand when making Aromatherapy skin care and body care blends and it is always better to use entirely natural ingredients.

Popular Aromatherapy carrier oils are Sweet Almond oil, Apricot Kernel oil, Jojoba oil, Olive oil, Avocado oil, Evening Primrose oil, Rosehip oil, Hazelnut oil, Infused Carrol oil and Camelia oil. Camelia oil, Jojoba oil and Macadamia oil have components that are very similar to the natural components in the skin. Avocado, Jojoba and Hazelnut are helpful for elasticity and tone of skin.

Vegetable oils can go off and should be stored and used as per the instructions on the label and the use by date. Macadamia oil and Jojoba oil can last for 8 to 10 years. Carrier oils should be stored in dark glass bottles and never leave the lids off to avoid oxidation. They should be stored in the refrigerator when the climate is hot. Jojoba will solidify from cold temperature and return to liquid again when warm.

Choose vegetable oils to suit your age, skin type, condition of your skin and take into account any contraindications such as nut allergies and pregnancy. Each vegetable oil has different nutrients, therapeutic qualities and some may be suitable to all skin types including sensitive skin.

The quality of Macadamia nut oil is mainly determined by macadamia cultivar, growing conditions, harvesting time, degree of ripeness, storage conditions and oil extraction. Extraction methods used are either solvent extraction, cold pressing (between 30 and 50 °C) or hot pressing. 

Cold pressed Macadamia oil has a pale-yellow colour, a slight nutty aroma and is a highly nourishing and emollient oil with good oxidative stability.  It is mainly composed of the top three fatty acids, oleic acid (monounsaturated fatty acid 60%), palmitoleic acid (monounsaturated fatty acid ~20%), and palmitic acid.  These fatty acids are crucial for the biological functions of the body.  Palmitoleic acid forms part of the sebum of human skin. It also contains a significant amount of bioactive phytochemicals including, β-sitosterol, α-tocopherol, α-tocotrienols, ρ-hydroxybenzoic acid, and caffeic acid.

Suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin.  It can be used on its own as a moisturiser, in skin care, hair care, cosmetic products or massage.  It is a light penetrating oil that influences the condition and proper functioning of the skin. When applied topically it can help treat wrinkles, dry skin and ageing skin. It has emollient, rejuvenating, restorative, revitalising and softening qualities. 

References

  • www.mdpi.com/2227-9717/10/1/56
  • Battaglia, S. (2003). The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, 2nd edn.
  • Worwood, V.A. (2007).  Aromatherapy for the Beauty Therapist. 

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Kind Regards,
Debra McIntosh

Certified Systems Health® Educator (Systems Health® Masters Certificate)

Gold Coast QLD Australia

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