Last week we talked about why its so important to care for our hands and I mentioned Jules of the Earth’s lovely hand cream. Today I want to talk about the 3 oils that are used to make this fabulous hand cream. So, the 3 I’m referring to are Sunflower, Sweet Almond and Evening Primrose Oil.
Also known as Helianthus Annuus, Sunflower Oil isn’t just for healthy cooking. Its been used in creams for all skin types, lotions, massage oils, sun creams, bath oils and conditioning packs for your hair. It acts as a barrier that can protect the skin from infections and works to bring back the natural moisture levels in your skin.
It also has the ability to:
Improve heart health
Strengthen the immune system
Boost your energy levels
Improve the health of your skin
Protect against asthma
Sunflower oil is rich in Vitamin E, an element that acts as an antioxidant in our body. Studies have shown a direct connection to the prevention of heart disease as well as boosting the immune system. But Vitamin E is a specific vitamin that is linked to improving the health of our skin, as well as the regeneration of cells. Its protects the skin against the damaging affects of the sun. It also protects the skin from the natural degradation we see in ageing that happens when free radicals are loose in our body. Vitamin E is just one antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals and keeps them from damaging or destroying our healthy cells. Its been seen to increase the reduction of scarring, healing wounds faster and gives our skin a healthier glow overall.
Also known as Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis, this is a mild, classic, semi-fatty oil that has been used for decades. Its suitable for all skin types, makes the skin feel softer, smoother and more supple, and spreads quite easily. Its used in face and body oils, massage oils, balms, skin creams, lotions and ointments to name a few. Its known for having a long surface time, meaning the skin slowly absorbs this oil, making it an excellent lubricant. Its perfect for baby products and products made for itchy skin. Used on wounds, it softens the scab and surrounding skin. It encourages our skin’s own natural healing process.
Sweet Almond Oil has been very popular in the Mediterranean and Southern Asian regions, where the Almond tree was originally domesticated, and used to promote skin and heart health. Like Sunflower Oil, it is rich in Vitamin E, as well as proteins, fatty acids, zinc, potassium and a number of other vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to our body. So its no wonder it has been used to treat skin and hair for so long.
Also known as Oenothera Biennis, Evening Primrose Oil is high in GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid), has a moisture retaining effect, is easily absorbed by our skin, prevents the skin from drying out, and it raises the cells ability to absorb oxygen. This oil can penetrate deeply into the skin, leaving the skin softer and less prone to skin conditions, such as acne and eczema.
Cold pressed from the seeds of the Evening Primrose flower, this oil is a great source of Omega 6 fatty acids. GL is a rare fatty acid that is found in this oil and is referred to as a Duiun-saturated fatty acid. Its closely related to another fatty acid called linolenic acid. Both of these are needed by our body to create something known as prostaglandins. A deficiency in prostaglandins is what can cause dryness, wrinkling and a loss of suppleness in the skin, causing our skin to age at a faster rate and to be less tolerant to the sun, as well as taking longer for our skin to heal from any damage it takes.
So you can see how beneficial these oils can be for our skin, hair and overall health. And its the reason why Jules uses these in her skin care products. If you haven’t tried them yet, I highly recommend her hand, foot, face and skin creams. You won’t be disappointed!
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