Sunday, January 1, 2017

How to make a Night-Time Facial Oil for Mature Skin



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What is Mature Skin?

How do we define mature skin and what are the characteristics? As we mature (I prefer this word rather than age!), our skin goes through changes. We see more fine lines developing, some lines are deeper, the surface of the skin gets drier, becomes less supple and gravity is pulling it downwards. Sound scary, but all is not lost.
Nighttime facial care is especially beneficial for mature skin. We lose a lot of water during our sleep and a good nourishing facial oil can be the key to keeping mature skin supple and more youthful.

How Fatty Acids can benefit Mature Skin

How do we do keep mature skin supple and youthful? By selecting botanical oils and oil soluble extracts that can create an occlusive layer on top of the skin (epidermis) and also penetrate deep into the layers to supply fatty acids for healthy skin barrier.
Mature skin will benefit from fatty acids such as Palmitoleic acid (Omega-7), Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA, Omega-6 fatty acid) along with a blend of Alpha-linolenic acid (LNA, Omega 3), Linoleic acid (LA, Omega-6) and Oleic acid (Omega-9). These fatty acids offer not only inflammatory properties, protection against sun damage and oxidation; they are also beneficial in promoting regeneration of skin cells.
  I have made a blend of facial oil with a minimum of 10% Palmitoleic acid that is especially beneficial to mature skin (providing a protective and anti-microbial layer) since production of this fatty acid decreases with age. The addition of supercritical CO2 extracts such as Sea buckthorn provides the skin with pro-vitamin A (Beta carotenes) which offers some protection against UV exposure and also encourages cell regeneration.
Careful selection of essential oils not only lend an aromatic profile to the facial oil, but can also possibly create an effect in inhibiting the production of Elastase (an enzyme that causes reduction of elasticity in the skin) and acts as a Glutathione activator (an important antioxidant enzyme that can prevent cell damage caused by Reactive Oxygen Species, ROS).
By creating a blend of facial oils with different fatty acids, antioxidants, supercritical CO2 extracts and aromatic essential oils, we are able to balance the lipids on the skin barrier and maintain optimum skin health.

  Nightingale Facial Oil

Carrier Oils

  • 55% – Macadamia nut oil (high in Oleic acid, Palmitoleic acid, Palmitic acid)
  • 31.3% – Camelina oil (high in Alpha-linolenic acid, Linoleic acid, Oleic acid)
  • 10% – Evening primrose oil (high in Linoleic acid, Gamma-linolenic acid, Oleic acid)

Lipophilic Extracts

  • 1% – Sea buckthorn CO2 extract
  • 0.5% – Bisabolol

Antioxidants

  • 1% – Vitamin E
  • 0.2% – Rosemary CO2 extract

Essential Oils

  • 0.6% – Grapefruit essential oil
    0.4% – Palmarosa essential oil

Method

Step 1. Simply blend all ingredients together and fill into suitable container.
Now it’s your turn. We are looking forward to seeing your own unique blend of facial oils.

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