Monthly Archives: July 2015

Oil of the Month – Avocado Oil

shutterstock_68416087Avocado oil is a real skin care treasure. It contains a high amount of proteins, omega 3 fatty acids and unsaturated fats, all of which are beneficial skin agents. Avocado oil is also high in a substance called sterolin, which studies have shown to may help facilitate the softening of the skin and to reduce the incidence of age spots.

In addition this amazing oil is rich in antioxidants, making it beneficial for sun-damaged skin. Antioxidants like vitamins A, D and E in Avocado assist in keeping the skin to be supple. Good news for all skin types, and particularly ageing skin! Add to the mix Lecithin and Potassium which are highly beneficial for the skin, as well as the hair, and you see why Avocado Oil is such a powerhouse, and why we have included it in our Spearmint and Tea Tree Nurture Balm and our Camellia and Geranium Gentle Face Scrub

Avocado Oil can be beneficial for  a variety of skin conditions, including eczema and psoriasis. It has even been reported that Avocado Oil may assist in increasing collagen production. When applied, Avocado Oil is believed to increase the production of collagen, which helps keep the skin plump and decreases the effects of aging.

Home Recipe Tip : For a simple home application, instead of throwing away the Avocado peel from your salad, save it for your facials. Gently wipe it over your skin in upward massaging motions until you have covered your whole face. For best results, leave the oil on your skin overnight, and rinse off in the morning.

Why not give it a try!

Take care

Cecilia  & Claire x

Note – As with any Plant Oil or Essential Oil we cannot guarantee that your skin will like it!  Every skin is different and so you should always try any new product on a small patch of skin first .   Here at Mary Elizabeth we ensure that all our ingredients are on the label, not on a fancy box which you just throw away.  This means that you know exactly what you are putting on your skin

 

 

 

 

 

Mineral Oils v Plant Oils

 

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There is a currently a lot written in skincare articles about mineral oils and how paraffin oil / Paraffinum Liquidum will form an occlusive layer on your skin and stop it “breathing” (See our May blog for more on whether skin actually breathes) You may also have read that mineral oil has large molecules that don’t penetrate the skin and sit on the skin surface, trapping sweat and bacteria beneath it.

A 2011 study compared mineral oil with jojoba oil, almond oil, avocado oil and soybean oil. The study found that none of the oils penetrated the skin further than the top 2-3 layers of corneocytes. Corneocytes are the upper layers of cells in the upper layer (stratum corneum) of the upper layer (epidermis) of the skin. So we are talking about an extremely thin layer and area of penetration! Only almond oil and soybean oil made it to the third layer, the other oils either sat on the skin’s surface or made it to the first two layers of cells.

In other words, plant oils act in the same way as mineral oil – forming a layer on top of the skin. The main difference mentioned by the authors of the study is that plant oils are similar in composition to skin lipids so they are taken up by the skin through enzymatic decomposition while mineral oil is not metabolised. Furthermore, many plant oils contain components such as triglycerides, flavonoids, phytosterols and tocopherols which provide additional benefits for your skin whereas mineral oil is very simple molecule made of only two atoms – carbon and hydrogen.

Oils applied to your skin trap help your skin to retain water and make your skin feel temporarily softer and smoother. They provide moisture to the top layers of the skin. There is no difference in this process regardless of whether you use mineral oil or plant oil.  However the additional benefits of natural plant oils over mineral oils do mean that plant oils are a much better choice when it comes to looking after your skin.

Take care

Cecilia and Claire