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My hydrating complex:
I've chosen the following botanical oils for their various benefits to skin and hair:
Sunflower: The phytosterols offer anti-inflammatory, anti-itching, and barrier repair support. The Vitamin E behaves as an anti-oxidant.
Coconut: Ferulic acid and catechins offer great anti-oxidizing properties, as well as anti- inflammatory and anti-itching properties. This is considered an anti- bacterial oil. Lauric acid and ferulic acid contribute to those properties. The polyphenols also help with weather and light damaged skin, and offer softening and moisturizing. Coconut oil has been studied extensively on hair and is shown to penetrate hair strands.
Grapeseed: Film barrier. A light, dry oil with a very short shelf life, grapeseed oil contains tannins and catechins, both of which act as anti- oxidants and anti-inflammatories. The phytosterols also offer anti- inflammatory and anti-itching properties to this oil.
Jojoba: Mimics the Human body's natural Sebum. The tannins offer anti-oxidant and astringent properties. Jojoba penetrates skin through the hair follicles and doesn’t block them, and forms a non-occlusive layer on our skin and hair strands. Softens skin by penetrating it. Contains octacosanol (C28), a fatty alcohol that can soothe very dry skin.
Shea Butter: Very moisturizing, and helps skin cells regenerate quickly. Very well absorbed by the skin. Acts as an anti-inflammatory. Improved moisture retention, increase in flexibility of the skin, and skin damage repair.
This complex contains the following:
Palmitic acid : (Cocoa butter) Forms an occlusive layer on our skin, a skin protectant.
Palmitoleic acid: A building block in our skin that prevents burns, wounds, skin scratches. Most active anti-microbial in human sebum. Treats damaged skin and mucous membranes.
Stearic acid : (Cocoa butter) Improves moisture retention, increase in flexibility of the skin/hair, and skin damage repair.
Oleic acid: (sunflower, shea) Very moisturizing, and helps skin cells regenerate quickly. Very well absorbed by the skin. Acts as an anti-inflammatory.
Lauric acid: (Coconut) Considered a “healthier” saturated fat because it is a medium-chain triglyceride. As an MCT, lauric acid is more easily absorbed by the body. When lauric acid is present in the body, it is converted into monolaurin, a monoglyceride compound which exhibits antiviral, antimicrobial, antiprotozoal and antifungal properties. It acts by disrupting the lipid membranes in organisms like fungus, bacteria and viruses, thus destroying them.
Linoleic acid: (grapeseed) Helps to improve skin’s barrier function, helps soothe itchy and dry skin, acts as an anti-inflammatory, and moisture retainer.
Tocopherol: (Vitamin E) sinks into our skin and behaves as an anti-oxidant. It softens skin, and adding it to oils can retard rancidity.
Phytosterols: behave like cortisone, offering anti-inflammatory and anti-itching benefits, as well as soothing dry skin (all oils).
Polpyhenols: have many different benefits, but many will help with anti-inflammatory, anti-itching, and anti-oxidizing (all oils).
You can avoid hygral fatigue by applying an oil that is high in saturated fatty acids and/or monounsaturated fatty acids (coconut, jojoba).
Polyunsaturated fats (grapeseed) cannot penetrate through the hair cuticle. They coat the hair fiber and protect it from the outside.
My essential oil complex:
I've chosen the following essential oils for their various benefits to skin and hair:
Rosemary: The active components in rosemary are antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-carcinogenic in nature. The anti-aging properties of rosemary are quite well known. Rosemary can also effect the skin internally or topically, and has been shown to improve the youthful quality of the skin, while also healing blemishes and increasing the natural shine and hydrated appearance of your body’s largest organ. Stimulates hair growth.
Basil: Enhances the luster of dull-looking skin and hair. Improves the tone of your skin.
Cedarwood: The health benefits of Cedarwood Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties as an antiseborrhoeic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, tonic, astringent and fungicidal substance.
Tea tree: The health benefits of Tea Tree Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties as an antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, fungicide, insecticide, stimulant and sudorific substance.
Lavender: Some of the most important health benefits of lavender include its ability to relieve stress, reduce inflammation, lower skin irritation, prevent infections, and eliminate dandruff.
Lemon: The health benefits of lemon oil can be attributed to its carminative, anti-infection, astringent, detoxifying, antiseptic, disinfectantand antifungal properties. Lemon oil is a good remedy for increasing the luster of dull skin. It is astringent and detoxifying in nature, and rejuvenates sagging or tired-looking skin. Its antiseptic properties help in treating pimples and various skin disorders. Lemon is also recommended for reducing excessive oil on the skin. Lemon oil is also effective as a hair tonic. Many people use lemon oil to get strong, healthy and shiny hair. Lemon oil is also used to eliminate dandruff.
Aloe: The health benefits of Aloe Vera are numerous, beginning with improving the digestive system all the way to preserving food; it can result in optimal health in the long run. Aloe Vera strengthens the immune system, delays the aging process, cures dermatitis, heals wounds, reduces oxidative stress and promotes hair growth.
Behentrimonium methosulfate: Oil and silicone free skin conditioner. Emulsifier.
Ethylhexyl palmitate: Derived from coconut or palm oil; a natural substitute for silicones in body care products.
Glycerin: Humectant. derived from glycerides of natural vegetable lipids that are just like the glycerides in our own lipids.
Sodium PCA: Humectant.
Panthenol: Vitamin B5; Humectant. Improves skin hydratrion, reduces redness and inflammation, increases wonud healing by stimulating skin epitheliazation, improves skin barrier mechanism repair, mitigates itching and soothes irritation.
Tocopherol: Vitamin E, this vitamin is lipid-soluble, which means that it helps in cell-membrane stability. The antioxidant content in Vitamin E protect our cells from the negative effects of free radicals.
Polyquaternium-51: Cationic polymer derived from sugar. A powerful humectant and protective film former. Stabilizes epidermal phospholipids while significantly improving moisture retention.
Sodium hyaluronate: has been observed to increase the rate of cellular repair while minimizing the formation of scarred tissue, sodium hyaluronate is intended to facilitate cellular repair and renewal to minimize cracking and damage.
Cetyl alcohol: This short chain, saturated, fatty alcohol imparts an emollient feel to lotions and creams and works with cationic quaternary compounds to super-charge conditioners.
Butylene glycol: Humectant; most resistant to high humidity than other glycols, which means it's great for very humid areas.
Glycol distearate: Emollient, emulsifier.
Allantoin: A fantastic skin protectant that softens skin (it's a keratolytic, meaning it causes the keratin to soften), causes rapid cell regeneration and proliferation, and is approved by the FDA to temporarily prevent and protect chafed, chapped, cracked, or windburned skin by speeding up the natural processes of the skin and increasing the water content. It can be derived from comfrey root or aloe vera.
Urea: Urea is capable of binding water in the stratum corneum to prevent water loss while effectively moisturizing the skin. Urea also functions as an effective exfoliating agent to help smooth and soften the skin, which normally becomes rough and flakey after desiccation. Both sodium PCA and urea are components of the body’s natural moisturizing factors (NMF), which function as the body’s methods to retain moisture.
Trehalose: Trehalose is a glucose disaccharide that facilitates osmo-regulation, and it can be found in fungi, bacteria, some amphibians and many invertebrates that are forced to survive in desiccating environments. It functions as a carbohydrate reserve in Saccharomyces cerevisiae to stabilize proteins during heat shock and suppresses denatured protein aggregation. Trehalose is also important for overcoming environmental osmotic and oxidative stresses. Topical application of the disaccharide may improve epidermal barrier function, and possibly prevent heat shock.
Sorbic acid: Preservative.
Caprylyl glycol: Preservative.