The skincare benefits of Camellia Oil

sebaceousductandglandDo you know your skin?

The skin is the body’s largest organ, comprising 12-15% of total body mass.  Skin provides an essential barrier across our bodies that protects from harmful effects.

What is skin sebum?

Sebum is a thin film of oil covering the surface of the skin. Sebum is secreted through sebaceous glands and offers skin’s first line of defence.  Sebum also helps maintain an optimum skin and tissue moisture balance, which provides healthy looking skin with a natural, waxy surface that is soft, supple and smooth. When this balance is not maintained the skin can look dull and wrinkled and become prone to dry skin conditions or spots.

Keep the sebum, keep looking young.

A severe sebum imbalance can result in excess surface oil, due either to dry waxy sebum (seborrheoea sicca) or to excessive oil sebum (seborrhoea oleosa).  Extreme sebum imbalance can cause inflammation (seborrheic dermatitis).

Skin inflammation is a relatively common condition resulting from stress, age and exposure to pollution and chemicals.  If not enough sebum is produced the skin feels tight, dry and short of elasticity.  An over production makes the skin greasy and shiny.

Common reasons for sebum imbalance are:

  • The ageing process
  • Poor health and nutrition
  • Stressed lifestyle
  • Exposure to pollution
  • Frequent use of harsh chemical cleansers and make-up removers which can strip the natural sebum from the skin and actually damage the sebaceous glands.

When sebaceous glands become unable to produce sufficient sebum, it is important to nourish the skin with a sebum substitute which can become completely absorbed, helping to keep the skin soft and supple.

Camellia oil is the perfect substitute because it has a very similar composition to sebum and is therefore easily absorbed by the skin. Camellia oil contains the greatest source of Vitamins A, B, D and E and a rich source of Omega 6 and 9 fatty acids, beta-carotene, polyphenols and other moisturizing substances including Squalene. Squalene is an important constituent of human skin which acts as a moisturizer and also processes Vitamin D from sunlight.