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Watermelon seed Oil

Watermelon Oil website description:

With watermelons incredibly fast absorption rate and a rich mineral, vitamin content makes it perfect for anti-aging and filling fine lines and wrinkles. Its copper content works well for skin cell regeneration and stimulates collagen production.

It contains Omega 3, 6 and 7 giving it a nice combination of fatty acids benefiting both the Epidermis and the Dermis. Its Vitamin C content also stimulates Collagen synthesis, while its Antioxidant rich vitamin E content helps to cleanse away free radicals. Finally, its Beta carotene stimulates retinol production giving another range of benefits improving acne-based issues and Hyper-pigmentation.

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Detailed benefits of Watermelon Oil see below:

INCI name: Citrullus Vulgaris 

Extraction method: Cold Pressed

Origin: Namibia

Standards: Organic, Vegan, GMO free, Unfiltered

Comedogenic level: 1

Absorption Rate: 1 (Very fast)

Best for Skin Types: All skin types

Best for Skin Conditions: Acne, Oily skin, Hyper-pigmentation, Puffy eyes, Dark circles

Acidic Profile:

Omega 6: Linoleic acid:

Concentration up to 68%

A Polyunsaturated fatty acid (better known as Omega 6 or vitamin F). Our bodies can’t produce Linoleic acid, so we must get it primarily through food consumption. With its light texture and primarily concentrating on the Epidermis, it works to improve the skin’s Lipid barrier. This helps to lock in moisture while balancing Sebum levels. Linoleic acid is known to be good for most skin types, but its primary benefit is for oily skin due to its ability to balance Sebum levels usually caused by too high a concentration of Oleic acid.

While it’s always good to have a combination of Oleic and Linoleic acid-based oils the usual rule is high Linoleic oils for Oily skin and high Oleic acid for dry skin.

Omega 9: Oleic acid:

Concentration up to 32%

A Monosaturated fatty acid (better known as Omega 9). Loved for its deep skin absorption into the Dermis, due to be a heavier oil it is incredibly powerful for oil-based Hydration, making the oil it is concentrated in have the benefits to improve dry and mature skin tones from softening to plumping the skin while reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

While it’s always good to have a combination of Oleic and Linoleic acid-based oils the usual rule is high Linoleic oils for Oily skin and high Oleic acid for dry skin.

Omega 7: Palmitic acid:

Concentration up to 13%

In general, Palmitic acid works to improve your skins texture due to its Emollient (in other words moisturising) benefits. Helping to soften and plump the skin. It also aids your skin by reducing water loss from the skin barrier (Common phrase for this issue is Trans-Epidermal-Water-Loss).

Palmitic acid is known to Improve Dry and Flaky Skin and shown to work against skin conditions like Psoriasis and Eczema.

Phytosterols:

Usually branded by the skincare industry as “Plant Sterols”, known for their Epidermal moisture retention alongside mild UV protection of Collagen synthesis. Works to maintain Elasticity and soften skin, reduces inflammation and is very well known for a high absorption rate.

Copper:

Like most minerals it has Antioxidant based effects. Copper is also well known for the benefits relating to improved Elastin synthesis keeping your skin plumper and younger! It’s also been shown to improve skin pigmentation or in other works even skin tone.

Potassium:

Potassium has a few benefits for your skin, starting with how it regulates the water content within your skin cells meaning a lack of Potassium will lead to dry skin and potentially skin disorders. It is also identified as an Electrolyte, so its electric charge is used to help your cells function normally.

Provitamin A:

Also known as Beta Carotene, used and converted by the body to produce vitamin A. A vitamin with a reputation for maintaining and revitalising your skin. Usually added to skin creams for its improved skin cell turnover in the upper skin layers, essentially rejuvenating your skin giving you a younger fresh look. Also containing the benefits of being an Antioxidant while evening skin tone and improving acne prone skin.

Vitamin B5 (Thiamine)

B5 works as a Humectant, preserving moisture within the skin thus boosting its elasticity.

Vitamin C:

Also known as Ascorbic acid (or in this case the oil soluble Ascorbyl Palmitate), an essential vitamin for the body that we can’t produce so have to absorb from our food primarily fruit. It is a powerful Antioxidant so helps protect the skin from Free Radicals such as pollution, smoking etc. Its most popular benefit is the bodies need of vitamin C to produce Collagen within the body which makes up 80% of the skins tissue. Low levels of Collagen lead to increased levels of wrinkles with increased risk of bruising and reduced elasticity.

Vitamin E: (Alpha-Tocopherol)

Vitamin E has 8 different types split into two classes of varying chemical differences. Tocopherols and Tocotrienols, both having variations of Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta. They all have certain similar benefits of improving and protecting both your Epidermal and Dermal layers cellular membranes, while all being Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory based.

They are different from each other. With Alpha-Tocopherol being the most potent of Antioxidants within Tocopherols, Gamma-Tocopherols being shown to inhibit the formation of Cytokines! Tocotrienols are naturally more permeable (absorbing) through cellular membranes improving absorption and nourishment within your skin!

There are very few plants oils that contain Tocotrienols as the most interesting thing I saved until last… They’ve been shown to have much higher antioxidant activity with some tests showing levels almost 40 times higher!