Natural Oils for Au Naturelle’s An Explorative Look at Grapeseed Oil & Saffron Oil

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Natural oils extracted from plant leaves, spices, seeds, flowers or stems are nutrient-dense and provide many health benefits. Some natural oils and butters hold properties that offer special benefits to mature skin such as increased hydration, cell rejuvenation, smoother complexion, or skin protection. We will look at two natural oils that can give your skin that extra oomph.

The first natural oil on our list is Saffron Oil. This natural oil is extracted from bright red-orange saffron spices. This honey-like oil has a subtle sweet, floral smell. Its delicate aroma ranges from light and citrusy to grassy or earthy.

Saffron oil can help reduce hyperpigmentation which is often caused by scarring, over-exposure to UV rays or hormonal changes. A 2013 study discovered that active compounds of saffron can decrease excess melanin. So, if you want to show off your skin’s natural glow, this oil can help.

The antioxidant properties of saffron oil help fight damage caused by free radicals and provide skin protection. The production of free radicals which causes oxidative stress damages skin cells and accelerates aging signs. Crocin is a carotenoid that is popular in the skincare community for its ability to improve the production of collagen whilst improving the elasticity of the skin. It also helps with hyperpigmentation. A 2018 study also found that crocin can help fight inflammation which is caused by oxidative stress and is the root of many diseases.

The next natural oil on our list is grapeseed oil. Almost everyone has heard that red wine offers health benefits and is the healthier choice when consuming alcohol. The antioxidant value of red wine comes from the skins and seeds of the grapes used.

 One compound found in grape seeds is said to have higher antioxidant value than the red wine itself, and that is proanthocyanidin. Grapeseed oil is rich in antioxidants and is a great way to boost your skin health. A study conducted in 2001 to 2002 found that proanthocyanidin can improve the symptoms of melasma (also called the Mask of Pregnancy).

Studies have shown that grape seed oil is an effective moisturizer. It contains a large amount of vitamin C & E, thereby improving your skin’s elasticity, providing moisture and leaves your skin feeling so soft. This organic oil is high in polyunsaturated fatty acids which are beneficial for the heart and blood circulation. Omega-6 fatty acids found in grape seeds can help to protect the skin against dryness and inflammation.

Furthermore, grapeseed oil is non-comedogenic which means it won’t clog your pores and is non-greasy. It is often used to treat acne due to its antimicrobial properties. This makes it a good choice, not only for mature skin, but also for acne-prone skin and sensitive skin.

For the au naturelle’s who prefer to have a reduced carbon footprint, grapeseed oil and saffron oil are good choices. Finding skincare products that use all-natural ingredients is a great way to ensure your skin is well taken care of. Treating your skin well includes providing nourishment, hydration, and protection to bring out a radiant, healthy look.