Breaking Down The Fatty Acids in Our Skin Care:
When skin ages, natural oil levels go down. Natural moisturizing is about tweaking this process by replenishing the skin with the same kind of oils that our body produces. We work with bio-compatible plant lipids because they have the same fatty acids, squalene, and waxes that can be found in our skin and sebum. Every oil that we work with has a unique fatty acid composition that we consider carefully when adding to a formula.
72 % Oleic acid – Olive oil is one of the largest sources of readily available oleic acid. A monounsaturated fatty acid that is known for building and regenerating skin tissue. Has the ability to absorb easily into the body and the unique ability to deliver plant nutrients deep into the skin. It creates a light barrier and maintains a soft, supple texture on the skin.
3 % Stearic
46% Lauric Acid – Coconut oil is high in lauric acid, A medium-chain fatty acid that is thick but can absorb well. It acts as an antimicrobial in sebum. A great source for making super lather in soaps while maintaining a moisture-rich lather. Enhancing our soap formula into clean rinsing shampoo!
Argan Nut Oil
33% Linoleic Linoleic Acid -An essential polyunsaturated fatty acid (omega 3) that plays a critical role in maintaining healthy skin. Soothes itching, redness, and irritation. Has a very light feel on the skin but is protective and nourishing. And (omega 6) plays a critical role in maintaining healthy skin. It is a building block for ceramides and restores natural barrier function. Can be beneficial in controlling acne as low natural levels are related to breakouts. Excellent in conditioning hair.
13% Palmitoleic acid – A monounsaturated fatty acid that acts as an anti-microbial in sebum. It provides a protective barrier, holds in moisture, and plays an important role in healing skin. A saturated fatty acid that partners with stearic acid to create an occlusive barrier that protects skin from unwanted microbes and pollutants while retaining moisture
6% Stearic acid – A saturated fatty acid that forms a protective layer to firm and support skin. It acts as an occlusive agent preventing trans-epidermal water loss.
Aloe Vera leaf: (Aloe barbadensis). Aloe Vera leaf powder can be used on irritated, sunburned, or inflamed skin. Aloe vera powder contains salicylates. It is also high in antioxidants, vitamin C, and other minerals.
Colloidal Oatmeal: This is a cosmetic grade oat protein (powder), Over-the-Counter Skin Protectant. Colloidal Oatmeal is the powder resulting from the grinding and further processing of whole oat grain Colloidal Oatmeal is highly recommended for itchy skin conditions including chickenpox, eczema, and psoriasis. GLUTEN STATEMENT FROM THE MANUFACTURER: Colloidal Oatmeal USP/NF does not contain gluten and is naturally gluten-free.
Horsetail (Equisetum arvense)is the last remaining descendant of the giant ferns that covered the earth over 400 million years ago. The plant has an unusual root, shoot, and stem system that enables it to absorb and store silicon and other minerals. A typical Horsetail plant can contain up to 15 percent vegetal silica. This bio-available silica, when applied topically, can greatly aid in the healing of wounds and burns and has a softening and smoothing effect on the skin. Mineral-rich Horsetail contains the building blocks needed for collagen and elastin synthesis and the silicon present will link any collagen produced, thus greatly enhancing the rebuilding of connective tissues in the epidermis. Horsetail also contains flavonoids and saponins which help rebuild and regenerate skin cells.