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If kale and quinoa are considered the superfoods for our diets, then camellia oil should be its equivalent in our beauty routines. Used by geishas for hundreds of centuries, camellia oil has become an essential in Japanese beauty for its long list of benefits and versatility.
To start, don’t let the word "oil" throw you off. Camellia oil, also known as tsubaki in Japanese, is actually from the seeds of the camellia flower. It is a dry oil that’s closer to the consistency of water, leaving the skin feeling hydrated instead of clogged by a greasy residue. If you’re not convinced, let science do the talking—the unique structure of the fatty acids found in camellia oil allows for faster and easier absorption because its molecules are small enough to permeate down to the deepest layers of our skin. Its makeup is very similar to the oils that our body naturally produces, so it’s highly compatible with our skin. It’s a match made in heaven! So, the oil part? There’s really no need to worry, it’ll leave your skin feeling silky, not slippery, and looking radiant, not shiny.
Camellia oil is primarily comprised of a fatty acid called Oleic acid, more familiarly known as Omega-9, which makes it an excellent emollient and skin softener for people with dry or uneven textured skin. Along with vitamins A, B, and E, camellia oil is also rich in squalene, a natural but powerful antioxidant that locks in the moisture and also prevents premature aging and the appearance of existing fine lines and wrinkles. These properties put together work to restore a youthful elasticity and glow. Camellia oil is starting to sound like a miracle potion, but it’s really the closest we’ve ever gotten to one!
For the skin, Camellia oil is recommended as a moisturizing oil, not a cleansing oil, and a few drops go a long way!
- Apply the oil as a spot treatment directly to the areas that need the extra love, such as the areas around the eyes or the mouth, or in spots with light acne scars or wounds to help them heal.
- You can even blend a few drops into your moisturizer for some extra sun protection, as it contains some UV-blocking properties as well.
- Men get the added benefit of using camellia oil as a skin conditioner and soother after shaving.
- Especially with winter around the corner, use camellia oil to combat dry and crackly skin around the elbows, knees, and heels of your feet to soften out these typically hardened, dried out areas.
As for hair, camellia oil provides another massive set of benefits. For hair that’s dry or heat-damaged, lightly spritz the oil or comb through with a few drops to rehydrate your hair. There are also shampoos and treatments you can buy to get a full lathering of camellia oil down to the roots, to strengthen growing hair from its source and reduce scalp dryness. Similar to how it was for the skin, camellia oil creates a protective barrier around the hair, sealing in the moisture as well as taming it from the elements such as heat and humidity.
If you’ve never been one for oils, then camellia oil is an excellent way to introduce it into your beauty routine. Start with a product that has camellia mixed in, and once you’ve fallen in love, go for its purest form—the oil itself.
Camellia oil is your skin’s best friend down to a science.