At Love Absolute we choose oils especially rich in micronutrients including flavonoids and their properties as part of our whole plant healing philosophy, with all parts contributing to the overall health of skin
Here is a close look at how the tiny micronutrients in botanical oils can have a positive effect on skin.
We love anthocyanins and use them strongly in our formulas, with potent Blackcurrant that contains more anthocyanins than blueberries and cranberries, and Elderberry which contains a wealth of desirable antioxidants, found in most of our formulas.
Plus the amazing ‘Amoral Calm Blue Cleansing Balm’ with Butterfly Pea.
Anthrocyanins are known to help most cells neutralise naturally occurring toxic free radicals....
The effects of anthocyanins have now been shown to be also obtainable after topical application.
Anthocyanins are also thought to protect against cell damage (oxidation) and cancer (mutagenesis) induced by ultraviolet light (UV light).
Anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins are also thought to help in wound healing, with adding gains from a role in enhancing other rejuvenating therapies such as pulsed light therapy.
Not all sources of anthocyanins are created equal though, and different plant species exhibit different effects .
You may all know vitamin E , but there are many other naturally occurring tocopherols e.g up to eight (separate tocopherols) that can be present in plant oils.
For optimal antioxidant activity, naturally sourced tocopherols have greater free radical scavenging activity, than synthetic vitamin e.
Tocopherols are a class of naturally occurring chemical compounds that exhibit vitamin E activity, and are used in skin care products due to their ability to protect the skin from free radical damage and strengthen the skin barrier.
However isolated, and synthetically sourced vitamin E can also be unhelpful or even irritating.
Using whole oils, that naturally contain all the useful and related compounds, known as tocotrienols, means you get all the benefits of the vitamin E activity that they exhibit, but less likelihood of irritation.
Their free radicals activity literally contribute to reducing signs of aging, such as fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, and age spots.
We choose our Fruit and Flower Oils for their extra high levels of naturally occurring tocopherols, other than vitamin E, as well as ones containing vitamin e, and we only use naturally sourced vitamin E, and this may explain some of the positive effects of the oils seen on skin.
Carotenoids are molecules present in human skin
These are also present in plants and used on skin they are capable of neutralizing several attacks of free radical, especially radical scavenging activity, and can support this vital living function functioning of the skins antioxidant activity.
Triterpenes are little studied in isolation but are thought to modulate the production of radical oxygen scavenging in the wound microenvironment, accelerating the process of tissue repair.
Triterpenes could also be involved in the process of cell migration, cell proliferation and collagen deposition, as well as inducing cell migration.
It is not known exactly how they function in healing the skins keratinocytes and fibroblasts, but it is thought that they are a class of molecules worth studying for their role in skin repair .
Flavonoids are metabolites, and a special class of second metabolites, that help to protect plants from environmental stress.
These can occur naturally in abundance in micronutrient rich plant oils, and also contribute the same benefits to protecting skin from environmental stress.
Well proven for use in topical formulations, oils rich in these compounds are useful cosmetically, even when extracted, equipping the skin with these unique skin protecting properties.
Phenolic acids are also micro constituents within the natural oils, with some oils such as elderberry and black Blackcurrant being particularly rich in this.
Phenolic acids are a group of phytonutrients which have considerable benefits to the skin and body with the presence of ‘Gallic acid’ thought to play a role in reducing DNA damage with potent anti-aging actives.
This is also known to promote ‘even’ skin tone by reducing the visibility of sunspots.