Did you know that the beautiful geishas of Japan, well known for their stunning looks, used camellia seed oil to keep their skin flawless and youthful and their hair silky and shiny?
The remarkable skin restorative and hair reviving properties of camellia seed oil have been treasured in the Land of the Rising Sun for decades. Obtained by cold pressing of the seeds of the camellia oleifera plant — which is also known by the name of the “rose of winter,” or Tsubaki in Japanese — camellia seed oil is one of those “I-swear-by-it” natural beauty products that can turn your beauty regime around.
We’ve rounded up four camellia seed oil benefits, so keep reading to find out how it can make a difference to your hair, skin and beauty routine.
1. Nourishes Your Skin
The first and most notable benefit of camellia seed oil is related to its exceptional moisturising properties. This oil is abundant in vitamins A, B, C, D, and E, which provide nourishment to your skin, as well as a velvety smooth finish. Camellia seed oil has a molecular makeup and weight similar to sebum, which is your skin’s natural oil, ensuring a significantly better and quicker absorption into the deeper layers of the epidermis. It’s a particularly good choice for acne-prone skin as its lightweight texture doesn’t clog pores and doesn’t leave a greasy residue behind.
When applied externally, camellia seed oil helps to form a barrier that locks moisture in, keeping your skin smooth and hydrated throughout the entire day. The & Snowflower Illuminating Face Oil harnesses the nourishing properties of camellia seed oil to rejuvenate and infuse your skin with vitality, radiance, and vibrancy.
2. Preserves a Youthful Complexion
Another benefit of camellia seed oil is that it’s loaded with skin-perfecting nutrients that help to preserve the youthful glow of your skin and combat ageing signs. This oil contains over 98 percent long-chain fatty acids, such as omega 3 and 6 — of these, 80 percent is oleic acid, which is similar to olive and macadamia nut oils. It’s also an important source of plant collagen and squalene, the latter being an essential part of the skin’s hydration and protection system. The production of squalene tends to decrease as we age, which makes us more prone to hyperpigmentation, irritation, and other pesky skin conditions.
Try our & Desert Lime Flawless Micro-Exfoliant, which brings together botanical extracts in conjunction with camellia seed oil to deliver gentle and effective exfoliation and reveal a brighter, more vibrant complexion.
3. Conditions Your Lashes
It isn’t just your skin that needs looking after — your lashes are just as susceptible to the effects of environmental factors and need just as much TLC. Camellia seed oil is an excellent lash conditioner, working deep within the follicles to nourish and strengthen them. The result: beautiful, soft lashes, without that dreaded crispy finish that leaves you hating just about any kind of mascara you happen to come across.
Using camellia seed oil for your lashes is as simple as taking a few small drops of our & Snowflower Illuminating Face Oil and applying them to a lash comb. Alternatively, you can add 1-2 drops to your favourite mascara for added moisture.
4. Strengthens the Hair
Is your hair falling or looking rather dull and lifeless? If that sounds familiar, then you need to consider adding camellia seed oil to your hair care routine—pronto.
There are a few key benefits of using camellia seed oil for your locks. As you’ve probably figured out already, it contains essential nutrients and fatty acids that enrich and nourish the hair follicles, leaving them heavenly smooth and shiny. That’s why many women choose to use it as a pre-shampoo leave-in conditioner, either by itself or in conjunction with other oils, such as coconut oil.
But the benefits of camellia seed oil extend far beyond that—when applied to the hair, it forms a protective shield against ultraviolet, preserving the protein structure of your hair while also reducing any UV-related damage and preventing water evaporation.
While formulated as an intensive night cream, the & Coco Bliss Intensive Repair also makes an effective leave-in conditioner you can use on a weekly basis. If you don’t want to use it on its own, try mixing it in your go-to hair mask and using it once or twice a week.
Camellia seed oil is a natural herbal oil with a multitude of beauty uses, which go from protecting and nourishing your skin to making your hair lusciously shiny and preventing bad mascara days. Edible Beauty Australia sells all-natural skincare and beauty products with organically sourced camellia seed oil that is good enough to eat — literally. Explore our range of products and see how you can incorporate this ingredient in your beauty regime!