Hazelnut oil is derived from the cold pressing of the fruits of the hazel tree, botanically known as Corylus avellana. Renowned for its excellent absorption and dry touch, hazelnut oil is a component of many skincare products. But what real benefits can it offer to the skin?
What are the benefits of hazelnut oil on the skin?
1. It regulates the overproduction of sebum.
Although it is suitable for all skin types, hazelnut oil is particularly favoured by combination to oily skin. Indeed, it is especially rich in monounsaturated fatty acids such as the oleic acid (also known as omega 9), present in a mass fraction ranging from 71 to 87%. Now, this lipid is part of the natural composition of sebum, a substance secreted by the body to counteract the dryness of the skin and hair. Oleic acid is therefore recognised by the constituents of the skin, and penetrates deeply to regulate sebum production by the sebaceous glands.
Furthermore, thanks to its dry texture, hazelnut vegetable oil has the advantage of leaving no oily residue.It is non-comedogenic (comedogenicity index = 0), it does not clog pores and therefore does not promote the appearance of blackheads. It is an excellent ally for combination to oily skin types.
Due to its activity on oily skin, hazelnut oil is included in two treatments designed for these skin types:
Thepurifying botanical blendwithpeony, whichpurifies and regenerates the skin during your sleep. This serum is applied at the end of your evening beauty routine, just before bedtime, on clean and dry skin.
The blemish serum with 1% bakuchiol is designed to reduce spots due to its antibacterial action. This treatment can be applied morning and evening, preferably at the end of the routine, before the day/night cream.
2. It hydrates and nourishes the skin.
Hazelnut oil is also a good emollient and softening treatment fordry skin, thanks to its lipid content (mainly omega 9 and then omega 6). As a reminder, althoughsynthesised by the body, external supply (topically) of omega 9 is necessary to strengthen the skin's protective barrier. Indeed, these fatty acids constitute the hydrolipidic film, the layer that protects the skin from external aggressions and maintains its hydration level. Hazelnut oil is thus protective, restorative and softening. It gives the skin a silky touch without leaving a greasy film.
3. It protects the skin from oxidative stress.
Thanks to the Vitamin E and phytosterols it contains, this vegetable oil is a good antioxidantcare to protect the skin from free radicals. As a reminder, these are reactive oxygen species naturally produced by the body. However, when cells are faced with a stress, they produce them in an excessive manner. The sources of stress are numerous, the main ones being exposure to UVA, pollution, smoking, a diet too rich in fats and/or sugars. Free radicals are particularly unstable molecules due to their single electron. They tend to react with other molecules to form an electron pair, and thus cause damage to cells, DNA and proteins in the body. Ageing is thus accelerated and wrinkles appear on the skin surface. Hazelnut oil is therefore a choice ally in the fight against skin ageing, mainly in mature skins.
Discover Typology's hazelnut oil.
Ourhazelnut vegetable oilis derived from the cold pressing of hazelnuts grown inFranceusing organic farming methods. It is recommended for mattifying and purifying shiny skin characterised by an overproduction of sebum and enlarged pores.
How to use it? Apply a few drops of oil onto clean, dry skin, preferably in the evening due to its oily nature. Massage in upward circular motions, avoiding the eye contour area.
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