Ingredient Spotlight - Cucumber Oil
Soothing, moisturising, and protective. Cucumber Oil provides numerous skin care benefits. Supposedly originating in the area of India some 3,000 years ago before spreading to China along the silk road. Cucumbers have been used for centuries as a healing and soothing skin care ingredient.
Rich in linoleic acid, Vitamin E, and many other nutrients, Cucumber Oil is an excellent anti-ager, keeping the skin’s protective barrier strong and improving firmness and elasticity. Being both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, this versatile oil diminishes signs of ageing while promoting skin cell regeneration.
How is Cucumber Seed Oil derived?
To obtain the oil, cucumber seeds must be removed from the cucumber plant before being cleaned and dried; then, the oil is derived through a cold-press process (similar to rapeseed oil) and then filtered to produce the pure Cucumber Seed Oil —a transparent yellow solution with a fresh, mild aroma.
Why is Cucumber Oil beneficial for the skin?
Phytosterols — Naturally occurring cholesterol-like compounds found in plants (common food sources include vegetable oil, beans, and nuts), topical application of phytosterols provides great anti-aging benefits. Studies have shown that these powerful compounds actually slowdown collagen production that results from UV exposure, thereby preventing photodamage. Phytosterols also help promote the production of new collagen, helping to keep our skin elastic and firm.
Fatty Acids — By stimulating cell regeneration, fatty acids help keep our skin looking youthful and healthy. Fatty acids act as gatekeepers for our cells, keeping in nutrients and keeping out harmful bacteria. Cucumber Seed Oil contains the following types of fatty acids
Linoleic Acid (Omega-6) — An essential fatty acid (EFA)—which means it’s vital for human health but isn’t produced naturally in the body—linoleic acid fortifies the skin’s barrier, thereby protecting us from UV damage and pollution that can cause free radical activity. Sometimes referred to as Vitamin F, linoleic acid has moisturising and healing properties, and its anti-inflammatory qualities help diminish acne.
Oleic Acid — Oleic fatty acid seals in moisture and allows our skin to retain the water it needs to stay hydrated and healthy.
Palmitic Acid — This type of fatty acid can alleviate irritation, as well as various skin conditions such as dermatitis and eczema. High in antioxidant activity, palmitic acid is an effective anti-ager, diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Tocopherols and Tocotrienols — Cucumber Seed Oil is rich in tocopherols and tocotrienols—organic, fat-soluble compounds that are often collectively referred to as “Vitamin E.” Reducing inflammation and soothing the skin, these compounds help keep our complexions supple and healthy. Cucumber Seed Oil contains moisturising alpha-tocopherol and gamma (γ) tocopherol, both of which helps protect against UV rays and environmental pollution while fighting free radicals that lead to wrinkles and signs of ageing. This makes for a great after-sun remedy too, relieving redness and itchiness. The oil also contains gamma (γ) tocotrienol, which has excellent antioxidant properties. Rapidly penetrating the skin, gamma-tocotrienols fight free radicals at a much faster rate than tocopherols.
Aside from these fatty acids, Cucumber Seed Oil also contains smaller amounts of Linolenic Acid (Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acid) and Stearic Acid.
So, what can you expect when using Cucumber Oil?
A diminished appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Soothed and reduced acne
Reduced redness and irritation
Alleviation from sunburn
Increased firmness and elasticity