Sadly, many expensive serums contain the cheapest, least effective form of Vitamin C, ascorbic acid, which is man-made in a laboratory. That is why using a plant oil, will always be superior, because its natural Vitamin C, and wide variety of plant actives, will be vastly more effective.
Here are some of the top anti-aging plant oils, and essential oils:
Chamomile is superbly moisturizing, for mature or dry facial skin, and cracked, body skin.
Chamomile is antiseptic and antibacterial, so use it for acne, boils, wounds, and folliculitis.
This amazing oil is also anti-fungal, so can be used for athlete’s foot, thrush (candida or yeast infections), and ringworm.
4) HIBISCUS FLOWER OIL – The big breakthrough in Hibiscus Oil is helping men and women with baldness. This amazing oil helps rejuvenate the scalp, to stimulate hair growth. Scientific studies are currently being conducted, to find out exactly which compounds are responsible for this.
Hibiscus contains some of the same flavonoids, polyphenols and anthocyanins as red wine. These are potent antioxidants, which protect the skin from DNA damage which leads to premature aging.
Hibiscus Oil is rich in antioxidants Vitamin C and E, and very high in essential fatty acids, making it a premium anti-aging oil. Hibiscus Oil soaks into the skin without leaving a greasy feel, and is recommended for all skin types.
Unusual flavonoids in Hibiscus Seed Oil, such as hibiscetin, and eugenol, may be the reason Hibiscus Oil has such a broad anti-microbial effect on the skin, which means that it reduces skin irritations and inflammations, which may not respond to regular medication.
Hibiscus Oil, rich in fatty acids, improves the level of skin moisture, decreases fine lines, improves elasticity and helps skin to regenerate.
5) LAVENDER FLOWER ESSENTIAL OIL is cytophyllactic, which means that it increases cell renewal to levels found in youth, so use it for: scars, wrinkles, burns, and stretch marks.
Antibacterial Lavender is effective on acne, cystitis, wounds, and boils.
6) CALENDULA FLOWER OIL, also known as Marigold Flower Oil, is suitable for sensitive skins and babies.
Its anti-inflammatory properties are due to its triterpenoids, which alleviate diaper rash, and infant’s scrapes, bruises and insect bites.
A staggering 19 carotenoids have been identified in Calendula’s petals, which act as antioxidants, effectively healing damaged skin.
People who suffer from dermatitis, psoriasis and eczema, can benefit from the topical application of Calendula Oil, as it can reduce the skin inflammation of such conditions.
You can use Calendula Oil for scars, or for preventing or reducing the formation of scar tissue, so its the perfect pregnancy oil. Calendula flower oil can increase the skin’s collagen levels, and this is the reason why it can prevent the formation of stretch mark or scar.
ARE THERE ANY PRECAUTIONS TO FLOWER OILS?
Oils such as Hibiscus Flower Oil and Marigold Flower Oil, are not essential oils, are not concentrates, and therefore do not need to be diluted before use, or have dangers associated with them.
Hibiscus Flower Oil is simply a plant oil, which has been pressed from hibiscus seeds, and is as harmless as sunflower oil, which has been pressed form sunflower seeds.
Calendula Flower Oil is made by infusing calendula (marigold flowers), in sunflower oil. and is completely safe to use, as is.
Passion Flower Oil, also known as Passion Fruit Seed Oil, has been pressed from the seeds of the passion fruit, and is safe to use, directly on the skin, without any need for dilution.
“The stability of vitamin C in topical solutions is a concern, as exposures to air, heat, and/or light may slowly degrade vitamin C.” (http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/health-disease/skin-health/vitamin-C). That is why it is important to ensure that the Vitamin C you apply, has not been obtained through heat. And this is the reason that cold pressed fruit oils, are the best source of unheated Vitamin C.
Furthermore, when ingesting Vitamin C supplements, the far more expensive, oil-soluble Vitamin C, is much better absorbed than water-soluble Vitamin C, as the cells’ transport system absorbs lipids far better than water-based vitamins. This is also the case when applied topically.
Linus Pauling, who received a Nobel Peace Prize for proving that mega-doses of Vitamin C could cure the common cold, owns the Linus Pauling institute, which is devoted to researching every aspect of the remarkable Vitamin C. His Institute states: “15% Vitamin C plus 1% Vitamin E can increase the efficacy of Vitamin C eight-fold.” (http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/health-disease/skin-health/vitamin-C.)
Serums claiming to ‘contain Vitamin C’ should be well researched, before placing all your trust in them. The Vitamin C should have been obtained through cold pressed methods. It should be the oil-soluble kind of Vitamin C, And it should contain large amounts of Vitamin C, with mg clearly stated. I know of no serums that fulfill all of these criteria.
That is why I recommend using 100% natural, cold pressed plant oils, whose true Vitamin C content is freely available from many reputable websites. For example, Guava Seed Oil, Broccoli Seed Oil, and in particular, Goji Berry Seed Oil, which contains 500 times more Vitamin C than found in oranges.
Additionally, cold pressed plant oils contain full spectrum Vitamin E and A, which are required to boost the activity of Vitamin C.
Some Vitamin C serums claim to contain these natural plant oils, like Sea Buckthorn Oil, which contains a Vitamin C content 12 times higher than oranges, but that does not compare to Goji Berry Seed Oil, which contains 500 times more Vitamin C than found in oranges.
And secondly, if the serum’s ingredients do not state what percentage of Sea Buckthorn Oil it contains, you could be applying a ‘filler’ of 90% sunflower oil to your face!
So when it comes to being serious about serums, stick with those oils that are closest to that which our wonderful Creator designed. The oils are not greasy, and they sink in readily, just like a serum.