Cacay oil is becoming increasingly popular among face oil devotees. Compared to rosehip oil with its pungent aroma, cacay oil has a very subtle, hardly noticeable aroma. This quick absorbing oil is very nourishing yet very light on the skin. You can gently massage few drops of undiluted cacay oil straight into your skin without leaving a layer of oil on the skin's surface. What are the skin benefits of cacay oil?
Cacay Oil Helps Slow Down Skin Ageing
Cacay oil is the richest source of linoleic acid, widely known as omega 6 essential fatty acid. Contradictory to the popular belief that the excess consumption of omega 6 fatty acid triggers inflammation in the body; a recent study by University of Eastern Finland found that omega 6 fatty acid helps reduce the risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes, the two diseases that have been closely associated with chronic inflammation. Involving 1,287 participants age 42 to 60, this study suggests that eating foods rich in linoleic acid will reduce inflammation in the body.
Inflammation is one of the major factors in skin ageing. It causes premature skin damage which triggers the formation of wrinkles, lines and pigmentation spots. How cacay oil reduces the appearance of wrinkles and pigmentation spots?
Cacay Oil Reduces Wrinkles by 45%
A clinical study in Germany showed that daily application of cacay oil within a 4 week period reduced the appearance of wrinkles by 45%. This study found that cacay oil boosts the skin's hydration and elasticity while also visibly smooths out the appearance of the skin and makes it look firmer.
To reduce the appearance of wrinkles on your face, apply 4 to 6 drops of Bio-Renewal Face Oil to freshly-cleansed face every morning and evening. For best results, use it after serum and before moisturiser. Bio-Renewal Face Oil has been formulated with coenzyme Q10, stabilised vitamin E, blue chamomile and frankincense essential oils using cacay oil as a base. This anti-ageing face oil helps restore radiance, revitalise undernourished skin and smooth out wrinkles.
Personally, I adjust my skincare routine depending on my skin conditions. Instead of massaging the face oil directly into my skin, I prefer to mix it with a small amount of moisturiser. In summer, my skin tends to be slightly oily particularly on the T-Zone area. After cleansing, I apply face serum, follow with moisturiser. I don't use face oil in summer. In contrast, I rely a lot on face oil to keep my skin healthy and youthful during the winter.
My skin is prone to dryness in the winter, hence, after using Bio-Collagen Serum, I mix 6 drops of Bio-Renewal Face Oil with a small amount of Bio-Collagen Ageless Cream before I apply it to my face and neck. I often double up the portion to include the back of the neck and decollete area. In autumn and spring, I reduce the portion of the face oil to 2-4 drops.
Cacay Oil Helps Prevent and Reduce Pigmentation Spots
In addition to reducing the look of wrinkles and lines, I highly recommend cacay-oil-based skincare products such as Chamomile & Cacay Oil to lighten the appearance of pigmentation spots. A study published in the Archives of Dermatological Research showed that linoleic acid, the main component of cacay oil reduces the excess production of melanin pigment in the skin.
The exposure to UV rays is known to trigger inflammation in the skin which causes premature damage. The ability of linoleic acid to reduce inflammation and prevent the excess production of melanin pigment makes cacay oil one of the best anti-ageing skincare ingredients.
With up to 85% linoleic acid content, cacay oil is the alternative to the conventional skin-brightening ingredients such as kojic acid, retinol, tretinoin (trans retinoic acid), niacinamide, arbutin and hydroquinone.
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