What is Linonelic Acid?
Widely-known as omega 6 oil, linoleic acid is an essential fatty acid required for the normal functioning of the body. As one of well-studied food and skincare ingredients, linoleic acid has been proven to accelerate skin renewal that helps repair damaged skin cells.
The Cosmetic and Skincare Uses of Linonelic Acid
Linoleic acid improves skin health. It has nourishing, skin barrier strengthening, soothing and pore-unclogging properties that are beneficial to all skin types; from ageing, sensitive, acne-prone to dry skin.
The Benefits of Linoleic Acid Skincare Products
1. Prevent and Reduce UV-induced Hyperpigmentation and Skin Discolouration
Excessive UV exposure is known to be the main trigger of premature signs of ageing including hyperpigmentation, commonly known as age spots, liver spots or sun spots.
UV exposure increases melanin production in the skin. Melanin is the pigment which gives skin its colour. The excess production of melanin is the common cause of hyperpigmentation.
With up to 85% linoleic acid content, cacay oil helps even out skin tone and reduce age spots. Numerous studies revealed that linoleic acid helps promote an even, spotless radiant complexion. It has been proven to be effective in reducing UV-induced hyperpigmentation and skin damage. The studies showed that linoleic acid reduces the melanin production and accelerates skin renewal.
2. Reduce The Signs of Ageing
Linoleic acid which is found abundantly in cacay oil adds a new dimension to the world of natural beauty. Numerous studies highlighted the significancy of linoleic acid in maintaining skin health, particularly in strengthening skin's defense against environmental damage and premature signs of ageing.
Linoleic acid plays a crucial role in the skin's renewal process. It helps release various growth factors such as epidermal growth factor (EGF), fibroblast growth factor (FGF) and transforming growth factor (TGF). These growth factors enable skin to generate new cells to replace the damage ones.
If your skin show signs of ageing, undernourished and uneven skin tone, try Bio-Renewal Face Oil or Chamomile & Cacay Oil. Both of these facial oils have been formulated with cacay oil and blue chamomile to diminish the signs of ageing including wrinkles, fine lines, uneven skin tone and age spots.
3. Reduce Acne Inflammation and Skin Breakouts
Linoleic acid is very nourishing for the skin. It doesn't reduce sebum excretion, hence it is suitable for all skin types including mature, premature ageing and dry skin. Linoleic acid helps prevent blocked pores, hence, it helps reduce acne and skin breakouts. Clinical studies showed that people who suffer from regular acne breakouts has a low content of linoleic acid in their skin in comparison to those who don't.
Linoleic Acid (Cacay oil) Skincare Products
Linoleic acid is the major component of cacay oil. Cacay oil contains up to 85% linoleic acid, by far the best source of linoleic acid. In addition to linoleic acid, cacay oil has a high content of vitamin E (Tocopherol), an antioxidant that helps slow down skin ageing.
If you prefer lighter formulas instead of facial oils, try Rose and Cacay Hydrating Cream and Rose Gold Antioxidant Youthful Serum. Both contain cacay oil to enable your skin to benefit from linoleic acid.
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