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 play a significant role in the wound healing process. Linoleic Acid accelerates the skin renewal process and boosts the body's ability to repair damaged cells.
The Cosmetic and Skincare Uses of Linonelic Acid
Linoleic Acid has been proven to be beneficial for skin health. The nourishing, skin barrier strengthening, soothing and pore-unclogging properties of Linoleic Acid make it suitable for 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 Argan and 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.
The presence of Linoleic Acid has been shown to be crucial in the skin renewal process. This fatty acid helps the releases of various growth factors such as epidermal growth factor (EGF), fibroblast growth factor (FGF) and transforming growth factor (TGF). These growth factors enable the skin to generate new cells to replace the damage ones, which is part of the skin's natural repair mechanism.
If you suffer from significant signs of ageing and uneven skin tone, try Henry Tianus Bio-Collagen Ageless Cream. This award-winning moisturiser has been formulated with Argan oil (the source of Linoleic Acid), Niacinamide, N-Acetyl Glucosamine and 24-karat Colloidal Gold to smooth out wrinkles and lines while also reduce the appearance of age spots, also known as dark spots. For best results, use it together with Henry Tianus Bio-Collagen Serum, an award-winning facial serum with Resveratrol, Ferulic Acid, Coenzyme Q10 and 24-karat Colloidal Gold to rejuvenate, lift and firm the appearance of the skin.
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, one of my favourite skincare ingredients. Extremely rich in omega 6 essential fatty acid, Cacay oil has up to 85% Linoleic Acid content. It is by far the best source of Linoleic Acid.
In addition to Linoleic Acid, Cacay oil has a high content of vitamin E. Vitamin E (also known as Tocopherol) is a widely-known antioxidant that helps slow down the skin ageing process.
Cacay oil is the key ingredient in two PariQu clean vegan skincare products.
The first one is PariQu Rose & Cacay Hydrating Serum Cream. This light yet deeply hydrating, award winning two-in-one serum and moisturiser for all skin types, all year round. I like to use it alone in summer when my usually combination skin tends to be slightly oilier.
The second product is PariQu Blue Chamomile & Cacay Facial Oil. I like to mix few drops of this nourishing yet quickly absorbed facial oil with a small amount of serum or moisturiser to keep my skin supple, firm and radiant especially during cold season, from late autumn to early spring.
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