TOP SEEDS

The new­est skin­care de­vel­op­ment strikes oil.

Elle (Canada) - - Beauty - BY KRIS­TEN VINAKMENS

go­ing lo­cal doesn’t al­ways cut it when you’re look­ing for high-po­tency skin­care in­gre­di­ents. Just ask the globe-trot­ting re­searchers at The Body Shop, who search the world to find su­per­power nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents for their prod­uct for­mu­la­tions. The new Oils of Life range, which in­cludes lo­tions, creams and fa­cial oils, is made with pow­er­ful blends of cold-pressed plant-seed oils: Chi­nese camel­liaseed oil, Chilean rose­hip-seed oil and Egyp­tian black­cumin-seed oil. Culled from an­cient tra­di­tions, they her­ald the next chap­ter in re­sults-driven skin­care.

Un­like a ker­nel or a nut (like a co­conut), seeds have no pro­tec­tive shell, so, in order to thrive, they de­velop “pro­tec­tive chem­istry”—a mix of an­tiox­i­dants, oils and nu­tri­ents. “Ev­ery­thing a plant needs to grow is in that seed—all the nu­tri­tion, all the en­ergy,” says Jen­nifer Hirsch, beauty botanist for The Body Shop, who ex­plains that the se­cret to har­ness­ing that en­ergy is cold-press­ing. (This is an oil-ex­tract­ing process in which tem­per­a­tures are kept be­low 49˚C to avoid in­gre­di­ent-dam­ag­ing oxi­da­tion and al­low more ac­tive nu­tri­ents to re­main in the oil.)

Skin also has a nat­u­ral affin­ity with plant oils be­cause of DNA com­mon­al­i­ties. For ex­am­ple, se­bum, an oily, waxy sub­stance that lubri­cates and helps wa­ter­proof skin, and camel­lia-seed oil both con­tain the nat­u­ral mois­tur­izer squa­lene, says Hirsch. “Plant oils blend with se­bum,” she ex­plains. “This en­hances the skin’s abil­ity to hy­drate and pro­tect it­self by work­ing with what the skin does nat­u­rally rather than against it.” SHINE ON Many of us fear that oils will bring on the sec­ond com­ing of our worst ju­nior-high break­out, but don’t worry. Us­ing oils may seem coun­ter­in­tu­itive, but Dr. Harold Lancer, a Bev­erly Hills-based der­ma­tol­o­gist whose clien­tele in­cludes Kim Kar­dashian and Scar­lett Jo­hans­son, says that if you have very oily skin, they can help rein in se­bum pro­duc­tion. That’s be­cause women with oily skin of­ten use prod­ucts that strip and dry out their skin, which causes skin cells to over­com­pen­sate and pro­duce even more oil. POWER PACK Lay­er­ing prod­ucts will in­crease hy­drat­ing and anti-ag­ing ben­e­fits, ­es­pe­cially as we ap­proach mois­ture-drain­ing win­ter. Here’s how: Warm a few drops of In­tensely Re­vi­tal­is­ing Fa­cial Oil in your hands and then mas­sage it into your face and neck be­fore ap­ply­ing a pea-size drop of In­tensely Re­vi­tal­is­ing Cream. Now that’s world-class in­dul­gence. n

The Body Shop Oils of Life In­tensely Re­vi­tal­is­ing Fa­cial Oil ($44); The Body Shop Oils of Life In­tensely Re­vi­tal­is­ing Gel Cream

($34). For de­tails, see Shop­ping Guide.

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