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Camellia Flower Skin and Health Benefits: Fall in Love With Your Skin!

Are you passionate about skin care and beauty? Let me tell you a story of a beautiful red flower that is packed with some of the most luxurious skincare ingredients out there. This flower is called “rose of winter” and after reading about the brilliant camellia flower skin and health benefits, you will fall in love with it!

What is Camellia Flower?

Camellia flower, as the name suggests, comes from the red flowers of the Camellia japonica plant. These beautiful flowers look like something that came out of a fairytale and they have popularly appeared in paintings as well as porcelain art in Eastern culture.

Different parts of the plant were used in the tradition of oriental ethnomedicine for all sorts of health concerns like stomach disorders and injuries. It was also used in holistic care as a tonic and an anti-inflammatory agent.

The oil, which is known by some as camellia flower oil or tsubaki oil, has a soft (or mild) scent and it is an extremely popular natural skincare ingredient for Korean skincare. It can make the skin feel soft and velvety and, moreover, it can help you to get the strong, glowing hair you’ve always dreamed about. [1]

 

Camellia Japonica Oil’s Composition

This exotic oil boasts antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and collagen boosting properties while it is also a rich source of unsaturated fatty acids, polyphenols, vitamins and minerals. Camellia flower skin and health benefits are widely known in the east and thanks to the rise in popularity of k-beauty, the oil is becoming more and more popular world-wide. Let’s have a look at some of the healthy ingredients of camellia oil.

  • Fatty Acids

Camellia oil is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids like oleic acid (an omega-9 fatty acid) and linoleic acid (an omega-6 fatty acid). These components are believed by some to be especially important as far as the benefits of Camellia japonica is concerned. [2]

  • Polyphenols

Polyphenols are naturally occurring chemicals that can be found in various plants, including the camellia flower. They are natural anti-oxidants and it is believed that they help to protect the skin from sun-damage and aging. [3]

  • Vitamins

Camellia flowers contain several vitamins including vitamin A and B vitamins. The oil made from camellia flowers also contains some vitamin E.

 

3 Ways in Which Camellia Oil Benefits Skincare and Health

The camellia japonica plant is native to China, Japan and Korea and camellia oil has been used to promote health and wellness for a long time. Recently, it has been discovered that it may possess skin barrier functions, anti-aging properties and anti-inflammatory effects. Moreover, it may have the capacity to boost collagen synthesis.

Camellia oil soaks deep into the lower layers your skin and it leaves your skin feeling softer and smoother than ever before. Camellia flower skin and health benefits can be attributed to the following effects.

 

Collagen Production & Moisturizing Effects

Collagen is popular for being the most abundant protein in our bodies. It’s all over. In our bones, muscles, tendons and skin.

In the skin, collagen plays a role in helping new cells grow and in replacing as well as restoring any dead skin cells. Basically, collagen can be regarded as a building block that:

  • Promotes the elasticity of your skin
  • Holds your muscles and bones together
  • Protects the organs in your body
  • Provides a strong structure for your joints and tendons

As we age, our bodies produce less collagen which means that the skin’s structural integrity becomes affected. Due to aging, wrinkles form and joint cartilage starts to weaken. Some other factors that may also slow down collagen production include unhealthy dietary habits, smoking and sun exposure. Taking supplements that support collagen production can be one of the best things you could do for your skin.

Camellia oil has some very positive effects on skin collagen and, therefore, it can help to provide your skin with support and flexibility. Also, because Camellia oil boosts your collagen, it can possibly promote the repair of skin damage caused by sun exposure, dryness and aging. [4][5]

 

Antioxidant Properties

Ever heard of antioxidants, but you were never quite sure of what they were exactly? Well, oxidation is a needed part of our natural metabolic reactions, however, it causes the formation of free radicals. These “free radicals” are not good for us at all as they actually damage our cells. If they are not removed in time, they can cause harm which will eventually result in inflammation, organ damage and accelerated aging.

According to recent studies, Camellia oil has potent anti-oxidant effects which means that it can help to protect the body from oxidative damage. [6][7]

 

Anti-inflammatory Effects

Our skins endure environmental stressors on a daily basis. This means that our skins are always at risk for the nasty effects of inflammation. We should also remember that inflammation is a natural response that our bodies tend to have to injury.

Camellia flower oil has been shown to actively help your skin bounce back from inflammation. [7][8]

 

Camellia Flower Skin and Health Benefits: The List Continues!

Camellia oil can have some great benefits for your skin. We’ve looked at the more “popular” benefits… But did you know that this healthy oil also has some other wonderful skin and health benefits?

  • Natural Skin Moisturizer

Because of the high content of moisturizing fatty acids (like oleic acid) that camellia oil has, it can be great for providing you with skin brighter than the sun. This oil can be used effectively as a skin moisturizer. It is easily absorbed into your skin and it is great for locking in moisture.

  • Anti-Aging

Camellia oil is thought to have anti-aging benefits due to its collagen boosting and anti-oxidant properties.  

  • Camellia Oil for Body Care

On top of its moisturizing effects, it can also help to nourish and soften your skin. This amazing oil is known to enhance cell growth and to reduce fine lines as well as wrinkles that come along with aging. Camellia oil is great for softening rough skin in specific areas of the body like the elbows, knees and heels.

  • Assists in Strengthening Hair Strands

The camellia oil benefits for hair can be attributed to its moisturizing and strengthening properties. When it is applied regularly, it may nourish your hair follicles and it could restore damaged hair to its former glory.

  • Camellia Oil for Nail and Cuticle Care

Camellia oil can help to nourish your nails and to keep them both shiny and strong.

 

The Love-Affair of the Century

The versatility and easy application of this extraordinary oil is what makes camellia flower skin and health benefits a popular topic in Korean skincare circles. Camellia japonica is a powerful natural skincare product that anyone should consider adding to their beauty routine. Who knows? You may fall in love with your skin all over again!

 

References:

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  7. Lee HS, Choi JH, Cui L, Li Y, Yang JM, Yun JJ, Jung JE, Choi W, Yoon KC. Anti-inflammatory and antioxidative effects of Camellia japonica on human corneal epithelial cells and experimental dry eye: In vivo and in vitro study. Investigative ophthalmology & visual science. 2017 Feb 1;58(2):1196-207.
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