Did you know that the highest plant-based source of omega 3 fatty acids is found in flaxseeds? Also known as linseeds, these compounds can support heart health, slow down oxidative stress and offer a meaningful impact on combating premature ageing.
When it comes to skin and hair health, flaxseed oil is particularly significant. It presents great skin hydrating benefits, with a smoothing and moisturising effect that can have a measurable impact on the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles.
Made from flaxseeds that have been ground and pressed to release their natural oil, our oils are classified as best-in-class, and ideal for use in beauty and personal care formulations that require emollient, antioxidant, occlusive and opacifying agents. It is also excellent when used as a carrier for oil soluble active ingredients such as vitamin E.
Read on, as we unpack this nutrient powerhouse, and highlight some of the reasons why you should consider flaxseed oil during your next round of new product development.
A skin & hair loving ingredient
Flaxseed oil is regarded as one of the world’s oldest beauty ingredients – with its use reported as far back as the ancient Egyptians. It is today regarded as a complete skin rejuvenation product.
Not only is flaxseed oil used topically in beauty and personal care products, but it can also be ingested – opening new avenues for on-trend products targeting ‘beautrition’ and nutraceutical beauty aids.
Flaxseed oil has been shown to balance oestrogen levels in the human body, support healthy cell membranes and prevent excessive sebum production – making it a fantastic natural ingredient in managing acne and oily skin problems.
With its rich polyunsaturated fatty acids, fibres, proteins, magnesium, copper, manganese and phosphorous, flaxseed oil is also an important source of protective antioxidants (polyphenols). These antioxidants can assist in managing cell damage and oxidative stress offsetting premature ageing. In addition, its manganese content contributes to collagen production – vital for combating wrinkly and sagging skin while omega 3 fatty acids work at minimising and lightening scarring, making the skin look smoother and more radiant.
When used in topical formulations such as moisturisers and body butters, flaxseed oil can remove blackheads and dead skin with a pore tightening effect. It is also offers excellent multifunctionality as it can exfoliate and moisturise skin simultaneously.1
In hair care items, flaxseed oil bolsters root strength with a significant impact on hair loss.2 In addition, its high vitamin B and E content can help to improve hair growth, boost moisture to the scalp and improve blood circulation while regulating pH levels.
Flaxseed oil is truly a multifunctional powerhouse ingredient. For more information on its benefits during formulation, simply click here to contact our technical team now.