With carrier oils composed of 95% or more fatty acids, the bulk of the oil, learning about the different types of fatty acids helps us understand how oils feel on the skin and their benefits for the skin's health.
Fatty acids can be common, or rare and unusual
Fatty acids are carbon chains with hydrogen atoms attached to all in the case of saturated fatty acids or most of the carbon atoms on the unsaturated fatty acid chains. These carbon chains can be short or long, or very long.
The nuance of the chain length and the placement of the hydrogen atoms on the carbon chains give each oil unique properties, uniquely benefiting the skin.
Twisting fatty acids
One exciting type of fatty acid is those that twist, like a pretzel, and by turning and twisting, give the oil a full, thick, or dense feel even though these rotating carbon chains are polyunsaturated.
These fatty acids demonstrate antioxidant and anti-inflammatory help to aid the repair and regeneration of the epidermis for healing damaged skin by stimulating keratinocyte production.
Experiencing carrier oils
The carrier oil where you can experience this quality is most profoundly in Pomegranate seed oil with its punicic acid, which makes up about 70% of the oil. Another carrier oil is the Manketti seed, or nut oil from Africa, with a variation of this type of fatty acid called eleostearic acid, which makes up 25% of that oil.
These unusual fatty acids are rare in carrier oils from plants, but found in dairy fats from ruminant animals pastured on grass. Other plant oils where we find these fatty acids are cherry kernel oils, calendula seed oil, and pine nut oil.
Using the unusual oils
These unusual fatty acids, as either food or as topical applications, help maintain the health of the body and the skin. So the next time you see a sizeable juicy pomegranate at the market, imagine how chewing on the seeds will support your health—or order pomegranate seed oil to supplement your skincare regime.
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