Camellia oil (also known as Tsubaku oil (tsubaku, which means “tree with shining leaves”), or also called “the Japanese rose” revered by nobility throughout history) is extracted from the seeds of the Camellia oleifera plant, which is native to Japan and China. Camellia oil is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and fatty acids. It is popular for its light and non-greasy texture.
1. Moisturizing properties
prevents moisture loss
Camellia oil is rich in fatty acids (including oleic acid, linoleic acid, and palmitic acid), which help to strengthen the skin’s natural barrier and prevent moisture loss. This helps to keep the skin hydrated and plump, reducing the appearance of dryness, flakiness, and fine lines.
2. Lightweight texture
Camellia oil has a lightweight texture, it is easily absorbed into the skin, delivering essential nutrients deep into the dermis. It has a light, non-greasy texture that does not clog pores or leave a heavy residue, making it ideal for all skin types, including oily and acne-prone skin.
3. Anti-aging benefits
– boosting collagen production
Camellia oil contains saponins, which are natural compounds that can help to stimulate collagen production (Collagen is a protein that is responsible for maintaining the elasticity and firmness of the skin), thereby improving the overall texture and appearance of the skin.
According to this study camellia oil has antioxidant properties, it is rich in antioxidants (such as vitamin E, polyphenols, squalene and phytosterols), which help to neutralize free radicals and protect the skin from damage caused by UV rays, pollution, and other environmental stressors. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can damage cells and lead to premature aging, so by fighting against them, camellia oil helps to keep skin looking youthful.
– moisturizing properties
Camellia oil also contains a high concentration of oleic acid, which is an omega-9 fatty acid that is known for its moisturizing and nourishing properties. Oleic acid helps to keep the skin hydrated and soft, which can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
4. Anti-inflammatory benefits
Camellia oil has anti-inflammatory properties according to this study. It contains several bioactive compounds that have been shown to have anti-inflammatory benefits for the skin.
It contains high levels of antioxidants (including polyphenols and tocopherols), omega-6 fatty acids (including linoleic acid), phytosterols, and squalene (a natural compound that is also found in the skin) that all contribute to reduce skin inflammation, redness, and sooth the skin when applied topically.
5. Brightening properties
Camellia oil can brighten the skin and improve hyperpigmentation issues according to this study. Camellia oil helps to reduce the production of melanin, which is the pigment that gives color to the skin. Excessive production of melanin can lead to hyperpigmentation, which is characterized by dark spots, patches, or uneven skin tone.
6. UV protection
Camellia has antioxidants (such as polyphenols, tocopherols, and carotenoids) that help to provide UV protection to the skin. UV radiation from the sun can cause free radical damage to the skin, which can lead to premature aging, hyperpigmentation, and even skin cancer. These antioxidants can absorb UV radiation and neutralize free radicals, reducing the risk of UV-induced damage.
In particular, Camellia oil contains a specific type of polyphenol called catechins, which have been shown to have strong UV-absorbing properties.
7. Cleansing properties
Camellia oil can also be used as a cleanser to remove makeup and dirt from your skin. It can be used as a face cleanser because it has natural emollient properties that can help remove dirt, makeup, and impurities from the skin. The oil is lightweight and easily absorbed by the skin, making it an effective and gentle cleanser.
How to use camellia oil as a cleanser?
Apply a small amount of the oil to your face, and gently massage for a few minutes. Then, rinse off with warm water and pat dry. You can use it as a standalone cleanser or as part of a double cleansing* routine, where you use an oil-based cleanser first followed by a water-based cleanser.
*Double cleansing is a popular skincare method that involves using an oil-based cleanser first to remove oil-based impurities such as makeup, sunscreen, and excess sebum, followed by a water-based cleanser to remove sweat and dirt. Using camellia oil as the first step in your double cleansing routine can help effectively remove impurities from your skin while also providing nourishment and hydration.
Camellia oil is generally considered to be non-comedogenic. Indeed, it does not clog pores or cause acne breakouts. The comedogenic rating is ranging from 0 (non-comedogenic) to 5 (highly comedogenic). Camellia oil typically has a rating of 1 or 2, which indicates that it is unlikely to clog pores for most people.
However, everyone’s skin is unique and may react differently to different ingredients. If you are prone to acne or have sensitive skin, it is always a good idea to do a patch test before using a new product on your entire face. This involves applying a small amount of the product to a small area of skin (such as the inside of your wrist or behind your ear) and waiting at least 24 hours to see if you have any adverse reactions. If you experience any itching, redness, or other signs of irritation, you may be sensitive to the oil and should avoid using it on your face
Side effects and how not to use it
-do not ingest camellia oil and do not put it contact with your eyes
Camellia oil can be toxic if it comes in contact with the eyes or if ingested.
Camellia oil is generally considered safe for topical use on the skin, but some people may experience side effects or adverse reactions. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Allergic reactions: Some people may be allergic to camellia oil or other ingredients in skincare products that contain camellia oil. If you experience itching, redness, or swelling after using camellia oil, stop using it immediately and seek medical attention if necessary.
- Skin irritation: Although camellia oil is generally well-tolerated, some people may experience skin irritation or sensitivity when using it. If you have sensitive skin or are prone to allergic reactions, it’s a good idea to do a patch test before using camellia oil on your entire face.
- Pore-clogging: While camellia oil is generally considered non-comedogenic, meaning it doesn’t clog pores, it’s still possible for some people to experience breakouts or blackheads when using the oil. If you are prone to acne or have oily skin, consider using camellia oil sparingly or avoiding it altogether.
How to choose camellia oil?
It’s important to choose a high-quality camellia oil that is pure and cold-pressed, as this will ensure that you are getting all of the beneficial nutrients and properties of the oil. Look for an oil that is organic and free from any added chemicals or preservatives.
Always patch test before deciding to use any new product. Apply any new product on your wrist, elbow or jawline first then cover the area.
If you don’t have any negative reaction following 24hours after application, then you can apply it on your skin.
This content does NOT provide medical advice. It is intended for informational purposes only. It is NOT a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult your own doctor for more information.