Vitamins A and E are great antioxidants and high levels of vitamin E and other nutrients are found in the first cold-pressings of plant oils and butters. We choose only those precious vitamin-rich oils such as extra virgin olive, sunflower and avocado oils and unrefined shea butter for Odylique products for that very reason.
Highly refined oils on the other hand contain low levels of anti-oxidants and the technical oils like paraffin and mineral oils used widely in mainstream skin-care formulations contain no protective nutrients at all.
Powerful Polyphenols & More
Other potent anti-oxidants found in plants include beta-carotene in calendula petals and sea buckthorn berries, polyphenols in rose, pomegranate, rosemary and cocoa butter and so on, all of which can be found in Odylique products. It is no coincidence that these plants are also reknowned for their healing and cell regenerating qualities.
More vitamins in organic
Fans of organic cosmetics now take note! Studies (see below) are increasingly showing that organically grown plants have more antioxidants than those grown ‘conventionally’. Why? As a study just published by the University of Barcelona explains: “Organic farming doesn’t use nitrogenous fertilisers; as a result, plants respond by activating their own defence mechanisms, increasing the levels of all antioxidants.” In other words, organically grown plants instigate their own fight for survival as in the wild and produce more protective antioxidants.
So be assured, nature has its own store of anti-aging 'miracles'. In fact current research is taking on board the current demand for safe, natural skincare and unearthing some amazing little gems, which being backed by clinical trials, can carry specific claims. There is even a natural non-invasive version of Botox! So as we say, watch this space....
Vallverdú-Queralt A, Jáuregui O, Medina-Remón A, Lamuela-Raventós R. Evaluation of a method to characterize the phenolic profile of organic and conventional tomatoes. Journal of agricultural and food chemistry. 03/2012; 60(13):3373-80.
Brandt K, Leifert C, Sanderson R, Seal CJ. Agroecosystem management and nutritional quality of plant foods: The case of organic fruits and vegetables. Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences 2011, 30(1), 177-197.
Amodio M and Kader A. (2007), University of California and Fauriel J, Bellon S, Pienet D, and Amiot MJ (2007), ‘On-farm influence of production patterns on total polyphenol content in peach