Ingredient Showcase: Cucumber seed oil

Cucumber seed oil possesses a high amount of phytosterols. Studies indicate that phytosterols help the skin strengthen its lipid barrier, restoring proper moisture balance, smoothing the skin’s surface and improving skin elasticity. Phytosterols are also known for their ability to nourish and stimulate the skin cells to encourage regeneration of healthy skin cells. Cucumber seed oil contains a significant percentage of oleic acid and linoleic acid and can be effective in treating dry skin, eczema, psoriasis, acne and sunburned skin. It is a good choice for inclusion in formulations for revitalising maturing skin. It also contains a high tocopherol and tocotrienol content so it would be effective in defending skin cells from free-radical damage.

Cucumber seed oil is suitable for the following applications: anti-ageing, treating acne, psoriasis, eczema, sunburn, stretchmarks, damaged hair, dry scalp and brittle nails.

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