Tsubaki oil: the new Argan oil
(Posted on 08/06/16)
Oils are fast becoming one of the main skin and hair care ingredients of today, thanks to their easy-absorbency, moisturising and anti-ageing qualities.
This year, there is a new kid on the block ‘Tsubaki oil’ (Japanese Camellia oil) which is creating quite a buzz in the skin and hair care industries.
It is no wonder that this Japanese beauty treatment is quickly climbing the industry ranks. Japanese Camellia oil is a rich source of Palmitic and Omega-6 Linoleic fatty acids, as well as numerous anti-aging polyphenol antioxidants.
What’s more it is an emollient and approximately 82% of its fatty acids are composed of Oleic fatty acid (Omega-9); a remarkable transdermal carrier and very effective in enhancing skin's moisture retention ability. Due its quick absorption and ability to permeate deep into lower layers of the skin, not only can cell growth be promoted, but skin is supported to increase flexibility.
The oil is best when obtained by cold pressing wild-harvested seeds of the Camellia japonica flower (Tsubaki in Japanese) without any chemical or heat refining.
Tsubaki oil is also very versatile, it can be used in hair care to soften hair and make it more manageable and in skin care as a multifunctional moisturiser.
Well known Japanese beauty bloggers are religiously using camellia seed oil on hair to add weightless natural shine, whilst its ability to retain water forms a barrier against environmental pollutants and repairs breakage and split ends.
Shiseido, a popular and widely trusted queen of Japanese haircare brands, has a full hair care range based on the Tsubaki oil, due to the oil being such a popular ingredient trend in Japan.
Skincare is also a major function area for the oil. The silky, creamy texture of the oil acts as a fast-absorbing moisturiser, nourishing and softening the skin, whilst restoring bounce and elasticity, which in turn diminishes fine lines and wrinkles.
In the UK, Elizabeth Arden has used the trending oil in new launch Eight Hour All-Over Miracle Oil which emphasises the oil’s diverse qualities. The miracle oil is a versatile, multi-tasking formula for the face, body and hair, which infused with Tsubaki oil delivers long-lasting moisture, luminous shine in hair and suppleness of skin.