What is Juniperberry Oil?
Gin connoisseurs will know that gin is made using Juniper berries. These berries look a little like blueberries but are not sweet. Instead, they offer a pungent, strong flavor that is mildly spicy.
So, what does this have to do with skincare you may ask? Well, apart from Juniper berries being a superfood that fights infections and improves blood circulation, they also offer amazing benefits for skin.
The science behind Juniperberry Oil
Juniperberry Oil has been used for centuries in traditional medicine for its various health benefits. The oil is extracted from the berries of the Juniper tree. This oil is rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory agents, and antimicrobial properties, which make it very beneficial for the skin.
Juniperberry Oil for skincare products is created through a process called steam distillation. This process involves heating the Juniper berries to release the essential oils from the plant. The steam from the boiling Juniper berries rises and carries the essential oils with it into a separate chamber, where it is cooled and condensed back into a liquid form. The oil is then separated from the water and collected for further use. Once the oil is obtained, it is included in a variety of skincare products, such as facial oils, serums, toners, and cleansers.
Juniperberry Oil is a relatively strong oil and should be used in low concentrations. The safest way to use it is by purchasing a product from a reputable skincare company..
Let's look at the benefits of Juniperberry Oil
Juniperberry Oil offers a range of benefits for skin and is especially good for acne and pimple-prone skin. Let’s look more closely at the benefits of Juniperberry Oil:
Tightens and firms the skin
Fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin are all unwanted signs of aging. These conditions are caused when skin loses elasticity. Juniperberry Oil has astringent properties that help tighten and firm the skin. An astringent is a chemical that shrinks or constricts skin cells and other body tissues. By firming the skin, fine lines and wrinkles are reduced.
(A piece of trivia to add to your knowledge base - The word astringent comes from the Latin word ‘adstringere’, which means ‘to bind fast’)..
Unclogs pores and helps with acne
Oily skin is caused by an overactive sebaceous gland that results in the overproduction of sebum. Sebum is an oily, waxy substance that is needed to cost, moisturize, and protect the skin. Too much sebum blocks pores, creating unsightly conditions like acne, pimples, and blackheads. Juniperberry Oil helps to unclog pores and remove excess oil, making it an effective treatment for acne-prone skin. Your skin is cleared and toned, making it look blemish-free and healthy.
Nourishes the skin
Nourished skin looks healthy, plump, and well-toned. Juniperberry Oil is rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids that help to nourish and protect the skin. Fatty acids help with cell and tissue metabolism and keep skin looking youthful and radiant.
It has amazing anti-inflammatory properties
The anti-inflammatory properties of Juniperberry Oil are very beneficial for the skin. The oil can help to reduce redness and inflammation associated with conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Juniperberry Oil helps to soothe and calm irritated skin, making it a great choice for sensitive skin types. Redness, uneven skin tones, blotchy, and inflamed skin shows a great improvement after starting a skincare routine that includes Juniperberry Oil.
It protects skin against harmful bacteria
Juniperberry Oil also has antimicrobial properties that can help to protect the skin against harmful bacteria and other microorganisms. This can be especially beneficial for those with oily or acne-prone skin, helping to keep the skin clean and clear.
Who can use Juniperberry Oil?
Juniperberry Oil is ideal for women who have oilier-type skin that causes pimples, blotches, irritation, and more serious conditions like acne. The astringent properties and antimicrobial properties work to reduce the build-up of sebum, purifying and clearing the skin. It is also a soothing and nourishing oil that feeds the skin.
Our Blueberry Superfood Antioxidant Body Moisturiser offers the combined benefits of Blueberries and Juniper Berries. It is intensely moisturizing and penetrates deeply for long-lasting suppleness and softness. The blueberries brighten the skin and the Juniper berries purify the skin to give a clear and clean complexion.
Who shouldn’t use vitamin C?
If you are unsure of a new skincare product, always try a patch test first. If you have a chronic skin condition, please consult your dermatologist for advice.