Hazelnuts come from the Hazel (Corylus Avellana) tree, native to the Northern Hemisphere, boasting rounded leaves and small pale yellow and red flowers.
Hazelnut may already be one of your favourite snacks and one of the main ingredients of Nutella. Despite its small size, It's packed with minerals and vitamins like magnesium, potassium, calcium, folate, zinc, iron, manganese, vitamins A, C, E, K, thiamine, riboflavin, pyridoxine, pantothenic acid, and niacin. That makes it great not only for your taste buds but also for your skin.
Hazelnut oil is made from, you guessed it, pressed hazelnuts and it works wonderfully for all skin types, especially combination oily skin, thanks to its natural balancing properties.
We've outlined x reasons why you'd want to include it in your skincare routine
- It' safe for sensitive skin
Even though hazelnut oil is an astringent, it doesn't dry out the skin. Alcohol-based astringents can be harsh and irritating on the skin. Hazelnut oil contains naturally occurring alcohol-free astringents which are in most cases, safe to use for sensitive skin types.
- Good for oily skin
Hazelnuts are loaded with healthy flavonoids like catechins and tannins making them extremely effective yet mild astringents that help to tighten up the pores. It absorbs really well directly into the skin without leaving a greasy residue and doesn't clog your pores. Its antibacterial properties aid to kill off existing bacteria lingering on your face, thus preventing acne breakouts from happening.
- Additional protection against UV rays
Hazelnut oil can act as a natural sunscreen for your skin thanks to its high quantity of vitamin E and antioxidants. It can be used in addition to your sun protection to filter out damaging UV rays while nourishing your skin.
- Effective moisturiser
Hazelnut oil’s copious amounts of fatty acids and vitamin E also make it an effective moisturiser. These two help trapping water into the skin by creating a natural oil barrier. This makes it especially suitable for people with dry skin needing that extra moisture.
- Helps delaying premature ageing
Hazelnut oil is light and super absorbing. With regular use you can see improvement in skin's elasticity, suppleness and firmness. Along with reducing wrinkles, it can lessen the appearance of scars and dark spots caused by over pigmentation.
- Keeps the skin plump and youthful
Hazelnut oil contains an abundant amount of antioxidants which is essential in combating free radicals and other harmful toxins. Free radicals can damage the skin barrier and speed up the ageing process so you getting them out should be your priority.
Those powerful antioxidants in combination with the flavonoids boost the development of new skin cells and the elimination of dead cells, helping your skin looking youthful and radiant.
- Improves skin elasticity
Another amazing benefit of vitamin E is its ability to boost the production of collagen by reducing the enzyme that destroys collagen. Collagen is an essential protein that holds your bones, organs, and tendons together, and gives the skin its structure and elasticity. Unfortunately, as we age, the natural collagen production gradually decreases leading to elasticity loss and sagging skin.
- It helps reducing the appearance of scars
Some studies suggest that applying products rich in vitamin E can help reduce the appearance of scars. Researchers concluded that using a topical form of vitamin E before and after surgery improved the way wounds healed.
- It helps reducing hyperpigmentation
Hyperpigmentation is a condition that manifests in darker patches appearing on the skin. It results from excessive melanin production. Persistent dark marks can be caused by anything from acne, unprotected sun exposure, change in hormones, pregnancy or genetic melasma.
Hazelnut oil is rich in vitamin E and some experimental research suggests links to reduced hyperpigmentation. More evidence is needed to determine its efficacy on this front, but thankfully you have a bunch of other reasons to include the nutty oil in your skincare regime
Why Rebel Blends use hazelnut oil in its body oil?
Our planet offers an abundance of plant oils, but Rebel Blends chose hazelnut oil as one of the primary ingredients for its luxury body oil. Hazelnut oil is one of the most stable botanical oils available and is packed with nutrients. All of the oils in our formula are chosen to work together to mimic the lipid barrier of the skin and hazelnut oil contributes its nourishing oleic acid. Hazelnut oil leaves the skin soft, supple and rejuvenated without any greasy residue and works in harmony with the other botanicals in the products, offering a host of benefits.