It's really starting to feel like winter so I wanted a serum that would remind me of summer whenever I used it. I also wanted to utilise our beautiful new organic plum kernel oil, so I chose to team it with raspberry seed and cherry kernel oils as they all complement each other very well. I decided to incorporate some coenzyme Q10 for its potent antioxidant benefits. Here's some more info about ingredients:
Plum kernel oil, certified organic
Comedogenic rating: 1-2
Absorption rate: Fast
Good for: Most skin types, especially mature skin
Plum kernel has a very high concentration of vitamin E, making it resistance to oxidation, plus a high ratio of monounsaturated fatty acids relative to saturated fatty acids. Its main chemical constituents are: oleic acids (60-80%), linoleic acids (15-25%), palmitic acid (5-10%), stearic acid (1-4%), palmitoleic acid (1-2%), and vitamin E.
A fast absorbing oil, it is deeply moisturising, leaving skin soft and supple with a satin-like finish. It is said to have antioxidant properties which can help fight the effects of free radicals, reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. Can help relieve redness on irritated and dry skin and is said to support the skin's natural collagen production.
Raspberry seed oil
Comedogenic rating: 0-1
Absorption rate: Average
Good for: Most skin types
Raspberry seed oil is rich in antioxidants, including vitamin E, an antioxidant very important for preventing oxidative damage which can lead to premature signs of ageing; vitamin A, which can stimulate collagen production and slow the breakdown of skin’s collagen and elastin; phytosterols, which can help reduce transepidermal water loss, helping skin retain moisture; and ellagic acid, which can help prevent inflammation and tissue damage. It is also very high in omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids, which benefit the skin by regulating oil production and helping to prevent acne, plus replenishing the lipid structure of the skin, vital to maintaining your skin’s barrier, keeping it smooth, moisturised and elastic.
Cherry kernel oil, certified organic
Comedogenic rating: 2
Absorption rate: Average
Good for: Most skin types including dry and irritated skin
Cherry kernel oil is light and fast absorbing and contains natural antioxidants, alpha, delta and gamma tocopherols plus vitamins A and E. It is reputed to be good for inflamed and acne-prone skin; for eczema and psoriasis. Said to help stimulate collagen production, skin cell rejuvenation and increase blood flow to the surface of the skin.
Plus it has a beautiful rich cherry scent!
Coenzyme Q10 Our bodies naturally produce coenzyme Q10. Found in every cell and tissue, it is said to help neutralise free radicals, reducing their concentrations and minimising their effect on collagen and elastin in the skin, keeping skin cells healthy. As we age we produce less. The levels of coenzyme Q10 in a person are highest in childhood and reduce with age. This drop in concentration of antioxidants is one of the leading causes of ageing skin. Most people over 30 have below optimum levels of coenzyme Q10 in the skin and this lack can impede our ability to produce collagen and elastin. Collagen is important because it makes your skin firm, while elastin gives your skin flexibility. The loss of collagen and elastin causes skin to wrinkle and sag.
However, coenzyme Q10 can be replenished with topical application to the skin and is an excellent way to feed your skin this rich antioxidant and help fight the signs of ageing, helping to keep skin healthy, more elastic and looking firmer and younger.