If there are misconceptions in any area of skin care right now, it is with beauty facial oils. Some beauty experts tout the idea that oils can combat dryness (true), protect the skin (somewhat true), and draw out sebum (only true if the oil is used as a cleanser). Still others claim that oils are mostly natural and hence better for the skin than synthetic ingredients. Yet, despite our pervasive belief that "natural must surely be better," this is not true. Keep in mind that poison ivy and arsenic are natural, as is rosemary, which may be overstimulating in medicinal doses for women during pregnancy (American Pregnancy Association), and limonene, which is known to cause contact dermatitis when applied to the skin (Contact Dermatitis, 2006, Contact Dermatitis, 1992). Still, I can't fight the market forever. And just as there are great synthetic products and not-so-great synthetic products, so there is with natural products. I've recently started a search for natural products for my readers, and I stumbled across Boscia Tsubaki Beauty Oil ($46.00, Amazon.com). Unlike many of the popular beauty oils that are ridden with limonene and rich oils like lanolin, Boscia Tsubaki Beauty Oil seems to only provide benefits. For more, read on.
Unlike many oils, olive oil doesn't attract the sun. In fact, olive oil protects skin from damaging UV rays (Toxicology, 2003). Olive oil has been long believed to have anti-cancer properties. While it has been proposed in the journal The Lancet Oncology that olive oil may protect against cancer because it contains three classes of protective polyphenols, it was proposed by other scientists that olive oil has anti-carcinogenic properties due to its natural inclusion of squalene. Whatever the case, olive oil isn't without its detriments. If you have eczema, avoid use of Boscia Tsubaki Beauty Oil and all other olive oil-containing products: it causes a contact dermatitis-associated rash in some patients with eczema, particularly of the lower extremities (Contact Dermatitis, 2007).
If you have normal to dry skin and you *must* try a beauty oil, then look no further than Boscia Tsubaki Beauty Oil. I adore the fact that it contains such a high concentration of proven collagen stimulator Camellia japonica seed oil, as well as UV protectant olive oil. Of course, as with nearly all of my skin care recommendations, Boscia Tsubaki Beauty Oil is not without its warnings. Do not use Boscia Tsubaki Beauty Oil before going outside: It contains orange and lavender oils, which may both be photosensitizing (i.e., make skin more sensitive to the sun). As with most beauty oils, Boscia Tsubaki Beauty Oil is therefore best used at night over top of your favorite treatment (hint: FutureDerm Time-Release Retinol 0.5, anyone? :-)). Nonetheless, I like Boscia Tsubaki Beauty Oil better than almost any other beauty oil I've reviewed thus far. Just don't use it before going outside, and keep it away if you have oily skin! Product Rating: 9/10 Ingredients in Boscia Tsubaki Beauty Oil Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Squalane, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Undaria Pinnatifida Extract, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Hordeum Distichon (Barley) Extract, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Extract, Tocopherol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil.