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November 11, 2018
Meadowfoam Seed is a medium-weight plant oil that lends some pretty impressive anti-aging properties to any product it's added to. Not only does it contain powerful natural antioxidants, but the unsaturated fatty-acid double bonds of its molecule are in just the right place to make it super stable.
It's great for the skin, and it naturally extends the shelf life of any product it's added to. In fact, it's said to be the most stable vegetable oil in the world!I use a large portion of Meadowfoam Seed Oil in my lip balms and body creams. I've come across two year-old lip balms in my coat pocket that were still fresh! This is really saying something, as natural plant oils don't last forever like a petroleum, or mineral oil would.
And while a mineral oil-based lotion or lip balm will most certainly be cheaper, and probably last until the end of time, it doesn't benefit your skin in any way, other than leaving a physical barrier which acts as a shield, preventing stuff from getting in or out. This can be good in one way, but not so good in others.
The Meadowfoam family of herbaceous plants include the limnanthes alba species, which produces flowers and fruit. The flowers are dense, small and white, and resemble the foam on an ocean wave. The fruits are mainly used for their tiny seeds, which are cold pressed to produce the oil. Are you wondering why you don't hear of Meadowfoam Seed Oil much? Well, it doesn't look very exciting on a label. The plants grow right here in the USA. It favors the damp, grassy areas of the Pacific Northwest, and some areas of California. It's a domestically grown, eco-friendly super oil.
It's similar in feel to Jojoba Oil, which is actually a liquid wax. Meadowfoam Seed Oil penetrates deeply, helps reduce inflammation and prevents water-loss for a youthful glow.
Meadowfoam Seed Oil does a great job at keeping the skin well-balanced and hydrated, and I add lots of it, wherever I can. It may just be my favorite oil of all!
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