pine oil! It's a great alternative to using unsustainable palm oil, which is increasingly falling out of favour with consumers and producers alike.
Cult beauty brand, Natura Siberica, uses Siberian pine oil as the base ingredient in its skin care and hair care ranges.
Pine oil helps to moisturise and nourish skin and, in shampoos and conditioners, it stimulates hair growth and makes hair strong and shiny.
The history: For years, pine nut oil has been used to treat burns and grazes, added to fragrant baths and used in massages. Siberian pine resin, which is called “zhivitsa” (“healer”) for its ability to heal wounds is popular with the traditional tribes of Siberia and the Urals. These tribes discovered the anaesthetic and anti-bacterial properties many years ago.
Skin benefits: Siberian pine nut oil effectively smooths and nourishes skin, enhances skin immunity and has a powerful rejuvenating effect. Its antiseptic properties are perfect for easing spots and blemishes, while its antioxidant and anti-ageing properties rejuvenate and enhance skin tissue. This helps to preserve the healthy radiant appearance of skin. And then there are known healing properties of pine needles, which are rich in ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and carotene.
Natura Siberica's award-winning Rich Siberian Body Butter is rich in pine oil, as are products in the Caviar Gold and Caviar Platinum collection, The Northern Collection's Black Cleansing Face Mask and the best-selling Snow Cladonia collection for mature skin.
Hair benefits: In shampoos and conditioners, it can help to stimulate hair growth, restore the integrity of hairs' keratin layer and leave it looking shiny and full of body. Oil produced from the pine growing on the bank of Lake Baikal is especially rich in vitamin E. It contains five to six times more vitamin E than olive oil, and more vitamin A than fish oil. And this amazing conifer is found in the mountains and plains practically all along the territory of West and East Siberia. If the oil is great for our hair and for our skin, what's not to love?
Natura Siberica products are sold in Holland and Barrett, Marks and Spencer, Sainsbury's, LoveLula, Amazon and www.naturasiberica.co.uk.
Made with adaptogenic herbs and plants, this range of face, hair and body care was born in Siberia. Natura Siberica products are based on the traditional remedies of ancient Siberian tribes. Featuring wild-harvested ingredients, sourced from unspoilt landscapes, Natura Siberica work with these local tribes, bringing about positive changes in their lives. To survive the extreme Siberian conditions, endemic and adaptogenic herbs and plants synthesize highly protective active ingredients and have extraordinary antioxidant properties. When used therapeutically they offer unique health and beauty benefits.