by Robert Tisserand
Question: Antioxidant, anti-acne, antiaging, antimutagenic, anti-inflammatory – what do these properties have in common in regard to the skin?
Answer: All of them require transdermal absorption, because they are effects that take place either within the epidermis or dermis. Essential oils such as lavender, coriander and rose demonstrate some of these effects, and there is good research underpinning such claims. Since many essential oil constituents are transdermally absorbed, the concept of cosmeceutical effects is scientifically sound. And, since essential oils also provide benefit through fragrance, a “functional fragrance” adds significant benefit, especially when combined with other types of active ingredient.
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More about the author: Author and aromatherapist, Robert tracks all the published research relevant to essential oils and collaborates with doctors, herbalists and pharmacologists, integrating scientific data with traditional medicine and holistic principles. Read more from this author