Why It Matters
Our plant-based oils and actives are packed full of vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants that help the skin function at its best. They’re also made up of fatty acids that determine how these ingredients interact with the skin. Different fatty acid profiles makes different ingredients work better for some skin types over others, which is why a one-kind-fits-all approach doesn't work when it comes to choosing a serum.
The top layer of the skin is comprised of dead, flattened skin cells that are held together by fatty acids, ceramides, and other lipids. This layer forms the protective layer of the skin and is often called the moisture barrier or lipid barrier. Technically, it’s called the stratum corneum.
When this barrier is compromised, it can lead to a host of skin concerns including moisture loss and dehydration (making lines and wrinkles worse), sensitivity, irritation (redness), and infection (acne or worse).
By delivering the right fatty acids needed to this layer of the skin, plant oils and botanical ingredients help strengthen and reinforce the skin’s natural moisture barrier function. Much like our skin though, plant oils and ingredients have a mix of different fatty acids. Using an oil with too much of one kind of fatty acid can throw off the balance in our skin, which works against your skin doing its job.
When it comes to ingredients, the fewer mysteries, the better. Healthy skin starts with high quality ingredients focused on the essentials. No fillers, just goodness. Most of the ingredients in our serums are sourced from South Africa, home to the largest, most diverse floral kingdom, and have been used for centuries in skin care.
Original Human uses four different oil bases, each with different fatty acid profiles, as the starting point for our botanical serums.
1. Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Seed Oil
In terms of skin care, Baobab oil is rich in both oleic and linoleic fatty acids, which are high impact emollients that stop moisture loss and bring balance to the skin. This makes it perfect for soothing sensitive and stressed skin. Naturally occurring Vitamins A, C, D and E help improve skin elasticity, skin regeneration and the renewal of cell membranes, so it's great at tackling signs of aging as well.
2. Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Seed Oil
Sourced from the Kalahari and the ancient relative of a modern watermelon, Kalahari Melon oil is a a dry oil with a high concentration of linoleic acid, meaning it's non-comedogenic and absorbs quickly. It's perfect for acne-prone or combination skin, helping to balance sebum production without feeling greasy. It also plays a role in restructuring and regenerating the skin, meaning increased suppleness and clear skin with regular use. High concentrations of naturally occurring Vitamin E and ferulic acid promote cell turnover and fight free radical damage.
3. Sclerocarva Birrea (Marula) Seed Oil
With the nourishing properties often associated with heavier oils, Marula is lightweight and absorbs quickly without feeling greasy but delivers antioxidants, vitamins and essential fatty acids deep into the skin. High concentrations of oleic acid, a fatty acid often missing in drier skin types means this oil keeps moisture in the skin, nourishing it from within.
4. Schinziophyton Rautanenii (Mongongo) Kernel Oil
Used for centuries to repair skin damaged by the African sun, Mongongo oil is a lightweight oil with a slightly nutty scent. Naturally occurring high concentrations of linoleic acid make this oil a stand out for its calming and restructuring properties, perfect for calming inflammation and breakouts. High concentrations of Eleosteric acid and Vitamin E also add UV protection and help fight environmental pollutants, while essential fatty acids prevent moisture from escaping pores without clogging them.