Why We Use Sacha Inchi Oil in Our Skin Care
There are lots of ingredients that you’ll find in several of our products: lavender, pomegranate seed oil, rosemary — these are plants we love because they have tried and true skin benefits.
With our newest product, the Unscented Facial Oil, we are introducing a few ingredients that we haven’t used in any of our products before. You’ll hear about all of them soon enough, but we want to start by telling you about one of the best: Sacha Inchi Oil.
The goal with the Unscented Facial Oil was to create something that you could use to keep your skin looking young for those who have sensitive skin. And on a simpler level, a moisturizer without scent.
We know there are a lot of people out there whose skin reacts to essential oils and other strong ingredients, so that’s what we left out of the formula.
What we did put in it are ingredients that soothe, moisturize, and rejuvenate the look of your skin, which led us to some new and amazing ingredients.
One of these new ingredients is sacha inchi oil. This is a truly unique oil that seems like it was made for skin care. Here’s why we love it:
It Comes from a Good Family
Sacha inchi is part of the Euphorbiaceae family, a cohort that consists of over 6000 species which are known for the diversity of the secondary compounds they produce. Secondary compounds are those that a plant produces to help it compete, but are not directly involved in growth, development, or reproduction.
For instance, caffeine is a secondary compound. A high concentration of caffeine in young seedlings makes them toxic to insect predators, and also makes growing conditioners undesirable for nearby competitors.
Characteristics of secondary compounds produced by members of the Euphorbiaceae family range significantly and, as humans, we can often harness these benefits.
Antioxidants for Your Skin
The antioxidant power of sacha inchi oil is amazing. Antioxidants help protect from environmental stressors. It’s important to eat foods rich in antioxidants as well as using them topically.
Two of the antioxidants found in sacha inchi are vitamins A and E, hot shots in the skin care world. Topically, these nutrients help even the look of your skin tone and reduce the appearance of scarring and wrinkles.
High Linoleic Acid Content for Clogged Pores and Oily Skin
One thing that makes sacha inchi oil special is its high essential fatty acid content – 93%. 35% of that fatty acid content is linoleic acid making it about 32% of the oil. Compare this to 10% in coconut oil and 1-2% in avocado oil.
This is pretty monumental when you consider how many people who think they can’t use oil on their skin because they are prone to oily patches and clogged pores. Not only can oils give your skin moisture without clogging your pores, certain ones like sacha inchi oil can actually help minimize your oiliness.
Additionally, linoleic acid helps to even out skin tone.
Omega–3 Content Like No Other
When we say sacha inchi oil is 93% essential fatty acid, we mean that it’s very high in a combination of omega-6 and omega-3. Most oils have more omega-6 than omega-3.
Take grapeseed oil for example. It has 70% linoleic acid (uniquely high, though not quite as much as sacha inchi) with 696 times as much omega-6 as omega-3. Compare that to olive oil, which has 12x as much omega-6 than omega-3, and sesame oil with 137x as much omega-6 as omega-3.
Sacha inchi is an exception here with the essential fatty acid content at 48% omega-3 and 36% omega-6, this oil is unique.
The omega-3 content of sacha inchi has made it really popular among health enthusiasts, since the balance of these two omegas is uber important, and our diets skew us heavily towards omega-6.
So sacha inchi oil is a really rich source of something you’re probably not getting enough of.
Stay tuned for more information about our newest Unscented Facial Oil and the awesome ingredients inside it!
What are your thoughts on sacha inchi oil?
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Protein & Omega 3 – Along with a being a complete protein Sacha inchi is extremely high in Omega-3, with around 50% of the fat in the seeds being of this kind.
3 EXCEPTIONAL NUTRITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS OF SACHA INCHI
- Bare Blends uses it as a vegan source of proteindue to it’s extremely high protein content relative to other non-animal products. Over 96% of the protein in Sacha Inchi seeds is digestible, which is really rare in plant based sources of protein. (Protein is what your body uses to build cells and it comes mostly form food consumption. Because animal based products tend to be the main source of protein in an average omnivorous diet it can be especially hard for vegans to get enough protein.)
- The seeds have a high content of Omega 3 with a balanced proportion of Omega 6. High levels of Omega 3 in the diet promotes healthy brain functionand greatly improves cholesterol levels and heart function.(The proportion of omega 6 to omega 3 in western diets has been identified as a key contributor to the prevalence of chronic diseases including cancer and cardiovascular, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.)
- The vast array of other amazing nutrients in Sacha Inchi make it one of the most perfectly nutritious foods. It is a great source of vitamins A and E, calcium, zinc, potassium and fibre. It also has a uniquely high Tryptophan content which is used by your brain to make chemicals that regulate mood, sleep and hunger levels.
SO WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF SACHA INCHI?
- Helps prevent coronary heart disease and high blood pressure, and lowers cholesterol
- Reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes and cancer through antioxidant compounds such as flavonoids and tocopherols
- Helps to protect and fortify your brain and nervous system
- Contributes to your overall mood and has been shown to help reduce cravings for snacks
- Helps prevent inflammation
- Keeps your hair and skin healthy
- Delivers concentrated amounts of nutrients that our body needs to function