Flow was formulated to act as a gentle aid to the lymphatic system, while deeply nourishing the skin. As our largest organ, our skin is often neglected which can lead to clogged pores, difficulty sweating, and thus makes it more difficult to shed toxins. Our lymphatic system not only transports toxic waste to be disposed of, but it is also one of our immune system's first responders.
Read on to learn more about every ingredient that makes Flow so special.
One of the most well-known oils, jojoba is prized for its quick absorption and silky texture. Being rich in vitamin E and flavonoids, jojoba proves itself to be an excellent antioxidant, protecting the skin against oxidative damage which can lead to aging. Because jojoba is similar to our skin’s natural oil, it can also bring the skin back to equilibrium if the skin is producing either too much or too little oil. On a more practical note, jojoba is very effective at reducing inflammation often associated with eczema and rosacea due to its B-complex contents. These characteristics also make it a popular oil to aid in wound healing and, for this reason, was originally used by Native Americans for this purpose.
Rich in antioxidants like tocopherols, apricot kernel oil is a great defense against free radicals that can damage the skin. This oil is especially potent in beta-sitosterol which is a very effective anti-inflammatory, as well as oleic acid which helps to lock moisture into the skin.
Unique in its similarities to natural sebum, meadowfoam seed oil is effective at sealing in moisture to keep skin supple and hydrated while also balancing sebum production. Due to its emollient properties, it also keeps the skin velvety soft and absorbs quickly into the skin without leaving a greasy residue.
Extracted from the fruit of the baobab tree, this oil is prized for its ability to treat dry and cracked skin. Baobab oil is abundant in omega-3s as well as vitamins B and C, making it effective against acne and free radicals that can cause the skin to age prematurely. In fact, baobab is higher in vitamin C than most other fruits and can help to lighten dark spots while brightening dull skin and promoting collagen production. The vitamin E contents of Baobab also help to fight UV damage caused by excess sun exposure.
Particularly rich in vitamin E, hazelnut oil encourages collagen production by reducing collagen-destroying enzymes. This is especially important for mature skin, as collagen production reduces as we age. The fatty acid and Vitamin E content in hazelnut oil also makes it an excellent hydrator for dry skin.
While macadamia oil has been a popular hair treatment for many years, it has several impressive benefits for the skin as well. Macadamia is particularly rich in Squalene, a naturally occurring lipid in our skin cells. This high concentration of squalene helps to maintain the fluidity of the cell membranes to keep the skin healthy and hydrated. The Palmitoleic and Oleic Acid in macadamia helps to produce keratin, which is essential for keeping the skin firm and for protection against damaging UV rays.
Tangerine oil promotes the movement of lymph fluid, which alleviates stagnation.
Citrus oils are also known to have diuretic properties, which can help the body rid itself of lymphatic waste via the urinary tract.
Lemongrass acts on the lymphatic capillaries and vessels draining away from the skin, making it beneficial in cases of edema and lymphatic congestion.
Grapefruit oil is effective at breaking down cellulite and preventing the formation of new fat cells by inhibiting adipogenesis because it contains a high concentration of proteolytic and anti-inflammatory enzymes such as bromelain and d-limonene.
Additionally, it acts as a diuretic (reducing fluid retention), detoxifier, lymphatic stimulant, and a mood enhancer.
Cypress oil is beneficial for decongesting the circulatory and lymphatic systems because it is high in monoterpenes (alpha pinene).
This makes it useful for treating edema, cellulite, varicose veins, and water retention.
Bay Laurel facilitates the formation of lymphocytes and is an immune stimulant often used in cases of colds, flu, and viral infections.
As a lymphatic regulator, it can aid with swollen lymph glands and nodes when applied topically (especially through massage to further stimulate the flow of lymph fluid).
Gingerol, the most active compound in ginger oil, is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant that has been shown to be effective in reducing toxin buildup in lymph nodes, which would otherwise cause swelling.
It can also help reduce pain associated with inflamed lymph nodes due to its action on specific types of pain receptors - vanilloid (capsaicin) receptors.
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