Camellia Oil: Best Face Oil For Plump And Glowing Skin

Written by Arshiya Syeda

What’s the secret behind the flawless skin of Japanese geishas? You guessed it right – camellia oil! The oil is loaded with antioxidants and fatty acids that help keep the skin hydrated, supple, protected, and glowing. If you look closely, you can find camellia oil in many skin care products though not as the main ingredient. This post tells you why pure camellia oil is good for your face skin, how to use it, and if you should look out for any side effects. Read on to get nourished skin that looks lit-from-within.

What Is Camellia Oil?

Camellia oil is a lightweight oil cold-pressed from the seeds of the Camellia japonica and Camellia oleifera plants. It is also known as Tsubaki oil, teanut oil, or tea seed oil. It has been used for ages by Japanese women to nourish their hair and skin. Camellia oil is composed of fatty acids like oleic acid, palmitic acid, and linoleic acid (1). It also contains various antioxidants like catechins, tocopherols, gallic acid, and tocotrienol (2).

How do these fatty acids and antioxidants in camellia oil benefit your skin? Read on to find out.

Benefits Of Camellia Oil For Face Skin

  • Camellia oil moisturizes skin: Moisturization is one of the key steps in any skin care routine. The fatty acids in camellia oil help moisturize and nourish the skin by reducing water loss from the skin (transepidermal water loss) (3). Camellia oil is a super hydrator that results in soft and smooth skin.
  • Camellia oil reduces wrinkles: Camellia oil has anti-aging properties. Scientists found that camellia oil not only reduces transepidermal water loss but also induces the synthesis of type I skin collagen (a matrix protein found beneath the skin that is responsible for skin firmness) (4). This prevents the formation of new wrinkles and evens out fine lines.
  • Camellia oil has antioxidant properties: The oil is loaded with antioxidants that scavenge free radicals and help prevent skin damage due to environmental stressors, UV-A rays, and a poor lifestyle (5). In a study, microemulsions of camellia oil showed a higher antioxidant or oxygen radical scavenging ability (6). The antioxidant properties of camellia oil also make it an excellent sunscreen for normal to sensitive skin.
  • Camellia oil soothes the skin: Camellia oil has anti-inflammatory properties (7). It can be applied to the facial skin to reduce inflammation, roughness, and redness to help heal and soothe inflamed skin and provide the healthiest glow to your face.

These are the various benefits of using camellia oil for skin. But how to use it to see the maximum effect as quickly as possible? Find out in the next section.

How To Use Camellia Oil On Face?

Here are 7 ways you can use camellia oil on your facial skin to reduce wrinkles, make your skin plump, and enhance skin glow:

1. Pure Camellia Oil

Pure Camellia Oil

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What You Need

  • 1-2 drops of pure camellia oil from a trusted brand

How To Use

  • Take 1-2 drops of camellia oil in your palm.
  • Rub your palms together to warm the oil.
  • Place your palms on your cheeks, chin, and forehead by pausing for a second or two to let the skin absorb the oil.
  • Gently massage your face in circular motions for 2 minutes.
  • Do this 20 minutes before applying makeup on clean skin. You can also apply it before going to bed.

2. Camellia Oil And Olive Oil

Camellia Oil And Olive Oil

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What You Need

  • 1-2 drops of pure camellia oil
  • 6-7 drops of olive oil
  • Roller or two cold spoons

How To Use

  • Mix camellia oil and olive oil with your palms.
  • Rub your palms together.
  • Place your palms all over your face and neck.
  • Gently massage your face with a roller or use the back of two cold spoons to massage your face. Use upward motions.
  • Do this for 2-3 minutes.
  • If you have very dry skin, do this every day. Otherwise, you may do it every alternate day.

3. Camellia Oil And Aloe Vera

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What You Need

  • 1-2 drops of pure camellia oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel

How To Use

  • Take 1-2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel.
  • Add 1-2 drops of camellia oil to it.
  • Mix well and apply to your face and neck.
  • Wait for 15 minutes.
  • Massage for 2 minutes.
  • Do this every day an hour before going to bed.

4. Camellia Oil And Vitamin E Capsule

Camellia Oil And Vitamin E Capsule

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What You Need

  • 1 vitamin E capsule
  • 1-2 drops of camellia oil
  • A clean towel
  • Lukewarm water

How To Use

  • Use a sanitized needle to poke the jelly capsule.
  • Squeeze out the vitamin E oil into a small bowl.
  • Add 1-2 drops of camellia oil to it and mix well.
  • Apply the mixture to your face and massage for 2-3 minutes.
  • Dip the towel into the lukewarm water. Squeeze out the water.
  • Place the towel on your face and relax for 5-10 minutes.
  • Pat your face with the towel.
  • Do this once in two days.

5. Camellia Oil And Milk

Camellia Oil And Milk

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What You Need

  • 2 tablespoons of pasteurized cow milk (or almond milk)
  • 1-2 drops of camellia oil

How To Use

  • Mix the camellia oil with milk in a bowl.
  • Apply it to your face using a face pack applicator brush.
  • Wait for 15 minutes.
  • Use room temperature water to wash your face.

6. Camellia Oil And Rose Water

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What You Need

  • 50 ml of rose water
  • 5 drops of camellia oil
  • 50 ml of water
  • An empty and clean spray bottle

How To Use

  • Pour the rosewater into the spray bottle.
  • Add camellia oil and water. Shake well.
  • Use it as a moisturizing skin toner in your everyday skin care routine.

7. Camellia Oil And Fuller’s Earth

Camellia Oil And Fuller’s Earth

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What You Need

  • 2 drops of camellia oil
  • 2 tablespoons of Fuller’s earth
  • 1 teaspoon of orange peel
  • 2 tablespoons of milk
  • Water, as required

How To Use

  • Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
  • Apply the mixture all over your face.
  • Wait for 15 minutes.
  • Spray water on your face and use circular motions to massage your face.
  • Wash your face with room temperature water.
  • Pat your face dry and apply a moisturizer.
  • Do this once or twice a week to get bright and glowing skin.

These are the 7 ways you can use camellia oil on your face. But it is important to know if the oil has any side effects. Check the next section.

Are There Any Side Effects?

Camellia oil is mostly safe to use on skin, nails, and hair. However, anecdotal evidence suggests it can be toxic if you ingest it. Hence, be careful when using it in your face masks or toners. Leave the eye area when you apply the mask that contains camellia oil. Close your eyes and lips when you use the camellia oil toner spray (or use cotton to apply the toner).

Also, if you have cystic acne or are in the process of treating a skin condition like eczema, psoriasis, or fungal infections, avoid using pure camellia oil. Talk to your dermatologist to know if you can use camellia oil at all.

If you do not have any skin condition, we suggest you do a patch test with the oil at the back of your jaw to see if you are sensitive to it. Do not use it if you develop redness, itching, and swelling after 10-20 minutes. Wash off immediately and apply calamine lotion or aloe vera gel to soothe the area.

Conclusion

The antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and moisturizing properties of camellia oil make it one of the most sought-after skin care ingredients. Using this highly moisturizing oil in your skin care regimen will not only make your skin healthy but also keep it protected from damage and dryness. Buy a good-quality camellia oil and use it in the ways mentioned above – and you will be happy with the results.

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Arshiya Syeda is an editor and certified counselor. Ever the lover of the written word, she served on the editorial boards of her school and college newsletters. Writing articles on hairstyles, hair care, and nutrition helped her combine her love for reading, writing, and research. As an editor, she helps her team members deliver polished and meticulously researched content. Arshiya is fluent in English, Urdu, and Hindi and aims to become a multilinguist by learning German and teaching herself American Sign Language (ASL).