The Beauty Glossary: E is for Echium Seed Oil

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Ek-ee-um Seed Oil

Echium seed oil is a novel, non-fragrant plant oil derived from the seeds of the echium vulgare flower. The oil is a super-rich source of saturated fatty acids and phospholipids (lipids with ultra-moisturizing properties). It’s a gift for dry, eczema-prone skin.

It’s the most potent plant source of Gamma Linolenic Acid and Stearidonic Acid and powerful forms of Omegas 3 and 6 (the building blocks of powerful cell membranes and a great source of protection against oxidative damage). Because of these omegas, vegetarians take echium seed supplements to replace fish. Skincare benefits include:

• The acceleration of skin cell regeneration to smooth fine lines and wrinkles
• Deep conditionining and skin repairment at a cellular level
• Anti-inflammatory properties to keep sensitive skin types calm and clear
• The ability to prevent damage to skin from UV rays

Echium seed oil helps repair the skin’s protective barrier, which improves hydration and reduces roughness. Also, it has been said to boost the production of collagen.

It was traditionally used by the Greeks to heal wounds and as an anti-inflammatory. The beauty benefits got lost in translation and the echium flower was dismissed as nothing more than a garden plant for years. It made a comeback when evidence into the benefits of omega fatty acids came to light.

Discover some of our favorite products containing echium seed oil:


  1. L'Occitane Immortelle Divine Cream
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    L'Occitane Immortelle Divine Cream

    Turn back the clock with L’Occitane’s Immortelle Divine Cream, infused with superlative essential oils such as immortelle and myrtle. The formula, heavenly in its combination, will boost collagen production levels, alleviating the damage caused by premature ageing and illuminating your skin.

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  2. Murad Resurgence Starter Kit
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    Murad Resurgence Starter Kit

    This 3-step skincare system will restore yester year’s vitality. The travel-friendly kit contains:

    •A cleansing cream
    •An intensive age-diffusing serum
    •An age-balancing moisture broad spectrum SPF 30 and a
    •Renewing eye-cream

    These products work together to reveal a more radiant you.

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  3. Sothys Soothing SOS Serum
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    Sothys Soothing SOS Serum

    A combination of unique ingredients make Sothy’s soothing serum an elexir for sensitive skin. Spa™ thermal water, wild jasmine leaf and tetra-peptide almost instantaneously diffuse discomfort and visibly reduce redness. Blue ageratum leaf and brown algae extracts work on inflammatory flare-ups and also help with redness.

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  4. First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Overnight Mask
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    First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Overnight Mask

    You will want to go to bed with First Aid’s Beauty Facial Radiance Overnight mask every night. The leave-on formula, a gel cream, contains a substantial combo of brightening, hydrating and nourishing ingredients so you wake up with better-looking skin.

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  5. Paula's Choice Resist Moisture Renewal Oil Booster
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    Paula's Choice Resist Moisture Renewal Oil Booster

    Relieve dull, dry skin with the Paula’s Choice Resist Moisture Renewal Oil Booster. An innovative blend of nine plant oils is kind to the skin, coaxing back a youthful glow as the beautifully lightweight texture quickly absorbs into the skin, and essential fatty acids rebuild the skin’s barrier.

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