Essences are a key part of the 10-step Korean skin care regimen. This one is nearly three-fourths(!) camellia oil. Other ingredients include argan, macadamia seed, grape and sunflower seed oils. The nourishing formula leaves skin brighter, firmer and more refined. After cleansing and toning, apply a few drops of the essence to skin. Follow with serum and moisturizer for a dewy glow.
Erborian Dong Baek Camellia Essence, $69 at Soko Glam
The antioxidant-rich facial oil inside this hot pink bottle will leave skin brighter and healthier-looking. The camellia oil is mixed with rice bran oil and wakame (a Japanese sea kelp) to moisturize skin and fight the signs of aging. The dermatologist-tested product is suitable for all skin types. Work a few drops into skin in the morning and evening. It can even be mixed with moisturizer or foundation.
Boscia Tsubaki Beauty Oil, $46 at Sephora
Jeju is the largest island off of South Korea and its lush landscape produces some of the best ingredients for skin care products. Camellia seed oil is one of the many amazing things found there. This lightweight oil is pure as pure can be — we're talking 100 percent camellia seed oil. Tap a couple of drops on skin to deeply nourish it. The dry oil leaves skin hydrated, but not greasy.
Blossom Jeju 100% Camellia Seed Dry Oil, $30 at Glow Recipe
Discover the amazing cleansing properties of oils. This two-in-one camellia oil-infused product removes makeup and cleanses without stripping skin. When applied to the face, it emulsifies into a milk that balances and hydrates. It then rinses away without leaving behind a sticky residue. Plus it's cruelty-free, dermatologist-tested, noncomedogenic and nonirritating.
Camellia oil's nourishing composition helps pack skin with amazing things like omegas and antioxidants and it's great at removing makeup. This makeup remover harnesses the power of six organic plant oils, including the aforementioned camellia, jojoba, sunflower and blue chamomile. It takes away stubborn makeup and leaves behind a glowing finish. What's more, it doubles as an eye serum.
Captain Blankenship Blue Chamomile & Lemon Oil-Based Cleanser & Makeup Remover, $32 at Captain Blankenship
Here's proof that water and oil can mix. The unique water oil is infused with micro-fermented camellia flower extract to keep skin smooth and elastic. The "bubble oil" formula penetrates skin to fight signs of aging and create a moisturized veil over your face. Yet it doesn't feel greasy. Put on a few drops of the emulsion following cleansing and toning. It can even be applied in the morning before a sheet mask.
Goodal Water Oil Firming Camellia, $30 at Ulta
Makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury's skin care products create the perfect base so makeup looks even better. The multitasking product works as a cleanser, mask and remedy balm. No matter how it's used, the result is beautiful, baby-soft skin. The three-in-one formula has camellia seed oil, frangipani flowers and sea buckthorn seed oil to regenerate skin and smooth fine lines.
Charlotte Tilbury Multi-Miracle Glow Cleanser, Mask & Balm for Baby Soft Skin, $60 at Nordstrom
This rollerball applicator is a total game-changer. After cleansing, roll the applicator onto fingers, then apply the nourishing product to skin. Camellia flower oil, orchid extract and jasmine sambac oil deliver superior hydration while fighting free radicals. The oil penetrates deep — no sticky film here.
Herbivore Botanicals Orchid Facial Oil Roller, $24 at Herbivore Botanicals
Wear this one solo or under foundation. Either way, it's sure to give your face a lit-from-within glow — and a dewy finish sans greasy residue. The secret is a three-phase formula. First, it restores skin's barrier. Then it hydrates and smooths fine lines. Last but not least, it produces a luminous shield that also protects complexions from free radical damage. Now that's good science.
Dermalogica Phyto Replenish Oil, $75 at Nordstrom
Sheet masks get all the glory thanks to their fun delivery, but this cream mask is just as effective in plumping skin and minimizing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. It's formulated with camellia oil, hyaluronic acid microspheres and pomegranate extract to take skin from dull to luminous in one application. Apply it to your face or neck as often as needed.
Darphin Youthful Radiance Camellia Mask, $70 at Darphin
There's a fine line between hydrated skin and greasy skin. A dab of this cream leaves skin softer and more plump, but without a shiny finish. It also has a woody floral scent that smells anything but medicinal. It's formulated with camellia, rosemary leaf, chamomile bud and sandalwood.
Aesop Camellia Nut Facial Hydrating Cream, $49 at Aesop
An oil moisturizer without a greasy, need-to-wash-my-face feel? Yes, it's possible. This organic moisturizer contains camellia oil, avocado oil, hazelnut oil, sea buckthorn oil and vitamin E, yet it's surprisingly lightweight. The formula is especially beneficial to dry, combination or mature skin because it functions as a protective, restorative serum.
PLANT Apothecary SUPERFACIAL Organic Oil Moisturizer for Normal, Combination and Mature Skin, $56 at PLANT Apothecary
Geranium blossom and camellia come together in this nongreasy day cream. The effective formula nourishes dry to normal skin while visibly improving tone and texture. A couple of pumps is all you really need each day, so expect the bottle to last.
Grown Alchemist Hydra-Repair Day Cream: Camellia & Geranium Blossom, $59 at Grown Alchemist
By Terry's makeup products have quite the cult following, but this cleansing oil is another splurge-worthy option. Olive, jojoba and camellia oils remove stubborn makeup — even waterproof formulas. And yes, the oil is gentle enough to be used on eyes. Gently massage it into dry skin, then wipe and rinse off. The oil conditions skin without leaving it feeling slick.
By Terry Cellularose Cleansing Oil, $68 at Space.NK
Chanel doesn't just use camellias on chokers. This luxurious cream's main ingredient is Camellia Alba PFA, a potent poly-fractioned active created by Chanel using an exclusive purification technique. It's mixed with antioxidant-rich Blue Ginger PFA and shea butter to quench parched skin. It's particularly effective on those with dry to normal skin.
Chanel Hydra Beauty Crème Hydration Protection Radiance, $87 at Nordstrom
Get dewy, healthy-looking skin without a trip to an esthetician. This wild-crafted elixir is formulated in Arizona with organic ingredients. It features good-for-skin aloe leaf juice, sunflower seed oil, camellia seed oil, algae and radish root ferment filtrate. The ingredients revitalize, hydrate and protect skin from irritation and environmental stress. The lightweight formula can be used in combination with other moisturizers and serums.
Kypris Antioxidant Dew, $72 at Anthropologie
The first thing a lot of us think of when we hear “camellia” is Chanel’s iconic camellia flower. The bloom doesn’t just look pretty, though. It’s fast becoming a popular beauty ingredient thanks to the skin-perfecting properties of camellia oil.
Camellia oil, or tsubaki oil as it’s sometimes known, comes from the nut of the camellia flower. While it is starting to gain attention in beauty circles in the West, camellia oil has long been a staple in Japan for geisha. According to Holly McWhorter, co-founder of PLANT Apothecary, camellia oil is beneficial because of its moisturizing properties. “Its molecular makeup and weight are similar to sebum, the oil our skin produces by itself, and this similarity allows it to be easily and quickly absorbed deep into the lower layers of the skin,” she explains. This also means that the oil will not leave a greasy residue on skin, making it a great option for oily or acne-prone skin.
Another benefit of camellia oil is that it’s packed with skin-perfecting antioxidants, including omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids, plant collagen and squalane. McWhorter says squalane is especially important because it’s an essential part of skin’s hydration and protection system, but the body produces less of it as we age. Camellia oil also helps soothe irritation, increase healing and fight bacteria.
Camellia’s benefits have applications beyond skin care. The oil can also be found in body and hair products. It’s even used in makeup — mascaras in particular. Camellia oil helps condition lashes so they don’t get that dreaded crispy finish. Don’t believe us? Pick up a tube of Shiseido Perfect Full Definition Mascara ($24).
Other oils like coconut and jojoba have earned glowing reputations, but it’s worth expanding your oil collection to include nourishing camellia. Shop the best camellia oil beauty products in the gallery above.
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