Recently I kept noticing the ingredient meadowfoam popping up in different skincare and beauty products such as GloTherapeutics The Cherry Balm and as a key ingredient in the Epionce skincare line. When I see or hear about the same ingredient or product in a short period of time I figure it should be worth investigating.
What Is Meadowfoam?
Meadowfoam is a plant in the Limnanthacae floral family that grows in the moist coastal areas of northern California and British Columbia. It was developed as an agricultural crop in the 1950s. The seeds and seed oil of meadowfoam are used in beauty products such as shampoos, soaps, lipsticks, lip balms, suntan lotions, make-up, creams, hand lotions, and other lubricants. The seeds are 20 to 30% oil and rich in fatty acids. Meadowfoam oil is also one of the most stable vegetable oils since it is primarily composed of long chains of fatty acids.
How Meadowfoam Helps The Skin
Meadowfoam is both an emollient and a conditioning agent in skincare and beauty products. For example in shampoos meadowfoam can add shine and moisture to hair. When added to lipsticks and lip balms it moisturizes. Additionally, meadowfoam is anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant. Lastly, meadowfoam can help slow down the aging process and bring back skin elasticity.
Bottom Line: Meadowfoam is a great ingredient to seek out in order to both moisturize and protect your skin, hair, and lips.
The New Ideal in Skin Health by Carl Thornfeldt, MD and Krista Bourne, LE – page 291
A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients by Ruth Winter, M.S. – page 342