Beauty's Latest Oils
LIQUID GOLD: BEAUTY'S LATEST OILS
Move over, Moroccan argan oil. You’ve been dominating the beauty scene over the last few years, but with more and more skin-repairing, youth-reviving ingredients being uprooted from the farthest and most hidden corners of the world, your days at the top may be numbered. We’ve unearthed the latest, most exotic and most promising oils on the beauty racks today—now, it’s time to see why they’re giving you a run for your money.
Claims: Harvested from the seeds of extremely old African baobab trees (up to 3,000 years old), baobab oil possesses exceptional nutritional benefits for both skin and hair. It has 6 times more vitamin C than an orange, as many antioxidants as goji berries, more calcium than milk, more iron than red meat, more potassium than bananas and more magnesium than spinach. Is it any wonder African natives have treasured the baobab tree and its fruit for thousands of years, calling it the “Tree of Life.”
Baobab oil boasts high concentrations of vitamins A, D, E and F, which gives it the ability to speed up cell repair and fight environmental aggressors that age skin. It also possesses Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids, which help soothe and treat various skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. As for hair, it acts as a superior and deeply nourishing emollient that strengthens, conditions, protects and rehabilitates dry and damaged strands.
Baobab oil is non-siccative (does not evaporate like most essential oils), has a longer shelf-life than many other natural seed oils, and absorbs into skin and hair seamlessly without leaving any greasy residue.
Claims: Squeezed out from the nuts of drought-resistant marula trees, marula oil is a priceless skin care ingredient because it naturally softens, nourishes and revitalizes dry, traumatized and aging skin. Due to its high levels of oleic and linoleic fatty acids (at 60 to 70% concentrations), it easily and deeply penetrates the skin, providing prolonged hydration while keeping skin surface bacteria at bay. It also contains high levels of important antioxidants including tocopherol (vitamin E), tochotrienol, phenolic compounds and flavonoids, which fights free radicals and aids in reversing visible signs of extrinsic aging.
Independent studies claim that pure marula oil is 10 times more stable and more resistant to oxidation than olive oil, 16% more powerful than Argan oil at fighting free radicals, better at reducing redness than sweet almond oil, and even richer in vitamin C than oranges. Aside from its uncanny ability to reverse skin aging, marula oil is currently being used to treat skin traumas caused by sunburn, radiation (from cancer treatments) and aggressive facial peels.
Claims: Extracted from the seeds of passion fruit, maracuja oil (also known as passion fruit oil) is best known for its anti-inflammatory and healing properties. It’s high in antioxidants (vitamins A and C), as well essential fatty acids, calcium and phosphorus, which makes it a valuable contribution to skin care products that target acneic, sun-damaged and sensitive skin.
Maracuja oil is also used in hair products to condition dry, brittle and damaged hair. It also balances scalp oil, encourages healthy hair growth, strengthens strands and gives a natural sheen to hair.
Article posted 11/05/2012.