I am constantly researching the latest developments in active ingredients from around the world. Many of the stellar ingredients I have found over the years sometimes take years to become mainstream and some never make it, primarily because of price. For me price has never been the primary driver. Most importantly for me, the ingredients I seek must have proven efficacy, they must be ethical and they must be sustainable. And from time to time I come across a stand out.
One such star is Baobab Oil (Adansonia Digitata).The Baobab is often referred to as The Tree of Life and with good reason for it provides shelter, clothing, food, and water for the animal and human inhabitants of the African Savannah regions. The cork-like bark and huge stem are fire resistant and are used for making cloth and rope. The leaves are used as condiments and medicines. The fruit, called “monkey bread”, is edible, and full of Vitamin C.
Although known to African societies for thousands of years for its medicinal benefits, and used by the woman of the Savannah to protect their skin from the harsh environment for centuries, it is only now being appreciated by a much broader market for its skincare credentials.
I really love this lightweight, fast absorbing oil that is extracted from the seed of the fruit. I much prefer it to the heavier Rosehip Oil and it has many additional benefits. It is rich in vitamins A, D, E, and F plus EFAs (essential fatty acids) Omega 3, 6 & 9. Vitamins A and F rejuvenates and renews cell membranes, the Vitamin E is a superior antioxidant that fights the ageing process and the EFAs add moisture, hydration and protection for the skin.
Apart from the moisturising and hydrating properties, Baobab oil also improves the tone and elasticity in the skin and is very soothing. Baobab oil does not clog the pores and is a wonderful ingredient for those with rosacea. It can also help reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
I have included this vitamin rich oil in Ultra Day, Rise and Shine Coffee Elixir and Daily Male.