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What is it?
Baobab (Adansonia Digitata) is the largest succulent plant in the world. This tree is called The Tree of Life for its universal purpose as food, shelter and traditional medicine in its homeland Africa (Botswana, Namibia…).
Its fruit dries out whilst still on the tree, then when it falls down to the ground it is picked up and seeds from within are extracted, dried in the sun and then cold pressed to yield this beautiful golden yellow, non-fragrant oil.
This oil is rich with antioxidants, vitamins A, B and C and Omega fatty acids (3, 6, 9).
This is the quote from oilhealthbenefits.com, which says that baobab oil is:
Emollient – It is an excellent moisturizer for the skin.
Insulator – It protects the skin from excessive high and low temperatures.
Rejuvenator – It promotes rejuvenation of skin cells.
Non-siccative – It does not dry for a long time.
Cicatrizant – promotes wound healing.
Antioxidant – It prevents the skin from free radical damage.
Anti-Inflammatory – because of the presence of omega fatty acids in it. /source: oilhealthbenefits.com/
My rosacea flare-up made me try this oil.
How to use it?
You can use it on face, body and hair.
You can use it as all-in-one moisturizer, cleanser and facial oil. You can mix it with virtually any cosmetic product to boost its properties; creams, serums and essences.
When it is hot and humid, I use it as all-in-one step: after cleansing, when my face is still wet, I add 3-4 drops of baobab oil, massage it into skin and that is it. Skin care routine done!
I sometimes use toner (like this one reviewed here) after cleansing and then add baobab oil while face is still toner wet. I noticed the beautiful combo with The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 (cleansing, hyaluronic acid, baobab oil).
Baobab oil can be also used as the oil cleanser: applied to dry skin (more than usual 3 to 4 drops), massaged in, wiped off with face washing cloth (as described here) for clean, supple skin.
It is also fantastic for dry, chapped lips treatment. Just do your usual lip peeling and then apply baobab oil. This should do the trick.
After the shower, especially after shower peeling, don’t wipe off your skin just jet. Massage into wet skin a little bit of baobab oil and enjoy your soft, supple skin.
Baobab oil can be used as the stretch marks treatment, but I didn’t try it and cannot say much to this.
Problematic, inflamed, dry, itchy scalp is on baobab oil’s list of duties. Massage it into scalp, leave it there for couple of hours, and then wash your hair.
Baobab oil is also hair conditioner and anti-frizz multi tasker – just add small quantity of oil to your wet hair, and style it as you like.
100% Pure Organic Raw Baobab Oil (Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil)
Who is it for?
All skin types. Rosacea, sensitive, aging
Does it work?
This oil is the only sole ingredient that made me write the full review of it. There is a good reason for it. This oil is the only thing ever that made my rosacea flare-up calm down. Ever. To that bad skin days, when even oxygen in the air aggravates my skin, this oil is a saviour. The only thing my skin tolerates when it’s angry, when the water, air, tears or its own sebum is its enemy, baobab oil is the thing I turn to. When I over exfoliate, this is the thing I turn to. When I expose my skin to anything unpleasant to it, this is the thing I turn to.
I then use it on its own, on wet skin until the situation cools down. Then I can use other skin care products and treatments as normal.
This oil is not comedogenic and it doesn’t clog the pores. It’s not fragrant and sensitizing, and it’s safe for eczema or psoriasis too.
Its anti-inflammatory properties soothe rash, hives and other skin inflammation. This can’t be the only remedy to any serious skin condition, but it is great help to doctor’s prescription medicine.
I like to use this oil even when my skin is calm and nice. Together mixed with any of my serums or essences or creams, it makes my skin look healthy and content.
It is fast absorbing and leaves no greasy residue on skin as long as you don’t exaggerate with the amount of oil used. 3 to 4 drops will be just enough for the face.
But, let it absorb completely before applying sunscreen or makeup. Let it sink deep to make sure it wouldn’t dilute sun protection. Also, if you are on the oilier spectrum don’t use it just before applying foundation or bb cream as you won’t be satisfied how it looks especially after an hour or so. Nothing you didn’t already know.
Baobab oil is really, and I mean really good stuff. If this godforsaken rosacea of mine flinches from it, it must be some badass oil. Believe you me.