Whoever said, “you can’t have it all” clearly didn’t know about baobab oil.
Pressed from the seeds of the baobab tree, baobab oil is a luxurious, nutrient rich oil with many health benefits. It’s a plant-based moisturizer with a plethora of antioxidants, vitamin A, vitamin E, and omega fatty acids. Baobab oil is ideal to use on skin and hair because of its lightweight, smooth texture that absorbs quickly and isn’t greasy.
The powerful benefits of baobab oil have been known by communities in Africa for centuries, but went undiscovered by the rest of the world until recently. So, what makes baobab oil so special? Here’s 15 ways baobab oil benefits your hair and skin.
1. Baobab oil supports a healthy skin moisture barrier
Your skin’s barrier is the outermost layer of the epidermis, which plays a key role in maintaining moisturized skin. A healthy skin barrier locks in moisture, prevents your skin from drying out, and keeps skin soft and smooth. Over time, taking care of your skin’s barrier will help prevent aging and maintain resilient, healthy skin. While some skin care products actually harm the skin barrier, baobab oil nourishes it. Baobab oil contains vitamin E, which is great for moisturizing the skin and supporting a healthy skin moisture barrier.
2. Baobab oil preserves collagen
Collagen makes up a third of the protein in your body and is what gives skin its strength and elasticity. The older we get, the slower collagen production becomes, so it’s important to support your skin with a healthy diet and proper skin care. Baobab oil is rich in antioxidants that, when used on the skin, help to preserve collagen and keep skin strong and glowing.
3. Baobab oil combats fine lines & wrinkles
Fine lines and wrinkles are caused by, you guessed it, the breakdown of collagen. UV rays, poor diet, not enough sleep, and more can cause collagen breakdown (and eventually wrinkles). Luckily, baobab oil’s rich antioxidants help to preserve collagen. In addition to locking in moisture for soft skin, baobab oil keeps fine lines and wrinkles at bay by protecting against collagen breakdown.
4. Baobab oil cleanses gently
Did you know that baobab oil can be used as an oil cleanser? As the first step in your skincare ritual, massage a few drops of baobab oil into your skin to break down pore-clogging dirt, then rinse it off with water. Oil dissolves oil, so this is a great way to gently remove makeup and impurities at the end of the day.
5. Baobab oil is skin microbiome friendly
The term ‘skin microbiome’ refers to the community of bacteria that live in the layers of your skin. Before you get grossed out by the idea of bacteria living on you, recent studies have revealed that the skin microbiome is actually very important for healthy skin. Unlike common skin care products that disrupt the microbes on your skin, baobab oil is pure, wildcrafted, and won’t interfere with the skin microbiome. Because of this, baobab oil is great for any skin type including oily skin, dry skin, and sensitive skin.
6. Baobab oil fights acne
If you have oily, acne-prone skin, it seems like the last thing you would want to do is put even more oil on your face. However, baobab oil is actually good for oily skin. It’s lightweight, doesn’t clog pores, and moisturizes your skin to prevent the production of excess oil that leads to acne. Plus, baobab oil is gentle enough for sensitive skin and won’t cause irritation.
7. Baobab oil conditions hair
Hair needs moisture to keep it strong and healthy, and baobab oil’s potent moisturizing properties make it a great hair oil. Depending on your hair texture, baobab oil can be massaged in from root to tip and left in overnight, or it can be used to smooth frizz and protect hair during the day. Alternatively, add a few drops of baobab oil to your daily conditioner to boost its nourishing power.
8. Baobab oil moisturizes the scalp
Healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp! In addition to conditioning your luscious locks, baobab oil can be gently massaged into the scalp to keep dryness and flakes at bay. Maintaining a moisturized scalp is a great way to boost the health of your hair, and who doesn’t love a nice scalp massage?
9. Baobab oil strengthens nails
Did you know that applying cuticle oil can stimulate nail growth? Strong nails start with healthy cuticles, so keep them moisturized with a good cuticle oil. Baobab oil absorbs quickly and isn’t too heavy, making it a great moisturizer for your fingertips. Just dab a drop on each cuticle, massage it in, and enjoy your beautiful nails!
10. Baobab oil heals chapped lips
We all hate the feeling of dry, cracked lips with skin flaking off. Ouch! Luckily, you can use baobab oil as a rich lip balm. Apply a couple of drops to your lips to keep them moisturized, help them heal, and protect them from environmental aggressors.
11. Baobab oil soothes irritation and eczema
Baobab oil is a rich source of omega fatty acids that fight inflammation, making it a great choice for sensitive or inflamed skin. Baobab oil’s anti-inflammatory properties soothe irritation and can even help with skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
12. Baobab oil fights free radicals
Free radicals are unstable atoms in the body that can damage cells and cause aging by breaking down collagen. However, this damage can be prevented by molecules that neutralize free radicals: antioxidants! Baobab oil is packed with naturally-occurring antioxidants that protect your skin from oxidative damage and help prevent aging.
13. Baobab oil reduces damage from UV rays
Baobab oil contains vitamin E, which has been shown to be beneficial for reducing skin damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) rays. Vitamin E can absorb the energy from UV light and prevent UV-induced free radical damage to skin. Baobab oil won’t replace your sunscreen, but it will definitely moisturize and protect your skin at the same time.
14. Baobab oil protects from air pollution
It’s clear that air pollution isn’t good to breathe, but did you know it also harms your skin? Pollutants can penetrate your skin’s barrier and cause free radicals to form. There’s no escaping air pollution completely, but you can protect your skin by applying baobab oil to exposed areas and let its free radical-fighting antioxidants do their thing.
15. Baobab oil is clean, sustainable, and wild
The baobab tree is considered to be a Lost Crop™— an undervalued wild plant with powerful health benefits. By including baobab oil in your skincare ritual, you’re helping bring value to the tree and protect biodiversity. Baobab oil is a one-ingredient powerhouse, so you can rest assured that you’re not putting any unnecessary chemicals, fillers, or mystery ingredients on your skin.
It’s incredible that one plant can have so many benefits— that’s the power of baobab! However, not all baobab oil is created equal. It should be wildcrafted, stored in a dark bottle to ensure the oil is preserved, and come from a reputable ethical company.
KAIBAE Head-To-Toe Baobab Oil is sustainably wild-harvested by community partners in Ghana, and every bottle sold helps provide them with better access to healthcare and education. Good for them, good for the planet, and good for your skin!