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Super Star Ingredient Series - Lesson #1: Bet you never heard of this one!

My Alchemy Skin Care seeks to empower and inspire every body with the clean beauty knowledge and solutions to nourish the whole self. To help educate you, we are launching The Star Ingredient Series on Face-to-Face Fridays to give you the opportunity to learn about the ingredients we select for our products and benefits you receive by using them. We are uncompromising in purity and invest heavily in them to create the most powerful, nourishing and rejuvenating skin care formulas for you. So let’s get to it….

You’ve probably heard how good Vitamin C is for your skin. Maybe you’ve seen Vitamin C Serum or maybe you use it now. Vitamin C is skin spectacular and we love it. Our source is a natural organic ingredient that has Vitamin C content 7 to 10 times higher than a fresh orange! Can you imagine? It’s pretty hard to compete with this Star Ingredient that I bet you’ve never heard of. Let me introduce the one and only...

                                                Baobab Oil 

How do you say it? It’s pronounced Bey-Oh-Bab. 

What product do we use it in? Illuminate Serum. 

What is it? It’s an exotic superfood and beautifying ingredient with a silky texture.This golden oil, often referred to as liquid gold, has been known for centuries to nourish, smooth, heal and transform dull to glow. We couldn’t have discovered a better choice than Baobab for our skin brightening serum.

With an impressive array of macronutrients, amino acids and fatty acids, Baobab is an excellent source of key nutrients including Vitamin C which helps boost collagen production. Infact, Baobab pulp has an impressively high Vitamin C content (280-300 mg/100 g) which is 7 to 10 times more than oranges (51 mg/100 g). It's high Vitamin C levels help the body to absorb it's iron content and regenerates Vitamin E which helps to protect and repair skin. It's also rich in potassium and a wealth of other nutrients like moisturizing Vitamins A, D, E and F to help improve elasticity and soothe skin.

Where does it come from? Baobab Oil is extracted from the seeds of the fruit that grow on the Adansonia Tree, native to Africa.

Baobab Seeds hanging from the Baobab tree. Long green ripe seeds

BaoBab Tree

This tree is easily recognized as it appears to be upside down. It looks like its twisting roots are growing on the top of the tree. These astounding trees are about 75% water, able to store massive water supply in their trunks. This makes them able to withstand drought and live 1,000+ years. Known as the "Tree of Life" it continues to be used extensively by locals as both a food and a medicine.(Pictures were taken from the Baobabs in Madagascar)

How do we suggest using Baobab Oil?

Easy answer! Use Illuminate! Baobab is our not-so secret star Ingredient in this product. It was actually created for me to help with skin conditions cancer treatment brought on. I found it to be an extraordinary multi-purpose treatment. Here’s some not so conventional applications our clients have loved using it for:

  1. Spa/Massage Oil. Baobab has a really different texture than most other oils. It can be a massage oil to get silky smooth skin. It's an emollient, moisturizing for dry and damaged skin. It can help the skin to restructure and heal itself, is quickly absorbed and doesn't leave skin completely dry because of its non-siccative property. 
  2. Home remedy for stretch marks. Regular application on affected areas can help to reduce the appearance and depth of stretch marks. Similarly, it can be used to help heal wound scars, like post-surgical scars. I’ve experienced this first-hand as I applied it daily to my port scar. Over time, it has lightened the scar making it hardly noticeable. 
  3. Baobab helps to lock in moisture. This oil is weightless, readily absorbed so leaves a non-greasy feeling within a few minutes. A drop can be added to a moisturizing lotion to increase the lotion’s effectiveness. It also has been found helpful to use on chapped skin and rough patches on knees and elbows.
  4. Lips. Applying a small amount to dry lips helps gets rid of chappy lips and can even serve as a lip gloss. Lips are always extra dry with chemo. This was a lifesaver for me.
  5. Hair Conditioner. Apply to hair damaged by sun and free radicals. Run your fingers coated with excess oil through your hair, right to the ends, to help smooth frizzies, dry ends and add sheen. Men can use it as a beard oil to tame and soften their facial hair.
  6. Scalp Treatment. Both cancer patients and others with bald heads report it’s comforting to rub a drop or two into their scalp to help soothe and help calm irritation. As a cancer survivor, I can speak to the comfort a few drops gave me as new hair started growing on my scalp. 
  7. Nail Care. Softens cuticles and helps prevent nails from unwanted breakage.
  8. FACE. Using it on your face will enhance your natural radiance. Illuminate can be used as a face treatment by itself or in conjunction with our other two products, Wildcrafted Cleanser and Rose Hydrosol. Illuminate should be applied to a clean damp face to help distribute it evenly and lock in the moisture for a gorgeous glow. 

The last word... 

Did I mention a little goes a long way? Because you only need a little, a 1 oz. bottle lasts for months. While Illuminate may cost a bit more, the healthy benefits your skin receives far outweighs the pinch to your pocketbook. We have a mini size you can try before making a larger investment. This multi-functioning serum is nothing short of remarkable, eliminating the need to purchase multi skin-specific products. Sample it yourself. It may just become your new obsession.

Women dropping serum in hands, wearing blue dress and black belt. Dropper has a black top and clear glass pipe, golden serum in the bottom

While Baobab is a high-performance ingredient in our serum, we’ve also loaded it with other Super Star Ingredients to deliver you maximum results. You’ll be hearing more about these in our Face-to-Face Friday Series. Be sure to sign up on our website with your email to have it delivered to your inbox. Don’t worry! We keep it short and sweet!


Written by,

Rebecca Adams, CEO and Co-founder My Alchemy Skin Care


Sources:

http://oilhealthbenefits.com/baobab-oil/.  Baobab Oil - Uses, Health Benefits and Nutritional Facts.

"Baobab: the Anti-inflammatory, antiviral, Antimicrobial & Antioxidant Superfood Fruit". Baobab: Benefits and Uses for this Super Fruit - Dr. Axe, Nov. 10, 2018 by Annie Price, CHHC


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