Baobab is a tree native to certain regions in Africa. It produces a fruit with a powdery pulp that contains vitamin C and can be consumed as food or used for medicinal purposes. It is marketed as a “superfruit” because it is rich in antioxidants and it is believed that it can help protect against illnesses such as heart disease and cancer.
In addition to the medicinal benefits of this fruit, the baobab oil extracted from the fruit can also be used on the hair and skin, or as an ingredient in skin and hair care products. It can be used to treat dandruff/dry scalp, eczema, psoriasis and rosacea. It helps with skin and hair regeneration by improving skin elasticity and healing damaged hair. Baobab oil also contains Vitamins A, D, and E to help with dry winter skin, hair and nails, and it is packed with Omega 3, 6, and 9.
So now that we know some of the amazing benefits of Baobab oil, how can you incorporate it into your hair and skin regimen?
Use it as your skin moisturizer
I have always had problems with dry, sensitive skin. Over the years, I have tried several different skin care products to no avail. Last year, I discovered baobab oil and decided to replace my usual face moisturizer with it. I saw amazing results in a very short time. My skin was more moisturized, glowing and without irritation. I have been using plain baobab oil for my moisturizer ever since and have no regrets. After washing my face, I simply apply a dime-sized (or less) amount of the oil and massage it in.
Add to your Homemade Skin and Hair Care Recipes
If you love making your own skin care products, such as whipped shea butter or mango butter, try adding a little baobab oil to your recipe. The moisturizing benefits of the oil will help to make your skin care products ten times more moisturizing for your skin. You can also add the oil to your homemade deep conditioning recipes or to your favorite store-bought deep conditioner.
Use it as a hot oil treatment
There are two ways to do a hot oil treatment. You can either heat the oil and apply to your hair then cover with a plastic cap or you can apply the oil to your hair then sit under a dryer for a few minutes (or blow dry if you don’t have a hooded dryer). Whichever way you choose, using Baobab oil as a hot oil treatment will provide great benefits for your hair.
Use as a hair glosser
Finally, try applying a few drops of baobab oil to your hair and ends for shiny, glossy hair.
I’m sure there are many more benefits and uses for this amazing oil, but if you want to start incorporating it into your hair or skin care regimen, these are just a few ways to get started.
Have you ever tried Baobab Oil? If so, how do you incorporate it into your hair/skin care regimen?