Fight free radicals, improve skin tone and elasticity, restore the lipid phase, regenerate cell wall
The majestic baobab tree is an icon of the African continent and lies at the heart of many traditional African remedies.
This prehistoric species, native to the African savannah where the climate is dry and arid, is a symbol of life and positivity in a landscape where little can thrive. The tree absorbs and stores water in its vast trunk, enabling it to produce a nutrient rich fruit in the dry season, hence its name “The Tree of Life”.
The trees, which can live up to 5,000 years, take 200 years to start blooming and bearing fruits. The flowers open at night once a year for a few nights only. The flowers, which are pollinated by fruit bats and insects, produce a hard woody green velvety pod containing a powdery white pulp and seeds.
A rich clear golden yellow oil is extracted (cold press) from the seeds. The oil is rich in essential fatty acids (omegas 3, 6 & 9), which help to restructure and regenerate skin cells walls. It also contains phytosterols, vitamin E and A, which can shield the skin against severe sun damages and consequential pre-mature ageing. Baobab oil is a powerful emollient, which has been clinically proven to combat signs of ageing, improve firmness, boost skin elasticity, reduce fine lines and even out skin tone.
With three times the antioxidant power of goji bery and ten times more vitamin C than an orange, baobab powder is called a superfood. It is also rich in a variety of minerals and vitamin A, B & E as well as essential amino acids, polysaccharides and glycoproteins, all contributing to its hydrating and regenerating properties, improving skin tone and elasticity.
Our baobab is certified organic by Ecocert and fair trade. It is sustainably hand harvested in Limpopo by Venda women.
- Normalises blood flow, helps reduce the symptoms of rosacea, and improves wound healing.
- Exfoliates, making skin smooth and even-toned.
- Repairs the cellular structure of the epidermis, optimising UV protection.
- Decreases clustering of melanin granules, so reduces brown spots or pigmentation.
- Decreases sebum production and treats acne effectively.
- Promotes a healthy cellular membrane.
- Helps in the eradication of pre-cancerous skin lesions.
- Improves hydration both in and around the cell.
- Niacin (Vitamin B3) increases capillary dilation, which in turn increases blood flow or what is known as vasodilation. Skincare treatment formulations that contain topical niacin derivatives enhance oxygenation of the dermis due to increased circulation, resulting in healthy cells.
- Protects skin cells and the skin’s support structure from UV-related damage.
- Improves the appearance of sun-damaged skin.
- Strengthens the skin’s barrier response.
- Reduces inflammation.
- Promotes collagen production.
- Lessens hyperpigmentation (at levels of 3% or greater).
- Protects the skin from environmental pollution.
- Protective action against UV radiation – although it cannot be classed as a sunscreen.
- Excellent moisturiser.
- Powerful anti-inflammatory properties – can prevent the signs of premature ageing, as inflammatory conditions in the skin are a leading cause of skin ageing.
- Excellent wound-healing properties.
- Enhances and helps with the penetration of other compounds into the skin and is itself well absorbed by human skin.