Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Baobab Beauty Oil

What is Baobab Oil made from?

Baobab Oil is made from the seeds of the baobab tree. The seeds are cold pressed and filtered. Cold pressing ensures that the valuable properties in the oil are not destroyed as could happen in a heated press.

Baobab Oil contains:

Vitamin D. Palmitic acid, Oleic Acid, Linoleic Acid. Omega 3, Omega 6 & Omega 9 Fatty Acids.
Why is Baobab Oil good for our skin?Baobab Oil contains Ω-3 (Omega 3), Ω-6 (Omega 6) and Ω-9 (Omega 9) Fatty Acids. Omega 3, Omega 6 and Omega 9 Fatty Acids are Essential Fatty Acids which are necessary for the maintenance of healthy skin. Liquid cold pressed oil from Flaxseed or Baobab are rich sources of Ω-3, Ω-6 and Ω-9 Fatty Acids.

What is an Essential Fatty Acid?

Essential fatty acids are a group of fatty acids which are required by the body. Like vitamins and minerals the body is unable to manufacture them. Thus they must be obtained through diet and by topical application to the skin. Fatty Acids can be depleted from the skin from over exposure to UV rays, poor health, poor immune systems and natural ageing. Certain drugs, such as steroids, can also deplete the skin layers of natural fats.

How can Essential Fatty Acids help our skin?

Essential Fatty Aids have the following functions in our skin:
They are important for cell membranes: Their molecules (metabolites) are one of the requirement for the structure of cell membranes.

They are important for regulating cell function: They form part of the process of producing postaglandins (a hormone like substance), which helps regulate cell function.
They help 'water-proof' the skin: They help maintain the impermeability barrier of the skin and stop toxic substances from entering cells. Topical application can help alleviate various skin disorders such as chronic dry skin, thin skin, chronic brusing and sun spots. It can be used for people suffering from eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, skin cancer, scaly skin disorder and non-healing wounds, such as diabetic ulcers.

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