A few months ago, I first started taking a look at the superfruit which is taking the food and beauty worlds by storm- baobab. This African fruit, which in itself defies the odds by growing in some of the harshest climates on Earth, shows itself to be a rich source of energy, vitamins, antioxidants and fibre, as I found out myself when I tried it for 1 month. Since then, it seems more of you have been discovering the benefits of this nutrient-rich fruit!
After I started to notice the benefits of incorporating baobab into my diet and using it as the key ingredient in a number of face masks, I began to search for other ways that baobab is being used in health, beauty and cosmetic products. While I’m sure we can all agree that nothing beats home made, it’s great to see this versatile and nutritious fruit gaining popularity and its benefits being enjoyed by more and more people, especially if it means greater profits for the communities in Senegal and Kenya who grow it.
Aura Cacia cold pressed baobab oil
While baobab is at its most versatile when dried and powdered, it is also available as a potent and intensely moisturising oil. While still rich in its many vitamins and antioxidants, baobab oil also moisturises intensely, protecting the skin and encouraging healthy skin cell regeneration. This makes it perfect for applying to dehydrated or ageing skin to improve elasticity and retain a healthy level of moisture. Try adding a few drops to a home made baobab face mask to make it extra nourishing and moisturising.
Shea Terra baobab and coconut water smoothing vita-enzyme facial masque
The name might sound complex, but the contents are very simple. Shea Terra blend baobab powder with coconut to concentrate the power of both fruits, making them easy to use in your skincare routine. Much like conventional powdered baobab, mix a teaspoon of the powder in the palm of your hand with a little warm water to form a paste, and apply to the face. Leave for 15 minutes before rinsing. You can also use this powder in your own baobab face mask recipes- just experiment with your own levels of nourishing ingredients to find what’s right for your skin!
Alaffia baobab and shea butter skin renewal face cream
This face cream combines the detoxifying properties of baobab with the nourishing ones of shea butter to give your face a luxurious treatment all over. Shea butter is one of the best ingredients for moisturising and protecting the surface of the skin, whilst the nutrients in the baobab help to improve skin elasticity and renew skin cells, leaving the face looking and feeling fresh and pure- a brilliant moisturiser to deliver everything the skin needs in one go.
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