Baobab powder seems to be an increasingly popular ingredient in high-end skin care formulations. This is due to the backed-up claims that it is capable of reducing fine lines, wrinkles, scar tissues and even diminish stretch marks.
Not only is it effective on your skin, but it’s also ideal for moisturising dry, brittle hair to limit any bad hair days.
Baobab powder comes from the baobab tree, which blooms at least once a year and is naturally found in Africa, Madagascar, and Australia.
The enormous, crooked like branches of the tree have given it its unique nickname the ‘upside down tree,' which can grow to as tall as 100 feet and live for over 1000 years.
The baobab fruit has been dubbed a superfruit thanks to its rich nutrients such as vitamin C, calcium and potassium, which provide numerous health benefits some of which spill over to improving skin care.
Baobab powder is rich in various antioxidants such as vitamin A, D, E and F plus B complexes, fatty acids and minerals that help improve skin elasticity, heal damaged skin, restore skin complexion and even combat any early signs of ageing.
It’s ideal for all skin types and limits any adverse allergic reactions when taken in its natural 100% organic state, as our own baobab powder is.
There are many benefits of baobab powder but below we shall focus on the skin benefits you stand to reap from using baobab superfruit powder.
Vitamin C makes the backbone of any anti-wrinkle or anti-aging diet, and it is part of baobab skin benefits. Baobab fruit has the highest levels of vitamin C about ten times more than an orange.
Vitamin C helps your body generate elastin and collagen, two essential structural proteins that boost your skin’s elasticity and support, keeping it looking youthful without any wrinkles.
As we all know, fine lines and wrinkles are all part and parcel of the ageing process. Ageing tends to occur once the elastin and collagen production decreases and when gravity starts to take effect, which causes the skin to sag and wrinkle even more.
The lack of these structural proteins are not the only culprits to dull skin, free radicals produced by the body can also further accelerate the ageing process.
Luckily, baobab powder is rich in antioxidants that ward off these free radicals for a longer, more supple skin.
Vitamin A is another powerful antioxidant found in baobab powder. It is also referred to as retinoid or Retin A.
When ingested as in the case of baobab powder, vitamin A goes deep into the pores and removes any keratin plugs, which are often the primary cause of blackheads, papules, and acne.
Because acne also tends to occur in people with oily skin, Vitamin A can help decrease the overall oil in the skin pores by opening them up, increasing circulation and clearing the oil more easily.
Reducing the appearance of scar tissue is yet another huge benefit of baobab powder. Scar tissue has a different structure in comparison to healthy skin.
Antioxidants found in baobab powder including vitamin C and essential fatty acids which can improve circulation to the scar tissue; this improves the healing of the skin as well as blending the new skin with the surrounding tissue.