I loved munching on macadamia nuts when I was a kid (I still do 😉 ) and now I’m learning more and more of its miraculous properties for health as well as skin & hair care! Extracted from delicious macadamia nuts, macadamia nut oil is rich in powerful antioxidants, fatty acids, vitamins and other nutrients that make it a superfood for your health and beauty. It’s one of the best natural oils for the skin & a great carrier oil for essential oils with its medium-thin consistency and ability to easily penetrate into the skin. Without further adieu, let’s take a look at these 10 macadamia nut oil skin benefits, its properties, nutrients & how you can start using it in your skin care routine.
Rejuvenate Your Skin | Macadamia Nut Oil Skin Benefits
1. Gently Cleanses Skin
Macadamia nut oil has a relatively light consistency, compared to most oils such as olive oil, so it can be used as the base oil or one of the base oils in your oil cleansing routine! It works well in purifying skin of all types including acne prone skin. Here’s a simple but effective oil cleansing recipe: Combine ½ cup of macadamia nut oil, 2 tsp rosehip oil and 10 drops of tea tree essential oil. Store in a amber glass bottle . To oil cleanse, massage a dime sized amount on your face using clean fingertips, then wring a microfiber cloth in hot water and start dabbing it on your skin. This opens the pores and lets the goodness sink in and deep cleanse your pores. Repeat once or twice more or until most of the oil has penetrated. That’s it! Do this every evening after removing your makeup.
2. Skin Moisturizer
Containing a perfect balance of essential fatty acids such as oleic, linoleic and palmitoleic acids, one of the best macadamia nut oil skin benefits is its skin hydrating and moisturizing properties. These fatty acids nourish the skin, help combat dry flakes and lock in moisture. After cleansing your face, simply rub two drops of macadamia nut oil between your palms and use it to moisturize your skin!
3. Soothes Sunburn
Sunburns are characterized by burning, painful and inflamed skin. Using macadamia nut oil can soothe and relieve nasty sunburns due to its fatty acid content that make it a powerful anti-inflammatory. Make this soothing blend and apply over your sunburn: combine ¼ cup macadamia nut oil, 5-7 drops peppermint essential oil. Spread a thin layer onto the sunburn to cool it down and speed up healing.
4. Helps Fade Scars
Here, all the three fatty acids: linoleic, oleic and palmitoleic play a major role. They nourish the skin and speed up the healing process of the scars, helping them fade away faster. You can use macadamia nut oil to make your own scar fading serum with any one or more of these essential oils for scars.
5. Prevents Wrinkles & Fine Lines
The high amount of palmitoleic acid in macadamia nut oil offers great anti-aging skin benefits. As we age, the palmitoleic acid in our skin decreases, which makes the skin lose its taut and firm appearance. Massaging macadamin nut oil onto your skin consistently restore’s the lost palmitoleic acid thereby maintaining the skin’s natural elasticity as well as keeping skin looking supple and youthful!
6. Fights Acne
Since it penetrates easily into the skin without leaving a greasy feel, macadamia nut oil can be used to moisturizes acne prone skin. It also has strong anti-inflammatory properties that soothe acne inflammation which helps reduce the appearance of pimples. Mix with lavender essential oil for a powerful anti-acne blend.
7. Softens Rough Patches
Linoleic acid in macadamia nut oil is the real gem for moisturizing skin and keeping it soft and supple. It is a fatty acid that prevents trans-epidermal water loss which can leave skin flaky, parched, dry, dehydrated and rough.
8. Offers Skin Protection & Has SPF
Did you know that some oils have natural SPF that can help prevent sunburn? Macadamia nut oil has an SPF of about 6 to 8 and also contains a powerful plant compound, cinnamic acid that is known for its natural sun protection properties. Applying macadamia nut oil helps retain moisture in the skin and this offers skin protection and helps prevents sunburn.
9. Relieves Eczema & Other Inflammatory Skin Conditions
Use macadamia nut oil to moisturize dry rough eczema patches and well as relieve itchiness. The anti-inflammatory properties soothe inflammation and calm down irritated skin.
10. Balances Oily Skin
By regulating sebum production, macadamia nut oil helps balance and control oily skin. If your skin is oily or acne prone, you can use this amazing oil as a facial cleanser, moisturizer or night time facial oil to normalize your skin.
Please ensure you are not allergic to macadamia nut oil before using it. You can use a patch test on your inner wrist or elbow to see if it’s safe for you to use – if you notice any burning, itching or skin irritation, do not use macadamia nut oil on your body.