i’ve been wanting to do an ingredients spotlight series, and after the spotlight on spirulina, i decided to go for it!
today’s post is all about kukui nut oil – and why i love it!
WHAT IS KUKUI NUT OIL?
this oil has varied external uses, like my beloved argan oil. it comes from the kukui nut tree, the official tree of hawaii, and has been used by natives for hundreds of years.
they recognized the oil’s high penetrability and soothing properties, and utilize it in helping sooth sunburns and chapped skin. it’s a great ingredient to use in mixes or alone. this oil contains high levels of the essential fatty acids linoleic and alpha-linolenic, and is readily absorbed into the skin, providing tissues the essential elements that it needs. ( –source)
KUKUI NUT OIL USES:
this non-greasy oil is fantastic for dry or damaged skin and hair. it can penetrate the skin deeply, like emu oil.
moisturizer – face and body:
because it’s relatively fast-absorbing and non-greasy, this oil is great for an all-over moisturizer. a little goes a long way, so start with small amounts and work your way up.
the OCM – oil cleansing method:
yes – this is a great oil for the OCM (details here). it’s nourishing and healing.
add this to any of your favorite face masks for a nourishing and moisturizing addition. raw honey, spirulina, and kukui nut oil are fantastic mixed together!
simply put a few drops of this oil on a cotton pad or washcloth and wipe your makeup away. it’s as if it melts my eye makeup right off! and the best part of all – your eye area is left super soft and your eyelashes can grow in thicker and longer.
bath oil –
add a few drops to your bath water for some moisture. you can also apply a small amount of the oil all over your body directly after your shower to lock in moisture.
sunburn relief –
after the heat is gone from your sunburn (very important), apply gently to burnt skin and allow it to soak in. the oil will help soothe the damaged skin.
baby head-to-toe oil:
you can use this gentle oil all over your tiny human to help with cradle cap, diaper rash, and eczema.
you can use this as both a scalp treatment and on the length of your hair, just as you would any other oil treatment. it also can help with psoriasis, itchy scalp, and dandruff. you can also “spot treat” the ends of your hair with it. please use a little at a time!
kukui nut oil needs to be stored in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight.
WHERE TO PURCHASE:
this oil is pretty inexpensive, ranging from $1.50-$3.50 per ounce for the cold-pressed variety. i purchase mine from mountain rose herbs (here… not an affiliate link!), but you can purchase elsewhere. make sure it’s cold-pressed and pure.
are you a fan of kukui nut oil? or not? leave your thoughts below!
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