Mongongo oil like other natural oils, are used in many hair and skincare products. However, Mongongo oil also claims to boast other beauty benefits.
The oil comes from the fruit of the Manketti tree, which is found mostly in Africa and has been a skincare staple for centuries. It is archaeologically proven that the fruits were used by the Bushmen as far back as 6000 years. They used the kernels mainly as food but also “chew” the kernels and rub it onto their bodies as a moisturizer against the African heat.
This egg-shaped fruit works great as an emollient and a protectant for both the skin and hair and is a good source of Vitamin E, calcium, Omega 6, copper and zinc, all which helps nourishes damaged skin and reduce appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Mongongo oil is said to offer high levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids which are absorbed in the skin longer. The fatty acids deliver a protective, emollient layer on the surface of the skin and act as a barrier to prevent moisture from escaping through the pores. These fatty acids can retain moisture and keep the skin glowing, while smoothing out rough texture and diminishing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Mongongo oil is also a natural sunblock with its alpha-Eleostearic acid properties. When you apply the oil to your skin, it will create a shield over your skin or hair when it is hit by UV rays.
In addition, Mongongo oil has natural anti-inflammatory properties that can help to soothe breakouts and eczema.
Looking at its hair benefits, Mongongo oil is loaded with many nutrients and proteins that help revitalize dry, damaged hair as well as hold curls longer and even reduce drying time.
It moisturizes: Helps to alleviate dry, scaly and flaky skin
It repairs: Promotes cellular repair
It regenerates: Helps to regenerate and moisturize the skin
Fights inflammation: Reduces inflammation and redness
It restores shine: It restores the healthy shine and silkiness of hair
It protects:Offers protection against damages caused by the sun as well as various chemicals applied to the hair.
It controls: It helps to control dandruff and reduce itchy scalp.
It shields:Protects the hair from environmental pollutants and blow drying.