This oil is fabulous for a dry, mature skin, which is due to its interesting Fatty Acid profile.
Macadamia Nut Oil contains one of the highest sources of Palmitoleic Fatty Acids, between 16 to 23%. Palmitoleic is vital for delaying skin and cell aging, as our skin ages it rapidly becomes depleted in Palmitoleic Acid. Macadamia nut oil contains the highest amount of palmitoleic acid (an Omega 7 fatty acid) of any plant. Palmitoleic acid is plentiful in our skin when we are young, but decreases with aging. This acid is believed to help mature skin retain suppleness. Palmitoleic acid also replaces naturally occurring skin on the lips, allowing the skin to remain younger looking.
This is why is Macadamia is the perfect inclusion for anti aging formulas. Macadamia oil reduces wrinkles and dryness. It is a natural moisturizer and emollient (emollients attract and trap moisture from the air). Macadamia oil is light and non-greasy so it is easily absorbed into the hair shaft and skin.
Another gift of macadamia nut oil is that it contains proteins, and its vitamin E contributes skin-care benefits and long shelf life. The high count of mono-unsaturated fatty acids makes the oil mimic the sebum (naturally produced oil on scalp and skin which protects it from damage). All of these qualities contribute to its reputation as a superb hair and skin treat, as well as an elixir for healing scars, sunburn, wounds and irritations.
Macadamia is also rich in several other components:
Plant phytosterols are the building blocks of our cell membrane. These sterols work the same way that cholesterol does in our skin, which is one of the reasons why Macadamia nut oil has great skin penetration abilities.
Phytosterols are also calming and healing, which is why the oil is perfect for repairing the skin’s barrier function. Macadamia oil is considered one of the best carrier oils available; carrier oils are used along with dilute amounts of essential oils in aroma-therapeutic treatments and massage.
Macadamia nut oil has even more mono-saturated fats than olive or canola oil. Mono-saturated fats are considered good fats that actually reduce high blood pressure and raw occurrence of heart disease. It also has a very high omego-3 acid count. Omega-3 reduces the risks of arthritis, heart diseases and high blood pressure. Omega-3 also keep cells healthy. The ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 is considered important. Macadamia nut oil has more Omega-3 fatty acids than Omega-6 acids, which makes it a healthier choice.