The Beauty Oil You Need to Buy (but Can’t Pronounce)

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Move over coconut oil, adieu almond oil, and bye-bye avocado oil. There’s a new super oil in town, and although its name might not roll off the tongue that easily, it’s going to become one that you’ll be hearing and seeing a lot more of.

Meet mongongo oil, an oil that comes from the fruit of the Manketti tree that’s predominantly found in southern parts of Africa. Used for centuries by the ‘!Kung’ tribe as a source of sustenance and a skin protector and moisturizer, it’s now making its way into the mainstream thanks to its amazing beauty benefits. Here are four reasons why you need to add mongongo oil to your beauty routine.

1

Mighty Moisturizer

High in polyunsaturated fatty acids (over 50 percent), mongongo oil stays on skin longer than oils that contain saturated fatty acids (like those found in coconut oil) and monounsaturated oils (like almond and jojoba), making it even more effective at protecting, hydrating, and reducing irritation, redness, and inflammation. These fatty acids retain moisture so skin stays hydrated for longer, giving you a gorgeous radiant glow all day long.

2

Locks Lover

It’s also a natural hair hero as it not only protects locks from external aggressors and from getting damaged and dry from the sun’s rays, but it also strengthens the scalp and the hair whilst loading locks with proteins, nutrients, and vitamins to make it grow faster, thicker, and healthier. It’s even said to help curls hold longer and to reduce drying time, making it a must-have for a mighty mane.

3

Heavenly Healer

Mongongo oil is loaded with g-tocopherol vitamin E, which helps heal and repair damaged skin whilst also protecting against harmful UV rays and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Wonderful. Not to mention the fact it contains calcium, copper zinc, and omega 6 to help strengthen and soothe (making it ideal for those with sensitive skin or conditions such as eczema or acne).

4

All-Rounder

Mongongo oil is incredibly stable, meaning it doesn’t go rancid like many others and it can be used for cooking as well as for taking care of your beauty needs. Whether you use it to coat your skin and hair for an added dose of protection, or to give your tresses a nourishing treatment or your skin a glow-inducing kick, make mongogo your new go-to oil.

Shop these beautifying products that contain mongongo oil.

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