What is Cacay Oil (Caryodendron Orinocense)?
Cacay oil aka Kahai oil is extracted from the fruit of Caryodendron Orinocense tree in Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador. The fruit itself is very nutritious. It contains 33.85% crude fat, 17.6% protein, vitamins and minerals such as iron, phosphorus, sodium, potasium, thiamine, riboflavin, ascorbic acid and carotenes.
Cacay Oil, Linoleic Acid and Tocopherols
Cacay oil has an extremely high content of Linoleic Acid. With up to 85% Linoleic Acid content, Cacay oil is the best source of Omega 6 essential fatty acid. It is a good source of Omega 9 fatty acids too.
Omega 6 essential fatty acids play a significant role in the body's repair mechanism. These healthy fats help renew and replace the damaged cells and tissues in the body.
Apart from its Linoleic Acid content, Cacay oil is also rich in alpha, beta, delta and gamma-tocopherols. Among these four widely-known vitamin E compounds; delta-tocopherol possesses the highest antioxidant activities, followed by alpha-tocopherol.
Why Cacay Oil is good for your skin?
In addition to Linoleic Acid, Cacay oil contains 50% more vitamin E than Argan oil and triple pro-vitamin A (Carotene) compared to Rosehip oil.
Linoleic acid, vitamin E and Carotene have been proven to be greatly beneficial for the skin.
Cacay oil has unique characteristics. It is very nourishing yet it is quickly absorbed by the skin, leaving no greasy residue. It is greatly beneficial for all skin types from mature, ageing to acne-prone skin. It has soothing properties too, which makes it suitable for irritation-prone, sensitive skin.
1. Linoleic Acid Prevents and Reduces UV-Induced Skin Damage
Linoleic Acid has been proven to protect skin from sun damage. It helps prevent or lighten UV-induced skin hyperpigmentation. A clinical study showed that topical application of Linoleic Acid helps prevent skin discolouration associated with excessive sun exposure, commonly known as age spots, sun spots or liver spots.
With extremely high content of Linoleic Acid (more than 80%), Cacay oil can be used as the gentle, sensitive skin-friendly alternative to various skin brightening ingredients such as hydroquinone, retinol, azelaic acid, retinoic acid, arbutin and kojic acid. For more persistent age spots, use a skincare product that has been formulated with Niacinamide and N-Acetyl Glucosamine like Bio-Collagen Ageless Cream.
2. Cacay Oil Reduces The Signs of Ageing
A four week clinical study by Derma Consult in Germany showed that Cacay oil helped skin retain its youthful appearance. It reduced wrinkles by 45% while also notably improved skin hydration, firmness, smoothness and elasticity.
3. Linoleic Acid Reduces Skin Breakouts
Another study suggested that although Cacay oil is very nourishing and rejuvenating, it is also beneficial for acne-prone skin. It was highlighted that acne-prone skin doesn't have enough Linoleic Acid (Omega 6 fatty acids) content. Therefore, regular application of Cacay oil (Linoleic Acid) may reduce breakouts in acne-prone skin.
4. Cacay Oil Has Excellent Antioxidant Properties
Due to the vitamin E content, Cacay oil has both superior antioxidant and skin barrier strengthening properties. Vitamin E is particularly good at neutralising free radicals, molecules that cause premature damage and skin ageing. It helps protect skin from oxidative stress and environmental damage, while also prevents skin dehydration and dryness.
How can your skin benefit from Cacay Oil?
Despite all its nutritious contents, Cacay oil is surprisingly light. It penetrates skin quickly and leaves no greasy residue. It is one of the key ingredients in both Bio-Renewal Face Oil and Rose and Cacay Hydrating Cream.
If you have dry skin, Bio-Renewal Face Oil is the ideal choice. If you have normal or combination skin, use a water based product like Rose Gold Antioxidant Youthful Serum or Rose and Cacay Hydrating Cream.
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