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 (omega 6 essential fatty acid). With up to 85% linoleic acid content, cacay oil is by far the best source of omega 6 essential fatty acid. It is also considered as a good source of omega 9 fatty acid.
Linoleic acid plays a significant role in the body's repair mechanism. This healthy fat can accelerate the inflammation in the body and indirectly send a signal to the body to release various growth factors that help repair damaged cells and tissues.
Apart from its linoleic acid content, cacay oil is also rich in alpha, beta, delta and gamma-tocopherols. Delta-tocopherol is known to possess the highest antioxidant activities among vitamin E compounds, followed by alpha-tocopherol. Tocopherols help protect the living cells in our body including skin cells from free radicals and other aggressors.
Why Cacay Oil is good for your skin?
Cacay oil contains 50% more vitamin E than argan oil and three times more pro-vitamin A (Carotene) than rosehip oil. Along with linoleic acid, vitamin E and carotene have also been proven to be greatly beneficial for the skin's health.
Cacay oil has unique characteristics. It is very nourishing yet it is quickly absorbed by the skin, leaving no greasy residue. It is suitable for all skin types from mature, ageing to acne-prone skin. Due to its soothing properties, cacay oil is also suitable for sensitive skin. It is one of the main ingredients in award-winning Rose and Cacay Hydrating Cream. Formulated with cacay oil, rose extract, stabilised vitamin E and saccharide isomerate, a skin hydrating substance extracted from plants; Rose and Cacay Hydrating Cream hydrates the skin without leaving any greasy residue. It is highly recommended for all skin types.
“ Best moisturising cream around, very soothing. I'd tried a few different moisturisers over the years and thought they were ok. When I came across Henry Tianus Rose and Cacay Hydrating Cream, I finally found one I'm sticking to! Like others have said, the cream is easily absorbed into the skin without leaving a greasy layer and you can feel its effect immediately! Even a small amount works wonders on the face. I particularly like the rose scent, which is extremely soothing and nothing like artificial rose fragrances used in other brands. Would highly recommend! " Julian, UK.
Linoleic Acid Prevents and Reduces UV-Induced Skin Damage
Linoleic acid in cacay oil protects skin from UV damage. A clinical study showed that topical application of linoleic acid helps prevent uv-induced skin discolouration commonly known as age spots, sun spots or liver spots.
Due to extremely high content of linoleic acid, cacay oil can be used as the gentle alternative to various skin brightening ingredients such as hydroquinone, retinol, azelaic acid, retinoic acid, arbutin and kojic acid. However, for more persistent age spots, use skincare products that have been formulated with Niacinamide and N-Acetyl Glucosamine like Bio-Collagen Ageless Cream.
Bio-Collagen Ageless Cream is the award winning anti-wrinkle moisturiser that has been specially formulated with 10 bio-actives to firm, lift and plump up the appearance of your skin. With regular daily use, it diminishes the appearance of wrinkles, lines and age spots. Day after day, the skin looks firmer, more radiant and youthful.
" When a girl reaches a certain age a little smudge of Henry's magic goes a long way! It slides onto skin as smoothly as silk and leaves your face feeling plumped-up. You'll be amazed with the wrinkle-free results!" Best Night Cream, Natural Health.
Cacay Oil Reduces The Signs of Ageing
A four week clinical study by Derma Consult in Germany showed that cacay oil reduced the appearance of wrinkles by 45% and improved skin hydration, firmness, smoothness and elasticity.
Linoleic Acid Reduces Skin Breakouts
Cacay oil is very nourishing and rejuvenating, nevertheless, it is greatly beneficial for acne-prone skin too. A comparison-study showed that acne-prone skin has a lower linoleic acid content than other skin types. Therefore, regular application of cacay oil may help increase the linoleic acid content and reduce breakouts in acne-prone skin.
As anti-ageing scientist with more than 15 years experience in developing skincare formulas, I don't particularly recommend to apply undiluted cacay oil to your face if you have acne-prone skin. To reduce blemishes and clear up blogged pores, it is better to use a salicylic acid-based product like Blemish Clearing Serum. Salicylic acid is one of the most effective ingredients for acne.
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, the harmful molecules that cause premature damage to skin cells. Vitamin E also helps prevent 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. Personally, I like to use a highly-concentrated cacay oil-based product like Chamomile & Cacay Oil or Bio-Renewal Face Oil to boost the efficacy of other skincare products. The way I use face oil is usually by mixing few drops of the oil with my moisturiser. In winter time, when my skin needs an extra nourishment, I mix 4 to 6 drops of Bio-Renewal Face Oil with a small amount of Bio-Collagen Ageless Cream before I gently massage it into the skin on my face and neck.
For those with sensitive skin. If your skin shows signs of dryness, undernourished, tired or dull complexion, gently massage 4 to 6 drops of Chamomile & Cacay Oil into the skin on your face and neck follow with a moisturiser. This 100% natural botanical oil has been formulated with blue chamomile and cacay oil to soothe, nourish and strengthen sensitive skin. Alternatively, you can mix 2 to 4 drops with a small amount of moisturiser then gently massage it into the skin.
Henry Tianus is a multi-award-winning Anti-Ageing Scientist based in London, UK. Henry Tianus has been listed as The Recognised Institute Practitioner at The Institute of Traditional Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy (ITHMA), London (UK) since 2005. Henry Tianus's articles have been read by people in more than 100 countries with USA, UK and Singapore at the top of the list. Join Henry Tianus eNewsletter to receive the latest health and wellbeing tips.
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