The ‘pure miracle’ maracujá oil is an effective all-around ingredient for skin care, simultaneously soothing and moisturizing while treating your skin. It’s effective both when included in your daily skincare routine, as well as topical treatment for sun damage, youthful skin maintenance and even acne.
I consider Maracujá the “101” of adding oils to your skincare routine, it is a very effective, highly absorbing and moisturizing oil that gives your skin awesome radiance.
Maracujá Oil Skincare Routine Steps
Step One: Cleanse
One of the powerful benefits of maracujá oil is its ability to moisturize skin and retain moisture to reduce dryness and heal the skin. This makes it a highly effective addition to your daily face wash. Add a drop or two to your morning and evening portion of the Brazilian Glow Ultra-Silky Cleanser (or your own natural face cleansing treatment - maracujá is an excellent carrier oil), and enjoy healthier, more moisturized skin as a result when you add maracujá oil to a skincare routine!
Maracujá oil is great for any skin type, from sensitive to oily skin. It’s gentle and soothing, while promoting the skin’s collagen production to speed up treatment and healing.
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Step Two: Treat
Brazilians call maracujá oil miraculous for a reason; it’s so beneficial for the skin that it can be used for lots of common skin concerns when you add maracujá oil to a skincare routine:
- Anti-Free Radicals - Although it deeply penetrates the skin to infuse moisture, maracujá oil also protects by creating a light (and invisible) layer on the skin to prevent your collagen from breaking down when exposed to the sun. The antioxidant contents in maracujá oil help to further fight free radicals, while carotenoids and phenols help repair the skin after sun damage. Add a few drops of maracujá oil to your after-sun moisturizing treatment or aloe serum to heal sun spots and other free-radical damage.
- Anti Aging - Maracujá oil is packed with vitamins and minerals that help combat the signs of aging, from fine lines and wrinkles to melasma and hyperpigmentation. The superfruit oil has lots of Vitamin C and lycopene, two antioxidants that help repair the skin and reduce the visible signs of aging, while restoring the skin and promoting youthful, moisturized skin as a result. Maracujá also helps lighten the skin to reduce the appearance age spots.
- Anti-Acne - Apply maracujá oil on its own or added to your acne treatment serum to take advantage of its high linoleic acid contents. Linoleic acid balances your skin’s natural production of oil to reduce breakouts and prevent oiliness.
- Anti Inflammation - While it doesn’t have the same level of anti-inflammatory capability as COPAÍBA ESSENTIAL OIL | SENSITIVE SKIN, maracujá oil is still very soothing and effective at relieving inflammation and itchiness. Add a few drops to your moisturizer or apply topically as a serum to areas that are itchy, red / inflamed, or otherwise irritated by inflammation such as a rash or skin issue like rosacea.
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Step Three: Moisturize
Like many of the wildly potent Amazonian superfruits we use in our hair and skincare products, Maracujá oil is a phenomenal skin moisturizer. It nourishes the deeper layers of the dermis with moisture, and leaves a light protective layer on the top layer of your skin to protect. Maracujá helps the skin to retain moisture for longer as well. Use it on its own and massage a drop or two into your skin, or spread out its effects by adding a few drops to your daily moisturizer to add extra emollient powers to your skin care routine with maracujá oil.
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Step Four: Relax
Maracujá’s anti-inflammatory powers also help to relieve and soothe achy muscles, so you might consider adding the oil to your post-workout skin care routine or keep it on hand for as-needed massage. The oil is often used by massage therapists, since it helps muscles to loosen and provides a soothing, relaxing scent. Mix a few drops into your peppermint oil/cream treatment for added relief from muscular pain or discomfort. As an added benefit, maracujá oil can help reduce anxiety when diffused and inhaled, and fights insomnia when you put a couple of drops on your pillow before bed.
Rosehip oil is another emollient that can be compared to maracujá oil since both oils are high in linoleic acid, the fatty acid that helps prevent and treat acne-prone skin. In addition to helping with acne and blemishes, these two oils are very effective at combating the signs of aging, promoting new cell production, and soothing skin.
MARACUJÁ OIL & ROSEHIP OIL AS SOOTHING, ANTI-INFLAMMATORY TREATMENTS
Both rosehip and maracujá oil are very nourishing for the skin thanks to an abundance of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The most notable in maracujá oil are essential fatty acids, Vitamin C, fiber, calcium, phosphorus and the B vitamins riboflavin and niacin along with other nutrients in lower amounts. Comparatively, rosehip oil is rich in essential fatty acids, Vitamin C, and Vitamin A, among other nutrients.
Both maracujá and rosehip oil are very high in linoleic acid. This provides both oils with excellent anti-inflammatory properties. Maracujá oil is 77 percent linoleic acid and 12 percent oleic acid, while rosehip oil is just over 44 percent linoleic acid and just under 14 percent oleic acid, meaning that maracujá oil is slightly more effective as an anti-inflammatory treatment.
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Maracujá oil is also more soothing than rosehip oil – so much so that it's often used in massages and sometimes used to help promote sleep by dropping a little bit on a pillowcase before sleep.
MARACUJÁ OIL Vs. ROSEHIP OIL
Both oils have Vitamin C in abundance, which is a powerful anti-aging antioxidant. This makes rosehip and maracujá oil effective as anti-aging treatments, while moisturizing skin.
The two oils work in slightly different ways to combat the effects of aging skin.
- Maracujá contains a high amount of lycopene, which is a very potent reparative and restorative antioxidant. Anti-aging skincare with maracujá oil will gently lighten the skin as an effective treatment for hyperpigmentation (sun spots) or melasma, while battling sun damage by creating a light protective layer on the skin, and preventing the breakdown of collagen caused by sun exposure.
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- Rosehip oil helps promote the production of collagen and elastin at the cellular level, encouraging cell turnover to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and cause scars and stretch marks to fade. Rosehip oil contains a natural retinol, Vitamin A, which is a superstar in preventing the signs of aging. It also helps treat hyperpigmentation and other signs of sun damage, but this oil is more sensitive to light, oxygen and fluctuations in temperature and is therefore less versatile than maracujá oil.
If you have not yet incorporated oils into your skincare routine, maracujá is the one for you. We can’t wait for you to experience the benefits of our Raw Vitamin C Maracujá Oil. It’s also an ingredient in some of our most popular products, such as our Brazilian Glow Multi-Tasking Superfruit Elixir Oil, Brazilian Glow Beauty Butter for Face & Body and our limited addition WHEN IN RIO | SHIMMERING SUPERFRUIT OIL, a delicious summer must have.
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