The newest eco friendly, all natural, Australian made skincare wonder product!
Macadamia is a genus of trees indigenous to Australia and native to north eastern New South Wales and central and south eastern Queensland. Their fruit – the beloved macadamia nut has also become one of the latest wonder ingredients in the skin care world - and for good reason.
Why Macadamia Oil?
Macadamia oil is extracted from the meat of the macadamia nut and is rich in antioxidants, essential fatty acids, vitamins and other nutrients that make it wonderful for your skin. These include:
Palmitoleic acid (Omega 7) – This fatty acid is similar to human sebum (naturally found in youthful skin) and is extremely healing and repairing to skin (especially sunburns or even wounds and scars)
Oleic acid – Is moisturising and anti-inflammatory; perfect for dry, sensitive skin types
Linoleic acid (Omega 6)– Restores the skin’s barrier function and keeps skin hydrated
Phytosterols – Help penetrate the deepest layers of your skin
So not only is it a fantastic moisturiser for targeting dry skin conditions, but it’s the easiest way to healthy, dewy skin. It’s also known to have anti-inflammatory properties and can help improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on mature skin, all while being suitable for pretty much all other skin types (yep - sensitive skin and oily skin included!).
Market Development Manager from Australian Macadamias, Lynne Ziehlke, says, “Australian macadamia oil contains beneficial nutrients for healthy skin including phytosterols for skin protection and repair. Australian macadamia oil also contains the antioxidants vitamin E and squalene. These can be useful for skin maintenance, resilience and protection.”
And did we mention you don’t have to worry about that greasy feeling on your skin? Because macadamia nut oil is totally lightweight and sinks into skin quickly, it’s pretty much your new bestie if you suffer from dry skin. “It’s a natural way to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and retain skin suppleness – well-moisturised skin is younger-looking skin!”
Macadamia oil helps to not only reduce the appearance of ageing, but it also contains vitamins that help prevent the signs of skin ageing, too. “Macadamias contain useful amounts of manganese, which is an antioxidant and essential mineral required for collagen production in the skin.”
While most oils can sit quite high on the comedogenic scale (a measure of how likely oils are to clog your pores), macadamia oil sits quite low, so most people will find their skin tolerates macadamia well. “Macadamia oil is light, non-greasy and easily absorbed, which makes it suitable for use on acne-prone skin as it won’t clog pores,” says Ziehlke. “Its fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties, which may also be beneficial.”
How to incorporate Macadamia Oil in your life
Luckily, Avilla Farm Macadamia Skin Care has you covered!
Avilla Farm Skin Care began when Farmer Andrews wife, Ann began her own journey into the many benefits of macadamia oil. She learned that not only are macadamias an amazing source of nutrition when consumed, but that the oil is an incredible (natural) source of nourishment for our skin.
Once Ann tried her first few batches of macadamia oil, it became a family affair during the ‘testing’ phase. Everyone was delighted at how lovely their skin felt and appeared. Even the gents were using it - including their 19-year-old surfing son found it helped hydrate his skin before and after hitting the beach and when shaving. The Avilla clan agreed that they needed to share their discovery with Australia and beyond.
Natural oils such as Macadamia Oil can be used as a gentle way to remove makeup (even stubborn mascara), and can be just as effective as the mainstream stuff, but without the dyes, fragrances and preservatives. Rub a small amount of macadamia oil onto dry skin, adding more as needed, and massage it over your skin for about one minute. If you’re wearing mascara or eye makeup, gently massage a small amount onto your lids, before removing with a warm wash cloth.
Cleanser or Face Scrub
Did you know... actress Cate Blanchett is a fan of using a Macadamia Oil Face Scrub, saying in an interview with InStyle Magazine UK, “Olive and macadamia oils are really good for your complexion. Just make sure you thoroughly remove all residue after cleansing to prevent blocked pores. Avilla Farm Macadamia Oil Face Scrub contains pure Australian Macadamia Oil combined with finely crushed walnut leaving your face feeling clean, exfoliated and nourished. The light fragrance of orange & lavender oils will invigorate your senses.
Face & Body Moisturiser
Macadamia Oil is full of super nourishing properties that make it highly effective for keeping the skin moist and hydrated. Similar to jojoba, Ziehlke says the pH of macadamia oil is like that of human skin, so it is easily absorbed and doesn't leave a greasy residue. "It is great on specific dry patches or as a whole face and body treatment post-shower.” Like you would apply a facial oil or serum, place a few drops on your fingertips and then gently smooth into your skin.
“Cold or hot weather can wreak havoc on hands, as can detergent, cold water, wind, and the drying effects of heating and cooling. If your hands are dry and cracked, a little TLC with Macadamia Oil Hand Cream will soothe, smooth and moisturise them - simply massage into your hands, nails and cuticles as needed.
If you slipped up on the sunscreen front, Macadamia Oil can help soothe, calm and relieve sunburnt skin. The fatty acids in macadamia oil can restore the skin's barrier function and reduce water loss. The phytosterols can help ease itchiness and redness.
“Any top spas around the world use Macadamia Oil as their go-to massage oil,” says Ziehlke. “Not only is it easily absorbed, it can also act as an excellent carrier for other essential oils.”
Please note: People with tree nut allergies should avoid using macadamia oil.