Coconut oil has long been a staple of skin-and-hair-care products, with almost otherwordly benefits due it its combinations of fatty acids which aid liver health and help reduce brain-related sicknesses like Alzheimer’s and epilepsy, improve cholesterol levels and lower risk of heart disease.
But, there’s a new kid on the block, one who’s not puling any punches.
It’s called “mongongo oil” and it is derived from the fruit of the Sub-Saharan manketti tree. Each seed contains Vitamin E, as well as calcium, copper and zinc – all of which are aides to skin health. Anita Sun, esthetician and co-founder of Dermovia says that “the egg-shaped fruit is not only extremely nutritious, [but it] has many useful properties as a super emollient and protectant for both skin and hair… [the fatty acids] deliver a protective, emollient layer on the surface of the skin and act as a barrier to prevent moisture from escaping through the pores… these fatty acids can retain moisture and keep the skin glowing, while smoothing out rough texture and diminishing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.”
However what makes it properly stand out from coconut oil is its acids, the first of which is linoleic acid. This is fantastic for calming inflammation such as eczema or redness. Another beneficial acid of the oil is alpha-Eleostearic acid, which adds another layer of sun protection. According to Drunk Elephant founder Tiffany Masterson, this is how they protect themselves
… these fatty acids can retain moisture and keep the skin glowing, while smoothing out rough texture and diminishing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.”
Sounds almost too good to be true, right? Well, although skincare experts regard comparisons between mongongo and coconut oils like comparing apples to oranges – which is true, they both act in different ways with different benefits – mongongo oil does retain the acidic advantage as well as the marketing potential. Any compound word regarding health that begins with ‘super-‘ has great selling power and ‘superoil’ plus the exotic sounding ‘mongongo’ is bound to generate traction.
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