After falling in love with Connock London Kukui Oil Soothing Bath & Shower Oil, I just had to know more about kukui oil.
Why hadn’t I heard about it before? Is it really what makes the shower oil so awesome? And, what else can it be used for? Here’s what my little investigation turned up:
What The Heck Is Kukui Oil?
Kukui oil is derived from the nuts of the kukui tree, the state tree of Hawaii. Its scientific name is aleurites moluccana, but it is more commonly known as the candlenut tree, because the Hawaiian people used to burn oil in kukui nuts to illuminate the nights.
Needless to say, the Hawaiians have used kukui oil for centuries to treat all sorts of skin conditions, such as psoriasis, eczema, and even sunburn. As it turned out, they were onto something.
Kukui Oil is a wonderful moisturizer
Kukui oil is rich in polyunsaturated acids that moisturize skin and help prevent water loss. This is why, after using kukui oil, skin feels so silky soft to the touch – but not at all greasy.
It also explains why kukui oil is said to help with stretch marks and scars. They both form when skin loses way too much water. By making sure moisture is well-sealed in, kukui oil helps prevent and improve their appearance (but, it can’t make them go away!).
Kukui Oil helps treat eczema and psoriasis
Kukui oil is also said to help with eczema and psoriasis. At least, those folks dealing with them say it helps them. I could’t find any scientific studies confirming these claims, yet, but that could be simply because this oil is so little studied. Seriously, what are all the researchers doing? We need to know more about it!
We do know something, though. Kukui oil contains plenty of omega 3, which are well-known to help reduce inflammation in the skin, so there’s a chance it may really help. As science takes its time to comfirm or deny this claim, there’s not much harm in trying it.
The Bottom Line
Although there isn’t much research on kukui oil yet, what we know is promising. It has moisturizing and inflammatory properties that leaves skin soft but not greasy. That alone is reason enough for me to keep using it.
Have you ever tried kukui oil?