Macadamia Oil Uses On Your Skin
Before attacking a macadamia tree or reaching for the macadamia oil in your pantry, Ziehlke explains, “It’s important to note that there is a difference between macadamia oil used for cooking and macadamia oil for skincare,”. “The grade of oil used for beauty products is cold-pressed and further refined to remove impurities and the nutty smell.”
Keen to get on board with all this macadamia goodness? Here are a few different ways you can incorporate macadamia oil into your skincare routine:
1. As a Makeup Remover
Natural oils such as macadamia nut 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 washcloth.
2. As a Cleanser or in a Face Scrub
Not only will macadamia oil remove your makeup, but it will effectively cleanse and purify your skin. Actress Cate Blanchett is a fan of using macadamia oil as a face scrub, saying in an interview with InStyle Magazine UK, “Olive and macadamia oils are really good for your complexion. Put one of them on in the shower and they make your skin zing. I incorporate them into a homemade scrub with grapefruit juice and sea salt – a beauty trick taught to me by a friend of mine.” Just make sure you thoroughly remove all residue after cleansing to prevent blocked pores.
3. As a Body and face Moisturiser
As we mentioned earlier, 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.
4. As a Hand Treatment
“Winter can wreak havoc on hands, as can detergent, cold water, wind, and the drying effects of heating. If your hands are dry and cracked, a little TLC with macadamia oil will soothe, smooth, and moisturize them – simply massage into your hands, nails, and cuticles,”
5. To Relieve Sunburn
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.
6. As a Massage oil
“Any top spas around the world use macadamia oil as their go-to massage oil,” “Not only is it easily absorbed, it can also act as an excellent carrier for other essential oils.”
5 BEST DIY BEAUTY PRODUCTS WITH MACADAMIA OIL
Beauty uses of macadamia oil are endless. On its own, you can use macadamia oil as a face, body, or hair moisturizer, cleanser, facial oil, makeup remover, hand and nail treatment, etc.
Or you can mix it with other quality ingredients to get some truly luxurious hair and skincare products, and here’s how:
#1 Diy Macadamia Oil Face Mask
- 2 teaspoons macadamia oil
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
- 2 teaspoons finely ground rolled oats
This face mask is especially good for dry, damaged, or aging skin. It is great for winter, or for every time your skin gets rough and flaky. It is soothing, hydrating, and moisturizing. You can use it 1 – 2 times a week.
In a small bowl, mix the macadamia oil and honey. Add the aloe vera gel and mix well. In the end, add the oatmeal powder and mix everything until you get a smooth paste. If your mask is too thick, you can add some more macadamia oil; if it is too runny, add more oatmeal powder.
Wash your face using a gentle face cleanser. Apply the mask in as thick a layer as you can. Leave it on for around 20 minutes. Then rinse the mask off using lukewarm water and apply your face cream right away, to lock in the moisture.
#2 Diy Macadamia Oil Body Scrub
- ½ cup macadamia oil
- 2/3 cup white sugar
- 1/3 cup coffee grounds
- 10 drops essential oil of your choice
Regular exfoliation regenerates the skin, removes the dead, dull skin cell layer, and encourages new skin cell growth. It is one of the most important steps of any skincare routine. This macadamia oil body scrub will leave your skin soft, smooth, well-nourished, and glowing.
First mix the sugar and coffee grounds. Add the macadamia oil and mix. You should get the consistency of wet sand. If you want, you can also add some essential oil that you like.
Use this body scrub during your shower (it will make your tub very slippery, so be careful). Apply to wet skin and exfoliate it for 5 – 10 minutes using gentle circular motions. Then wash the scrub off and apply a body moisturizer while your skin is still slightly damp.
#3 Diy Macadamia Oil Body Moisturizer
- ½ cup macadamia oil
- 1 cup shea butter or cocoa butter
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- around 15 drops of your favorite essential oil
If you want to pamper your skin, you’ll hardly find a better product! This amazing body moisturizer combines the skincare benefits of macadamia oil with extremely nourishing natural moisturizers – cocoa butter and coconut oil. Customize the scent to your liking and you’ve got the only body lotion you’ll ever need!
In a double boiler, melt the cocoa butter and coconut oil. Remove from the heat, add the macadamia oil, and, if you want, some essential oil and mix well. Let it cool down a bit. When the mixture starts to thicken, whip it with a whisk or a mixer.
Transfer your body lotion to a clean glass container. You can keep it at room temperature. Use this lotion after every shower to moisturize your whole body’s skin. You can also use it as hand cream or foot moisturizer.