Sacha Inchi oil is a lesser-known, very effective moisturizer that helps your skin retain moisture and gives it a dewy glow. It is a natural beauty product that has been used by the indigenous people of Peru for centuries. There are many reasons why it's become one of the most sought-after oils in modern skincare. This blog post will discuss Sacha Inchi oil and its benefits to your skin.What is Sacha Inchi Oil?
The oil is extracted from the seeds of the fruit of the Sacha Inchi plant, which is native to the Amazon region in South America. It's extracted using a cold-press method without any heat, preserving all the antioxidants and vitamins naturally present in the seeds. The seed itself is a new superfood — a great source of unsaturated fatty acids, protein, and vitamins; you can even find it in the snack aisle at Trader Joe's!The Benefits of Sacha Inchi Oil on the Skin
The oil is rich in Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, Vitamins A and E, making it an excellent skincare ingredient. It has unique composition compared to other plant extracts; the oil has one of the highest (93%!) content of unsaturated fatty acids. These essential fatty acids, specifically high in linoleic and linolenic acid, help the skin restore lipid balance, essentially helping us maintain healthier skin's natural barrier. Compromised or damaged skin barrier may lead to many skin problems like dryness, itchiness, or flaky skin. Emollient ingredients, like plant oils, can have a skin barrier repair and anti-inflammatory effects on the skin. The additional cosmetic and immediate impact of Sacha Inchi Oil on the skin includes skin feeling regenerated and moisturized. Its suppleness and softness are restored with a sensation of comfort.The Best Ways to Use Sacha Inchi Oil
Plukenetia Volubilis (Sacha Inchi) seed oil was found safe to be used topically. We love this oil for its low comedogenic rating, very mild reactivity on the skin, and, of course, the way it feels on the skin. You can use the oil on its own or find it in your skincare products. We included this mighty ingredient in Seed Hydrating Face Oil or Moonrock Full Spectrum Renewal Face Oil. We recommend incorporating the face oils into your skin routine after water-based treatments to seal in the moisture for added skin benefits.
1. Bondioli, P., Bella, L.D. and Rettke, P., 2006. Alpha linolenic acid rich oils. Composition of Plukenetia volubilis (Sacha Inchi) oil from Peru. Rivista Italiana Delle Sostanze Grasse, 83(3), p.120.
2. Gonzalez-Aspajo G, Belkhelfa H, Haddioui-Hbabi L, Bourdy G, Deharo E. Sacha Inchi Oil (Plukenetia Volubilis L.), effect on adherence of Staphylococcus aureus to human skin explant and keratinocytes in vitro. J Ethnopharmacol. 2015 Aug 2;171:330-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2015.06.009. Epub 2015 Jun 16. PMID: 26087228.
3. Carrillo Terán, Wilman & Quinteros, M.F. & Carpió, Carlos & G, VÁsquez & Alvarez, Mario & M, Silva. (2018). Identification of fatty acids in sacha inchi oil (Cursive plukenetia volubilis l.) from ecuador. Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Clinical Research. 11. 389. 10.22159/ajpcr.2018.v11i2.15515.
4. Lin, T.-K.; Zhong, L.; Santiago, J.L. Anti-Inflammatory and Skin Barrier Repair Effects of Topical Application of Some Plant Oils. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2018, 19, 70. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms19010070