The kiwifruit aka Chinese gooseberry is native to China. It spread to New Zealand and parts of Europe over the centuries. The fruit is soft and sweet with rows of tiny black seeds located in the centre. The seeds are edible and safe to consume. The kiwifruit oil is extracted from these tiny black seeds.
5 Benefits of Kiwifruit Seed Oil
- The oil contains up to 62% essential fatty acids of alpha linolenic acid (omega-3), which our body is unable to produce; thus making it one of the best oils to use when it comes to reducing age progression on skin.
- It is an ideal oil equally suited for hair and skin care, and is especially useful as an antiaging product.
- The high concentration of omega-3 helps to maintain moisture in the skin and keep it supple.
- Kiwifruit is 100% fat-free with a glycemic index of 52 making it a welcome addition to any fitness regimen and safe for diabetics.
- Kiwifruit also contains the phytochemical, lutein, which protects the eyes from a variety of ailments and macular damage.
In addition to above, the oil is also packed with vitamin C (more than an orange), vitamin K, vitamin E, copper, potassium, manganese and folate.
A light 5% inclusion of kiwifruit seed oil in your regimen is excellent for softening and soothing the skin as well as enhancing absorption of your product.
How to Incorporate Kiwifruit Seed Oil in Your Skin Care Regimen
- You can add kiwifruit seed oil to your skin care products especially products for the face and neck.
- Apply it undiluted to your face and neck 2 – 3 times a week after cleansing. You can also apply it to your body and face after a sun tanning session to treat sunburn or protect the skin in general.
- Include it in your healthy salad dishes. It will brighten up the dish and promote your health as well. In addition to vitamins, it’s a good source of dietary fiber useful for reducing cholesterol levels and eliminating toxins from the body. You can read about the nutritional breakdown of kiwifruit HERE. You can also view various kiwifruit food and drink recipes HERE.
- Invest in an excellent skin care product based on kiwifruit seed oil. The Antipodes line comes highly recommended.
Caution: Kiwifruit contains oxalates, which can cause problems if they become too concentrated in body fluids. If you have any kidney or gall badder problems, it’s best to avoid kiwifruit. Some alternative oils for similar skin care issues include chia seed oil, tamanu oil and rosehip seed oil.
The next article will examine the benefits of kiwifruit seed oil for hair and the best way to use it on hair.