Tamanu oil is an excellent oil for use on damaged skin. It is one of the best anti aging oils for skin care and features prominently in many skin care products.
What is Tamanu Oil?
Tamanu oil is referred to by many other names with the most common being foraha oil, green gold and beauty leaf oil.
It’s derived from the nuts of the Calophyllum inophyllum (Tamanu nut tree), which is found in East Africa, parts of Asia, Australia, Melanesian and Polynesian islands.
Traditionally, tamanu oil was used to resolve skin issues in Indonesia, Philippines, Jamaica & Papau New Guinea.
The tamanu tree produces clusters of sphere-shaped green fruit inside which the nuts are found. The nuts are extracted and dried in the sun for 8 weeks until it becomes sticky with a pleasant smelling oil.
The nuts are then cold pressed for the greenish-yellow oil. The smell of tamanu oil is quite pungent; similar to mustard seed oil.
Tamanu oil contains oleic acid, linoleic acid, palmitic acid, and stearic acid. Tamanu oil is inedible. It is thick and luxurious with medium viscosity. The color and texture can be seen in the picture below:-
Tamanu Oil Benefits for Skin
1. Treats Acne/Oily Prone Skin
2. Heals Damaged Skin
Tamanu oil helps heals damaged skin and helps refine the appearance of scars and wrinkles by promoting cell regeneration and renewal. It also redness, skin irritation and itching.
3. Treats Severe Skin Conditions
Tamanu oil treats and reduces severe skin conditioners such as dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis and rosacea.
This also makes it an excellent oil for scalp conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Additionally, research has shown the successful use of tamanu oil for healing severe skin conditions.
Does Tamanu Oil Clog Pores?
How to Use Tamanu Oil on Face
1. Scar Treatment
Apply tamanu oil twice a day to scars caused by scrapes, burns, rashes and other skin conditions. The scars should begin to lighten and gently fade away.
2. DIY Sunscreen
3. Puffy Eyes & Under Eye Circles
If you have puffy eyes and under eye circles, dab 1 – 2 drops of tamanu oil under your eyes before going to bed every day.
Alternatively, add a few drops to your undereye cream. I recommend the following excellent under eye creams:-
- Himalaya Herbals Undereye Cream
- Clinique All About Eyes Cream
- Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment With Avocado
- Olay Ultimate Eye Cream
How to Protect Skin with Tamanu Oil
1. Anti Stretch Marks
Apply tamanu oil to your skin while pregnant to prevent stretch marks from occurring. If you already have stretch marks, you can apply as well twice a day.
2. Hand Cream
Mix a 5 – 10 drops of tamanu oil with your on the go hand cream. Apply several times a day for smooth youthful looking hands. Hand cream recommendations include:-
- Laura Mercier Almond Coconut Milk Hand Crème
- Ahava Mineral Hand Cream
- Burt’s Bees Honey & Grapeseed Hand Cream
- The Hand Stuff Intensive All Natural Balm
3. Body Butter
Tamanu Oil Side Effects
Tamanu oil is considered a nut oil so if you have a nut allergy, you may want to try another oil for skin care. If unsure, conduct a patch test before using tamanu oil for the first time.
Where to Buy Tamanu Oil?
The top 5 tamanu oil for hair and skin care recommended below including some of my favourites:-
Tamanu Oil Beauty Products
Tamanu oil might appear greasy initially but absorbs into the skin quickly, leaving behind a clean surface.
In most cases, a few drops are all you need ensuring a bottle will last for a long time. Think the same amount of argan oil you use. Using more will not make it more effective and could irritate your skin.