Thanks to its celebrity following, plum oil is seeing a surge in popularity. Plums are known as a fiber-rich, heart-healthy superfood, that is rich in potassium, B vitamins, and magnesium. The oil has been used in Asian cultures (derived from south mainland China) for centuries in skin and haircare products. This is due to its high concentration of antioxidants.
But where else can you find it, and what does plum oil do that is so beneficial for your skin and hair? Let’s find out.
What is plum oil?
Plum oil is a hydrator and anti-inflammatory ingredient that works to plump and brighten the skin. Not only that, but it protects the skin from free-radical damage and oxidative stress by repairing the skin cells. And for acne-prone skin, it’s great, as it significantly reduces sebum production.
Cool, so what are the benefits of plum oil for the skin?
Plum oil has a host of skin benefits. As a lightweight oil, it is rich in nutrients that can be layered well with other skincare products. Plum oil is seen as an elixir on its own, and as a hero ingredient in moisturizers and serums. Some even see plums as better than Vitamin C. Primarily used on the face, neck, and décolletage, plum oil does wonders for the skin on the face and the hair. All of its main benefits are listed below.
Hydrating: Full of omega fatty acids, Vitamin A and Vitamin E, plum oil is a very satisfying hydrating oil. And as you know, hydration will help plump the skin.
Increases cell turnover: With its high concentration of Vitamin A, plum oil has been known to help refine wrinkles, improve skin elasticity, and promote cell turnover. With consistent use, you’ll notice a more even complexion, and smoother skin.
Regulates sebum production: When your pores get clogged from either environmental stressors, internal stressors, or using the wrong skincare ingredients, sebum (read: oil) will form. Plum oil steps in to save the day and regulate your sebum production, so only good oil is staying on your skin.
Plum oil is rich in oleic acid and linoleic acid. Working as a team, the two rejuvenate the body’s level of sebum production, preventing excess sebum from producing. Meaning: If you have oily or acne-prone skin, this is the ingredient for you. Your skin will be hydrated, and have less dead skin cell buildup and clogged pores.
Reduces inflammation: Packed with polyphenols, plum oil protects the skin from UV-induced free radical damage, and further reduces any inflammation. It will also promote skin healing from minor irritations.
Protects against free radicals: Rich in antioxidants, plum oil provides the skin with a good bounce, glow, and hydration for overall healthy-looking skin. With this, you can also expect a reduction in brown spots and hyperpigmentation.
Nice, so how often should I use it?
First, if you have sensitive skin or reactive skin, proceed with caution (and sparingly) to avoid redness or irritation. If you have balanced to normal skin, apply it on clean, dry skin, and allow the product to absorb before you apply any other products. In addition, you can take some drops of plum oil and put it into your favorite moisturizer.
The great thing is, plum oil is non-comedogenic (has no scent), and is great for acne prone and oily skin—without dehydrating. All skin types (with caution, of course) can use plum oil daily to clean skin. In some cases, it can even be used twice a day: Once in the morning, and once at night.
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