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cacay, the most sustainable and effective skincare ingredient you've never heard of

cacay, the most sustainable and effective skincare ingredient you've never heard of

I hadn't heard of Cacay oil until quite recently, normally over shadowed by crowd pleasers such as Argan Oil, Cacay grows in the Amazon, and it increasingly being used in skin-care. Plus, Cacay farming actually helps to contribute positively to these communities in the Amazon: Oilixia's amazonian Cacay facial oil has actually helped support an organisation and farming community to plant 200,000 trees!

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How it helps your skin

Cacay Oil has 50% more Vitamin E, which makes it ideal for moisturising. It keeps your skin looking younger by ensuring that the skin is plump. It does this by being able to penetrate to the deep levels of your skin, collagen. Collagen is actually one of the components which hold our body together, and makes up a third of your total protein in your body. As we age, or bodies produce less collagen, and this will affect the appearance of skin as well as your joint cartilages. Cacay Oil manages to reach into the different layers of the skin, where collagen is found, and tries to regenerate it

 

Cacay Oil has a high Retinol content. It is said to have more than three times the amount of Retinol present in Rosehip Oil. The elevated levels of Retinol make it ideal for reducing wrinkles and lines on our face. It also evens out the overall skin tone. Retinol is also ideal for reducing the formation of acne . Retinol benefits are immense as it is also used to eliminate old red scar marks. 

How it helps the Rainforest 

Families who previously relied solely on such livestock farming (notorious causes de-forestation) or the growing and selling of food crops are now gathering Cacay nuts which fall from wild trees or even growing their own trees to harvest and sell the nuts for extra income. While the increase is still small at the present date – about half of a month’s wage extra for an entire season’s haul of Cacay nuts – this number will only increase.

Another great thing about Cacay oil is that after the oil is extracted from them, what remains of each pressed Cacay nut is put to good use in its entirety. The nutrient-rich meat of the dried nuts is ground into flour to be used for cooking, as a food supplement or as an ingredient in Cacay nut milk. The inner peel is either added to cattle feed or used as compost to further increase the productivity of local agriculture. The shell of the Cacay nut burns extremely hot, making it ideal for heating purposes where very high temperatures are needed.All this makes cacay sustainable. 

While a large percentage of Cacay oil is being gathered from wild trees,, the popularity and resulting economic potential of this incredible oil is encouraging local farmers to begin planting Cacay trees. These trees are fast-growing, thus the ratio of farmed to wild-harvested nuts will increase rapidly year after year. Cacay plants also work well with other ones, such as  the ever-popular Coffea arabica. Cacay trees also add nutrients back into the soil as they grow 

It’s no secret that deforestation in the Amazon is rapidly destroying the rainforest, an environmental catastrophe which every day destroys over 200,000 acres of some of the most vibrant place on earth! It also severely threatens future scientific discoveries, there's so much the medical community have learnt from natural compounds for medicine, who else knows what kind of cures are in the mysterious of this place

The sudden rise in popularity of Cacay oil and the resulting value of Cacay trees has put a halt to deforestation in many regions of the Amazon. Where locals used to harvest these fast-growing trees for wood – as well as anything else growing nearby – in order to make a living, people are now financially motivated to leave the forests be and harvest the nuts of the Cacay trees which grow there instead. This benefits the surrounding ecosystems by neutralising air pollution, recycling excessive levels of carbon dioxide, halting erosion and replenishing nutrients in the soil to encourage growth of other Amazonian plant species

I hope you've learnt some things about this wonderful nut!