Kalahari Melon Oil is having a major moment, stepping into the global spotlight as a beauty super-ingredient. But what is this oil and how does it benefit your skin and hair?
Grown in the Kalahari desert in Namibia, the Kalahari melon (also known as the Tsamma melon, wild watermelon or the scientific name citrullus lanatus) boasts numerous benefits. The Kalahari melon is a biological ancestor of the common watermelon that shows up on picnic tables and in recipes worldwide. It has adapted to the arid climate of Kalahari, a factor that makes it an important source of water for the people living in this desert setting. These unique growing conditions also give the Kalahari melon and its oils incredibly moisturizing properties, making it a great option for both skincare and haircare.
This valuable oil has both moisturizing and emollient properties and penetrates the skin tissue more quickly than other oils, without leaving the top layer of skin feeling greasy. It can also be useful for creating a barrier on the skin to protect it from dryness.
Kalahari Melon Oil lightweight and non-comedogenic, meaning it will not clog pores. Additionally, it is rich in a compound called linolenic acid, which can actually help clear out pores that are already clogged. This makes Kalahari Melon Oil a great choice for use on the face compared to other oils that can be too heavy and potentially lead to breakouts when applied too often, especially on skin prone to acne and other types of irritation. Some other benefits include:
- Helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Reducing inflammation in the skin, which can be especially beneficial for those suffering from acne
- Aiding in the healing and reduction of scars
For these reasons, Kalahari Melon Oil is the star ingredient of both our Kalahari Queen facial oil and Safi Oil Cleanser. It is blended with other oils from the region (more on those later) to create a highly concentrated moisturizing and anti-aging skincare solution, helping to achieve healthier looking skin for a more beautiful you.