9 Amazing Baobab Benefits for Hair, Skin, and Nails

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Updated 09/08/19
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Vic Styles

You may have occasionally perked up at the word baobab on some of your favorite hair and skincare products, but have you ever wondered why it’s included in the ingredients? It’s worth taking a look at what baobab actually is and what it can do for you. Often referred to as the “tree of life,” the baobab tree is native to Africa, and the nickname certainly makes sense considering that a single tree can live for over 500 years. Part of its appeal is that the pulp of baobab fruit—extracted from baobab pods and then transformed into raw powder—has been a favorite ingredient in wellness and beauty treatments for millennia. See nine of our favorite baobab benefits to transform your hair, skin, and nails, along with a range of products that all boast the ingredient as one of its active properties.

Boost Antioxidants

Believe it or not, baobab has roughly twice the antioxidant content of goji berries or pomegranates. This makes it a perfect ingredient for aging skin.

Skin Food + Probiotic
The Nue Co. Skin Food + Probiotic $75

Heal Dry Skin

Baobab’s moisturizing properties have been well-documented in scientific research. As a result, body oils and lotions formulated with baobab make them the ideal addition to your skincare routine.

Sans [Ceuticals] Baobab Body + Hand Repair Cream $28

Increase Collagen

Combined with the vitamin C content of baobab, its antioxidant content helps to boost the production of collagen. This makes baobab a key substance for radiant, youthful-looking skin.

This Works Sleep Plus Dream Body $46

Strengthen Nails

One of the most surprising baobab benefits is its ability to heal cracked and dry nails. This is because baobab contains a high amount of protein while working to reducing dryness.

Everyday Shea Butter
Eu'Genia Shea Everyday Shea Butter $12

Nourish Hair

With the exceptional moisturizing and collagen-producing properties of baobab, it should come as no surprise that healthy, silky hair is one of our favorite baobab benefits. Combine a third-cup each of jojoba oil and baobab oil with 10 to 12 drops of lavender oil for a nourishing DIY hair treatment.

Phyto Phytokeratine Extreme Exceptional Cream
Phyto Phytokeratine Extreme Exceptional Cream $40

Reduce Stretch Marks

Packed with vitamins and nutrients, baobab can be directly applied to the skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and stretch marks. Its high vitamin C content promotes collagen formation, boosting the skin’s natural elasticity and smoothness.

Baobab And Rose Oil
Dr. Jackson's Baobab and Rose Oil $99

Soothe Chapped Lips

For an alternative to standard lip balm, dab a few drops of baobab oil onto dry lips to help heal cracks and restore softness in record time.

Baobab Organic Lip Balm With Baobab Oil, Four-Pack $13

Alleviate Eczema

One of the best baobab benefits is its ability to alleviate irritation from common skin conditions. Baobab is naturally anti-inflammatory and can reduce redness, itchiness, and dryness both when applied topically and when ingested. (Note: Oil is for external use; powder is for internal.)

Burt's Bees Ultimate Care Body Lotion With Baobab Oil $12

Provide Gentle Cleansing

Like many natural oils (tea tree, jojoba, and sea buckthorn, to name a few), baobab oil is not only nourishing but cleansing as well. Gently massage into damp skin and rinse thoroughly with warm water for a healthy, natural glow.

Restorative Cleansing Balm
De Mamiel Restorative Cleansing Balm $55

Up next, read on to see our editors' favorite hair masks for dry hair, including picks formulated with baobab oil.

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