When you think of Morocco, what comes to mind? Sandybeaches? Desert paradise? Trip of alifetime? Well, if you thought of any of these words,you wouldn’t be wrong. Morocco is a prizedvacation destination for many reasons. But the physicalbeauty of this North African country isjust the tip of the cactus needle.
The women of Morocco have long known about the age-delayingbeauty secrets of theircountry’s plants. They know how to tap into the transformativepower of its botanicals, includinghow to extract and apply its oils for astounding anti-agingeffects. When we want to diminishdark spots or boost collagen production, we run toSephora for the latest lab creation. Butimagine if you had incredibly effective solutionsright in your own backyard?
If you’re looking for skincare problem solvers thathave been time-tested, the three naturalingredients in this article are some of the most rejuvenatingand protective against the onslaughtof aging that you can find anywhere. Read on to uncoverthe incredible beauty secrets ofMorocco — one of the world’s most underrated sourcesof skincare magic.
Prickly Pear Seed Oil
The warm, dry climate of Morocco is where the pricklypear cactus loves to grow and flourish.From the fruit of this plant comes one beauty-revivingoil that is prized for its hydrating,anti-aging and anti-wrinkle capabilities: pricklypear seed oil. Thanks to research, we now knowthat the chemical properties of prickly pear seedoil show that it contains a high concentration ofvitamin E, polyunsaturated fatty acids, sterols andlinoleic acid, which help the skin retain waterand stay hydrated. We also know that the contentsof prickly pear oil can calm skininflammation, as well as protect against prematureaging of the skin. Since the oil isnon-comedogenic, which means that it can penetrateyour skin without clogging pores orcausing breakouts, it is suitable for all skin types,especially dry, mature or combination.
Aside from the science, Moroccan women swear by pricklypear seed oil for its ability to promotea smoother, more luminous complexion — effectivelyand without irritation. It has a lightweight,luxurious, silky quality that makes it a joy to applyto the face and neck.
Pomegranate Seed Oil
Like the prickly pear cactus, pomegranate trees thrivein the hot dry Moroccan climate. Also likethe prickly pear, pomegranates hold within them thepower to help slow the visible signs ofaging. The seeds contain a beauty oil rich with enzymes,nutrients and vitamins that repair skin,ward off wrinkles and hydrate. No wonder pomegranateoil is known as the “fruit of life.”
Thanks to an astounding nutrient profile, pomegranateoil regenerates and repairs skin, andeffectively minimizes and prevents wrinkles. Thisprofile includes linoleic acid to promote1 moisture retention, punicic acid to improve elasticity and promote regeneration, vitamin A (orretinol) and vitamin C (or ascorbic acid) to preventfree radical damage, and palmitic acid to actas a skin-quenching emollient. As an anti-inflammatory,pomegranate seed oil can be used tocalm redness or dry, flaky skin, and may be especiallyhelpful for those who struggle with acne,eczema and psoriasis. Having such a wide array ofbenefits makes this ingredient rank near thetop of all skincare solutions, natural or synthetic.
Saffron (a.k.a “Red Gold”)
Saffron, a delicate plant often referred to as “red gold”, is one of Morocco’s leading exports. Saffron crocuses typically grow in two well-known areas of the country: Taliouine, a small mountain village in the south of Morocco, and the Ourika Valley at the bottom of the Atlas Mountains near Marrakech. Saffron benefits skin because it contains countless vitamins, phytonutrients (flavonoids) and antioxidants that promote cell formation and repair. For example, saffron is known to contain an antioxidant compound called quercetin, which can help prevent melanin production in the skin. With melanin production interrupted, you’ll see less pigmentation, brown spots and other skin blemishes, and soon see a more even tone and radiance. For these and many other reasons, saffron oil is a viable skin-preserving and anti-aging ingredient.
Which Skin Types Are Best?
All three of these ingredients are generally safe for healthy people of all skin types and ages to use. If you have a known allergy to prickly pears, pomegranate or saffron, you should avoid using any skincare product containing those ingredients.
If you have sensitive skin, do a patch test by applying a small amount of product to your wrist, then wait 24 hours. If you have a bad reaction within this time frame, don’t use the product.
Move over K-Beauty; M-Beauty is Here
We can learn a lot from the time-tested beauty secrets of distant lands. One location that certainly should not be ignored is Morocco. Its climate makes it the ideal place to grow the plants that have supported the skin health of its inhabitants for ages. Talk to any woman from Morocco (and look at her amazing skin) and you’ll hear her praise the age-defying powers of her country’s natural skincare solutions, including prickly pear seed oil, pomegranate oil and saffron. Thankfully, because beauty brands are finally waking up to the real power behind these ingredients, those of us living outside of Morocco can now enjoy the ‘fruits’ of this desert paradise.
Lunalis Cosmetics products contain a fusion of pricklypear seed oil, pomegranate oil andsaffron.