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New anti-ageing product cacay oil is in high demand

Just when we were getting used to people raving about argan oil to keep their skin looking fresh and youthful, along comes another nut oil with seemingly magical properties. 

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Cacay oil comes from the cacay nut, which grows in South America, and it’s being touted as the new skin-boosting, anti-ageing skin-care ingredient set to knock argan oil off its pedestal.

In the U.S., skin-care product Cacay Naturals’ oils are in high demand. (Mail Online reported that Amazon alone has seen an astounding 9,000 percent spike in sales of its 30ml bottles.) According to Cacay Naturals, the product contains three times more retinol than other popular oils, such as rose hip, and 50 percent more Vitamin E than plant-based argan oil, which comes from the Moroccan argan tree.

Here in the U.K., luxury beauty company Bamford uses cacay in its Restore Elixir (£75) and Olixia Skincare adds it to its Brilliance Facial Oil (£31.45).

Reviews of Brilliance are certainly positive.

“This is seriously the best facial oil I have ever used,” posted Jade Taylor. “It leaves skin non greasy & doesn’t feel ‘icky’ on your hands either. My skin didn’t feel oily and I had no spots… it was perfect as a moisturiser before makeup and even when not wearing makeup it didn’t look greasy or have a sheen to it. This is the ONLY oil I will use now. Seriously.”

“This beautifully scented face oil is so light and easy to apply, it’s non greasy and left my skin feeling super soft. My complexion has been clear for months since using it … A beauty product I would definitely recommend!” commented Jeanette Young.

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As well as cacay oil, Brilliance Facial Oil contains 17 naturally sourced oils, including jojoba, apricot, camellia and patchouli, which also deserve some credit for the positive reviews.

The key ingredients of Restore Elixir, which are 79 percent organic, are rose hip and cacay oils. The company says the cacay is “sourced through a project to establish the cacay tree crop as an alternative for sustainable economic development in Colombia,” which supports “communities in conflict zones” and has “facilitated the reforestation of 5,000 hectares in the Amazon.”

As well as cacay oil’s skin-care properties, it’s sure to appeal to the health-conscious beauty consumer. BeautyMart’s Anna-Marie Solowij told the Sunday Times Style magazine, “It’s cold-pressed and doesn’t require a preservative.”

Alas, for 100 percent natural and organic cacay oil, the only option so far is Cacay Naturals, which is currently unavailable on Amazon U.K. But if the buzz continues, the range of cacay products is sure to grow.

Do you use oils on your skin? Let us know your favourite product in the comments below.

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