When we hear of the word Pili, what’s the first thing that pops into your head? Food right? I’ve been to Bicol several times now and you can get pili nuts in all forms from candy, mazapan, and even ice cream! Argan, Rosehip, Castor, Emu, and more. But did you know that Pili Oil is now becoming the beauty oil of the future.
Pili oil is extracted from the pulp of pili fruit (yum), it’s filled with vitamin E and antioxidants that works as excellent moisturizers. Deep within its forests lies Bikol’s most prized tree—Pili. When translated, it means “chosen”. Although locals have been processing its wonderful nuts for food since the Spanish times, there are also treasures that can be mined from its bark, pulp, and even its leafy crown.
Beauty Benefits of Pili Oil
Remember all those Vitamin E rich hair-oil advertisements? Even if you don’t, you might know that Vitamin E helps improve your skin and hair quality. Vitamin E helps protect your body against many conditions like cholesterol sediments, and even activates antioxidants. Pili Nuts are the richest source of vitamin E among all nuts, which is why they help promote your skin and hair health.
Plant oils are very skin compatible. The oils sink into skin, delivering nourishment and helping to protect the skin’s ‘barrier function’, enabling skin to retain water and stay plumped-up and moisturized. Chemical and nutritional analysis of Pili pulp oil are very similar to olive oil. However, Pili pulp oil has more beta-carotene, a know vitamin A source. It contains a high levels of carotenoids that has long been known to be an efficient quencher of singlet oxygen and as such as effective antioxidants
Anti-Microbial and Anti-Inflammatory
Pili oil is being used by locals in treating skin diseases such as scabies having antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that help heal wounds and allergies
Pili contains a high levels of carotenoids, phytosterols and tocopherols (Vitamin E). These substances are known for its powerful antioxidants and protecting cells from oxidation and neutralizes unstable free radicals. Topically it has great effects by promoting younger skin, promotes healing and cuts risk of scar tissue forming, help ease eczema and other skin ulcers, cold sore and shingles.
We can now gain all the beauty benefits of Pili Oil thanks to Pili Beauty! A lovingly local brand from the Philippines that uses pili oil in cosmetic products such as lipsticks, oils, hair serums, deodorant and even bath soap! I’ll be reviewing their tinted lip balm and lipstick in the coming days ahead so stay tuned!