3 Things You Didn’t Know About Monoi
Have you ever wondered where the delightfully floral scent in our monoi products comes from? You guessed it right - the fragrance you're detecting is monoi, the key ingredient in products like our Monoi Age Corrective Night Cream for Face & Neck, Monoi Age Corrective Night Body Cream and Monoi Age Corrective Exfoliating Cleanser.
The word monoi simply means "scented oil" and is made from soaking the petals of Tahitian gardenias (Tiaré flowers) in coconut oil. Its sweet, subtle smell isn’t the only thing that this fragrant oil has to offer. For centuries, Polynesian cultures have used monoi in traditional rituals as a medicinal remedy and as a multi-purpose beauty ingredient (Institute de Monoi).
The fact that monoi has been used as a beauty and health treatment for thousands of years informs us that its benefits are both timeless and effective.
So what makes this ingredient so unique? Below are three health and beauty benefits of monoi that you should take advantage of:
1. Intense hydration & protection for skin & hair
Monoi is a soothing and protective oil that deeply hydrates the skin without stripping it of natural oils. The people of the South Pacific have traditionally used monoi to protect their skin from the damaging harsh winds, intense tropical sun and drying salt water of their environment (Beautytips.com).
In more recent years, the hydrating and protective qualities of monoi have been a sought-after commodity in the beauty and skin care industry: "Monoi oil contains coconut oil, which has been shown to have tremendous moisturizing benefits for the skin and hair. The essential fatty acids in coconut oil, like lauric acid, may repair hair damage and increase shine," explains dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe in an interview with Huffington Post Style.
Monoi Beauty Pick: Healing Lifestyles & Spas named our Monoi Age Corrective Night Cream for Face & Neck as their 2015 Earth Day Beauty Award winner: “For deep hydration, turn to this blend made with soothing monoi oil and Éminence's exclusive anti-aging stem cell complex. The scent is heavenly and your skin will instantly look more youthful.”
2. Helps keep skin looking young
There’s a reason that South Pacific cultures have passed on their monoi beauty traditions from generation to generation: "Coconut oil is loaded with protective antioxidants like vitamin E and ferulic acid, a plant-derived anti-inflammatory that neutralizes free radicals, fights signs of aging" (Huffington Post Style).
3. Boasts healing & anti-inflammatory properties
The benefits of monoi also go well beyond providing an exquisite boost to your skin and hair. This multi-purpose oil is used in the traditional medicine of the Polynesian islands – “the Tiare blossoms, for example, are used to cure earaches, certain types of eczema, or simply to prevent insect bites” (Institute de Monoi). Expectant mothers can also take advantage of the intensely healing and hydrating properties monoi to help prevent stretch marks (Elle.com)
Monoi Beauty Pick: Monoi Age Corrective Night Body Cream. Apply this ultra-rich body cream all over your body (day and night) for firmer and smoother-looking skin.
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