Each year, a new – typically botanic – oil surfaces as the miracle oil for healthy skin. Olive, argan, almond, coconut and vitamin E oils are all in the top tier.
However, it’s now been proposed that the latest cure for dry and scaly skin might just be sourced from the crocodile itself! Wait, what?
Yup, that’s right. Here’s everything you need to know about the bizarre new beauty ingredient.
What crocodile oil is
Crocodile oil is extracted from crocodile fat, which contains linoleic acid and omega fatty acids; ingredients that have been used to treat skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.
The fat is collected and processed into various components of soaps and moisturisers.
Why you should consider using crocodile oil
Humans have been using animal fat to make skin products such as soaps for thousands of years. The main reason for this is because animal fat is high in vitamins, which have antioxidant properties that are fantastic for the skin.
So what’s to love about the reptile elixir in specific? Crocodile oil contains more of the beneficial ingredients for human skin as compared to other animal-based products – even coconut oil!
Long-chain fatty acids, omega-3s as well as antioxidants aren’t usually present in mammals, but are very abundant in crocodiles. Interesting!
How you can work crocodile oil into your skincare routine
Just like coconut oil, crocodile oil’s moisturising properties are rich enough to hydrate your skin and hair.
Though it may not be as readily available as your beloved bottle of olive or coconut oil (which can be purchased at just about any health or grocery store), crocodile oil is becoming popular in products sold both locally and online.