We’re always on the lookout for natural ways to turn back the clock, especially when it comes to our skincare routine. Now beauty experts are saying we should reach for a bottle of plum oil to reap some serious anti-aging perks.
Plum oil — which is extracted from the seed of the fruit — has been gaining a lot of buzz over the last couple years. Although plums have been around, well, forever, only recent studies have uncovered some amazing benefits. Just last year, researchers found the oil is packed with antioxidants like vitamin A, E, and C, polyphenols, and fatty acids.
As the experts at Byrdie explain, those nutrients are known for their protective, healing, and anti-inflammatory properties. Dendy Engelman, MD, a dermatologist in NYC, tells them the vitamin A in plum oil makes it especially great for mature skin “as it encourages cell turnover, revealing healthier, younger cells.” This means it can help with reducing the appearance of wrinkles, dark spots, and puffiness — on top of fighting off free radicals and oxidative stress.
Dr. Engleman also cites a 2019 study that lists ursolic acid and oleic acid found inside plum oil. Previous research found these antioxidants can aid in healing, plus form a protective barrier to prevent further damage to skin. Finally, the polyphenols in plum oil have been shown to soothe and protect skin against harmful UV rays.
Research has only scratched the surface on this powerful natural skin oil, but as you can see, results are already pretty impressive. You can also count on all of those perks to hydrate your skin without making it feel greasy or weighed-down.
We’ve found some moderately priced options available online, like Vitruvi Plum Oil (Buy at Vitruvi, $40) or Botanical Beauty Plum Kernel Oil (Buy on Amazon, $19.95).
Just make sure to test a small patch of skin first, especially if you have a history of sensitive reactions to new products. Otherwise, you just might believe you’ve found the fountain of youth in these little bottles!
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