Benefits of Macadamia Nut Oil in Skin Care

Macadamia Nut Oil

Shhh… can I let you in on a little beauty secret?

Macadamia oil should be the most-praised beautifying oil of all.

It has an amazing affinity with the skin, and can be taken both topically and internally.

Each precious drop is SO rich in essential fatty acids; it will have your skin crying out for more.

Not convinced? Then join me as I introduce you into one of nature’s best kept secrets:

Macadamia Nut Oil

  • A light weight, medium-nutty oil
  • Its chemical profile is very similar to that of human sebum
  • It is a very stable oil, with a shelf life of up to two years
  • It’s perfect for heart health, as it contains the perfect balance of essential fatty acids
  • It has a non-greasy feel on the skin, which gives the oil a nice, workable film
  • Its palmitoleic and oleic acid profile makes it the perfect choice for a mature or dry skin
  • Phytosterols are protective, aiding in skin recovery. They work like cortisone on the skin, helping to reduce itchiness and inflammation
  • The linoleic fatty acid content makes it great for a skin that has difficulty retaining moisture

Fatty Acid Profile

Palmitoleic acid
This oil is one of the highest sources of palmitoleic fatty acids in nature, with a concentration between 16 – 23%.

Palmitoleic Acid is vital for delaying premature ageing; as our skin ages, it rapidly becomes depleted in this important fatty acid, which is why macadamia nut oil is the perfect inclusion for mature skin types.

By applying the oil topically, you will improve your skin’s palmitoleic acid levels; decreasing the rate at which your skin deteriorates, keeping it taut, and discouraging wrinkles from forming.

Oleic acid
This fatty acid gives macadamia nut oil its fantastic regenerating and moisturising properties.

Linoleic acid
This is a wonderful fatty acid that helps to prevent trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL) from the skin’s delicate tissues.

High in phytosterols
These have a real affinity with the skin, as sterols are the building blocks of our cellular membrane and structure.

Plant sterols work the same way that cholesterol does in our skin, which is one of the reasons why macadamia nut oil has great skin-penetration abilities.

Phytosterols are also calming and healing, which is why they are known to help repair the skin’s barrier function.

Because Macadamia has such an affinity with the skin, and knowing I could not overlook its amazing benefits, it was important to me that I included it as a staple ingredient in both Nectar Treatment Balm and Miracle Cleanse.

Fatty Acid profile
C12:0   st Lauric Acid                Traces
C14:0   st Myrsitc acid               0.4 -1.6%
C160:   st palmitic Acid              7-10%
C16:1   mo palmitolecic acid     16 -23%
C18:0   st syteric Acid               1.5 – 5%
C181   mo Oleic Acid                54-63%
C18:2   pu Linoleic acid            1-3%
C20:0   st Arachidic Acid          1.5 -3%
C20:1   mo Eicosenoic Acid     1-3%

Beautifying Skin From the Inside

My motto is “what goes on, goes in” – and this is certainly true for macadamia nut oil, containing all of those beneficial fatty acids.

Whenever you consume this oil, you’re giving yourself a real health and beauty boost.

Oleic acid protects your heart from disease and reduces cholesterol levels.

The fact that the oil is low in saturated fat and rich in the all-important mono-unsaturated and poly-unsaturated fatty acids is what makes it so heart healthy.

Macadamia nut oil contains the perfect ratio of essential fatty acids that are not naturally created by the body.

Omega 3 fatty acids are an anti-inflammatory, whilst omega 6 works as a pro-inflammatory; great for those who suffer from sensitive skin conditions.

This is why applying macadamia nut oil topically and taking it internally will help achieve that crucial essential fatty acid balance your body requires for optimal health.

Palmitoleic acid is a potent antioxidant known to support healthy cell membranes; hydrating the skin and supporting skin healing.


So, just to recap, the beneficial fatty acid profile of this all-important oil is as follows:

  • Oleic acid is a moisturising anti-inflammatory, making it perfect for dry and sensitive skin types
  • Linoleic acid restores the skin’s barrier function and keeps skin hydrated
  • Palmitoleic Acid is extremely healing and repairing
  • Phytosterols act as penetration enhancers, delivering the important ingredients into the deepest layers of your skin
  • It contains the perfect 1-to-1 ratio of essential fatty acids, making it essential for heart health

So as you can see, it provides all the building blocks necessary for your skin.

So, go on – I dare you! Smear it in, and feel the oh-so-wholesome macadamia nut love.


83 thoughts on “Benefits of Macadamia Nut Oil in Skin Care

  1. Mary says:

    Thank you.

    This is a great blog that I have just stumbled across today.

    I have been using cold pressed oils on my face for the past ten years or so.

    I like all oils except for coconut oil, as it blocks my pores and dries me out.

    Just about to turn 50 and often get compliments in regards to my clear and healthy looking complexion (I don’t wear make-up at all).

    All the vegetable juicing I do helps, as do these cold pressed oils.

    I really like: avocado oil, wheatgerm oil, chia seed oil, sesame seed oil, tamanu oil, rosehip oil and pumpkin seed oil. But my favourites are jojoba oil (yes I know not a true oil), and macadamia nut oil.

    I was using sesame seed oil for Abhyanga (the traditional oil) but have recently started doing it with macadamia instead. Divine.

    Routine is: cleanse face with oil, remove any grime and excess oil with warm wet face cloth, then moisturise with oil. Morning and night. And that is the entire extent of my beauty routine.

    Skin is super soft. Despite living in the harsh Australian sun.

    Hope this will continue into my 50s, 60, 70s, 80,s and beyond.

    Thank you again for a great blog

    • Verified Author Samantha Miller replied:

      Mary thankyou so much for reaching out I love this information an obviously as you realise am a great advocate of the power of natures botanicals in the form of precious oils. Abhyanga is an amazing treatment with pre medicated oils wonderful tou i am sure this will greatly benefit my readers.hankyreatment. So t

  2. Phil says:

    Thanks for this informative article. In massage school we had a very thorough review of the various choices for massage carrier oils. It was noticed by most students and those being massaged that macadamia nut oil was not only the most luxurious massage oil, but that it quickly was absorbed by the skin and non-greasy. Several years ago, I started using macadamia nut oil as a daily body, face and scalp moisturiser after showering and my skin has never been more tight and youthful. It really is, hands down, better than any commercial moisturiser or skin tightener.

  3. Dawne McDonald says:

    Will Macademia oil help resolve my Rosachea .
    I look forward to you informed advice. Thank you in anticipation of your response.
    Warmest regards
    Dawne McDonald

  4. Phil says:

    I use cold pressed macadamia nut oil as my go to massage oil. It is, by far, superior to other massage oils. It absorbs ready into the skin, provides a luxurious ‘glide’ when massaging and seems to hydrate the skin. Clients love it.

  5. maria schaefer says:

    Hi, I’m wondering if you know that macadamia oil is in a product called coal moisture cream? Have you heard of the product. It is supposed to be great for wrinkles.

    It also has green tea in it. Can green tea effect your sleep because of the caffeine in it since it goes into the skin? I can’t have caffeine.

    • Verified Author Samantha Miller replied:

      Hi whilst I am not familiar with these products it is the ingredients you need to be looking t, green tea is an antioxidant and is good for fighting free radical and premature ageing, but there are more potent anti ageing ingredients, subscribe as i will be discussing these soon on my blog.

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