Africa’s unique source of Vitamin C

The Baobab tree is synonymous with Africa.  You can hear the cicadas and the roar of lions just looking at the picture, right?


But did you know the Baobab Fruit is packed with Vitamin C?

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According to PhytoTrade Africa  it contains six times more vitamin C than your average orange, six times more potassium than a banana, more calcium than milk, more antioxidants than blueberries, cranberries and goji berries, and it contains iron and magnesium.

You can put Baobab Fruit Powder into smoothies, yoghurt, mix it into your oats, but guess what we do with it in the world of skincare?

We put it on your face.

Mostly, we do so for the Vitamin C content.

But what does Vitamin C do for your skin?

According to Oregon State University Micronutrient Information Center, Vitamin C has the following affect:

“The antioxidant properties of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and its role in collagen synthesis (the production of collagen) make vitamin C a vital molecule for skin health. Dietary and topical ascorbic acid have beneficial effects on skin cells, and some studies have shown that vitamin C may help prevent and treat ultraviolet (UV)-induced photodamage”

Smoking, ozone exposure, UV exposure and pollutants can lower the vitamin C content of your epidermis.

Dietary Vitamin C is delivered to the skin via the blood stream.


The big debate with topical application of ingredients is whether they can pass through the epidermis to the dermis to have an affect on the skin at a deeper level (where the fat, blood supply, fibroblasts and collagen are), or whether their effects are just cosmetic.


But the Oregon State University found in an observational study that the topical application of Vitamin C for at least 12 weeks results (in some individuals) in reduced wrinkles, reduced protein fibre damage, reduced roughness, and increased production of collagen.

According to the University, the primary obstacle to topical application of vitamin C is the Stratum Corneum (the outer layer of skin cells of the epidermis, which is the skin you see). The Stratum Corneum can be removed by laser or chemical or mechanical methods in order to facilitate better absorption of topical Vitamin C.

In our Kalahari Phyto-Compounding Treatments at Sunrise Beauty Studio, we first exfoliate the skin with our Enzyme Face Buff. This contains pumpkin extract, and pineapple and papaya enzymes to perform a chemical exfoliation. This loosends the dead skin cells of the Stratum Corneum. The face buff also contains Jojoba wax beads, which then mechanically remove the loosened dead cell matter from the skin’s surface.


After removing the exfoliant with mittens soaked in Rooibos tea, we combine the Baobab Fruit Powder (high in Vitamin C) ; muds or clays specific to your skin type, and more freshly brewed Rooibos tea (also rich in antioxidants). This is applied to the skin with a mask brush and left to dry completely.

The result is a brightened skin with reduced wrinkle depth, reduced roughness and improved collagen synthesis. Obviously the effect needs to be reinforced with correct home care.


Aside from the benefits to your skin, one of the most heartening aspects of the emergence of Baobab Fruit powder as a Vitamin C power house, is that it has empowered primary producers, mostly women, in Africa, particularly in Malawi.


Forbes contributor, Nadia Arumugam writes  “Esnati, a Malawian mother, was able to send all her children to school, build a house, buy a bicycle and feed her family on the income provided by picking the baobab fruit”

With the increased demand for Baobab fruit, Phyto Africa , the distributor of Baobab Fruit Powder to the EU, is making a positive environmental, social, cultural and economic impact on these primarily female headed households.

“Over the past five years PhytoTrade has engaged with over 15,000 primary producers per annum, with more than 60% of these being women”

So each time you get Vitamin C applied your skin, during a Kalahari Phyto Compound Facial, you form part of the chain of demand that empowers these women.

Please contact  me to make your next facial appointment


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