Amla oil has been one of the best-kept secrets in modern beauty and wellness offerings…until now.
I came upon this oil when I was developing my face and body oil during which time I tested countless oils for their efficacy and skin feel. Time and time again amla oil yielded superior visible results almost instantly. My skin looked smoother, firmer, brighter, and even exfoliated. Turns out, these are the exact properties attributed to amla oil.
The Origins of Amla Oil
Amla oil is an extract of the Indian Gooseberry, which is native to India. It grows in tropical and subtropical regions, wild and cultivated including Pakistan,Uzbekistan, Srilanka, SE Asia, China and Malaysia. The berries are capsular, smooth and light to medium green in color.
As early as 1500 BC, amla was known for its medicinal properties in Ayurvedic medicine.
In Theravada Buddhism the tree from which the fruit is grown is regarded as the sacred embodiment of Mother Earth and is looked to as the tree of enlightenment.
What are the Properties of Amla Oil?
Amla is rich in antioxidants and contains high amounts of vitamin C and tannins which simultaneously brighten, soften and improve overall skin quality while tightening pores and having a firming effect.
The pulpy portion of the fruit is one of the richest sources of vitamin C. The fruit tissue contains an ascorbic acid concentration 160-fold times that of apples. It’s also unique from other oils due to its high tannin content and phytochemicals such as furosin, gallic acid, corilagin and quercetin.
It can be used to moisturize, cleanse and ultimately tone the skin in a way unlike any other oil I’ve tried. I included it in both Align Ultimate face oil and Manifest nourishing body oil. Both products can be used on dry skin as a leave-on or before bathing as a more intensive treatment.
When using products with amla oil, you'll instantly notice the texture is richer with a medium weight. What you should notice most, though, is the effect on skin. In addition to skin looking more nourished, you might notice a smoother effect due to the tannins. This oil is great when layered with others like avocado (which provides moisture while promoting soft and supple skin) and almond oil (which contains antioxidants vitamin E and lock in moisture with it’s emollient properties.)
Face and Body Oil Pro Tip:
Here are my favorite #protips for a simple, yet luxurious ritual that really does wonders for your skin:
Manifest body oil intensive treatment ritual:
I’ve seen the best results using the product this way. Ideally you would exfoliate skin by “dry brushing” or using a loofah on dry skin. Then apply a liberal amount of Manifest and allow it to soak in for 10-15 minutes. This is the perfect time to do other “beauty rituals” (filing nails, plucking eyebrows, applying deep conditioner to hair, applying a face mask) or simply relaxing on a towel listening to a 15 minute meditation. Then sink into a warm bath or shower, taking care to avoid using soap on treatment areas. Your skin will look and feel amazing afterwards!! I do this once a week and no longer need to apply lotion to arms and legs on a regular basis.
Align ultimate face oil treatment ritual:
I’ve been experimenting with various oils and combinations of oils for years. The results from amla oil is immediate and impressive. For best results, massage a 2-3 pumps onto dry skin-- face, neck, and decollete, avoiding eye area.. Massage into skin as you think about your day, taking this time to relax your mind, let go of any worries, and enjoy the rich creamy scent of sandalwood. After a few minutes, take a warm washcloth and place over face, taking one more breath of the warm sandalwood essences and gently wipe excess oil from your face. You’ll notice your skin is soft, nourished-looking, supple, bouncy and smooth.
If you’d like to learn more about my inspiration for the different scents in my collection you can view my Gender Neutral scents post here.