Each year, a new — typically botanic — oil surfaces as the magic potion for dry skin. Argan, coconut, almond, olive, and vitamin E are in the top tier. However, in a recent article by The Telegraph, it’s been proposed that the latest cure for scaly, lizard-like skin just might be sourced from the crocodile itself.
And as the temperature drops this fall, you’ll likely turn to just about anything to keep your skin from turning crepe-y as a result of the upcoming moisture-zapping frigid weather. In that case, here’s everything you need to know about the bizarre beauty ingredient.
“Crocodile oil is oil extracted from crocodile fat, which contains linoleic acid and omega fatty acids, ingredients that have been used to treat eczema and psoriasis,” says California-based dermatologist and author of Asian Beauty Secrets Marie Jhin, MD.
“Humans have been using animal fat to make skin products and soaps for thousands of years,” says Dr. Mizuguchi . Dr. Jhin agrees referring to the animal fat commonly used in the wildly popular K-beauty market. “Donkey or horse oil is used in Korea,” she says. “It contains a lot of vitamins, which can have antioxidative properties.” So, what’s to love about the reptile elixir? “Crocodile oil contains more of the beneficial ingredients for human skin as compared to other animal-based products — or even coconut oil,” says Dr. Mizuguchi.
Just like coconut oil, crocodile oil’s moisturizing properties are rich enough to hydrate your skin and hair.
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