Extracts From the Kukui Tree Are Toxic to Certain Bacteria and Viruses

July 18, 2018

Do you know what the state tree of Hawaii is? The palm tree seems like an obvious choice, but it's actually a tree you may never have heard of. It's the kukui tree, which is also known as the candlenut tree. It was declared the state tree in 1959, but Hawaiians have considered this tree sacred for centuries. The tree has been integral to island life, and every part serves a purpose. The trunks can be shaped into canoes, and the roots and seeds have been used medicinally to treat everything from indigestion and constipation to arthritis.

And that's not all. Despite their regular sun exposure, many Hawaiians enjoy beautiful skin, thanks in part to the therapeutic properties of kukui nut oil. Hawaiians use this oil to treat sunburn, dry or dehydrated skin, and even eczema. They're living proof that it works. But I wanted to know if there was scientific evidence explaining why.

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Sure enough, two studies have shown that extracts from the kukui tree are cytotoxic to certain bacteria and viruses, making them particularly effective in fighting facial breakouts. Kukui oil also contains omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce inflammation whether you consume them or apply them topically. That was enough to convince me to include kukui oil in the Système 41 Day Crème and Night Treatment.

While it may seem counterintuitive to apply oil to your face when you're trying to reduce breakouts, in the Système 41 line we've carefully combined oils and antioxidants in a way that allows the skin to breathe. Rather than clogging your pores, the oil nurtures and hydrates your skin, and it wards off infection. I can't guarantee it will make you feel like you've just been on a tropical vacation, but your skin may look healthy enough to convince people otherwise!

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