Pure Maracuja oil is composed of one ingredient, an oil listed by its Latin name of Passiflora edulis. The layperson term for this Brazilian-based plant oil is passion fruit, and it's not a miracle of nature that addresses all kinds of skin concerns. Rather, it's just one of many good plant oils to improve the look and feel of dry skin. According to published research, passion fruit oil can inhibit melanin (skin pigment) production when its linoleic acid component is mixed with that of another plant that Tarte did not include in Pure Maracuja Oil . Although that's a bit of a letdown, passion fruit oil has documented anti-inflammatory properties and, at least in animal tests, can stimulate the production of fibroblasts, cells that make collagen. It's also a source of lycopene, and antioxidant common to tomatoes (Sources: International Journal of Cosmetic Science, October 2012, pages 435–440; Planta Medica, September 2009, pages 1,221–1,226; Acta Cirugica Brasiileira, Volume 21, Supplement 3, 2006, pages 55–65; and Journal of Medicinal Food, Volume 8, Spring 2005, pages 104–106). Contrary to Tarte's claim, there is no research indicating passion fruit oil is a good source of vitamin C, though it does contain several antioxidant compounds (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com).
Normally we'd dismiss this as a one-note product because skin care is never as simple as one ingredient. Although Pure Maracuja Oil only contains one ingredient, that ingredient is a source of other ingredients that can provide multiple benefits—though all claims for acne-prone skin are off base and not supported by research. If you have acne and are considering this, use at your own risk; this oil may make matters worse. Otherwise, it's a good option for those with dry skin. For best results, don't use this alone. Instead, mix it with your regular moisturizer or serum. That way, you'll be sure to get the repairing and cell-communicating ingredients passion flower oil lacks (but aging skin needs).
- Passion flower oil is a good non-fragrant plant oil.
- Rich source of antioxidants.
- Helps reduce inflammation.
- Not as heavy as some other oils (though this is still oil, so apply sparingly).
- Claims for improving acne are not substantiated.
- Not a good source of vitamin C.