There’s a new all-in-one oil in town, and we’re in love with it! Marula oil might just be the miracle oil we’ve all been waiting for…
Though the Marula tree (Scelerocarya birrea) is considered to be one of Africa’s greatest botanical treasures, it was not that well-known outside the African continent. However, that is rapidly changing now. The oil yielded by the marula fruit’s kernel is the stuff that hair and skincare dreams are made of. Here are 5 reasons why your skin will thank you for getting your hands on some marula oil ASAP:
Balances moisture levels
Many oils can hydrate and moisturise your skin. So, what’s so special about marula oil? For starters, marula oil doesn’t just moisturise your skin, it does so in the right amount. This means balanced moisture levels, which is crucial for healthy skin. Also, unlike other oils, marula oil will moisturise your skin but it won’t clog your pores. If clogged pores are your skin’s downfall, switching to marula oil-based moisturisers might just be the best thing you ever do for your skin.
Softens the skin
Marula oil is rich in essential fatty acids that mimic those that exist naturally in the outer layers (dermis and epidermis) of the skin. It also contains antioxidants, vitamins C and E, as well as flavonoids, all of which contribute to the soft and supple skin we desire. In fact, marula oil contains at least 50% more antioxidants than any other oil. This results in skin that not only feels soft but also stays that way for a long time.
The high concentration of antioxidants also gives marula oil some serious anti-ageing properties. In addition to antioxidants and essential fatty acids, marula oil is also a great source of omega oils—one of the few non-animal based sources of omega fatty acids in nature. The fatty acids and omega oils work with vitamins C and E to repair dmagae caused by free radicals, i.e. visible signs of ageing.
Since marula oil does not clog pores, it is perfect for those who want to moisturise but have acne-prone skin. Moreover, marula oil is surprising non-oily—it gets absorbed quickly the by skin, and it does so without leaving the skin feeling greasy. Marula oil is also good for curbing redness and irritation that may be caued by dehydrated skin, a not uncommon side-effect of acne treatments.
Treats scars and blemishes
Along with acne, marula oil is also great for treating scars and blemishes—the skin around them can absorb marula oil a lot more easily than any other oil. Over time, the marula oil nourishes the skin and makes it supple, elastic and firm, while also visibly reducing the scar or blemish. Pregnant women, or those who have stretch marks from a previous pregnancy, will find that massging with marula oil has a sterling effect on preventing/treating stretch marks.
BONUS: Works for every skin type
All these amazing benefits of marula oil has probably got you wondering if it is right for your skin type? Well, you can stop wondering because the answer is always ‘yes’! From dry to oily to sensitive skin, marula oil works its wonders on all skin types.
With marula oil, there is so much goodness on offer that we cannot do it justice in just one article. In fact, we’ve not even discussed how can it benefit your hair! Pick up the October’17 Festive Special issue of HAIR & Beauty magazine (at newsstands now) to discover why marula oil is a haircare marvel.
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