Marula Oil
The Elixir of Youth.

By Sasha Nialla

Marula Oil
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What is marula oil? How does marula oil work? Does the idea of putting more oil on your skin make you nervous and breakout? Don’t fret! I felt the same way at first and was extremely hesitant to let oil touch my acne-prone face.

Marula oil is the “elixir of youth” by those who swear by it. Retrieved from marula fruit kernels in the southern part of Africa, marula oil has been used for centuries to treat various skin conditions. Its amino acids, fatty acids, and antioxidants have extensive hydrating, anti-aging, and moisturizing benefits.

Marula oil is praised for its value in diets, meat preservation, cosmetics, and leather treatment in Southern Africa, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique. Despite its relatively recent arrival in our skincare routines, the countless years of tried and constant use by other cultures confirm its authenticity.

Dr. Lisa Stirling, MD of eMediHeath explains, “Marula oil is high in antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and amino acids. It has a high content of linoleic acid and oleic acid, which are fatty acids that hydrate the skin and provide anti-inflammatory effects, thus improving many skin conditions. It is a non-comedogenic and should not clog pores or promote break-outs.”

As a loyal facial oil enthusiast, I instantly realized how fast it absorbed. It felt marvelous on my skin. After doing my fair share of research, I discovered the abundance of omegas my skin soaks up, creating a soft, non-greasy complexion.

Let’s dive in to the 7 fast facts about marula oil.

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7 Fast Facts About Marula Oil That You Need To Know.

Marula Oil Elixor of Youth

I Look 10 Years Younger.

I understand that ’10 years younger’ is a bold statement, but I seriously look and feel better than I did back then. When you peek at the science behind how this oil works, it all makes perfect sense.

Marula oil neutralizes free radicals, enhances collagen, and shields skin with antioxidants. Antioxidants found in marula oil are molecules with different chemical structures that protect skin from environmental toxins and delay cellular damage, which causes signs of aging. 

It also supports the preservation of moisture over time and keeps skin lastingly smooth. Its easy absorption helps with raising the skin’s lipid (skin’s natural fats) to hold moisture and aid in healthy-looking, youthful skin.

All those elements work together to create the perfect recipe for a youthful glow. Make your dull, lackluster skin glow as it did before the pressure of adulthood set in.

Pollution Is Giving You Wrinkles.

When it comes to the appearance of your skin, the number of candles on your birthday cake isn’t the only thing that dictates how fast the wrinkles and age spots accumulate. Environmental agitators, such as UV rays, smoke, pollution, and the weather, play a vital role in the aging process.

Sunscreen alone can not stop these environmental assailants; if you want to protect your skin, you’re going to need to break out the big guns. Marula oil is abundant in omega-9 and omega-6 fatty acids that intensely nourish, heal, and moisturize to better elasticity and fight wrinkles.

Marula oil stimulates the skin’s natural protective barrier while repairing pre-existing damage at the same time.

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Lips to be Kissed.

Do your chapped lips feel like your go-to balm isn’t doing anything but masking the problem? As marula oil has demonstrated its ability to penetrate the skin deeply, we can’t overlook the stubborn surface of the lips. 

Marula oil contains vitamins C and E, which enrich and fortify skin from the inside out, resulting in your silkiest face and lips ever.

Dr. Sashini Seeni, MBBS, says, “Marula oil has an occlusive property that traps the water content in the skin layer from evaporating into the atmosphere. Our skin layer easily absorbs marula oil due to the fatty acids present in its composition like oleic acid and palmitic acid that is similar to the ones in our epidermis, the outer layer of our skin.”

You won’t have to worry about this kissable complexion fading; marula oil works to lock in hydration while reversing whatever damage left skin rough in the first place. You can thank the blend of vitamins and fatty acids that get under your skin.

What Stretch Marks?

What if I told you that marula oil could improve the firmness of your skin while reducing cellulite, stretch marks, and the appearance scars? Well, it’s true!

Also, marula oil can help avoid the appearance in the first place. We owe our thanks to the essential fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins, flavonoids, and minerals that absorb quickly and result in the remarkably smooth, supple skin we all crave.

Paulina Nowak, dietician and dental expert, explains,”With vitamin C, vitamin E, oleic acid, lots of antioxidants and all-natural oils, it’s a great solution to fight against lines, wrinkles or dryness. Moreover, Marula oil contains antioxidant emollients, omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 fatty acids, which makes it efficient against eczema or other skin disorders.”

Great For Your Man.

Dry skin, brittle beard, this oil supports all kinds of needs. Men will love how it softens areas of roughness and hydrates their facial hair.

Marula oil absorbs seamlessly into the skin and hair without contributing to existing oil. It provides the moisture necessary to keep skin radiant and the beard shining

The hydrating and moisture-locking properties of marula oil make it beneficial for male grooming, especially the beard. Marula softens dry, frizzy, or brittle facial hair with its rich oleic acid.

I’m Not Hormonal; You’re Hormonal.

Isn’t it awesome when you’re already feeling irritable and emotional and your skin joins in on the fun by erupting with acne? Yeah, super cool.

If you were wondering whether this oil could help with acne, the answer is a big ‘heck yes!’ It’s antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties keep acne at bay while treating current breakouts.Hormonal shifts are continually taking place within women, and often it feels like the world is adding insult to injury. These changes take a massive toll on your skin, thank goodness for marula oil’s ability to fight against these internal attacks. So even when you’re feeling like an emotional wreck, you don’t have to look like one.

Lisa Richards, nutritionist, shared with me, “The oils protein, amino acid, antioxidant, and fatty acid content are the keys to its many benefits. The concept of putting oil on one’s skin to treat acne may sound counterproductive. Still, the antimicrobial properties of marula oil make it an effective preventative against bacteria that lead to acne. It should not be thought of as simply a beautification product but is also used to alleviate pain and irritation from eczema and psoriasis.”

Hello Mermaid Hair.

Even though the numerous benefits for skin may steal the show, it’s important to remember the incredible things this oil can do for your hair. 

Marula oil is antimicrobial which means it can fight bacteria and other scalp issues. 

Kathy Sadowski, registered aromatherapist, explains, “A review of pharmacological studies backs up some of the traditional uses, identifying the following potential activities: anti-diarrheal, anti-diabetic, anti‐inflammatory, antimicrobial, anti-parasitic, antihypertensive, anticonvulsant, and analgesic. Further, the high total phenolic compounds have shown significant antioxidant activities. While human studies are needed to properly back up the potential uses of marula, preliminary studies suggest multiple therapeutic benefits including hair treatments.”

A little bit goes a long way in protecting the scalp and promoting healthy growth, meaning you’ll have that long, lustrous hair you’ve always desired in no time.

How To Use Marula Oil.

After washing your face and clearing away the day’s debris, apply two drops evenly to your face and neck. You can also extend the excellent juju to your hands, cuticles, and arms. Don’t stop there – smooth a couple of drops through your hair for sleek strands without the frizz.

How do you know which marula oil to use? There’s a considerable difference between oils based on preparation techniques. You don’t want to get caught with the less-than version.

Take a glimpse into the typical refining process of oils, you’ll notice a slew of additives that make the end product seem anything but natural. It’s mostly a cheap way of producing the oil, but dramatically reduces the quality of the final product. Labels that read ‘cold-pressed and unrefined’ aren’t just smart marketing techniques; they denote the purest, most beneficial form of the oil.

If you’re second-guessing which marula oil to buy look for a pale yellow-orange color accompanied by a delightfully nutty smell.

SASHA NIALLA

Sasha is a Wellness Writer & Advertising Photographer based in Brooklyn, NY.