How much do you know about Marula oil? Marula Oil has been used in Zimbabwe and East Africa for 10,000 + years. Marula oil is amazing for your skin and hair. Marula oil is best for dry skin, and curly/frizzy/ thick hair.
What makes Marula oil so great? Marula Oil is most known of this nutritional, antioxidant, free radical scavenging and moisturizing properties.
Marula oil is high in Oleic acid which penetrates deep into the skin’s surface and replenishes moisture lost by aging or evaporation. It is a powerful ingredient in anti-aging and moisturizing products. Marula oil has the highest concentration of the heavyweight oleic acid.
In component concentration, Oleic is followed by Linoleic acid, which is much lighter. Linoleic acid has been shown to reduce inflammation, acne and increase the skin’s moisture levels. Linoleic acid is a building block for ceramides -one of the skin’s moisturizing elements-.
Marula oil also contains stearic acid which according to Paula Begoun “has been shown to protect skin’s surface against water loss and help shore up skin’s protective barrier.” Stearic acid removes excess dirt and oils from the skin while preventing moisture loss!
Marula oil has a higher antioxidant content than Argan oil, antioxidants are great for your skin since the limit free radicals which damage skin. Antioxidants are important to prevent skin damage.
Marula oil and your hair. Marula oil is has a very high concentration of vitamin C and Oleic acid which makes it effective at protecting the hair from environmental factors such as cold winter winds, harmful UV rays and the all to common, excessive heat from hair styling tools. Marula oil contains vitamins, minerals and antioxidants like vitamin E, essential amino acids, and flavonoids which creates a protective barrier over your hair strands and skin.
Well, marula oil sounds great but with so many options on the market, which do you chose?
I prefer my Virgin Marula Oil to be cold pressed, heating oils up to extract them can break down their nutrient components and make them less effective. Avoid products that bleach the oil for a lighter color or add fragrance to make them smell better. This can irritate the skin.
It’s best to pick oils that are pure and unrefined. I have tried 3-5 different types of 100% pure Marula oil but by far, my favorite is Drunk Elephant’s Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil. Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Oil is 100% fragrance, essential oil, silicone, and irritant-free!
Do you use products with Marula oil?