Marula Oil – Powerful Benefits of the Elixir of Youth

Beauty and Skincare

Jojoba oil. Coconut oil. Argan oil. Olive oil. Sounds familiar? Thought so. But what about marula oil? Ever heard of that? Marula oil is a wonderful oil extracted from the marula tree found in sub-Saharan tropical Africa. Marula oil is also known as the “Elixir of Youth” and it has been used as a natural remedy for centuries to treat a wide range of health conditions.

Marula oil can come from either the nuts, seeds, or the fruit of said tree; the nut can be be boiled, the seeds pressed, or the fruit processed to extract it. It might be something new in our beauty world but it’s been used for centuries in Africa.

Marula oil is a lightweight and antioxidant-rich oil, light yellow, has a faint nutty scent, fast-absorbing, and contains fatty acids that have moisturizing and emollient properties. The amino acids found in marula oil (L-arginine and glutamic acid) help restore hydration and have anti-aging properties.

Marula oil is a real multitasker. It will hydrate your skin, minimize dark spots, protect against UV rays, but it also works great on dry ends and flyaways. Marula oil is absorbed so quickly, you don’t need to worry it will weigh down your hair or leave greasy residue on your skin. Believe it or not, marula oil contains 60 percent more antioxidants than other oils. Amazing, right?

Benefits of Marula Oil for Skin

Marula oil balances moisture levels. Whether it’s used on its own or added to a skin product, a few drops on the face, neck, and décolleté will lock in moisture without leaving a thick residue. It will also fight off free radicals that threaten your complexion. (You can also add a few drops to your foundations so they won’t be as drying to the skin.)

Marula oil will leave your skin super-smooth to the touch in an instant, but just as importantly, it will help maintain that silky texture by hydrating and reversing the damage that left skin rough in the first place.

Marula oil is full of fatty acids and omega oils, as well as Vitamins E and C, which work together to repair free radical damage, like that from the sun exposure or pollution, which accelerate aging. It’s been shown to improve skin elasticity and reduce the appearance of fine lines and deep-set wrinkles.

Thanks to its hydrating and antimicrobial properties, applying it to your problem areas can help reduce the size and appearance of all kinds of blemishes. It can also reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks.

Marula oil won’t clog pores, it is non-comedogenic, so you don’t have to worry about it clogging pores, as is the case with some other oils.

You already know that antioxidants are a must-have ingredient in your quest for complexion perfection, and marula oil is a good source of these. It’s packed with vitamins C and E,. Marula oil also contains the phytochemical epicatechin, which has strong antioxidant properties.

Marula oil is loved for good wound healing properties, and this can largely be attributed to its anti-inflammatory effects. Those same fatty acids that make it so hydrating also help combat inflammation and redness.

Marula oil keeps hair and scalp healthy. Not every all-natural oils out there penetrate deep into the scalp but Marula oil is an exception. Not only does it sinks in, but effectively coats the strands to protect against external damage, retains the moisture, nourishes from within, and seals the cuticles.

Marula oil is also great for nail care. With loads of Vitamin E and fortifying nutrients, Marula oil is great for treating weak, splitting or brittle nails. The skin-enriching compounds nourish and moisturizes the nails, promotes re-growth, and help to remove dead nails. Thus it ensures you have healthy cuticle and stronger nails. Massaging the oil into cuticles can make them soft, and supple. Add it to nail products to get strong, pretty nails.

Side Effects of Marula Oil

There are no specific and scientifically proven risks associated with marula oil yet. But, people who are already allergic to nuts may be allergic to marula oil.
A patch test is recommended before using marula oil.

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Apply 3 or 4 drops of marula oil on your inner forearm.
  • Wait for 24 hours.
  • If there is no sign of hives, redness, or irritation, you can use marula oil on other parts of your body.
  • Avoid contact with eyes and stop using it in case of irritation.

How to Use Marula Oil

As with most oils, you can either use it straight up or look for it mixed with other ingredients in a serum or moisturizer. For the former, seek out pure or virgin marula oil, which will have a higher concentration of those good-for-your skin antioxidants than a refined version.

Face oil should be the very last step in your skincare routine, since moisturizers and serums can’t actually penetrate your skin if it’s covered in oil. So after you cleanse, tone, spot-treat, and moisturize, plop two or three drops of marula oil on your fingers and gently dab the oil on your face. The key word here is “gently”—no rubbing, just tapping, which’ll help the oil sink into your skin nice and quickly.

Marula oil is rich in essential nutrients with numerous potential benefits. It is a widely used ingredient in several cosmetic products. It helps in delaying the signs of aging and protects your skin from getting damaged.
Use marula oil in recommended quantities to reap its benefits and consult a doctor in case of any side effects.

Not only does marula absorb into the skin easily, but it can also help beat environmental stressors like pollution, sun damage, and harsh weather. Marula oil is the real secret to the glowy, young looking, healthy skin and shiny hair of your dreams.

Have you ever tried marula oil? Did you like it?

Best face oils for all skin types

Beauty and Skincare

Do you ever feel that taking care of your skin is a full time job? If so, you are not alone. We all feel that way especially as we get older. As we age, our skin loses moisture and elasticity, and that causes wrinkles, fine lines and dryness. To fight wrinkles we use serums, creams, moisturizers, anti-wrinkle treatments, sunscreen, eye cream…what not!?

One thing is certain – when it comes to wrinkle treatments, the options are endless. There are many products available to reduce wrinkles and fine lines but if you want to add just one extra thing to your skincare routine, make it a quality oil.

Not so long ago “oil” was a dirty and forbidden word in skincare. Everything was “oil free”. Remember? Oil was considered the main culprit when it comes to skin problems, clogged pores, pimples and acne. Well, not anymore. Oils are our skin friends.

Oils can penetrate deep into the skin, trapping water and moisture in, but keeping toxins out. Oils can still clog your pores but not all oils. Mineral oils are dangerous for sensitive and acne prone skin, and olive and coconut oil can easily clog pores.

Unfortunately, trial and error is your safest bet at determining what oils will work for you. There are oils that are less likely to iritate like marula and argan but your skin type and genetic makeup will determine what will work for you.

Maybe you are afraid of oils on your skin. Maybe you have oily skin and the idea of putting more oil on your face seems insane. Maybe you have super sensitive skin and think you can’t use an oil. Or maybe you just don’t like oils in general and don’t trust them.

Whatever the reason, you should know one thing – face oil is great product that can actually treat your skin problems, issues and give you bright, glowy, clear and healthy skin. Every skin type can use face oil, you just have to find right one for yourself and your skin type.

Let’s find you your perfect oil.

Dry Skin

When your skin is dry you might think that any kind of face oil will work for you. Because why not, right? Skin is dry anyway and will drink anything you put on it. But, it’s not that simple. Some oils are naturally more lightweight (jojoba, pomegranate and grape seed) so if you are dryer type you want to use richer oil that is high in oleic acid – a fatty acid that lock in moisture, helps condition skin, and reduce irritation from dryness.

What oils to use?

Almond Oil

Almond oil is gentle, incredibly hydrating, and simple enough with everyone with dry skin, dermatitis or eczema. It’s very high in vitamin A so it’s great for line smoothing and zit-fighting when used over time.

Marula Oil

Marula oil manages to absorb into skin within a few minutes, but it’s still rich enough to calm and moisturize your skin during the day or night.

You can put those oils directly on your face or mix 3-5 drops with your moisturizer, and apply to your face and neck. You can also apply oil over your moisturizer to provide a protective barrier to prevent dry air from pulling moisture out of your skin.

Oily Skin

Oily skin and oils..you’d think that is impossible combination but it’s not actually. There is a common misconception that oily skin and face oil shouldn’t mix. But the truth is, if you produce excess amounts of oil, it’s actually your skin’s way of letting you know that you need it.

If your body senses a lack of oil, it will produce more to compensate. By adding it yourself, you’ll be slowing down the body’s natural oil production, and balancing out your skin.

What oils to use?

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is incredibly lighweight and breathable oil so it’s great for any skin type, especially for oily skin. Jojoba oil breaks down and dissolves sebum, so it help control your shine.

Grape Seed Oil

Grape seed oil is a bit more drying than jojoba oil. It is also natural astringent, so it will help mattify your skin. If your skin is so oily that you never felt a dry patch on your skin, opt for grape seed oil.

Sensitive Skin

If you have sensitive skin you have to find a formula with zero mineral oils (like rose, lavander and peppermint) because mineral oils tend to irritate sensitive skin.

What you need is calming, gentle, soothing, and nourishing oil. Just make sure to patch test it first (apply it below your ear near jaw) and wait for 24 hours for a reaction. If your skin seems okay and normal, you can use oil in the morning, at night, as the last step of your skincare routine.

What oils to use?

Aloe Vera Oil

Aloe vera oil is filled with anti-inflammatories and antioxidants, but it’s also naturally antibacterial and astringent, so it’s great for sensitive skin that’s also oily and/or acne prone.

Moringa Oil

This oil is packed with antioxidants (protecting your skin from free radicals), fatty acids (repairing skin barrier), and anti-inflammatories (calming irritated skin). Moringa oil is very lightweight, moisturizing, and you can even layer it under makeup.

Acne-Prone Skin

Most acne treatments are filled with ingredients that strip your skin of natural oils. When your skin is dry, it produces extra sebum, leading to blackheads and pimples. Acne safe face oils work to protect and nourish your skin, and your body can heal acne (or zits) without causing you more.

Before you use any oil on acne-prone skin, try patch-testing one on the most acne-prone area of your face because it will be the most reactive and most accurate spot. Try it for a week and if nothing bad happens, add oil as a last step of your skincare routine.

What oils to use?

Rosehip Oil

Rosehip oil is amazing oil that deeply hydrates skin but without clogging your pores. It is also full of fatty acids that fade acne scars and reduce redness.

Pomegranate Oil

Pomegranate oil is naturally anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, but it’s also lightweight. It will help fight bacteria in your pores, calm the rest of your (inflamed) skin but won’t feel like a greasy and heavy mask on your face.

Normal Skin

I don’t like the word “normal” but if you don’t break out, if you are not sensitive, dry or oily then you have perfectly normal skin and you should be thankful for that. That also means you can use basic face oil without having to worry about irritation or clogged pores.

Because normal skin is less dry, you don’t have to apply oils directly on your skin. Try mixing 2-3 drops of oil into your nighttime moisturizer.

What oils to use?

Argan Oil

Argan oil is soothing and rich. It sinks in quickly and it’s high in vitamin E – an antioxidant that helps prevent skin damage, fine lines and dark spots. You can massage it on in the morning or night (or both) as the final step of your skincare routine.

Squalane Oil

Squalane oil is like a drink of water for your skin. It is super hydrating and is full of anti-aging benefits. Squalane oil is a great moisturizer, it’s easily absorbed and prevents water loss from skin. It helps to repair the barrier of your skin. Squalane can also increase the luminosity of skin, lessen the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, and help reduce redness.

Bonus tip:

Never mix face oils with a sunscreen. If you alter its original formula by mixing in an oil, you probably won’t be getting real sun protection or benefit to prevent wrinkles and brown spots.