10 Ways Marula Oil Can Save Your Skin

 

 

SKINCARE 

 

APR 23, 2021

10 Ways Marula Oil Can Save Your Skin

by CAROLINE DWECK

 

We've come a long way in thinking that oily products result in oily skin (it doesn't). In fact, we tend to cover the benefits of oils in every which way. One of the under-the-radar ones, marula oil, is quite the do-it-all product when it comes to skin health. There are so many benefits of marula oil. From revitalizing skin to preventing premature aging to reducing blemishes, scars, and age spots to providing full hydration for skin, it would be hard to think of what can't it do. When massaged onto skin and joints, the oil can reduce inflammation, reduce oxidative stress, and can work wonders on hair, beards, cuticles, and minor burns. Its potent amount of antioxidants, amino acids, and essential fatty acids make it a powerhouse for skin health.

 

WHAT EXACTLY IS IT?

 

It's extracted from the nut oil of the marula tree, native to Africa, and has a rich supply of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, as well as tocopherols, vitamin C, flavonoids, sterols, and other antioxidants. Relatively lightweight and non-irritating, the oil can be easily absorbed into the skin and hydrates, nourishes, and strengthens skin without leaving a greasy film. Ranging from a clear to light yellow tint with a slight aroma, it has a shelf life of two to three years. Like all oils, it should be stored at room temperature to avoid oxidation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Marula oil is extremely helpful to those with oily, acne-prone, and dry skin, as it's very moisturizing and provides moderate prevention of transepidermal water loss according to studies," explains Orit Markowitz, a board-certified dermatologist and founder of OptiSkin in NYC. "Because of its moisturizing properties, marula oil is an effective moisturizer for dry or aging skin and can be beneficial for softening and smoothing fine lines and preventing stretch marks."

Markowitz especially recommends marula-based products to people with oily and acne-prone skin, as it is not very greasy, and has antimicrobial properties that can be effective against bacteria that contribute to the formation of acne. "Marula oil–based moisturizers with natural fatty acids serve as a nice option as a nonocclusive moisturizer, and combined with a humectant for an overall glow," she explains.

 

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