About Marula Oil
There are several amazing carrier oils out there and we have addressed a bunch of them in our blog. Most carrier oils can also serve multiple purposes comfortably. However, an oil completely stands out of the crowd when it comes to benefits and properties. Marula oil is referred to by many as liquid gold. Not only because the oil is pricey but because it is a rare gem in the world of beauty.
Unlike oils like Rosehip and Apricot Kernel oils that are well known in the USA and Europe to be natural and luxurious, Marula oil is relatively new to the beauty industry in the Western world. It is however, renowned for skin and hair care properties in Africa where it comes from and has been extensively used in its purest natural state to promote healthy and supple skin. Marula in its pure unadulterated state is a a naturally-occurring oil obtained from the Marula tree that originates from the tropical regions of Sub-Saharan Africa. It is also known by its botanical name which is Sclerocarya birrea.
Unlike most oils that can be primarily obtained from the seeds, Marula oil can be obtained from several components. This includes the nuts, the seeds or fruits. You will find several companies with offerings of Marula oil obtained from several of its component parts. Our brand of marula oil is obtained by cold pressing the kernels of the Sclerocarya birrea. The oil is then filtered leaving a pale yellow to pinkish colored oil with a bland to slightly nutty odor. Oils like Marula oils are best obtained using a cold press method to ensure that its anti-oxidant qualities are not tampered with. Obtaining the oil from the fruit requires boiling which is best avoided for optimum benefits.
Composition of Marula Oil
Marula oil has wonderful and interesting properties. It contains Oleic and linoleic acids, which ensure that it is able to replenish the skin. As we age, the skin loses moisture faster. This is why you can get away with not moisturizing your skin as a teenager but not so much in your thirties. Marula oil helps preserve mature aging skin by restoring moisture that usually gets lost as we age. It contains anti-oxidants like catechins, steatric and arachidonic acids which not only help strengthen its shelf life but aids its ability to effectively hydrate the skin, giving it the much needed glow that you desire.
Including Marula oil in your beauty regimen means you are going for the best for the following reasons:
Promotes beautiful and dewy skin
Marula oil is a beautiful orange color and can be used on its own as a night time face oil. You can also steam your face with this oil for superior cleansing effects. It pulls out dirt and dead skin cells from your skin, leaving you with healthy dewy and moisturized skin. Because it contains natural antioxidants, it also helps promote younger looking skin by fighting the free radicals that cause premature aging. Marula oils helps to alleviate the impacts of hormonal imbalances on the skin, it also targets wrinkles, age spots and other known signs of aging.
One of the reasons that Marula is such an amazing oil is its ability to create a unique balance of oils for any skin type. It can be successfully used by people with dry skin, oily skin and combination skin for great results.
Fights common skin problems
Another benefit of using this oil is that it keeps your skin healthy. If you live in a region with varying weather types, you will find that your skin responds in different unique ways to each weather. In the Winter, the skin is prone to dryness and itching. In the Summer, your skin is prone to insect bites and also some dryness. Over time, the skin damages if not properly taken care of lead to dull and prematurely aging skin that no one is excited about. Acne and other skin blemishes are also problems that some people have to deal with all year round.
Extensively used in Africa, Marula oil possesses unique healing and conditioning abilities that can help restore your skin to its healthy and beautiful state. It is always best to use natural alternatives when it comes to skin care to avoid adverse cumulative effects. Regular use of Marula oil not only addresses skin problems but it also prevents you skin from acquiring these conditions in the fist place. Read on for a free and simple Marula cream recipe you can make at home.
Keeps your hair looking alive and healthy
This heading is not to imply that your hair is dead but it needs more vitamins to keep it healthy. Marula oil is a multipurpose oil that works incredibly not only on the skin but also on the hair. Because of its light and non greasy texture, Marula oil can be successfully added to a healthy hair care regimen. Frequent hot oil treatments with Marula oil stimulates the hair follicles and conditions the hair shaft. Marula oil promotes hair growth by reducing shedding and split ends.
Your hair needs all the nutrients and vitality it can get in order to remain shiny. Apply Marula oil to the scalp for a moisturized and conditioned scalp that is protected from the elements.
How to use Marula oil
Now that you know the amazing benefits of Marula oil, you are probably wondering how to include it in your beauty regimen. Fortunately for people that don’t like to be product junkies with tons of different beauty products occupying space in their closet, Marula oil is a multipurpose oil. It is light enough to use on the face, entire body and also the hair.
How to use for hair
You can simply use Marula oil in your hot oil treatments (read about hot oil treatments here). You can also include it in your hair butter or cream as one of your main ingredients. You will find several hair butter recipes on this blog and you can simply include Marula oil as your star ingredient so as to obtain its great benefits for hair.
How to use for skin
Marula oil is light enough for the face and does not clog pores. This means you can use it to make a light face cream or butter. You can also use it as it is as a night time oil for your face. To make a light Marula cream or serum, mix our Marula oil with our vitamin E and some aloe vera gel. This will keep your skin nice and moisturized overnight. Please remember to wear a sunscreen during the day as Marula oil has a negligible SPF value. Get our pure virgin marula oil here