5 Benefits of Marula Oil for Skin & Hair

One of the lesser-known types of oils, you won’t be able to get enough of marula oil after we’ve given you the lowdown. It has so many great benefits for both the skin and hair, making it a great multitasker.

The super hydrating and nourishing oil is derived from the nuts of fruits from the African Marula trees. It’s suitable for all skin and hair types, offering immediate results. A little really does go a long way and it’ll soon become a key staple in your skin and hair routine.

If you aren’t already convinced, we’ve got together a list of all the benefits of marula oil that will really seal the deal.

1. It's super moisturising

Marula oil is the key when it comes to locking in moisture. “The key amino acids work hard to trap moisture into the skin and help maintain the skin barrier function, reducing trans-epidermal water loss.” Says, Lubna Khan-Salim, Skin Doctor and Wellbeing Expert. 

It’s great for all skin types, especially those that are prone to moisture loss in the drier months. We love the Kevyn Aucoin Glass Glow Face which includes marula oil for hydration and provides a radiant natural glow.

2. It works wonders on your hair

It doesn’t just benefit the skin, it’s equally as good for the hair too. Whether used on damp or dry hair, it tames flyaways, adds a ton of moisture and leaves a healthy shine. 

If you’re looking to restore the vibrancy in dull and lacklustre hair, the Shea Moisture Superfruit Complex 10-in-1 Multi-Benefit Shampoo is your new go-to.

3. It's non-greasy

While people with oily or acne-prone skin may usually steer clear of oil-based products, marula oil is lightweight and non-greasy, making it a suitable choice no matter your skin type. 

Try applying The Ordinary’s 100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil to both the skin and hair for daily support.

4. It has anti-aging benefits

Just when you thought marula oil couldn’t offer anymore, it’s packed with a whole bunch of other goodies to help reduce the signs of aging. The oil works by softening the appearance of wrinkles and stimulates collagen production, as well as providing hydrating properties. 

We love Freck’s Lil Prick Cactus Seed Dry Serum as it’s so easy to incorporate into any skincare routine for added hydration, along with being packed with a nutrient and vitamin-rich blend of ingredients.

5. It gives antioxidant protection

Marula oil is rich in antioxidants like vitamin C and vitamin E, which help to protect your skin from damage from free radicals. 

“It is extremely rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids and has the rare ability to provide corrective action against the loss of skin firmness, by boosting deep-tissue hydration, collagen synthesis and elasticity, as well as by counteracting sun damage.” Explains Skincare Founder Harmala Francois.

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