Marula Oil: A Beauty Elixir for both Hair and Skin

Discover how to make the most of its properties

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By Jane

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Marula oil is considered a beauty elixir due to its remarkable beneficial properties for the skin and hair. Let’s explore what these are and the benefits they can bring.

Marula oil, a precious liquid extracted from the fruit of the marula tree (scientific name Sclerocarya birrea), originates from Southern Africa and is symbolically known as the ‘African olive’. Extracted through cold pressing the fruits, this oil boasts impressive qualities, traditionally used in cosmetics and for treating skin conditions.

Properties of Marula Oil

Among the most notable characteristics of marula oil’s composition is the high concentration of vitamin C, which is up to eight times higher than that found in citrus fruits like oranges. Rich in antioxidants, this beauty oil helps prevent the formation of free radicals, along with damage to cellular tissue and premature aging of the skin.

Vitamin E is also abundant in marula oil: in addition to its antioxidant properties, which contribute to prevent forms of tumors and skin aging, it helps regenerate the skin making it hydrated and smooth.

This cosmetic oil also increases collagen production, giving the skin a luminous appearance, rejuvenated thanks to the high concentration of antioxidant properties. It also proves useful for treating skin prone to redness or particularly sensitive due to its high oleic acid content.

The high concentration of essential fatty acids also helps give the skin a healthy, soft, and well-hydrated appearance, making marula oil suitable even for the skin of elderly people, revealing itself as a true elixir of youth and beauty for its anti-aging virtues.

Uses of Marula Oil

How can we use it? In addition to applying it on the face, the use of marula oil can extend to the entire body: this cosmetic can give softness and elasticity to the entire skin tissue, contributing to the reduction of any stretch marks and the classic ‘orange peel’ skin appearance; it can also be applied to knees, heels, and the soles of the feet (areas of the body often neglected and particularly dry and dehydrated) to regain proper hydration.

Marula Oil for Skin

Marula oil can therefore be used as an ingredient for making DIY face masks or added to body cream to maximize the moisturizing and firming effect.

The use of this oil is especially recommended for the summer season when our skin is particularly challenged by exposure to the sun and contact with seawater: applying it all over the body reduces any damage to cellular tissue from sunburn; it is also effective during the winter season, protecting the skin from other atmospheric agents, like the wind.

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Marula oil is must-have in your beauty regimen.

Marula Oil for Hair

This vegetable oil is valued for its nourishing, moisturizing, protective, and regenerating properties for the hair. It is a versatile ingredient that can be used in various ways in hair care to promote beauty and health.

Marula oil is known for its ability to penetrate deeply into the hair cuticle, providing intense and lasting hydration. This helps restore lost moisture and keep hair hydrated, soft, and shiny.

But it can be used as a protective agent before using hair styling tools like hairdryers, straighteners, or curling irons. It creates a protective layer around the hair, reducing damage caused by heat and preventing hair breakage. It also helps tame frizzy hair and reduce the frizz effect. By adding a few drops of marula oil to the ends of the hair or applying it lightly all over the hair, you can achieve a smoother mane.

This oil contains antioxidants, vitamin E, and essential fatty acids that nourish the scalp, stimulate blood circulation. They can also help reduce dryness, dandruff, and itching: this is why its nourishing properties are also appreciated.

Useful for repairing damaged hair, it contributes to giving dry and dull hair a radiant and bright appearance. Light and gentle, it can also be used on fine hair without making it greasy or heavy.

Marula Fruits: What Are They Like?

Marula fruits are small, round, and roughly plum-sized. They have a leathery, yellowish skin when ripe, which encases a translucent, juicy flesh. The fruit typically contains one or sometimes two or three large, hard seeds or kernels at its core.

The taste of marula fruit is distinctly tart with a sweet and slightly nutty undertone. Its unique flavor makes it popular in both culinary and beverage applications. One notable product that takes advantage of its taste and properties is the famous Amarula cream liqueur.

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Marula fruits are rich in vitamin C, containing about eight times the amount found in an orange, which makes them excellent for boosting the immune system. They also provide essential nutrients such as potassium, calcium, and magnesium.

When ripe, the fruit can be eaten fresh, enjoyed for its juicy and flavorful taste. In local cuisines, marula fruits are often used in jams, jellies, and sauces, or incorporated into various dishes for a sweet and tangy flavor.

The fruit is also famous for its use in Amarula cream liqueur, which derives from the fermented fruit and then blended with cream. It’s also used to make beer and other traditional alcoholic beverages in some African cultures.

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