When it comes to finding the right treatment for mature skin there are so many products claiming to be ‘the one’ that it's hard to know what to believe, or choose. That’s why we’ve done the research for you and have found an oil that lives up to its claims. Introducing Marula oil, the miracle oil for mature skin.
What is Marula Oil?
Native to South Africa, Marula oil is a light in colour, slightly nutty scented oil that is derived from the kernels of the fruits of Marula tree. While it may be the new buzz word amongst skin experts for its rejuvenating qualities, marula oil has been used for centuries in Africa due to its medical purposes, such as soothing cracked, dry and damaged skin. Today, Marula oil is praised for its rich quantity of fatty acids and antioxidants that make it famous for its moisture-locking, anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to reduce the appearance of fine lines.
3 Reasons We Think Marula Oil is a Skincare Must-have for Mature Skin
If you’re serious about having youthful looking skin and keeping early on-set wrinkles at bay, marula oil is definitely an oil to incorporate into your skincare routine. Here’s why:
1. Extremely Hydrating
Marula oil is both an emollient and is rich in fatty acid enabling it to smooth and soften dry, and even cracked skin. This gives it its most famous quality as a fantastic moisturiser. The hero ingredients here are the high levels of oleic and linoleic fatty acids that are extremely effective at increasing water retention in the skin, resulting in skin becoming soft and youthful looking.
2. Has Collagen and Elastin Boosting Effects
As we age, our skin loses its elasticity and fine lines appear as enzymes break down our supply of proteins, collagen and elastin. However, when you introduce the right antioxidants and amino acids to your skincare routine this can be inhibited. Marula oil is packed with age-fighting antioxidants and amino acids, such as L-arginine and glutamic acid. These have an incredible ability to prevent the breakdown of collagen and elastin and ward off fine lines and signs of premature ageing.
3. Rich in Antioxidants
Antioxidants are key to any anti-ageing skincare routine. They protect our skin from environmental and sun damage, inhibiting free radical production which is a known cause of premature ageing. Marula oil is a great source of antioxidants and has over double the amount than many other natural oils such as argan oil and coconut oil. As a result, Marula oil can strengthen the skin's natural barrier and can even reverse the effects of sun damage on the skin, such as uneven complexion.
How to Incorporate Marula Oil into Your Skincare Routine
Due to Marula oil’s moisture-locking properties, it is a great last step to your skin routine, especially after a water-based serum. Apply a few drops onto your skin either in the morning or as an overnight moisturiser. As marula oil is lightweight and quick absorbing, it won't leave a greasy residue so is a great hydrating product to use before makeup. It is also non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog your pores, so it can be used on both dry and oily skin.
What's more, Marula oil is an amazing remedy for dry or frizzy hair. Add a few drops either directly to hair or add to your shampoo or conditioner.
náu’s Marula Oil
When buying Marula oil it is very important to look out for how it is extracted. As mentioned earlier, Marula oil is extracted from the kernels of the Marula fruits. However, many mass produced marula oils on the market are made by crushing the entire fruit with the skin, nut and kernel included, using very high heat and chemicals. This extraction process changes the nature of the compound structure and produces a nutritionally poor oil stripped of its natural goodness and its skin benefits.
At náu, we only use the purest marula kernels that are carefully cut out and cold-pressed. This method avoids high temperature and chemicals to produce an oil rich in its natural goodness filled with its natural antioxidants, fatty acids and essential vitamins. Discover the benefits of Marula oil in both our Age Renewal and Extra-Care Eye Cream, where its restorative and cell protecting qualities will deeply hydrate your skin and smooth out fine lines.