If you are someone with oily, easily congested skin, it might seem like an insane idea to load up your face up with more oil. Bear with - because marula is no ordinary oil. Sure, it seems like the beauty industry has a best-kept secret hitting the shelves every other week.
There is seemingly no end to juices, elixirs, or oils getting squeezed out of something so we can put it on our faces. When it comes to marula, though, we promise it will be worth your time to learn more about this wonderful natural product.
What is Marula Oil?
The source of all our marula oil is nuts, or more specifically, the fruit of the ancient Marula trees (Sclerocarya birrea) that are native to South Africa.
Marula oil is a lightweight and antioxidant-rich oil that has a subtle nutty aroma. It's quickly absorbed by the skin and contains fatty acids that provide deep hydration and nourishment. Plus, the amino acids found in marula oil have anti-aging properties that can help to restore the skin's natural radiance.
With its high content of vitamins C and E, marula oil is also a powerful ally against free radicals caused by pollution and UV rays. It's no wonder that marula oil has become a popular ingredient in a wide range of beauty products, from body washes to hairsprays to liquid highlighters. It’s also fantastic for a facial that will leave your skin feeling light and fresh and looking more youthful.
Benefits of a Marula Oil Facial
Marula oil is a true wonder ingredient, prized for its powerful moisturising properties that soothe and hydrate the skin. Despite its lightweight texture, it's incredibly effective at delivering hydration, which is why you'll find it in so many skincare products today.
What makes marula oil so special? For one, the oil contains a variety of superstar components that work together to nourish and rejuvenate your skin and hair.
Some of these components include:
● Fatty acids: Marula oil is rich in oleic, stearic, palmitic, and myristic acids, which work together to deeply moisturise and soothe dry skin and hair.
● Amino acids: Glutamic acid and L-arginine are two key amino acids found in marula oil that offer a range of anti-aging benefits, helping to keep skin looking youthful and radiant.
● Antioxidants: Marula oil is loaded with vitamins E and C, as well as phenolic compounds that help to repair and protect skin from damage caused by pollution and the sun's harsh rays.
Unlike some other natural oils, like coconut oil, marula oil won't clog your pores. Studies have shown that its profile is very similar to the skin's natural oil, which is probably why it feels so natural and light.
Collagen and elastin are two proteins that imbue your skin with strength and elasticity, but the presence of certain enzymes breaks them down. Marula has been found to be effective at giving these enzymes the old heave-ho so your skin can repel fine lines and wrinkles for at least a few more years with regular use.
Why Marula Oil is So Good for Facials
Marula oil is incredibly versatile and can be used both day and night to deliver intense hydration to your skin, regardless of skin type. Whether you're dealing with dry, flaky patches or excessive oil and shine, marula oil will balance and nourish your skin to produce a healthy, radiant glow.
It couldn't be easier to use. Its lightweight texture absorbs quickly, making it the perfect pre-makeup step in your beauty routine, even for those with oily skin.
When you use marula oil, simply dab a few drops onto your face and gently tap the area. Your skin will quickly absorb the oil like a dry sponge, so use slow draining, massage movements to help with absorption.
Instead, use a light touch and let the oil do the rest. With consistent use, you'll notice a significant improvement in the overall health and appearance of your skin, leaving you looking and feeling your best.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Like with any new skincare product, you should always do a patch test before slathering it all over your skin. We are confident you will love the results, but you can never be too careful when making your face the test bed for a new product. Anyway, this simple step can help you avoid potential sensitivities and ensure that the product is a good fit for your individual skin type.
One question that often comes up about marula oil is whether it can cause breakouts. Everyone's skin is unique, and what works for one person may not work for another. If you find that marula oil causes you to break out, you still have plenty of options to explore, such as our Thalgo source marine hydration facial that's perfect for all skin types.
Marula Oil is Not Just for The Face
We love marula oil for facials, but we would be remiss if we didn't mention that it's also good for hair and nails.
No, it won't help with hair growth - as far as we know. However, marula oil does have antimicrobial properties that can provide some relief against scalp issues caused by an overpopulation of certain types of bacteria.
A dry irritated scalp might benefit from an application of marula oil. Just make sure your hair is still damp when you are applying it, as this will spread the oil more evenly.
Do you regularly suffer from dry cuticles? Plenty of people have found marula oil to be the perfect solution to dry cracked nails. The amino acids, vitamin E, and emollient properties of marula oil are
terrific for sealing in moisture and protecting against nasty bacteria.
Now That the Secret is Out
From its lightweight texture to its powerful blend of fatty acids, amino acids, and antioxidants, marula oil is a true powerhouse ingredient that can work wonders for your skin and hair. And with its ability to provide deep hydration and nourishment, it's no wonder that marula oil facials have become such a popular trend in the beauty world.
So, if you're ready to take your skincare routine to the next level, why not treat your face like royalty and give a Lulu&Marula facial a try? For the entire month of March, each time you book and pay for a Lulu&Marula Facial you get a Lulu&Marula product kit (Valued at R1140) absolutely FREE!
OH! – before we forget, on 24 March 2023 we’re having a Lulu&Marula Facial workshop at the Salon where you will learn how to apply a fabulous L&M facial and when you book for that you’ll not only get a facial product kit for FREE but you’ll also enjoy the facial with snacks and mimosa’s.
Seriously, treat your face and skin like Royalty.