#BeautyAlert: This African Import Is Better Than Argan Oil

by Trina Remedios

Face oils, body oils, hair oils… the last couple of years have seen most of us replace our water-based skincare products with new oil-based solutions. The the top dog of the lot continues to be Argan oil, which can be found in many of our favorite beauty products. But, what if we told you that a beauty oil that has 60 percent more antioxidants (repair damage and prevent aging) than Argan has hit the market? Wouldn’t you want to have at it, right away?

Marula Oil
Honestly, many cosmetic companies have been infusing this oil in their products for a while, but it hasn’t taken center stage until very recently. This is because Marula oil is predominately used for cooking and preservation. However, the African import has multiple beauty benefits. Here’s a quick snapshot:

  • Rich in oleic acid, linoleic acid, alpha-linolenic acid, flavonoids, sterol and catechins, these agents fight free radicals that otherwise cause premature aging. They restore the health of the skin cells, too. What that means is that the Marula oil is a great fix and preventive tool for wrinkles, crow’s feet, laugh lines, and sleep lines.
  • Some oils may feel greasy due to their density, but the Marula is easily absorbed by the skin. It can help regulate sebum (oil) production, won’t clog the pores, and can be used by all skin types.
  • What’s more, because it is absorbed easily, you can apply the oil directly or use it in your beauty DIYs with other targeted ingredients to tackle skin problems at the pore level.
  • High in Omega fatty acids, the oil is extremely hydrating and can fill in those existing fine lines while improving the elasticity of your skin for a plumped-up, youthful glow.
  • The rich antioxidants also help temper dark spots, stretch marks, scars and sun damage.

Using Marula Oil Like A Beauty Goddess

  • Straight Shooters: Massage it on your face at night, or add a few drops in your liquid foundation, either way, it will get the job done!
  • Hair Story: The oil protects your hair from heat, which makes it a good inclusion in your DIY hair serum before you use a blow dryer, hair straightener or curling tong. You could alternately use it in your deep conditioning routine over the weekend to hydrate dry ends and revive the hair.
  • Nail Care: Instead of a cuticle oil, use Marula around the edges of your talons to strengthen your nails and soften the surrounding skin with fatty acids.

Honestly, one needn’t spend too much on pre-mixed commercial solutions like shampoos, conditioners, and moisturizers to make the most of this beauty elixir, because even on its own, it works just as well. But for those who are curious, there are a number of brands that offer marula oil as an ingredient in their products, so take your pick.

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