Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil
Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, or better known as Marula oil is a deeply hydrating, non-greasy fast absorbing oil. Marula oil is abundant in oleic triglycerides. A key ingredient in repairing the skin. It is suitable from all skin types, from dry to oily.
Sclerocarya birrea, commonly known as Marula, is an african wild tree. It is famous for its use in food and medicines. The fruit contains a hard-brown seed. Within this seed is a white kernel rich in oil and proteins. The oil contains, “oleic, palmitic, myristic, and stearic acids; the kernel protein contains amino acids, with a predominance of glutamic acid and arginine”.
Native women discovered that the oil could be applied to their skin to protect them from the sun. But what are the other benefits of using this oil?
Marula oil shows remarkable benefits for skin because of its antioxidant, palliative, anti-aging, and moisturizing properties.
It can help reduce inflammation and help fight free radical damage. Compared to argan oil, marula contains a higher concentration of antioxidants, making it more effective.
Marula oil can also aid in improving skin hyperpigmentation and help improve skin elasticity. It can be used on the face but also in hair – you only need a few drops as a little goes a long way.
Marula oil has antimicrobial properties which help in fighting different types of bacteria that cause acne. It also contains anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects. So, it treats redness, dryness and itching associated with acne. Not much research is available on marula oil as an anti-acne agent.
Marula oil helps healing damaged skin (which is premature aging!). Elastase and collagenase are enzymes that accelerate aging. Marula oil prevents the activity of these enzymes and prevents the skin from losing its elasticity. It also increases the ability for the skin to regenerate itself, reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
Skin is the largest organ of the body; it needs to be nourished from inside and out. Marula oil is rich in antioxidants, fatty acids, Vitamin C and Vitamin E. All these compounds nourish and protect the skin from damaging elements. One of the key features of marula oil is that it boosts the hydration while preventing the pores from clogging. A thin layer is enough to see its moisturizing effects.
“Did you know? The Marula Tree is known as the ‘Marriage Tree’ amongst the Zulu people of Southern Africa. The powerful Marula tree is believed to bless those who marry below it with fertility. Even today, tribal weddings are held below Marula trees!” – Facebook Post 23 July 2013
“What makes Virgin Marula Oil different than other popular facial oils like argan? Marula oil features a fine molecular structure, helping it absorb into skin easily to hydrate and protect. Lines and wrinkles are noticeably softened and skin looks more radiant than ever!” – Facebook Post 15 October 2013
TL;DR Marula oil is a moisturising oil. It is rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory agents and numerous vitamins. It helps in fighting premature aging and hyperpigmentation and makes the skin smooth and supple.
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