What beneficial properties Marula has for your beauty - we learned from a dermatologist, cosmetologist Amina Berdova.
What it is?
Marula oil can be called a cosmetic product unique in its quality. It is obtained from the seeds of the South African Sclerokaria tree. Africans use marula for both medicinal purposes and for preparing various dishes.
Studies have shown that the spectrum of action of marula is quite wide - it can be used as an anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antidiabetic, analgesic and antiparasitic agent. The research also found that the oil produced from the seeds of the South African tree has, among other things, excellent caring properties - for which cosmetologists love it.
About composition and properties
Marula oil is rich in nutrients: it contains Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, antioxidants, flavonoids, vitamins C and E, amino acids (linoleic, oleic, stearic and palmitic). It can be used for oily skin as well as dry and sensitive skin. Marula oil soothes the epidermis, fights against irritation and redness, absorbs quickly, leaves no greasy residue and contributes to the normal functioning of the skin. It also has a pronounced anti-aging effect, perfectly nourishes and moisturizes the dermis.
For hair and nails
The oil helps to prevent excessive sebum production, improves the condition of the hair and scalp, especially when dry and prone to irritation. It can be used as a mask for hair and scalp both before washing and after drying your hair. In this case, you do not need to rub it into the roots. It is enough to rub a little oil in your palms, apply to the roots and distribute along the entire length (read also: " How to use hair oil correctly? "). This will make it easier to style, add shine to your hair and protect your hair from the negative effects of hot air.
Marula oil has a nourishing effect on the nail plate and cuticle - with it you can forget about such a problem as burrs forever.
Against stretch marks
Marula oil can be used to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy and to lighten scars and scars. It can be said without exaggeration that this oil should be in every woman's arsenal along with rosehip and argan oil (read also: "Osteopath's Tips: Five Essential Oils for Health").
For face and body
Marula oil can be used as a night cream or serum by adding it to your regular cream or mask to enhance the effect of the product. It can also replace the hydrophilic face wash oil. The oil is equally effective for both face and body.
Marula oil can be used as a moisturizer to nourish the skin of the hands - just apply it before bed and wear special cotton gloves. Overnight, the skin of the hands will recover, become soft and silky.
Where to look?
You can buy marula oil at any store that specializes in healthy foods. It is better to make a choice in favor of cold-pressed unrefined oil - only such oils contain nutrients and vitamins. Try to take only 100% marula oil without additives or impurities.
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