Marula oil: what it is, what it does and which products to use

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From CBD and superfoods to rosehip and tea tree, facial oils can be incredibly beneficial. But which one can most effectively help acne-prone skin? Meet marula oil.

Facial oils have been a staple in our skincare routines for years. We’re all familiar with rosehip, vitamin E and coconut oils, but right now there’s a lot of focus on one oil in particular: marula oil. 

This multipurpose oil is derived from the nuts of the marula tree (also known as the Sclerocarya birrea botanical) in South Africa.

Not only is it nutrient-rich, but it can help blemish-prone skin as its non-greasy texture doesn’t lead to the blockage of pores. Better still, it also helps with the scarring that can result after experiencing particularly intense breakouts.

“Marula oil is one of the earliest discovered scar remedies” says co-founder of Marula Pure Beauty Oil, Dr Ashton Kaidi. “African women apply marula to their skin as a moisturiser and also to promote better scars”.

From funnelling essential fatty acids into skin to healing scars, marula oil may well be the next port of call for skin in need of a little clarity. But where can you find this ingredient?

The best marula oil skincare products:

  • Drunk Elephant Marula Facial Oil

    Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil

    Quench your skin with a hydration boost from Drunk Elephant. From the brand’s pH-balancing range, two to three drops of this will soften, smooth and nourish skin leaving it supple and smooth during the winter months.

    £61, Cult Beauty

  • Face Theory Organic Marula Oil

    Face Theory Organic Marula Cold Pressed Oil

    100% organic, 100% vegan, 100% cruelty-free, this marula oil will aid you against dry or damaged skin while doing the most for the environment. Great for sensitive, dry and combination skin.

    £14.99, Face Theory

  • The Ordinary Marula Oil

    The Ordinary 100% Cold Pressed Virgin Marula Oil

    Perfect for skin and hair application, cold pressed oils help to retain antioxidants which otherwise would be damaged through heat exposure allowing for optimal preservation to enhance radiant results.

    £8.10, The Ordinary

  • 79Lux Marula Golden Oil

    79Lux Golden Oil

    Created by health and nutrition coach Karen Cummings-Palmer, this cold pressed, ulta-luxe, deeply rejuvenating firming body oil is set to revitalise, replenish and renew your skin from top to toe while containing uplifting fragrances to boost your mood. 

    £68, Cult Beauty

  • African Botanics Pure Marula Oil

    African Botanics Pure Marula Oil

    This incredibly lightweight, highly active, collagen-stimulating face regenerating oil smoothes and soothes skin in order to enhance that natural plump glow, while protecting your face from daily environmental stressors such as climate.

    £80, Net-a-Porter

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