Shift over argan oil. Jog on jojoba and coconut. Marula oil, extracted from African marula trees, is rich in anti-oxidants, omega fatty acids, vitamin C and vitamin E, all of which help improve skin elasticity, reduce scarring and add moisture without being greasy.
MarulaOil, a haircare line from the founders of Paul Mitchell, claims to reduce split ends by 80%. The range, launching 1 April, is best used together but if that’s a pricey prospect, then invest in its Rare Oil Treatment (£33.95), which can be used as a hair mask or use 1-2 drops to smooth frizzy hairs and split ends. It can also be used directly on skin.
You can use marula as a night oil, as a primer (you only need a drop, mind) and it works wonders on stubborn eye make-up. Marula Facial Oil (£37.50, Beauty Bay) is 99% pure marula oil and has a useful droplet applicator. The brand’s refreshing eye cream (£42.50, Beauty Bay) matches marula oil with aloe vera and is suitable for sensitive skin and following sun exposure.
New in for Ciate: a line of marula-based nail oils (£15, Ciate), designed to nourish and moisturise the nail and cuticle. Paint on and wash off pre manicure, or do as we do and use after a gel manicure, when the LED light can leave hands chapped. There are three treatments – for peeling nails, weak nails, and maintenance – and you can expect a pot to last a few months.
Marula makes a good ingredient in makeup, thanks to its vitamin E-rich and anti-microbial properties, and suitability for sensitive skin. Products worth seeking out: Dr Hauschka’s efficient and lasting kajal eyeliner (£14.75, Dr Hauschka), The Body Shop’s colourful and lip-balm-like Lip and Cheek Velvet Sticks (£12, The Body Shop) and Cargo Cosmetic’s nifty Double Agent Concealing Balm Kit (£20, Debenhams).
Rough elbows, cracked heels, those weird patches of scaly skin that appear for no good reason – try marula on them. African Botanics is a comprehensive line of marula-based skincare. There are several pure and infused marula products. An initial investment (and it is, prices are steep but worth it) is its Botanical Body Cream (£64, Cult Beauty), which contains a sweet mix of marula, rose, melon seed, baobab oil and rooibos tea.
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