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Benefits of Marula Oil for the Skin

Woman applying marula oil to her skin

Renowned for its purported skincare properties, marula oil has been used for many years in African communities and is now gaining popularity around the world as a nourishing skincare ingredient.

Explore our expert guide on the benefits of marula oil so you can decide whether it’s a worthy addition to your skincare regime.

What is Marula Oil?

Native to Southern Africa, this oil is extracted from the kernels of the fruit that grows on the marula tree (Sclerocarya birrea).

Although it can be used in its pure form, this ingredient is commonly infused into skincare products, such as moisturisers and serums.

What are the Benefits of Marula Oil?

Wondering what marula oil is good for? We’ve outlined a few key benefits it may provide when it is incorporated into your routine.

Deep Hydration

Marula oil is rich in essential fatty acids which could make it an hydrating addition to your regime, helping to both moisturise and prevent excessive moisture loss.

Antioxidant Protection

As it is packed with antioxidants such as vitamin C ad E, marula oil could help to protect the skin from some of the visible signs of free radical damage, such as accelerated skin aging.

May Promote More Youthful-Looking Skin

A 2018 study found that marula oil was effective at inhibiting the enzymes that break down elastin – a protein that provides stretch to the skin. This could help to maintain a more youthful-looking appearance for longer.

Well-Tolerated by Those with Sensitive Skin

It is suggested that the profile of fatty acids found in marula oil is very similar to those that naturally in the skin.

This could help to reduce the risk of adverse reactions, especially if you have a sensitive skin type.

How to Use Marula Oil for the Face

Whether you’re using it in its pure form or opting for a product that’s infused with the ingredient, there are a few ways you can introduce this oil into your routine.

When applying virgin marula oil, we recommend adding applying a few drops to your skin after cleansing and applying any water-based serums. Alternatively, you could mix a small amount with your favourite moisturiser or serum for an extra boost of hydration and nourishment.

If you’re using a serum or moisturiser that already contains it as an ingredient, simply apply as directed.

Note: Whenever you introduce something new into your routine, we recommend starting slowly and steadily increasing the frequency of use to allow your skin time to get used to it.


Offering benefits from hydration to antioxidant protection, it is no wonder marula oil has grown in popularity over recent years. Simply adding a few drops into your favourite moisturiser could help start your journey towards healthier-looking skin.

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