As Breast Cancer Awareness Month begins, being a woman: beautiful, strong, and in charge of our health is something we think of – just a bit more – this time of year.
It’s no secret that I have a major fascination with skincare and cosmetic chemistry. I see so many skin types and conditions, it’s part of my duty to sniff out the gold from the snake oil. So, I was curious how I’d react when I was given a bottle of Marula Oil from the Leakey Collection to try out.
For those of you who haven’t heard of Marula Oil before, this light, omega-rich hydrating oil hails from the African Marula nut. Not only is it shown as being good for your skin, with tests on their website showing visible reduction in wrinkles and scars, but it’s good for the community it’s harvested in, bringing in a much needed source of income for rural African families. But even with the antioxidant boost and awesome back story, it still needed a test run.
When I tried this oil, the first thing I noticed was that it was instantly smoothing, and just felt great on my dry skin. It mimics the skin’s natural barrier pretty closely, helping to hydrate, protect and smooth. With its elegant finish, I even used it as the perfect serum for the ends of my hair, which are wrecked by my persistent styling habits. I rubbed any left over on my hands into my elbows and on those eternally dry areas.
In comparison to its commonly used rival, Argan oil, Marula Oil packs 16% more antioxidant power to help fight free-radicals. Marula oil also contains higher levels of Oleic, Palmitic and Stearic fatty acids. These fatty acids are critical for rapid skin absorbency, hydration and moisture retention.
I’m always going to be pretty picky when it comes to anything I put on my own skin or encourage someone else to. All that said, after trying Marula Oil, it fits in nicely as the finishing touch to my nightly regime.
Part of Marula’s biggest claim to fame is what is can do for breast cancer survivors to heal scars and trauma to the body. Although marketed as a beauty oil, this supplement in a bottle has truly done wonders for women. The photos provided my Marula are not for the faint of heart, but they don’t lie. This oil helps scars disappear, and it’s anti-inflammatory properties are also helpful when applied to traumatized skin following certain medical procedures, such as skin peels.
The rest of the Crave Local team tested it out, and found that it:
- Instantly brightened skin color to a healthy glow
- Enhances the effects of antioxidants
- Made wrinkles less apparent within 3 weeks
- Cured minor cuts and seasonally allergic skin
- Soothed burns and bites faster than Vitamin E
Marula’s beauty goes beyond skin deep. The healing power of Marula Oil begins in the communities of rural East Africa.
In harmony with all Leakey Collection products, the production of Marula Oil provides rural women an essential sustainable source of income with which they feed, clothe, and educate their families. The women gather the fallen Marula fruit from around their homes and bring them to nearby collection points where the fruit pulp is removed for jams and juices. The nut is then sun dried and shelled – absolutely nothing is wasted.
The oil-rich kernels are hand-selected and manually cold pressed to ensure the highest quality product. By adding value to this precious resource, Marula Oil ensures that the wild East African Marula trees will last well into the future.
This article was a guest post from licensed clinical aesthetician and skin care specialist, Amy Morgan.