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Some people might think: “an oil on your face? no way!” but I am a fan of facial oils. I was really happy when given the opportunity to try African Botanics Neroli Infused Marula oil ($85). One look at the ingredients, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula Essential Oil) and Citrus Aurantium (Neroli Essential Oil), and I knew it was a winner. No fragrance. No preservatives. No nonsense. It is omega rich, high in antioxidants, hydrates, regenerates, repairs, brightens, softens the skin and restores skin elasticity.
It’s a 100 % natural, cold-pressed facial oil. Marula oil is said to be rich in vitamin C and E and natural antioxidants that offer cell renewal and protect against the elements. It’s high in EFAs (omega 9 oleic and omega 6 linoleic), which provide hydration to skin and reduce redness. The infused naroli essence helps to give more supple and radiant skin. Marula oil is good for all skin types, by the way.
I started using it the day I received it in the mail. It comes in a nice clear glass bottle – light golden in color and has this beautiful smell that some people may find strong, but I love it. The scent dissipates after a while though. I used two light pumps and rubbed my hands together to warm the oil and proceeded to spread it on my face and neck. It absorbed rather quickly, leaving my skin soft and glowing. I have combination skin and don’t find it too oily, since a little goes a long way. I use a little more at night. I love the way it makes my skin glow in the morning. It has given firmness to the skin on my neck as well.
In the morning I put it on after my vitamin C serum and before my Devita sunscreen; I don’t need any other moisturizer. I use BB cream instead of foundation (my new love is Korean cosmetics and skincare). The oil is perfect under it, since BB cream can be a little dry. No shine during the day either. People with oily skin may want to use less or use only at night, but I have no problem using it in the morning too.
Topical application of omegas are particularly beneficial to dry skin during extreme weather conditions, such as cold and wind, both of which can strip away at the skin’s lipid barrier. A couple of days ago, I was walking back home from the subway station and it was so cold that by the time I reached my destination my face was red and dry. As soon as I made it home, I pumped a few drops of the marula oil on my hands and encased my face with them. Not only did it soothe my face but my redness and dryness were gone.
It is also helpful if you are using retinol/retinoid at night; I use it an hour after using a retinol. No flaking or peeling in the morning. I also do weekly peels (I am using Fade Peel from Makeup Alley). After the peel, I wash my face and apply two pumps on my face to take away the redness and stinging feeling I get. In the morning my skin is glowing again!
I have very dry skin on my arms, and after applying marula oil at night the condition of my skin has improved significantly. You can use this oil all over your body after showering to get smooth, radiant skin.
I have seen some improvement in the lines around my eyes; they seem to be softened and I am sure with continued use it’ll help in improving this area. I am actually going to put a few drops of it in my vitamin C serum when I make my next batch. The facial oil is priced at $85 on African Botanics website for a bottle of 2.14 oz – but a bottle can last a long time. I have been using it for a month and the bottle is still more than three-quarters full.
I would recommend it, especially if you have dry skin.
Ingredients: Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula Essential Oil), Citrus Aurantium (Neroli Essential Oil)