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Why Marula Oil Should Be on Your Beauty Radar

This is one ingredient your hair and skin need to know about.

Why Marula Oil Should Be on Your Beauty Radar
Art by Tanya Leigh Washington

What if we told you there was a beauty ingredient for both your hair and your skin that was more powerful than argan oil? Meet Marula oil, an all-natural, antioxidant-rich oil from the Marula tree in Southern Africa that can be applied to both the face and hair to combat aging and increase moisture.

Traditionally, the oil, which comes from the fruit of the Marula tree, is used for medicinal purposes in Southern Africa. However, today we're seeing the soothing elixir pop up in a number of skincare products. The multi-purpose oil has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties, reducing the need for preservatives, and has high levels of antioxidants such as vitamin C and Omegas 6 and 9 for neutralizing free radicals to help fight the signs of aging. It not only helps with dryness and smoothness, but it is also ideal for reducing redness, stretch marks and scar tissue.

In addition to these outstanding skincare benefits, Marula oil is finding its way into a number of haircare products, thanks to its natural hydrating tendencies. Marula is non-greasy and fast absorbing, making it ideal for dry hair. Like argan oil, Marula can tame frizzy hair and offer intense conditioning.

Take a look at these Marula oil–based beauty finds, and let us know if you're ready to welcome Marula into your life.

Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil, $72, at sephora.com

Ingredient You Need to Know: Marula Oil
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This luxurious oil is virtually untouched by chemicals or fragrance to offer Marula in its purest form. Ideal for protecting skin against environmental agitators or stressors, this oil promises to reduce the appearance of fine lines, redness and blotchiness.

Marula by John Paul Selects Lips 2 Lines, $28, at marula.com

Ingredient You Need to Know: Marula Oil
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This repair balm soothes and nourishes dry skin both instantly and over time. The multi-tasking treatment has time-released hydration that relinquishes pure Marula oil around the eyes and lips.

Carol's Daughter Marula Curl Therapy Collection, $64, at carolsdaughter.com

Ingredient You Need to Know: Marula Oil
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Curly-haired girls, take note: This ultra-nourishing kit containing a cream cleanser, a hair mask, a serum and a styling lotion offers soft, manageable curls, thanks to restoring Marula oil.