We know Marula Oil is great for our skin, but how should we incorporate this into our daily beauty routine? We asked Dr. Ashton Kaidi, co-founder of Marula Pure Beauty Oil and certified plastic surgeon, to bust some of the common myths behind Marula oil as well as giving us some valuable tips and tricks.
Q: Women still seem so fearful of using oil on their face. As a physician, how can you re-assure women that an oil will NOT break them out?
A: Oil and skin are actually very compatible. Anatomically, our skin is made up of a lipid bilayers that are very selective in what they allow in. This is important as a defense mechanism and also for adequate hydration of the skin. Because the skin is made up lipid layers, “fatty” or “oily” (called “lipophilic”) products penetrate the skin better. This led to the popular rise in use of oils in Europe and Argan oil by Jose Maran here in the US. Although, oil does penetrate the skin better, some can leave a greasy residue on the skin. What determines the greasy residue feel is the composition of omega fatty acid contained within the oil. We have found that the higher the concentrations of omega-9 (aka Oleic Acid) fatty acid in an oil, the easier it penetrates the skin and the more rapidly it is absorbed by the skin. This reduces the oily feel. Argan oil contains 40% omega-9 fatty acid versus our Marula-TLC oil that contains 70-80%. Faster penetration means less clogging of your pores and less comedogenic reactions and acne breakouts. There are also anti-microbial properties in the highly pure and clean form marula oil. This will lead to a better skin hygiene and less bacteria build up. Omega-6 fatty acids also help in reducing acne and marula oil has a healthy amount of this in it. Oils are essential to your skin’s health because they hold together your skin cells, giving off that “youthful” healthy glow. As skin ages, less of these oils are produced, so it is vital to add them back into your skin to maintain good skin.
Q: If someone is trying face oil out for the first time, how do you recommend incorporating that into their skincare routine?
A: Marula Oil is extremely versatile. It can be used on all skin types. I usually recommend using it twice a day. Night time application after washing face is most important considering the majority of skin repair occurs at night time.
Q: Can you give a beauty tip on helping women add Marula oil to their existing beauty regimes?
A: There are many ways you can incorporate Marula oil into your routine. Add a drop or two of Marula oil to your favorite cleanser for better moisturizing. For patients using products like Retin-A, glycolic acid products on their skin or post facials. These topical treatments are great at exfoliating the skin and building up collagen to maintain good skin elasticity. However, these products can leave your skin irritated, dry and red. Applying 3-4 drops of Marula oil twice daily can help soothe skin by reducing redness and calming inflammation, while hydrating skin and fighting free radicals (one of the major causes of skin aging). For pregnant women. Marula oil provides an excellent balance of moisture and fatty acids to keep the skin hydrated and moist. It improves skin elasticity during pregnancy and helps reduce skin tearing. Good fatty acid balance is important in the overall health and elasticity of your skin. Apply 3-4 drops two to three times day to reduce stretch marks.
Q: Why is Marula Oil great for someone concerned with aging?
A: As a Plastic Surgeon, I’m constantly looking for ways to slow skin aging. Two major causes of aging in skin are dehydration and damage caused by free radicals. These free radicals can come from a variety of sources, including pollution, make-up, UV radiation, and poor nutrition. Marula oil is effective in combating both causes of premature aging. It contains a high concentration of two important fatty acids, palmitic and stearic acid that form a protective coating on the skin to prevent water loss. This leads to prolonged hydration and “plumping up” of fine line and wrinkles. Marula oil also contains high levels of antioxidants that help repair and reverse premature aging caused by free radicals. Skin collagen levels begin to decrease during your 30’s leading to loss of elasticity. Marula oil has a nice balance of minerals and fatty acids that help improve elasticity. A lot of alcohol and chemically based cosmetic products leave skin dry and dehydrated. I usually tell patients to use a drop or two of it with their daily cleanser to neutralize the harsh chemical and to prevent drying out their skin. It can also be used as a primer under makeup, as well as for soothing post-chemical peels and sun-exposed/sun-burned skin.