Marula oil is made from the fruit of the marula tree, which is native to Africa. And it has a lot of selling points. It's moisturizing, but it won't clog your pores. "It's rich in essential fatty acids that mimic those that exist naturally in the outer layer of the skin," says Joshua Zeichner, an assistant professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. It also contains the antioxidants vitamin C, vitamin E, and flavonoids. But the best part? It's a surprisingly non oily oil: "It's quickly absorbed into the skin without leaving you greasy," says Zeichner.  (Quote from

Marula Oil protects your skin from environmental aggressors (sun, pollution, wind, etc.) that can cause premature aging, and they absorb deeper and more easily into your skin, since the molecules are much smaller than traditional hydrating oils. (Traditional, thicker oils will sit on top and just lock existing moisture in.)

Scared of oils as an acne sufferer? This oil helps battle breakouts — for real! It's non-comedogenic because it's so high in omega fatty acids and absorbs quickly, so it won't clog your pores. And it can actually heal your blemishes faster (as it hydrates your skin), thanks to its antimicrobial properties that help fight future bacteria. "I've also found that in using pure, unrefined, high-omega oil like marula, your skin will stop over producing oil, since it isn't dehydrated any longer, which will in turn cause fewer breakouts," says Tiffany Masterson, creator and founder of Drunk Elephant Skin care, and who includes marula oil in all of her products. Try applying two to three drops of Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Face Oil or Acure Marula Oil (both are pure marula oil) onto your face every other night to ease your way into using oils if you're acne-prone. ( Quote from

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