Aristotle once said, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” The best skin care products are indeed a synergy of the individual ingredients that make it great. In the case of AminoGenesis Marula Oil, the marula oil is comprised of antioxidant powerhouse oleic acid (60-70%), linoleic acid (20-30%), and smaller amounts of stearic and palmitic acids.
Together, oleic acid, linoleic acid, stearic acid, and palmitic acid make marula oil popular for everything from “anti-aging” to “fine line-and-wrinkle-fighting” to “deeply hydrating.”
Oleic acid is a omega-9 fatty acid found throughout nature frequently. Oleic acid naturally makes up 55-60% of olive oil and 56% of açai berries. It has been shown to provide excellent antioxidant protection and hydrating capabilities. Part of what makes it so effective is the fact that oleic acid penetrates the skin better than many skin care ingredients. Oleic acid causes the uppermost layer of skin to fluidize and separate, enabling oleic acid and the other components of marula oil to reach the deeper parts of the skin, where collagen is made (Journal of Controlled Release, 1995). This may help oleic acid provide longer-lasting antioxidant and hydration benefits.
On the other hand, linoleic acid is converted into a beneficial substrate called 13-hydroxyoctadecadienoic acid (13-HOD) in the skin, which is thought to be involved in the regulation of the skin cells into a proper water-barrier layer (Biochemica et Biophysica Acta, 1987). Linoleic acid has been shown in several research studies (cited here) to be capable of reducing inflammation and acne and increasing skin’s moisturization levels. Linoleic acid has also been shown to protect against UV light, which is why you may hear natural product companies advocate marula oil or argan oil as a natural source of sunscreen (Archives of Dermatological Research, 1998). Since it’s an excellent UV protectant and antioxidant, it also should be of no surprise to our AminoGenesis blog fans that systemic distribution of linoleic acid has been found to reduce cancer risk (Clinical Journal of Nutrition, 2002).
As you can imagine, being composed of superior components makes marula oil one of the best, if not the best, natural oil out there. Studies show marula oil has a higher antioxidant content than argan oil (MC MK, L. I. L. T. L. U. L. V., et al. “52224 Stolberg (DE).)
Marula oil can be used as a solvent in which to dissolve oil, debris, and oil-based makeup as well (South African Journal of Botany, 2011).
Marula oil is also sensational for the environment. As a part of the Fair Trade partnership, marula oil is derived from wild-harvested, hand-selected Marula nuts by East African women, then cold pressed for the highest quality and purity. Marula fruit itself is sustainable—only the fallen fruit is collected and all parts of the fruit are used in East African communities.
About AminoGenesis Marula Oil
AminoGenesis Marula Oil ($59.95, AminoGenesis.com) not only contains marula oil, but it also features oleic acid (the major component of argan oil), linoleic acid, stearic acid, and palmitic acid as well, to give the entire spectrum of omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 fatty acids.
AminoGenesis Marula Oil is a yellowish, thin-to-medium weight oil. It spreads across your fingertips and your skin quite well; about three or four drops covered my face, neck, and chest. Once set, it absorbs quite quickly into the skin. It is altogether odorless.
Once absorbed, AminoGenesis Marula Oil leaves your skin soft and smooth, with a matte finish.
It’s a must-have that is great for your skin and the environment!
Ingredients in AminoGenesis Marula Oil: Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Oleic Acid, Linoleic Acid, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid