We know how you must be feeling: Send help, there are too many beauty oils, and I don’t know which to use! From Gwyneth’s now infamous oil pulling to coconut oil, essential oils and the beauty oil of yore, argan oil, there are so many to choose from. But options are actually good! We’re bringing you the low-down on the newest oil on the block, Marula oil, favored by Khloe Kardashian’s and Chrissy Teigen’s hairstylist, Jen Atkin.
Harvested in South Africa from the marula fruit (which looks like a weird lemon), marula oil heals and moisturizes without clogging your pores. It seems too good to be true, right? It’s not, thankfully — it just has a high concentration of antioxidants that allow it to penetrate deeper layers of your skin than other oils, which just hang out on the surface, clogging pores.
It’s high in omega fatty-acids and absorbs quickly, so there’s no lingering sheen and no buildup for those worried about pimples. It also works wonders in the usual places, like your nail beds and your hair. Atkin spilled to Mane Additcts that she recommends a marula oil hair treatment or masque for clients with dry hair before any big event (note to self). It fights off those pesky free radicals in the environment and can also help with anti-aging. Seriously, what can’t this oil do!? Here are a few products that will no doubt convert you to marula oil.
1. Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil, Drunken Elephant ($74): We’re suckers for packaging, and we can’t help but love the playful name and clean, cute design of this oil. While it might be a splurge, the makers promise that it’s “like rehab for your skin!”
2. Knight in Shining Armor Nail Varnish, Ciate London ($17): This overnight treatment helps rehydrate dry, brittle nails. You just brush it on, go to sleep and then wake up and wash off for refreshed, happy nailbeds.
3. Rare Oil Treatment Light, Paul Mitchell ($40): Dry, damaged, wild hair will benefit from a few drops of this hair oil. Your split ends just sighed.
Will you try this new beauty oil? Tell us in the comments!
(h/t Cosmopolitan, photos via John Sciulli, Kevin Winter/Getty)