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Acure

Facial Marula Oil

1.00 fl. oz. for $ 15.99
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Acure's Facial Marula Oil is another in the line's offerings of pure oils intended to be incorporated into a skincare routine, whether applied directly to skin or mixed in with another product. It doesn't come with a lot of luxurious claims, and that's just fine. What it does offer is 100% pure marula oil, an ingredient that has some skin benefits, with no additives or fragrance, at an affordable price.

Acure Facial Marula Oil is packaged in a semi-frosted bottle with a pump dispenser (it is clear enough to see the product inside). This packaging isn't ideal because it does allow for some light exposure (opaque packaging is best for products containing antioxidants), but this is easily fixed by making sure you store the bottle away from direct light. It's also worth noting that Facial Marula Oil is sold in a box in stores, so it isn't sitting in direct light while it's on the shelf.

Facial Marula Oil is oily, but is lightweight enough that it can be applied directly to skin, absorbing within a couple of minutes. It's best for those with dry to very dry skin, though if you have oily or combination skin with patches of dryness, this can be applied to those areas without issue.

As for the ingredient contained within, you might be wondering why it's such a big deal. Marula oil has gotten a lot of attention for its benefits, and with good reason. Research shows it's a great source for beneficial fatty acids for skin, as well as antioxidants like tocopherol (vitamin E) to help reduce inflammation and help fight free-radical damage (Journal of Food Lipids, 2004). There is some research showing it can also aid in improving skin hyperpigmentation and help improve skin elasticity (Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 2014).

Another big plus about this product is the price! Most other pure marula oils on the market are more than $50 for the same amount, but at less than $20, this is a bargain.

Even though Facial Marula Oil has plenty of benefits, great skincare doesn't come down to just a single ingredient. The best skincare involves a variety of beneficial ingredients, although this is certainly one you can incorporate for good results.

Pros:
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Marula oil is a rich source of antioxidants and fatty acids that will help skin look and feel healthier.
  • Light oil texture can be used alone or mixed in other products.
Cons:
  • The semi-clear packaging isn't ideal, but this can be worked around.
  • Skin needs more than what marula oil can provide.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Works wonders on dry, chapped skin, scars and fine lines. Reduces skin redness. Helps maintain skins natural acid mantle.

100% Sclerocarya birrea (Marula) oil.

Acure operates with the mission statement of using only the purest, most effective fair trade, natural and organic ingredients available. At first glance, there are a lot of interesting products in the line, as Acure includes a great deal of antioxidants and other beneficial ingredients in their formulas. Unfortunately, on closer inspection of the brand, we found quite a few inconsistencies.

First the good news: Along with the inclusion of antioxidants at nearly every turn, Acure made the effort to avoid jar packaging, which is beneficial in terms of protecting the abundance of anti-aging ingredients their products contain. They are also exceptionally affordable products, an increasing rarity in the cosmetics industry.

On the other hand, Acure stretches the boundaries of belief when it comes to what some ingredients are capable of, such as plant stem cells. While fruit and plant stem cells can function as antioxidants, they cannot lift skin, repair wrinkles, or affect the skins own growth factors when added to a skincare product. Not only are plant stem cells unable to substitute for the body's own stem cells, but also they (like all stem cells) must be alive to function. Once these delicate cells are added to skin care products, they are long dead and, therefore, useless. Plant stem cells make for a good story, but the research simply isn't there to support their use in skin care or the claims attributed to them.

One point worth noting: when we originally reviewed Acure in 2015, much of the brand's focus was on so-called toxic or harmful ingredients found in other brands' skin care products that were not present in its own. This has since shifted to a much more positive approach targeted on the quality of ingredients Acure uses as opposed to any unnecessary fearmongering.

For more information on Acure, visit www.acure.com or call 1-877-902-2873.

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