INCI: Sclerocarya birrea seed oil
What is Sclerocarya birrea seed oil?
Sclerocarya birrea is a deciduous tree with a single stem and a crown of leaves on top. It bears edible fruits, commonly called marula. The plant is native to the Miombo woodlands of South Africa and is also found in West Africa and Madagascar. It belongs to the family of Anacardiaceae, like that of mango and cashew nuts. The tree is commercially used for its fruits, which are edible and used to make beer. The oil is extracted from its seeds by the traditional cold-press method. It is a clear, colorless, or light yellow-colored liquid with a characteristic odor. It is rich in fatty acids like linoleic acid, stearic acid, oleic acid, etc., which makes it a useful ingredient in cosmetic products.
Use & Benefits:
Antioxidant: Sclerocarya birrea is used in a variety of cosmetic products as antioxidants, including linoleic acid and oleic acids, which are antioxidants in nature. The antioxidants help neutralize free radicals, which are responsible for the faulty formation of skin protein and, in turn, fine lines, wrinkles, and saggy skin.
Anti-aging: By acting as an antioxidant, Sclerocarya birrea can also act as an anti-aging agent, helping to prevent the signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles.
Emollient: Sclerocarya birrea is used as an emollient in cosmetic products, helping to soothe and soften dry skin.
Moisturizing: It is also used as a moisturizing agent, helping to hydrate and nourish the skin.
Skin conditioning: Sclerocarya birrea is used as a skin conditioning agent, helping to improve the texture and overall appearance of the skin.
Sclerocarya birrea is used in formulations of creams, lotions, gels, shampoos, conditioners, bath products, makeup, and other skin and hair care products.