Explore how this miracle tree can make your skin appear more radiant and
youthful than ever before
The superfood moringa is witnessing an ever-growing popularity and a loyal fan base in the food industry, but its prolific nutritional profile has made it an upcoming and important element in the skincare world as well. While the benefits of moringa have been around and revered for centuries, its entry into skincare and its recent recognition has been groundbreaking.
Interestingly, moringa’s skin benefits were utilized in ancient Ayurveda and even by the Romans and Greeks. As a skincare ingredient, it is one that has stood the test of time. In fact, a historic treatise on Ayurveda known as the Bhava Prakash cites moringa as a Sigur (moving like an arrow) for its ability to rapidly and deeply penetrate tissues, deep cleanse the body and purify blood. The benefits of most natural holy-grail skincare ingredients tackle either moisturization, clarifying or anti-aging, however, moringa skin benefits include all of the above and more. While the benefits of moringa when consumed internally has been established on having healthy and glowing skin, moringa can also be applied topically and the benefits are just as effective. Moringa skin benefits are seemingly endless much like the benefits we receive from the rest of the plant, which proves why this tree is deemed as the ‘tree of life’.
Moringa is available in many forms, but its most beneficial form for skin is the light, fluid and relaxing oil that is extracted from its seeds. Offering a plethora of benefits, this oil is an excellent active ingredient that should definitely be incorporated into your routine. Here’s a breakdown of moringa skin benefits and why moringa should be in your skincare routine.
Stimulates collagen production
Touted as one of the superfoods with an incredibly high vitamin C content, moringa may boost your skin’s natural collagen production, as vitamin C is essential for your body to naturally produce collagen. Not only does this vitamin produce collagen, it also stabilizes collagen and protects against enzymes that degrade it. A boost in the production of collagen improves skin elasticity, which is great news for those looking for anti-aging benefits. Further, the presence of vitamin C promotes the skin’s ability to self-repair and maintain its youthful glow.
Moringa is packed with antioxidant vitamin E, which is a major defense against factors that cause premature aging. A phenomenon called ‘oxidative stress’, caused by environmental aggressors such as pollution and UV rays leads to the creation of free radicals. These free radicals are known to damage cell membranes and DNA, causing signs of aging such as wrinkles and pigmentation. By infusing the skin with vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, moringa is able to fight and neutralize these free radicals thus slowing down the signs of aging. It also contains a low free oleic acid content, which is effective at plumping fine lines and contributing to an overall youthful and radiant appearance.
Minimizes breakouts and acne
Moringa’s antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties as well as the presence of a high content of vitamin E (a powerhouse antioxidant) may help minimize acne and breakouts. As an active ingredient, it helps regulate the production of excess sebum that leads to clogged pores and acne. Moreover, the antioxidants allow the skin to switch from a state of stress to a state of repair, decreasing the inflammation that triggers the production of sebum, leading to clearer skin.
Nourishes and hydrates the skin
Perhaps one of the most important moringa skin benefits, is the fact that it is a natural emollient. It protects the skin’s barrier and helps prevent trans-epidermal water loss, locking in moisture and keeping the skin hydrated. It also contains vitamin B, which is a natural humectant, attracting water to the epidermis and oleic acid, which is an omega fatty acid that penetrates deep into the skin’s layer restoring it with nourishing fats.
Has healing properties and therapeutic properties
The emollient nature of moringa makes it an excellent ingredient to apply on minor cuts and burns and may help repair them with ease by protecting the outermost layer of the skin.
Suitable for all skin types
The protective nature of moringa makes it suitable for all skin types. The oil is light and non-greasy. Its high antioxidant content may help reduction in stress and inflammation, as well as hormonal imbalances that trigger excess oil production, ideal for oily skin. As for dry skin, its fatty acids and vitamin B content ensure prevention of trans-epidermal water loss, which is important to retain moisture.