In 2019, the moringa plant gained a superfood status worldwide. Intrigued by its rising popularity, I decided to research the ingredient and see if there were any benefits of using moringa for skin.
And I was surprised to learn the fact that moringa is just another name for drumstick plant. Yes, the same old drumstick that has been part of our Indian diet for centuries now.
What’s So Special About Moringa?
Moringa or Indian drumstick is a highly nutritious and vitamin-rich plant. The drumstick pods are used in a variety of cuisines in India.
To give you an insight into its nutritional profile, moringa is said to provide 7 times more vitamin C than oranges, 10 times more vitamin A than carrots, 17 times more calcium than milk, 9 times more protein than yoghurt, 15 times more potassium than bananas and 25 times more iron than spinach. (Source)
But when it comes to skincare, its leaves and seeds hold all the magic. The moringa leaves have several nutrients like minerals, vitamins and essential phytochemicals required to treat a variety of skin issues.
The seeds of the plant are also used to extract oil which is rich in essential fatty acids and nutrients.
The benefits of Moringa for skin are owed to its anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Benefits of Using Moringa For Skin.
1. Controls Acne
Moringa leaves and oil possess strong antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. This makes Moringa wonderful natural ingredients to use acne-prone skin.
Using it regularly in your skincare routine will diminish the occurrence of acne, pimples, whiteheads and other comedones. It is a good natural alternative for neem powder in all your DIY face masks or cleanser recipes.
2. Reduces Inflammation
Moringa powder, when taken internally or applied topically, can help reduce inflammation in your body and skin. It can soothe irritated skin and hence can be used by sensitive skin types too.
3. Works As a Spot Treatment
I have already mentioned how moringa works as a wonderful anti-bacterial ingredient. But along with that moringa oil can also speed up the wound healing process.
This makes it a good spot treatment to use on active pimples or even acne scars. Applying moringa oil on acne can help fight the P.Acnes bacteria. It will also prevent the skin from drying out reducing the chances of scarring.
Time to switch those drying acne lotions for some moringa oil, don’t you think?.
4. Nourishes and Moisturizes the Skin
Being rich in several nutrients and fatty acids, moringa oil makes for a good natural moisturizer for the skin. It can be used on dry skin as well as oily skin types.
Moringa oil helps maintain moisture balance and impart a healthy glow by nourishing it with vitamins and other essential nutrients.
5. Reduces Signs of Photoaging
Constant exposure to sun rays and pollutants can create free radical damage that results in premature skin ageing. But using moringa powder or oil can helps delay signs of ageing like fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots.
The antioxidants in moringa help neutralize free radicals to reduce damage caused to skin by environmental aggressors.
6. Boosts Collagen Production
Since the moringa plant is rich in vitamin C, it can help boost collagen production in your skin. This will improve skin’s elasticity help prevent the formation of wrinkles and fine lines.
Vitamin C component in Moringa can also help reduce dark spots and blemishes to get an even-looking complexion.
How To Use Moringa For Skin
If you want to include moringa for your skin, you can use either cold-pressed moringa oil or moringa leaf powder. Both these options are easily available in the market these days due to its growing popularity.
A lot of natural skincare products in India too have moringa as a key ingredient. But with DIYs, you have more flexibility in creating a recipe that suits your individual needs.
Moringa powder can be easily incorporated to your DIY face mask, powder cleanser or face scrub recipe. Whereas moringa oil can be used as a stand-alone moisturizer or in DIY facial oil, cleansing oil, cleansing balms etc.
Here are some easy recipes you can try out at home.
DIY Moringa Face Mask/Cleanser For Acne-Prone Skin
- 1 tsp moringa powder
- ½ tsp kaolin clay
- ½ tsp ground oats
- Mix all the ingredients with some rose or tea tree hydrosol (or even curd)
- Apply it evenly on the face and neck and let it sit for 5-10 minutes before massaging it off with warm water.
DIY Moringa Facial Oil (for Acne-Prone and Ageing Skin)
- 2 tbsp moringa seed oil
- 1tbsp rosehip seed oil
- 1tbsp hemp seed oil
- 5 ml vitamin E oil
- Mix all the ingredients in given proportions and store it in an amber glass bottle.
- Apply 2-3 drops of the moringa facial oil every day on damp skin as a serum. Or else, mix it in your moisturizer or aloe vera gel.
You can buy this certified organic moringa powder on Amazon for both DIYs and food supplements.
You can also get cold-pressed and organic moringa seed oil from Nature’s Tattva. (Use code “RUTUD10” for 10% discount)
Due to its high oleic acid ratio, it is best to dilute it with linoleic acid-rich oils if you have extremely oily skin.
Yes, the antimicrobial and antibacterial properties in moringa oil help clear up dandruff and reduce itching on the scalp.
Moringa is no doubt a highly useful ingredient in skincare for its beauty benefits. Moringa is widely cultivated in India and hence sustainable to use for daily needs.
You can add moringa into your skincare routine easily in a variety of ways with help of some easy DIYs. Have included this wonderful ingredient in your routine yet?
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