Who doesn’t love a good multi-tasking natural ingredient? The ones you can use on skin, hair, and slip in your smoothie? You know, like coconut oil. The powerful multipurpose moringa plant is making its way into many a wellness routine, and this natural ingredient has beauty benefits, too.
One of the best aspects of natural beauty is that it’s constantly evolving. Experts are always discovering new ways to use the earth’s bounty for healthy skin and hair. While many of these ingredients seem new to us, most have been used for centuries.
Egyptians knew about the beauty perks of moringa oil, obtained by pressing seeds of the moringa tree, and used it to protect the skin. The ingredient was so revered in Egyptian culture that they were often buried with jars of the oil.
Moringa oil is native to Northern India and is a staple in Ayurvedic skincare. The oil is packed with nutrients, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatories, good for smoothing, calming and clearing the complexion. Often compared to argan oil, moringa is lighter and more easily soaks into skin, making it a suitable choice for all skin types.
More recent evidence suggests moringa oil may have links to battling cancer. Study results show the oil killed 50% of colon cancer cells tested, while leaving normal cells intact.
As with most natural ingredients, it’s important to use products made with high quality moringa oil. Cold-pressed moringa oil contains the highest levels of nutrients and antioxidants. Green Virgin Products sources its cold-pressed moringa oil from small organic growers to ensure only the best goes into its products.
Maybe you’ve sipped a moringa-infused tea or smoothie. Well now’s your chance to extend the star ingredient’s goodness to your complexion.
How to Use Moringa Oil for Skin
1. Cleanse face and body: Soap made with moringa oil clears pores and moisturizes skin. No Scent Soap Nut Moringa Bar Soap offers a gentle lather and mild cleanse. Or try Soap Nut & Moringa Peppermint Bar Soap for a refreshing cleanse.
2. Soothe Inflammation: Dealing with red or upset skin? Moringa oil can help with that. Use as a facial oil to treat irritation or inflammation, or add a few drops to your daily moisturizer for a calming effect.
3. Clear Blemishes: Clogged pores and breakouts can be tough to banish. Moringa oil has a skin-clearing effect and is light enough to keep oily skin hydrated without feeling greasy. Use as a nighttime moisturizer or add to your daily acne treatment.
4. Smooth and firm skin: Reduce fine lines and wrinkles with a healthy dose of moringa oil. Vitamin A smooths the skin and boosts collagen production for a firmer appearance. Vitamins C and E are powerful antioxidants, and help to soften and brighten the complexion. B vitamins make the skin more resilient and hold in moisture.
5. Moisturize face and body: Of course, moringa oil can be used for its moisturizing benefits alone and makes a great body oil. Mix with a carrier oil, like jojoba or apricot seed, and add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil for fragrance.
How to Use Moringa Oil for Hair
6. Shampoo to strengthen hair: Most natural shampoos (those free from SLS and other harsh ingredients) won’t strip hair of natural oils and cause dryness. Dry hair is fragile, and vulnerable to breakage and damage. Moringa Soap Nut Citrus Shampoo not only keeps hair healthy and moisturized, but strengthens and improves the condition of hair.
7. Condition for shine: Is your hair tangled and dull even after using loads of conditioner? Maybe you’ve even resorted to using silicone conditioners to keep locks manageable and looking good. Moringa Oil Citrus Conditioner not only makes hair feel super soft and enhances shine, but you only have to use half the amount of a traditional conditioner. No silicones required.
8 Treat dry scalp: If flakes and itching are a concern, try giving your scalp a moringa oil massage. Wrap hair in a warm towel and allow the oil to soak in for 20-30 minutes.
9. Smooth frizz and flyaways: Summer brings the frizz and winter brings the flyaways. Keep both under control with the help of moringa oil. Add a small amount of the oil to palm and warm between hands, then gentle run through strands. Moringa oil is light and won’t leave behind a greasy looking ‘do.