Moringa oil is extracted from the mature seeds of the moringa tree native to the Himalayan mountains in India.
The oil has been used as traditional medicine since ancient civilisation for skin, hair care and overall health.
Commonly called a multitasker, Moringa oil is rich in antioxidants, vitamin A, C, E, and fatty acids, which have numerous benefits that help both skin and hair.
It does basically everything from moisturising the skin to acting as a conditioner for the hair. It also has a strong resistance to rancidity allowing for longer shelf life.
Due to its moisturizing, cleansing, and emollient properties, Moringa oil is usually found in beauty products like shampoos and age-defying creams.
Here are some of its benefits for the skin and hair.
1. It treats skin inflammation
Moringa oil contains anti-microbial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. These ingredients help soothe inflammation and treat skin issues and wounded skin like eczema and psoriasis.
Because of its emollient properties, moringa is also a great soothing option for inflamed patches of skin as well as minor cuts, burns, and scrapes.
2. It hydrates the skin
Moringa oil has a unique combination of fatty acids, 40% monounsaturated fatty acids, with 70% of it being oleic acid.
This combination makes moringa oil great for supporting the skin barrier by keeping moisture in and protecting against environmental elements like sunlight, pollution, and free radicals. It is also a good moisturiser and beneficial for treating dry skin.
3. It slows down the process of aging
Because of its high Vitamin E content, moringa oil has potent antioxidant properties. antioxidants help to neutralize free radicals which slow down the process of aging.
It also helps in removing wrinkles and preventing the sagging of facial skin as well. The oil’s richness in Vitamin C helps in stabilizing collagen, which in turn helps in reducing fine lines and repairing damaged skin cells.
4. It cleanses the skin
The high oleic acid content in moringa oil makes it a fantastic deep skin cleanser with both purifying and detoxifying effects.
This oil also contains sulfur which helps in building natural keratin in the skin and giving you a youthful firmness.
5. It fights acne and breakouts
The anti-inflammatory properties and antimicrobial properties in Moringa oil can fight acne, dark spots and breakouts leading to clearer skin. It also regulates the production of excess sebum and prevents dirt and bacteria from getting clogged into the pores.
6. It balances moisture in the hair
Moringa oil is effective for moisturizing the hair and scalp without leaving it greasy.
It can also help balance sebum production on the scalp too. You can massage the oil into your scalp for added sheen and hydration.