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Why Moringa oil could be a fantastic part of your beauty regime
Moringa oil originated in India and has many benefits. It is widely sought after and has a variety of uses, all of which can help your skin and hair.
The oil comes from the seed of the Moringa Oleifera tree, which is cold pressed to expel the oil.
Cold pressing the oil has added benefits as the process doesn't use high heat or chemicals. This means that the chemical structure of the oil is unchanged, allowing it to maintain its natural beneficial properties.
Around 42 per cent of each Moringa seed is oil, meaning that each tree gives a high yield.
The oil is incredibly stable and can have a shelf life of over five years.
The oil is able to absorb fragrances and maintain them for a long period of time so is often used as a perfume base.
It is known by several names, including 'Ben oil', which relates to its high content of behenic acid.
Although behenic acid isn't recommended for human consumption - it is a saturated fatty acid that raises cholesterol - it is widely used in cosmetics. It works as a surfactant and allows better suspension of oil in water, which helps cleansing products work better. It also helps soaps and cleansers to foam and conditions the skin and hair.
Not only is Moringa oil incredibly stable, it absorbs quickly and deeply; making it ideal for use in skin creams. It helps to smooth and moisturise the skin, giving results that lasts a long time.
You can also use it as massage oil as it is incredibly silky and leaves the skin soft and radiant.
Moringa oil is also heavy with antioxidants, which provides nutrients for the skin. As the oil can be deeply absorbed these nutrients reach several layers of the skin and help to strengthen skin cells.
Working with the antioxidants in the oil is a large quantity of collagen. Moringa oil contains around four times the amount of collagen found in carrot oil. This helps to repair and rebuild collagen fibres in the skin, keeping it plump and reducing wrinkles.
The high amount of collagen and antioxidants make Moringa a fantastic anti-ageing oil. It not only reduces wrinkles, it also makes the skin firmer and brightens the complexion.
Moringa oil also helps to prevent the activities of free radicals on the skin; inhibiting a variety of damage our skin faces everyday.
The oil is recommended for clearing acne-prone skin and is able to moderate oil production, helping your skin to stay clear. It also reduces the size of pores, meaning that less dirt and oil becomes trapped in them.
The oil is excellent at lifting dirt out of the hair easily. The oil is able to create a rich lather which allows it to cleanse the hair better. Simply massaging the oil directly into the hair and scalp and rinsing can lift all traces of dirt whilst moisturising and toning.
Moringa oil also has antiseptic qualities and works as a mild anti-inflammatory. It is widely used on burns, insect bites, bruises and cuts quickly as it promotes skin healing and fights infection.
Other parts of the Moringa Oleifera tree are also incredibly useful and are just as widely used for a variety of applications.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you Emiliano for your comment. In this blog we are referring more to oils, more so than butters and while we agree with you Shea is an excellent emollient for hair, it's consistency is more buttery and it is used more as a leave-in remedy to smooth hair texture. We have suggested Coconut oil as it helps slow down hair loss by penetrating deep into your hair shaft to prevent protein loss, which in turn prevents breakage. When applied to your scalp, it simultaneously moisturises and removes build-up around your hair follicles to encourage hair growth and is one of base oils always used in Ayurveda for hair treatments. As this post is more focused for hair and not for skin, the comedogenic scale applies to skin/pores and not hair follicles. Thank you again for your feedback.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Hello Zu, yes hair loss can be very stressful and this in turn amplifies the cause almost.. Perhaps with Covid, your system may have been depleted of nutrients and fighting the virus can take its toll on your immune system, so sometimes our hair and skin suffer when we have been ill. We really believe in oils for scalp massage as the best way to revive the growth and help regenerate the follicles. It may be also worth at looking at internal supplements and making sure you are getting enough of omega oils, perhaps plant based such as nuts and seeds in your diet. For external oil treatment, would recommend the Really Good Hair oil which we create with Brahmi, this herb is known to help bring the scalp back to health and improve growth. Biotin is also a good vitamin to take as a supplement to help with hair growth so do look into that. So hope these tips will be helpful for you.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?I, am very surprised that your article did not include Organic Shea Butter and that coconut oil, is your number one choice for hair growth and thickness. According to the comedogenic scale, coconut oil, has a rating of (4), on a scale from (0), to (5), on clogging your pores. Why would anyone put coconut oil, on their hair or skin knowing the pores will get clogged up. Shea Butter, on the other hand has a (0), rating on the comedogenic scale, which is great for dry hair and skin and won't clog up your pores.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you for your very informative article. I suffered COVID in December, 2020, and in February I started experience extreme hair loss and all my hair jus falls like a person who is under going Chemo therapy. It's very depressing. Had to cut off all my hair and even the little that is left is falling off daily not sure what to do. Please suggest something.
- Carrot Oil for Face Hello :) You can use carrot oil only in small drops on your skin in the morning/during the day since it is highly potent. Carrot oil is rich in vitamins and is a very effective moisturiser. You can also mix a few drops of Carrot Oil with your favorite face cream. You can do that at least twice a week or include it in your daily skincare routine. Hope this helps.
- Carrot Oil for Face Can I use the carrot oil in the day time? Because I am using Vitamin c serum in the night. Please advise. Thanks