Meet Moringa, the Wonder Ingredient You Haven’t Tried Yet

BY Dermstore Editors · December 30, 2016

Moringa Skin Benefits - Dermstore Blog

Great things sometimes come in small packages, and in the case of moringa olifeira, its tiny leaves certainly pack a healthy wallop. But it’s not just the leaves though, because every part of this tropical plant—from seeds, flowers, root, even its bark—is known to store numerous phytonutrients, amino acids, and high-value minerals that act as, among others, antioxidants, immune-boosters, anti-inflammatory, as well as lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels.—

Because moringa is highly edible, it is often consumed as part of everyday cooking or powdered and used as a food supplement. But another way to get the most out of this “miracle tree” is by extracting oil from its seeds, which offers a plethora of benefits for the skin, including countering the effects of free radicals. “Moringa oil or ben oil has plant hormones called cytokinins that help promote cellular growth and prevent destruction of skin tissues,” says nutrition, beauty, and aromatherapy expert Janice Rosenthal, founder of Garden of Essences. “The natural vitamin C in moringa oil boosts collagen, helping reduce fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin.”

The vitamin-rich and nutrient-dense moringa oil makes for an excellent active ingredient in skin-care products, thanks to its antioxidants, antibacterial, and nourishing properties. Its high concentration of behenic acid (thus the name “ben oil”) makes moringa oil a top anti-aging weapon, and the fatty acid’s deep moisturizing properties also offer added benefits for the hair.

But it doesn’t stop there. Rosenthal adds that use of moringa extract also helps clear minor skin problems such as blackheads and pimples and minimizes dark spots, and its anti-inflammatory properties have been known to help in both external and low-level internal inflammations.

Now that you’ve met this rockstar of a plant, it’s time to see the amazing benefits of moringa for yourself. Here are Dermstore’s top picks for moringa-infused beauty products.

Erno Laszlo Sensitive Cleansing Oil 

This cleansing oil not only nourishes and rids your face of surface impurities, it also softens and balances your skin, leaving it hydrated and radiant. All thanks to its moisturizing and anti-inflammatory infusion of plant extracts that include andiroba, moringa, almond and sweet almond oils.

This Works No Wrinkles Extreme Moisturizer 

Regardless of skin type, this moisturizer addresses aging skin, dryness and dehydration with its intelligent formulation of hyaluronic acid, time-released retinol, and essential oils that leave you with radiant, smooth and younger-looking skin.

Kate Somerville Dilo Oil Restorative Treatment 

The natural lipids of the rare dilo oil from Fiji syncs perfectly with the skin’s own lipid layer, resulting in this unique, fast-absorbing oil that restores, moisturizes, firms and evens the skin. Made from 100% natural formula.

jane iredale Circle Delete 

This multitasking mineral concealer not only effectively hides those pesky dark circles, it also pampers your skin with antioxidants, moisturizing and detoxifying natural ingredients that leave your skin looking younger and healthier. Features two shades for added versatility.

Rita Hazan True Color Shampoo 

Combining botanicals and essential oils, this shampoo preserves colored hair and protects it from damage, product buildup, and fading while strengthening your strands and leaving hair soft, manageable, and bouncy.

HUM Nutrition Raw Beauty Green Superfood Powder

This superfood powder truly lives up to its name by packing 39 detoxifying, energizing, and beauty-boosting ingredients in every glass of this mint-and-chocolate-chip-flavored drink.

Decleor Hydra Floral Anti-Pollution Hydrating Gel-Cream 

Protect your skin from free radicals and pollutants with this barrier gel-cream that instantly soothes and moisturizes. Infused with detoxifying and antibacterial properties from neroli and moringa oils, respectively. Definitely a daily must-have!

Elemis Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss Capsules 

Nourishing essential oils and antioxidants feature in this highly concentrated serum. Formulated for day and night use, it protects skin from free radical damage and fights signs of aging while keeping skin moisturized and healthy-looking.

Juice Beauty PHYTO-PIGMENTS Satin Lip Cream 

Highly pigmented, rejuvenating, and a satin finish—what more could you ask for from a lip cream? Juice Beauty’s plant-derived phyto-pigments and exclusively formulated Moisture Plant Blend allow its lip colors to give lips fuller, more luscious coverage while moisturizing and reducing the appearance of fine lines.

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