Vitality

Moringa For Better Skin: Does It Work?

Moringa surely is packed with essential nutrients your body needs. In fact, one cup of chopped moringa leaves provides you generous amounts of calcium, iron and water-soluble vitamins such as riboflavin, vitamin B6 and especially vitamin C.

The tree native to the southern parts of Asia is traditionally used to treat wounds. Its leaf extract has shown to aid in faster wound healing in both human and animal studies.

Recently, moringa is growing popular thanks to its skin care benefits. Since moringa contains vitamin C seven times greater than oranges, experts say it is probably what you exactly need to achieve a youthful glow.

According to Nicole Simpson, aesthetician, biochemist and founder of Amethyst Skincare, vitamin C aids in cell turnover and helps boost the production of collagen. "This supports the skin's ability to self-repair and maintain its healthy youth," she said.

Moringa had been tried in one small-scale human study. For three months, the subjects applied facial cream containing the plant's essence, and it improved skin elasticity and collagen formation as a result.

Fine lines, premature wrinkles and sagging are caused by the bodies' reaction to free radicals damaging the skin cells. According to Jessie Cheung, a board-certified dermatologist, moringa's nutrition profile neutralizes the free radicals thus prevent untimely aging.

"Oil is a breeding ground for the bacteria that cause acne," Cheung said. Moringa, with its high levels of antioxidants, helps lessen oil production and control the breakouts.

Whenever the skin experiences oxidative stress due to factors like poor diet, pollution, stress or lack of sleep, skin conditions such as redness, eczema, psoriasis and acne show, according to Simpson. Moringa's antioxidant properties can also help ease these biological processes.

Furthermore, vitamin B found in moringa can aid in preserving moisture for those with dry skin by attracting water to the epidermis, the outermost layer of the skin. Moringa oil can restore the skin's moisture, per Holly Cutler, medical esthetician and founder of FACE Skincare Medical Wellness.

Moringa in oil or in powder is found to be skin friendly, too. However, be reminded to choose high-quality products and check expiration dates when buying.

Moringa Moringa, the new superfood, shows promise in health and beauty, from fighting cancer to reducing the effects of aging. Photo courtesy of Pixabay, Public Domain

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