Did you know that there are quite a few very high priced skin care products that have moringa oil or extract in them? This must mean that moringa is beneficial to skin health right? The answer is yes, and taking moringa for wrinkles and other skin imperfections is becoming more popular as its effectiveness catches on.
I did a bit of research to get to the bottom of this topic and in this article I’ll be going over some of the proven benefits that this amazing plant has that will help you reduce and maybe even eliminate those unwanted wrinkles.
When it comes to moringa skin products there are oils and creams. Adding moringa to your diet is also beneficial in many ways but the focus of this article is going to be on the topical treatments.
Moringa oil comes from the seeds of the moringa tree. This is different from the moringa creams that you may find that are commonly made with moringa leaf extract.
Moringa is packed with antioxidants that help fight off aging caused by what are called free radicals.
These free radicals are highly reactive atoms or groups of atoms within the body that reek havoc. They damage cells and have been linked to aging since the 1950’s.
These free radicals are often formed when certain molecules and oxygen interact. So as you can imagine the “anti”oxidants help stop this from happening.
Antioxidants are like the superheroes. They help to inhibit and limit the production of these free radicals which means less unnecessarily cell damage. And what this means is healthier, younger, tighter skin with less wrinkles.
The high amount of antioxidant activity found in moringa has been noted in many studies. One such study from Plant Foods for Human Nutrition found that moringa extract demonstrated “significant” protection from the free radical damage that comes from oxidation.
One obvious reason that moringa oil is beneficial in the fight against wrinkles is that it is a great moisturizer. As with any good moisturizer, it hydrates your skin and this allows for more elasticity as well as more ability for nutrients to be delivered to the cells in need.
Dry skin can actually get micro-tears and the elasticity that moisturizing will bring can help to eliminate that. The increased nutrient flow from the hydrated skin can also help to repair what small tears there might have been from previously dried out skin.
Moringa creams can be good moisturizers as well but these are a mixture of many ingredients so their overall effectiveness depends on everything they include.
Skin infections caused by all sorts of bacteria are one problem that put extra stress on skin and cause it to prematurely age. Moringa has been shown in studies to have both antiseptic and antibacterial properties that can protect against such infections.
Moringa also has anti-inflammatory properties which are great for healthy skin. Much of this comes from moringa’s vitamin E content which is used as a treatment even for more severe skin conditions such as eczema.
I’m sure we’ve all heard about collagen and how it helps out with healthy skin. Luckily for people using moringa oils and creams they are receiving a collagen boost.
Collagen along with elastin are very important when it comes to firm, young looking skin. They help keep it tight and elastic at the same time.
Topical moringa products have been shown to increase the synthesis of collagen & elastin by helping out the fibroblasts that are responsible for such.
If you buy a skin care concoction that has moringa oil among many other ingredients in it you will probably not even notice the characteristics of this oil. If you buy it by itself then you will notice that it is a clear rather thin oil that has a “nutty” smell to it, as you might expect.
Because of its opacity and it being thin this makes it a great oil to apply to the skin. Another great characteristic about it is that after being harvested it does not go bad for several years. It has a long shelf life that you don’t have to worry about.
If you are looking for a natural route to take to reduce your fine lines and wrinkles then moringa is definitely one of the better ways to go. There are many things about this potent plant that make its oil’s and extracts great for your skin.
There is even a study I came across that looked at moringa’s skin rejuvenation potential with human test subjects. As you can imagine after reading this it was found to be an effective natural source.
This particular study looked at the potential of moringa leaf extract that was made into a cream but moringa oil is also a great choice.