We believed our mom when they told us we’d grow out of our acne phase. But here we are, decades later, still struggling with blemishes. We’ve tried enough products to little or no avail—many of them drying or seriously harsh on our skin. But then we were introduced to moringa oil. (Cue the halleljuah chours.) This miracle oil naturally staves off acne-causing bacteria and hydrates skin without clogging pores. Not to mention it can create bombshell hair when massaged onto your scalp and even increase energy when consumed (yes, you can eat it). Here’s everything you need to know.
What is moringa oil?
Harvested from the seeds of the moringa tree, this oil is technically an antioxidant that has antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also a great exfoliant, making it the ideal beauty oil for those with blemish-prone skin. But its benefits are more than skin-deep—it’s packed with vitamins A, B and C to strengthen and smooth hair and even boost your overall well-being.
How do you use moringa oil?
For clearing blemishes: After cleansing, massage one to two drops on the area with light, upward strokes. This will lock in moisture and allow skin to fully absorb the vitamins and antioxidants for a clear, glowing complexion (no pimples in sight).
For healthy hair: Moringa oil not only hydrates a dry scalp (read: helps clear dandruff), but it also helps to stimulate hair growth, prevent split ends and strengthen roots. Massage a few drops into your scalp (you don’t even have to rinse it out if you don’t want to) and reap the Rapunzel-like benefits.
For overall health: This is the kicker—you can actually eat moringa oil. We repeat, it’s completely edible. (But, of course, make sure it’s 100 percent pure before doing so.) Use it to cook, or take a few drops daily for vitamin C, increased energy, better sleep and protection against diseases like heart disease and diabetes.
What are the benefits of using moringa oil?
Because of its antimicrobial and antiseptic properties, it staves off acne-causing bacteria better than any other popular oil. It also helps to fight the signs of aging skin by boosting moisture and improving texture and smoothness. Basically, it’s a dewy, youthful glow in a bottle.