The Benefits of Adding
Neem Oil to Your Skincare Routine
skin is vital to maintaining a naturally youthful appearance. With that said,
there are so many ways to keep your skin in good condition that involve topical
and internal methods. While drinking water and eating healthy are core tenets
of proper skincare, taking vitamin supplements and enhancing your skincare
routine are additional ways you can nurture your outward appearance.
What is Neem Oil?
skin from the sun and keeping it clean and moisturized are external ways to
maintain a fresh, ageless look, but moisturizers, from aloe vera-based ones to
various oils, can be used in your daily beauty regimen that will enhance your
skin. One oil that has outstanding beneficial properties is Neem oil, which is
a vegetable oil from the pressed seeds and fruits of the Neem tree. Also known as Azadirachta indica, this tree is
indigenous to the Indian subcontinent.
Benefits and Parts of the Neem Tree
Used for over
2,000 years in Ayurvedic medicine, the Neem tree's powerful effects on your
skin are as useful today as they were when the tree’s uses were first
discovered. Its varied forms (paste, oil, leaves) can be ingested and/or used
topically, with the various parts of the tree serving different purposes.
1. Leaves - Neem leaves, as well as their
extract, are some of the most complex in the world, with 130 different
biologically active compounds. A 2005
research report found that Neem leaves may contain a number of
medicinal properties. Those most beneficial for your skin include its
antioxidant, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory elements that fight free
radicals and irritation. Inflammation is one of the leading causes of eczema,
rosacea, seborrheic dermatitis, and psoriasis, while free radicals damage cells
and speed signs of aging.
2. Bark -
Neem bark can be used straight from the tree, or preserved for later
use, by freeze-drying or grinding into a fine powder and storing. It is a
powerful antibacterial that can prevent acne from causing bacterial strains
from affecting your skin.
3. Flowers - The flowers can be used
fresh, dried and powdered, or as an oil. It is very important for the
formulation of many creams and lotions, as it is also anti-inflammatory and
antibacterial. In fact, oil from Neem flowers is so powerful, it has been used
to treat leprosy!
4. Fruit - The fruit from Neem trees are
bitter and pungent, but they are the primary source for the most potent Neem
oil. Oil from the fruit has been known to speed the healing of skin wounds —
which is great if you can’t help scratching or picking at your acne. Faster
healing can help you avoid scarring in the future.
5. Neem Juice is where one of the most
powerful beauty elements come into play. Known as a powerful astringent,
drinking Neem juice can tone the skin, keeping it tight and fresh.
Use Only As Instructed
While Neem in any
form is a powerful, natural solution for many skin conditions, it does have
some side effects. If you suffer from liver or kidney issues, avoid using it
until consulting with your doctor. It also shouldn't be used on babies or
children. For adults, if used extensively, it can cause fatigue. Follow all the
instructions on your supplements, skincare products, and teas carefully to
avoid any problems.
Benefits of Neem Oil
Neem oil made from
any part of the plant has amazing benefits for your skin including:
Decreases eczema, psoriasis,
Strengthens hair, as well as
helps it grow.
Exfoliates and shrinks pore
Helps alleviate dry skin
Prevents the harmful effects of
Treats nail infections, as well
as fungal infections of the skin and scalp
Neem oil can help
with a variety of skin problems, as it is full of carotenoids, which act as
antioxidants and shield your skin from free radicals. Smooth Neem oil onto your
skin before going to the beach, going out into a polluted urban environment, or
after taking a nice swim — and you’ll find your skin stays in optimal
Neem oil is also
chock full of fatty acids and vitamins that make the skin look soft and supple,
and creates a youthful appearance. Try out Neem today and discover how it can
transform your skin!
Author Bio: Brian Claywell
is a writer, reader, and wellness consultant. He works with health-focused
businesses, such as Naked Supplements in Idaho. Brian enjoys
sharing his latest tips on health and nutrition. Follow him on Twitter.
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