When discussing Ayurvedic Skin Care or Hair care, one of the most important ingredients is ‘Neem Oil’. Neem extract is best known to reduce acne, repair skin dryness and treat skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema, atopic dermatitis, dandruff and others. Here are some of the benefits of Neem Oil/Extract in organic skin care and hair care:
Therapeutic Properties of Neem Leaf Extract
Indigenous to India, Neem (or Azadirachta indica) in Ayurvedic Science is cited as ‘complete, perfect and imperishable’. Neem extract or oil is prepared from the seeds or leaves of the neem tree and is clinically proved to contain clinically provenn active ingredients with antimicrobial, anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory properties. Neem contains exceptionally high levels of antioxidants, essential fatty acids, limonoids, calcium and vitamin E. Some of the active ingredients in Neem are azadirachtin, nimbin, picrin, sialin and many other flavonoids and terpenoids.
Benefits of Neem for Skin
1. Heals Skin Dryness
Fatty acids in Neem, such as oleic acid, linoleic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid and vitamin E, penetrate deeply into the skin and heals microscopic cracks due to dryness. The skin readily absorbs these fatty acids in order to heal dryness, and high levels of antioxidants promote faster rejuvenation in healthy skin.
2. Detoxes Skin
Stearic acid in Neem promotes cleansing action that purges dirt, sweat and debris from clogged pores. It is also a great emulsifying agent that binds well with water and promotes effective deep-pore cleansing. Vitamin E, carotenoids and other antioxidants in Neem act as free radical scavengers that detoxifies the skin and keeps it free from germs and environmental pollutants.
3. Treats Rosacea, Eczema and Psoriasis
Neem is very effective for sensitive skin and conditions such as rosacea, eczema and psoriasis. It calms and soothes dry, sensitive, red and itchy skin. Being an effective emollient, Neem prevents loss of moisture and is a protective dermal barrier which promote faster healing of Pitta skin.
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4. Reduces Scars and Lightens Dark Spots
Neem oil works wonders when it comes to reducing acne scars. Carotenoids and vitamin E in Neem control production of melanin to help reduce dark spots, blemishes and hyperpigmentation caused due to sunb/UV exposure.
5. Stimulates Collagen Production
The presence of high levels of vitamin E and calcium in Neem detoxes the skin and allows skin cells to oxengenate and repair. This in turn, boosts collagen production which improves signs of aging such as wrinkles and fine lines. Regeneration of the collagen-elastin matrix also increases thickness, elasticity, smoothness and firmness of the skin.
6. Acne Care
Neem is a very powerful antimicrobial ingredient and is highly beneficial for acne prone skin. Linoleic acids/ Omega 6 fatty acids in Neem soothes acne and reduces future outbreaks. When used in the form of targeted On the Spot Blemish Treatment that contains the power of healing clay and the antibacterial potentials of Neem, Peppermint, Sea Buckthorn and other bioactives, this formula clears blemishes overnight and banishes post-blemish redness.
Benefits of Neem for Hair
1. Fights Dandruff Naturally
The anti-fungal properties of Neem makes it one of the best known botanical actives to combat dandruff and flaky scalp. It not only reduces the fungal population responsible for dandruff, but also moisturizes the scalp to facilitate faster healing.
2. Nourishes Scalp and Dry Hair
With its high fatty acid content, Neem moisturizes dry hair and nourishes the scalp. While the oleic acid in Neem helps stimulate the growth of thicker, longer and stronger hair, palmitic acid softens dry and frizzy hair without making it feel oily or greasy.
With a history spanning thousands of years, the benefits of neem oil have been time-tested to give total and effective results. When choosing organic skin care or hair care products containing neem oil/ extract, make sure it is obtained sustainably and is 100% pure, cold pressed and natural.
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