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Ingredient focus: A guide to Neem for hair and skin
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Ingredient focus: A guide to Neem for hair and skin

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Ingredient focus: A guide to Neem for hair and skin

It brings us a certain amount of pride to state that ayurvedic skincare has, and will be passed on for generations. Now more than ever, eastern formulations are having a major impact on beauty, whether it is K- or J-beauty, and the ancient science of ayurveda from closer to home.

Every once in a while, the beauty industry renews its kinship with an herbal, ayurvedic skincare ingredient that shows such promise in elevating beauty, that even derms might recommend it. You may take a look, for example, at turmeric, ashwagandha, and moringa. These became popular recently as superfoods and hero-ingredients in skincare, and have stuck around ever since. And then there is Neem, an ingredient known for its many benefits: anti-ageing, acne-fighting, immune system healing and growth stimulation.

The essential oil and extract that comes from the neem plant is rich in minerals, vitamins and fatty acids. This might be why it has been used for centuries to treat various conditions, and is even referred to in Sanskrit as sarva rogi nivarini, meaning “the cure of all ailments.”  Originating in India, the neem tree is now cultivated in more than 50 countries globally, its therapeutic properties being utilised worldwide.

Neem for the skin

Neem oil when used for the skin is exceptionally good at healing acne and scarring, in addition to improving the elasticity and softness of your skin. While it stands out for its versatility in treating skin infections, maintaining an even tone, and encouraging clear skin, here are a few more details about the benefits of the plant:

  • Acne Treatment: Neem's potent antibacterial properties help in reducing inflammation, redness, and preventing scarring. There is evidence suggesting its ability to prevent future breakouts.
  • Moisturising: Abundant in fatty acids and vitamin E, neem is a natural moisturiser that nourishes the skin and prevents dryness, making it particularly beneficial for those with extremely dry skin.
  • Anti-aging: Neem's antioxidants combat premature aging. Regular use can diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, showcasing neem's anti-aging properties for the skin.
  • Calms irritated skin: Neem's anti-inflammatory properties work wonders in soothing irritated and inflamed skin, making it a great choice for conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Its anti-allergic features also help alleviate skin allergies and reactions.
  • Manages excess oil: Neem regulates sebum production, prevents clogged pores, and acts as a natural cleanser, getting rid of impurities and excess oil. This makes it a safe bet for those with oily or combination skin.

Neem for hair

Neem offers a multitude of benefits for hair health, making it an excellent addition to your hair care routine due to its antifungal, anti-aging, and conditioning properties. Versatile enough for both oily and dry hair, neem caters to various hair types. Here's a more detailed look at the benefits:

  • Dandruff treatment: Neem's potent antifungal properties make it highly effective in treating dandruff. Whether in neem-based hair care products or neem oil, it proves beneficial in addressing various scalp issues.
  • Stimulates hair growth: Neem promotes hair growth by enhancing blood circulation to the scalp. It strengthens roots and reduces hair fall, making it an ideal ingredient for hair regrowth.
  • Conditions hair: Acting as a natural conditioner, regular use of neem softens hair and imparts a glorious shine.
  • Treats scalp conditions: Neem's antibacterial and antifungal properties make it effective in addressing scalp conditions like scalp psoriasis and eczema. Additionally, neem oil, with its potent insecticidal properties, is used to treat and prevent lice.
  • Prevents premature graying: Neem's anti-aging properties extend to hair, helping prevent premature graying. It nourishes hair follicles and maintains the natural color of the hair with regular use.
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