We all know that wrinkles come with age — and there’s nothing wrong with that. Premature aging, however, can be a signal that you aren’t taking care of your largest organ — your skin! To better understand how to change up your skincare regimen and habits to combat premature aging, it’s important to understand the science behind wrinkles.
As you get older, your body’s ability to produce elastin and collagen decreases significantly. In addition, the extra fat stored in the subcutaneous layer of the skin begins to diminish. As a result, your skin gets thinner and has difficulty keeping its shape and firmness and thus begins to sag. Getting wrinkles is a natural process that happens as we age. However, there are a variety of factors that can cause the skin to start aging at an accelerated rate.
Premature aging of the skin stems from free radical activity of the body. Free radicals are charged oxygen particles that are usually produced by negative environmental exposures like ultraviolet radiation and tobacco smoke. Essentially, free radicals oxidize parts of the skin cell and turn healthy skin cells into damaged skin cells. This can happen due to many environmental factors such as stress, poor dieting, smoking, UV exposure and pollution. When combined with the natural aging process, the skin can become even more wrinkly and unevenly toned.
In addition to adopting healthy habits, it’s important to add an antioxidant-rich oil like moringa oil to your skincare routine to help counteract the work of free radicals. Antioxidants are molecules that slow and prevent the oxidation of other molecules. They remove free radicals and prevent their damage to skin cells. Moringa oil is rich in antioxidants and when applied to the skin, not only nourishes the skin with nutrients and moisture, but also fights the damage of the free radicals and keeps our skin looking healthy and natural.
If you’ve never used oil as a moisturizer on your face, it can be a bit nerve-wracking to try it for the first time. After cleansing, apply a few drops of moringa oil to the finger tips and smooth over cheeks, forehead, nose and lips. Since moringa oil mimics the skin’s natural sebum production, it is ideal for all skin types, balancing oil production in oily and combination skin, and nourishing dry skin. In addition to hydrating skin for the day, moringa oil helps to defend our skin from harmful environmental factors and keeps it wrinkle free.
Moringa is loaded with Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, C, E, and A. It also boasts minerals “iron, fiber, calcium, zinc (needed for a repair of epithelial tissues!), copper, sulfur (which provides acne skin benefits, just like from Zinc), folic acid, selenium, chromium, potassium, phosphorus, manganese, and magnesium (another great mineral important for the skin, hair and nails).
Unlike comparable oils (argan, jojoba), moringa oil is naturally rich in the cytokinin zeatin, known for stimulating cell division, growth, and delaying aging of cells. Moringa is also rich in crucial fatty acids and antioxidants that fight free radicals that cause premature aging. Moringa oil is an oleic acid omega9, so it absorbs deeper than a thicker oil without feeling oily. Because of its properties and texture it’s ideal for many skin types: aging skin, skin suffering from rosacea, and specifically skin with adult acne. Where jojoba or coconut oil might be too oily for congested skin, oil from the moringa seed will actually help re-balance your natural oil production. As mentioned, it’s very high in Vitamins A and C, which is very rare for oil. Vitamins C and A in an oil formula are quite unique, with their antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties as well as high antioxidant content, making it great for supporting and preventing free radical damage. Dry or mature skin will benefit from it’s anti-aging and hydrating properties and oily or problem skin will benefit from its ability to soothe redness, minimize scars, and even skin tone.
- Dry skin — Softens dry skin and maintains moisture.
- Chapped Lips — Good for conditioning dry, chapped lips.
- Anti-aging properties — rejuvenates dull, tired, aging skin.
- Antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties — Treats and heals minor skin abrasions such as cuts, scrapes, bruises, insect bites, and skin infections.
- Acne & dark spot prevention — Helps clear blackheads and pimples. When used regularly helps prevent the re-occurrence of blemishes. Helps minimize dark spots from acne and hyperpigmentation.
- Stronger hair — It strengthens your hair by delivering important minerals and vitamins to the hair follicles.
- Moisturizes Scalp — Great for dry scalp, fights dandruff, and split ends.
- Massage Oil — Popular for its use as a massage oil.
Oil Hack Tip: Organic Lemongrass or Peppermint essential oil add additional anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Organic Neroli and Lavender essential oil adds additional aid for wrinkles, stretch marks and scars!
Moringa oil is the ideal compliment to any beauty regimen, especially one that includes essential oils!
DIY BEAUTY MIST
My nightly skincare routine has never been easier & my skin has never felt or looked better, and since I am quickly approaching the dirty thirty, I will take any extra help I can to keep my skin looking as young as possible! Here’s the rundown: One drop of jojoba oil to remove all eye makeup and then I wash my face with my exfoliator. Last,I spray my face with my homemade Beauty Mist (2 tsp Rose Water + 10 drops Essential Beauty Serum + 10 drops Geranium + 10 drops Lavender + 10 drops Frank +10 drops Manuka & fill the rest of the bottle with fractionated coconut oil or distilled water). After, I add a few drops of Moringa oil into my palms and apply liberally to my face. This beauty regimen will drastically increases skin firmness and elasticity while anti-inflammatory rose and jojoba oil soothes, calms and regenerates. Lightweight, quickly absorbing water based serum delivers hydration to thirsty skin cells, leaving skin supple and plumped!
Moringa oil is about to change your skin (and skincare regime) forever, babes!
So the next question, where do you get this magical oil? There are so many brands floating around the internet, but which one should you chose? Well, we happen to like the Leven Rose & Inn&Co brands, but any pure organic brand is okay, too! Ps. Ghost Oil (main ingredient: moringa oil) ranks pretty high on our must-have beauty + hair products list 😉
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Happy oiling, babes!