Today we often see and use concepts such as “urban aging” and “anti-pollution”. The homeland of these concepts was Asia, which was the first to feel the negative impact of the environmental problems of megacities. People began to realize that the effects of the human factor on the environment negatively affect their health and, of course, beauty.
Every day our skin and hair come into contact with dirty air: dust, tobacco smoke, particulate matter, exhaust fumes, etc. All these factors make our skin thin, fragile, which leads to numerous problems, including premature aging. The moringa plant in your favorite skin care products will help prevent them. Learn more about its miraculous properties for the skin from Samira Bedieva, an expert of the Yves Rocher brand.
Moringa: what is it and what is its use?
Moringa is a plant that has been used for cosmetic purposes for centuries. Specifically, moringa seed oil was used by the Romans, Greeks and Egyptians as a skin cream and perfume. In Central America, moringa leaves were applied as a poultice to ulcers, and the oil was used externally to treat skin conditions. Knowledge of its beneficial properties has led to the plant being given a wide variety of names, including "miracle tree", "cleansing tree" and "mother's best friend." Quite deservedly, because moringa is one of the richest sources of vitamins and minerals (read also: "The best face products with vitamins").
A handful of moringa leaves can meet the daily requirement of ten people for vitamin A. Three tablespoons of ground moringa leaves cover 272% of an infant's daily vitamin A requirement, as well as 42% of its protein requirement, 125% of its calcium requirement, 71% of its iron requirement, and 22% of the need for vitamin C. Moringa contains a large amount of minerals, as well as the full range of amino acids found in meat. In addition, moringa seeds are used to purify water in places with a drinking shortage.
Moringa in cosmetology
Moringa is extremely effective in cosmetics due to its high concentration of valuable phyto compounds. It is known that the leaves of this plant contain a rich complex of vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B6, B7, D, E, K) and minerals (potassium and iron), and its seed oil is highly oxidatively stable due to the high content of oleic acid, phytosterols (beta-sitosterol) and tocopherols. But that's not all. Moringa also contains beta-carotene, amino acids that have a significant effect on skin firmness.
Moringa Leaf Extract contains powerful natural antioxidants that help protect skin from photodamage and environmental stress. Its leaves also contain polyphenols, which have anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and revitalizing properties.
So here's a quick summary of the benefits of moringa for the skin:
- Prevention of skin aging and combating its signs;
- Detox effect: Moringa eliminates and reduces the accumulation of toxins on the skin;
- Regeneration, recovery and healing: Moringa helps to repair damage and microcracks.
- Prevention of acne: cleanses pores from impurities, reduces inflammation, acne, regulating sebum production;
- Tolerant care for very sensitive, fragile skin: moringa increases elasticity, soothes sensitive skin (read also: "5 rules for sensitive skin care");
- Hair detox effect: Moringa cleanses the scalp and hair from the build-up of pollutants, protects them, making them strong and healthy.
Moringa care products:
Yves Rocher Anti-Pollution Cleansing Micellar Shampoo with Moringa Seed Extract for All Hair Types
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