· By Kylee Mansfield
Moringa Oil for Oily Skin?
Ever since I can remember, I have battled with oily skin. Oftentimes I would have to wash my face 3 or 4 times throughout the day just to minimize what seemed to be, endless oil production. It was frustrating to say the least. I tried countless products that were meant for oily skin in hopes that my face would stay less shiny throughout the day, but none of them worked. It wasn’t until recently, when I was introduced to moringa oil, that I have started to see an improvement with my oily skin.
In order to stay hydrated, our skin produces oil from the sebaceous glands found on the skin's surface. By producing oil, our skin is able to maintain shape, tone and prevent premature anti-aging. On the downside, with excessive oil production, there is potential for the oil to get mixed with dirt and cause clogged pores leading to raised blemishes and acne.
You may have heard that oily skin is caused by hormones or by the foods you eat. Some say that oily skin is a result of eating greasy and oily foods but that's not entirely true. While oil production can be heightened by hormones and certain foods, the most common reason for oily skin stems from genetics. It’s not easy to fight against your hereditary genes, but there are ways to train and evolve your skin to produce less oil.
Once introduced to moringa oil, I have completely changed my skincare routine. Believe it or not, I have been using oil products to treat my oily skin. I used to buy bottle after bottle of drugstore products in hopes that my oil production would be reduced but I have learned that harsh chemicals such as salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide (often found in drugstore products) tend to strip your skin of its natural oils and leaves your skin dry and cracked, only leading to increased oil production. Now, I have shifted to more natural oil-based products and my skin has seen wonders. Here is my new daily routine.
- Morning- I start the day by washing my face with gentle foaming cleanser, pat dry and mist moringa toner lightly around my face. After dried, I dispense 1 pump (3 drops) of moringa oil into my hand palm and rub my hands together and gently apply a light coat of the oil on newly washed face. This light oil coverage acts as a primer and replenishes the washed skin of the oils that were stripped away by the face wash. Next, I apply a oil-free sunscreen. SPF 30+ provides optimal daily protection. If I have a few blemishes that I want hidden, I will apply a tinted moisturizer over the sunscreen. I try to find tinted moisturizer with SPF 30+ as well.
- Afternoon- With this new skincare routine, I don't need to wash my face again until late afternoon/night. When I come home from work, I spray moringa oil toner onto my face and gently wipe off with a cotton pad.
- Night - At night, if my skin feels like it needs an extra wash, I will wash gently with the foaming cleanser and then apply 1 pump of moringa oil onto my skin as done in the moringa. I love to apply moringa oil at night as it helps to restore and nourish the skin.
It’s important to realize that harsh chemicals may not be the best way to treat your skin. Oftentimes, natural oils provide a gentler and healthier method of combating your skin's desire to produce more oil.
Have you switched over to a natural skincare recently? We'd love to hear about your routine and the difference it's made in your skin! Shoot us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org