The Neem Tree is an evergreen tree that is part of the mahogany family and is a common feature of the drier regions of India, Southeast Asia and parts of Africa including here in Nigeria. Neem bark, leaves, fruit, seeds and oils all contain medicinal qualities. Many of these qualities play a significant role in healthy natural skin care.
Scientific studies have shown Neem to have properties that are:
Antiviral – inhibits the growth of viruses
Anti-fungal – inhibits the growth of fungi
Antibacterial – destroys the growth of bacteria
Analgesic – provides pain relief
Anti-inflammatory – reduces certain signs of inflammation, swelling or tenderness
Antimicrobial – destroys the growth of microorganisms
Neem Oil is ideal for acne-prone skin because it can help to soothe irritation and inflammation, clear up pimples and remove bacteria from the surface of the skin that can cause more break-outs.
Neem oil contains an aspirin-like compound that helps with acne conditions by ridding the skin of acne-causing bacteria. It also helps reduce redness and inflammation.
The high fatty-acid content in Neem Oil is said to prevent and treat scars from acne and is non-comedogenic. Neem’s leaves are also an excellent exfoliant that can be used in a facial masque to pull out impurities and tighten pores.
Neem Oil is used in skin care because it’s loaded with nutrients. Neem contains extraordinarily high levels of antioxidants that help to protect the skin from environmental damage. Neem also contains carotenoids (similar to carotene) which provide high antioxidant compounds that help defend the skin against age-promoting free radicals.
Neem Oil is especially high in important fatty acids and Vitamin E and is easily absorbed into the skin without leaving skin greasy. Once absorbed, these powerful properties work to rejuvenate the skin’s cells and restore elasticity