6 Moringa Soap Benefits for Naturally Healthy Skin

I love a natural, non-toxic skincare product. One ingredient that’s been on my radar lately is moringa.

As I’m sure you know, it’s not new. People have been reaping the benefits of moringa’s medicinal powers since it was discovered in northern India around 2000 BC.

A bottle of Moringa oil from The Body Shop beside a flower

I first came across it in the early ’00s when following a sniff, my sister requested some for Christmas. So off I went to the Body Shop- this was back in its pre-Loreal, bath pearl-selling days- and asked the shop assistant for something called Morning..a.

Or something.

After she worked out I wasn’t just saying hello, she gently pointed out the huge display of Moringa products on the shelf just behind me. Yes, it did smell nice.

Anyway.

I know more about it now.

Let me demonstrate. 

Moringa Oleifera, commonly known as the moringa tree, is native to the Indian subcontinent and has been used extensively in various countries for its nutritional and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s so well known for its health benefits, that they call it “The Miracle Tree“. Over the centuries, moringa has been used all over the world and cultivated in many countries.

A Moringa tree against a white background

Fast forward to today and Moringa oil is in everything from dry shampoo to room fragrances, while Moringa powder can be found in energy drinks, smoothies and teas. It can also do wonders for your skin’s health too.

Since a good skincare routine starts with a good cleanser, this post is going to look at all the ways moringa soap benefits can help you achieve beautiful, healthy skin.

Moringa’s high vitamin content

Moringa is a powerhouse of nutrients. Surprisingly, every part of the moringa plant is edible, from the roots to its delicate white flowers.

Its great for your eyes, heart, and gut health as well as your skin. Moringa leaves, in particular, have lots of healthy vitamins, minerals, and essential amino acids. Here are just some of Moringa’s veritable alphabet of vitamins:

  • Vitamin A (beta-carotene)
  • Vitamin B (Folic acid and B3 – niacin)
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E
  • Zinc
  • Fatty acids
  • Phytochemicals

Skin benefits of moringa soap

Now, let’s talk about all the incredible ways moringa soap benefits your skin:

a plate of handmade moringa soap tied with string

1. Moisturizes the skin

Moringa has plenty of fatty acids. In fact, it has 12 times more omega-9 fatty acids (oleic acid) than coconut oil. When applied topically, fatty acids can provide the following benefits:

  • Protect and restore your skin’s natural moisture barrier
  • Lock in moisture and preserve skin elasticity
  • Soothe flaky, dry skin
  • Balance sebum production
  • Make skin soft and smooth

Not to mention, moringa soap is gentle so it benefits all skin types. Even if you have sensitive skin or you’re prone to acne breakouts, rosacea or eczema. In fact, it’s perfect If you’re struggling with any type of dry skin. Moringa has niacin, (a form of vitamin B3) which has a stabilizing effect on the skin barrier, reducing water loss and improving skin’s moisture content.

What could be better than that?

And it’s cheaper than all of those fancy moisturisers.

If you’re on the oily side, the antioxidants in moringa can reduce skin inflammation and regulate sebum production too.

This soap is a pretty good option. It gives you 3 in one: Moringa powder, Moringa leaves and Sodium Moringa Oilate (Moringa oil). It’s natural, vegan, cruelty-free and hydrates your skin with its healthy blend of natural ingredients.

Close up of hands holding a brown handmade moringa soap

2. Promotes skin healing

Moringa oil, the excellent active ingredient in moringa soap, is rich in oleic acid. This nutrient is important because it can help speed up wound healing by repairing skin tissue. Research has also suggested that oils composed mostly of monounsaturated oleic acid increased the skin’s ability to absorb more than oils containing an almost even mixture.

And while we’re on the sciencey stuff, this study highlights moringa’s antibacterial properties (more on that below). So if you’ve got skin conditions that won’t sort themselves out, moringa is definitely worth a try.

This cold-pressed vegan soap uses wild-crafted sea moss from the Caribbean. There’s not a huge amount of scientific study behind sea moss but it is rich in iodine, potassium, calcium, B vitamins, and zinc. it’s also a good source of live bacteria so it can support gut health.

All of which means Kim Kardashian apparently puts it in smoothies.

The sea moss, not the soap.

If you just want that lovely soft skin feel go for the soap; it’s chemical-free and also contains nutmeg, coconut oil and olive oil. So it works very well to soften and soothe skin irritation.

3. Improves skin tone

We don’t get enough vitamin D in Britain. If you go out on a summer’s day you’ve got to pack galoshes and an umbrella with your sunscreen.

Close up of the sun

So naturally, at the first chance of sunshine, we act like it’s the Mediterranean.

Yes, it drys out your hair and has the potential to turn you into a crone ahead of schedule but summer lasts two weeks in Britain give or take.

After that, we’re sick of having to get out and enjoy it anyway. 

Anyway, I digress.

Sunshine can age you.

If you’re struggling with sun damage and dark spots, Moringa soap is bursting with vitamin E, which works like a skin repair kit. Moringa’s high vitamin content means it can mend the damage caused by environmental stress and the sun’s harsh rays (When they bother to shine). Meanwhile, the fatty acids can calm down skin irritation and inflammation and bring back that healthy glow.

Moringa’s natural vitamin C is a star ingredient when it comes to brightening the complexion and putting hyperpigmentation in its place too.

4. Delays skin ageing

As the body’s largest organ, the skin bears the brunt of pollution and UV radiation every day. This constant exposure triggers the production of cell-damaging free radicals that attack our skin cells.

The result? Premature fine lines, dark spots and the appearance of wrinkles. Lucky us.

However, moringa is full of natural antioxidant properties that can neutralize these pesky radicals. Moringa boasts ten times more vitamin A than carrots and seven times more ascorbic acid than oranges.

Moringa oil also boosts collagen production thanks again to that natural vitamin C content. While the oleic acid can plump fine lines for more youthful radiant skin.

Still not convinced? A study found that moringa has 15 amino acids (the building blocks of protein that synthesise collagen and elastin), including the most beneficial ones for skin health:

  • Arginine: Repairs visible skin damage
  • Histidine: Calms the skin
  • Methionine: Shields the skin from harmful elements
  • Lysine: Strengthens the outer layer of the skin
  • Glycine, leucine, and proline: Soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

5. May Fight Bacteria

Close up of moringa leaves

Excess sebum clogs pores when it comes into contact with dead skin cells. Once that happens, you’ve got yourself a perfect environment for bacteria to grow, causing all sorts of skin issues. 

However, Moringa may also keep bacteria at bay. This study tested the leaf extract of Moringa oleifera for antimicrobial activities against various bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli, and found significant antimicrobial activity. While more research is needed, if you want clear skin, Moringa may be a good place to start. 

At the very least, Moringa bar soap can prevent breakouts by keeping oil production in check. Packed with zinc and fatty acids, it can also fight redness and inflammation.

6. Nourishes skin cells

With all these essential nutrients, moringa soap is a feast for your skin. It has all you need for a healthy complexion.

Vitamin A supports cell regeneration, while vitamin C boosts collagen production. To top it off, vitamin E provides powerful antioxidant protection. What’s more, a bar of moringa soap has flavonoids and polyphenols to protect the skin cells from oxidative stress. It also has plenty of amino acids to maintain skin cells’ overall health and vitality.

If you’re looking for something even more moisturising then try this Moringa olive oil soap. It’s sustainably made, plant-based and has the added benefits of extra virgin olive oil from local Jerash farms in Jordan.

Wrapping up

The sheer number of nutrients found in Moringa is amazing. With just one little bar of soap, you’ve got cleansing, healing, antibacterial, and anti-ageing properties. It’s one of the best-kept secrets in natural skin-care  So, why not pick up a bar or two and experience all these moringa soap benefits for yourself? Let me know how it goes!

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