An all-in-one product that smooths wrinkles, fights acne and eliminates frizzy hair? We’re sold. Meet neem oil—an ingredient extracted from the fruit and nuts of the neem tree known and loved by women of India whom, for thousands of years, have used the remedy in their beauty regimens.
For us in the Western world, the oil is just starting to make waves as a natural cure to countless beauty maladies one being eczema. “Neem's ability to reduce inflammation and soothe irritation relieves dry, itchy skin, as well as redness and swelling. Its antiseptic properties prevent infections,” said author Sherrie Strausfogel for the website Better Nutrition.
Strausfogel says neem can also help with dandruff, fighting acne, brown spots, athletes foot and nail fungus. Beyond being a beauty fix, neem oil also has antiseptic properties, which makes it a useful ingredient in natural toothpastes, mouthwashes and astringents.
Particularly for those who’ve tried EVERYTHING else on the skincare market with little luck, we think this sounds like a pretty promising addition to your beauty routine. Have you heard of neem before? What other natural beauty products do you swear by?