Neem: a time-tested ingredient
For all natural beauty and skin-care routines, Neem (Indian Lilac, Azadirachta indica) holds an unparalleled place. It is not just the leaf that is useful, rather the entire tree has its benefits. The seeds, and bark can be used both externally and internally. The tree itself acts as an insect repellent.
For a smart way to incorporate neem into your skincare routine, handy packs as well as neem leaf oils with a variety of ingredients are a good way to go.
Powdered neem leaves with rose water and lemon juice can work to reduce oiliness on facial skin. The astringent qualities of the lemon paired with the bacteria killing properties of the neem are the key here.
A paste of neem leaves with yoghurt used regularly can reduce dark spots. This combination works with yoghurt, evening out the skin tone with the neem leaves, reducing rashes and breakouts.
For reducing acne and pimple, mixing grated cucumber with crushed neem leaves and argan oil can work wonders. Here, the cucumber has a cooling effect on the skin and the argan oil has an added benefit of stopping further acne.
To get rid of dark circles under the eyes, a daily application of neem leaf paste is a good cure. The antioxidants in it help reduce the skin pigmentation, thus reducing the dark skin under the eyes. Plus, it helps moisturise the delicate skin under your eyes.
For sunburns this summer, mix in aloe vera leaf gel with neem leaf juice and apply the mixture two or three times daily till the sunburnt skin heals.
For a full body treatment, boiling a handful of neem leaves and using the neem leaf infused water in your bath can have a lasting effect in preventing infections and dryness. Also, mixing neem oil with coconut oil can make an excellent massaging oil.
As with any good practice, this all natural ingredient's results can be seen with regular usage.
By LS Desk