By Manna Zel
If hydrating, conditioning products are your thing, you may have noticed moringa oil on an ingredients list before. Sustainably extracted from the seeds of Moringa oleifera, a fast-growing tree found in the Himalayan Mountains, moringa oil is found in hair care products, oils, moisturizers—really, anything that’s meant to be conditioning. Between its omega fatty acids and antioxidants, moringa oil is an all-around superstar when it comes to keeping your skin hydrated.
“In anything that’s really hydrating, you want a lot of fatty acids to lock in water and condition the skin without congesting it,” Laura Cline, Youth To The People’s Director of Education, says. “Moringa oil is lightweight, not rich, so you don’t have to worry about it causing milia or clogging your pores.” This makes it especially ideal for eye creams.
The eye area is so sensitive and delicate that moringa oil’s cold-pressed, lightweight hydration—and its naturally-occurring minerals and vitamins—make it an ideal ingredient in the Superberry Dream Eye Cream. It locks in moisture without being too heavy, and it’s high in antioxidants which protect your skin from free radicals. The more antioxidants, the healthier your skin barrier becomes.
“That’s the duality of moringa oil,” Cline says. “It has everything you need to be a good hydrator and it’s an antioxidant source to help prevent your skin from aging prematurely.”
Aging is a beautiful thing, and the way your skin ages is dependent on so many things—where you live, what your lifestyle is like, and your genetics. To keep your skin in optimal shape, Cline recommends making sure your skin and moisture barrier are regularly conditioned, hydrated, and have a good balance of water and oil from your skincare products.“Antioxidants and sunscreen are vital here, too,” she says. “I love using a transparent setting powder with SPF throughout the day.”