How Does Neem Oil Benefit Your Skin?

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The oil of the tropical evergreen neem tree, Azadirachta indica, helps fight pests in the garden. But did you know that neem oil is great for skin care too? Its anti-aging, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties are turning neem oil into a major player in the cosmetic industry today.

The beta-carotene found in neem oil helps shield the skin against oxidative stress and ultraviolet radiation while vitamin C lends antioxidant properties that encourage collagen production. Vitamin C also helps prevent photo-damage from the sun and the fatty acid content deeply moisturizes the skin to keep it soft, supple, and younger looking.

Neem oil also contains quercetin, an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial flavonoid that can fight acne and help reduce the inflamed red pustules caused by it. Quercetin also acts as an anti-oxidant that reduces cell-damaging free radicals that can cause skin damage and premature aging. The anti-inflammatory property of neem can also reduce redness and itching on the skin.

Neem oil based products can be applied topically by using soaps, lotions, scrubs, and masks that contain this valuable oil. You can even rub the oil directly on your skin but we recommend diluting it with another vegetable oil. You should always do a small 24 hour patch test first to see if you're allergic to neem. If you're plagued with skin problems, give our Pine Tar Neem Soap a try. We have to be careful about making medicinal claims for it, but be sure and read the reviews to see what others are saying about this natural organic bar soap. We have to warn you that it's not our best smelling soap, but hey, if it works...who cares? The scent will not linger much and only YOU will be the wiser for it.

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