Move over argan oil. There’s a new beauty oil in town and it’s neem oil! Here to nourish and replenish the skin, it’s made from the fruits and seeds of neem, an evergreen tree indigenous to India.
Used for the past 3,000 years, it’s rich in fatty acids and emollients and popular in the preparation of cosmetics. It’s also used regularly in Ayurvedic medicine to treat certain skin diseases. It helps soothe and protect and moisturize chronically dry skin and is perfect for chronically dry skin sufferers or just as a rich moisturizing treat for the skin. Neem oil is also antibacterial, so it’s great for acne and for healing cuts/scrapes. You can even use it as an insecticide for plants!
Here are some products with neem extract for you to try:
For your face and body - Auromere Ayurvedic Neem Balm is great for acne, everyday cuts and scrapes or any skin irritation. It has a yellow tint and a light herbal scent. A little goes a long way – definitely one to keep around the house!
For your nails – Just Neem Cuticle Care Pen is the best cuticle pen I’ve ever used. I love that it comes with a brush applicator, so you can apply directly to cuticles on your fingers and toes without getting it all over the place. And it absorbs quickly, which is great – since I usually apply right before bed and I don’t want oil everywhere. It also helps to heal any little cuts you might have. Just Neem also has lotions, face masks and other neem products.
For your teeth – Theraneem Neem Toothpaste is for the more adventurous palate. It’s not going to taste like candy. It’s sort of a brown-ish paste with an herbal taste. I have been using it for over a month now and I actually like it. I’m used to Tom’s of Maine and Vitadent – not the overly sugary tasting stuff anyway. The best thing is that it helps with mouth ulcers and cuts (which seem to plague me).
For your pooch – Itchin’ for Relief by Happy Tails contains a blend of neem, oat extract, litchi and aloe to soothe your dog’s irritated skin. In addition, the boswellia serrata and calendula reduce inflammation and grapefruit seed extract prevents bacterial and fungal infections. Ark Naturals Neem Protect Spray is another option. It’s made with neem oil, celery oil, citronella oil and eucalyptus oil. Unfortunately, the citronella smell is too much for me. It would be great for “outside dogs” which we don’t really have in LA, but I know they exist!
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