Food-grade moringa oil is a healthy, monounsaturated fat that’s high in protein and other compounds. As an essential oil, moringa has benefits for moisturizing and cleansing the skin. It can also be used for acne and as a moisturizing hair treatment.
Type of ingredient:
Reduces fine lines and wrinkles, improves the overall appearance of the skin, soothes inflammation
Who should use it:
In general, all skin types can benefit from using moringa oil.
How often can you use it?:
Usage varies depending on the specific product, but in general, moringa oil can be used daily, both AM and PM.
Works well with:
Moringa oil works well with most ingredients.
Don’t use with:
Moringa oil can be used with most ingredients.
Benefits of Moringa Oil for Skin:
Hydrating: “Moringa oil is 40% monounsaturated fatty acids, with 70% of that being oleic acid,” says King. “This makes it great for supporting the skin barrier, which seals in hydration and protects us from environmental insults. This means that it is a good moisturizer and beneficial for dry and sensitive skin.”
• Cleansing: Those fatty acids—particularly oleic acid, a compound found in moringa—make moringa a very cleansing oil.
• Anti-aging: Providing that the product is comprised of “relatively fresh oil with a low free oleic acid content,” says Olioso, it will be effective at plumping fine lines and contributing to an overall more youthful appearance.
• Healing: Because of its emollient properties, moringa is a solid choice for applying to minor cuts, burns, and scrapes.2
• Balancing: “Moringa oil is also similar to the oil naturally produced by our skin, which means that it can help to balance and nourish all skin types without being greasy,” says King.
• Anti-microbial: “It has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties as well, and because of its high content of vitamin E, it also has potent antioxidant properties,” says King.
• Combats breakouts: The anti-inflammatory properties may also help contribute to clearer skin, counteracting breakouts.3 “It is an ingredient commonly used to address skin issues like pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, and even acne-prone skin,” says Zeichner.
• Therapeutic: Moringa is often used in aromatherapy products as a carrier oil (due to its long shelf life).
Side Effects of Moringa Oil
Unfortunately, there’s no scientific proof available to verify all of its potential side effects. While certain professionals revere the oil’s miracle powers, clinical trials have not been conducted to prove these claims. “We need more data to fully understand the effects of moringa oil in topical products because there have not yet been many studies about this,” says King. As with any new product, experts recommend patients do a spot test behind the ear and leave it on for 24 hours. If any reaction occurs, discontinue use.
How to Use Moringa Oil
While moringa can be purchased as an oil (i.e. one containing no other ingredients), it’s most often used in conjunction with other ingredients. The oil itself can be used as a moisturizer, hair treatment, or even in cooking.