why Moringa oil is great for children
Kids need and deserve the most gentle, effective products when it comes to their skin health. Except picking the right ones can often feel like a daunting, complex task. You want something that’s chemical-free and easy to apply (we know little ones can hardly sit still), lightly scented and overall natural -- possibly all at once. Which, yes, can sound a bit tricky...Though it doesn’t have to be.
Enter Moringa oil. The one-stop wonder serum might already be part of your everyday routine, but, being all organic, toxic-free, chock-full of vitamins and healthy amino acids, it works great on your offspring, too (and your partner, though that’s for another post!). Below, we’ve rounded up four ways to use this precious bottle for your children, from calming itchy, irritated skin to protecting against future eczema flare-ups.
Ok, as any mama to a kid under 10 knows, this is a big one. Because of its emollient and antibacterial properties -- the result of omega fatty acids, Vitamin E and antioxidants, which soothe and protect the skin -- Moringa oil is a solid choice for applying to minor cuts, burns, scrapes and sunburn. It’s also great to have on the ready in your handbag for mosquito bites to soothe itchiness and help the bite to heal.
The oil recruits the correct type of cells, known as fibroblasts, needed to help wounds heal, and creates a moist environment and a protective barrier to speed up the repair of the skin, meaning it can be extremely beneficial when used topically as a cleansing agent, before you apply any plaster on a scruffy knee or paper-cut finger.
Fighting eczema and skin inflammation
We’ve said it before and we’re going to say it again: Moringa oil is a wunderbar of antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. It contains several bioactive compounds -- tocopherols, catechins, quercetin, ferulic acid, and zeatin among others -- that can soothe irritated skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
The ointment is also excellent to treat diaper rashes: just wash your baby’s bottom with warm water and gentle soap (rather than with an antibacterial wipe), then apply a thin layer of Moringa oil before putting the diaper on, to act as a natural hydrating agent.
Protecting cheeks and lips
Apply a small amount of Moringa oil on your kids’ dry lips and skin, and they’ll be protected from blustery weather and hot sunny days (though don’t forget to follow with your natural sunscreen of choice). The serum is in fact great to condition the skin, as it down-regulates skin-damaging reactive oxygen species (caused by exposure to free radicals). While for us grown-ups that means potent anti-aging effects, for children it equals silky-smooth, nourished skin, ready to fight the natural elements -- and pollution, too.
That’s not all: you can use the serum as a hair conditioner to tame frizz, soothe your kids’ scalp, and promote healthy hair growth -- not to mention achieve softer, easier-to-comb locks (which yes, means less crying).