The ultimate skin detox solution: Neem!
Neem trees, also known as ‘Azadirachta Indica’, are native to the Indian subcontinent. In the world of ancient Ayurveda, it is a powerhouse medicinal herb that has been around for thousands of years. While we’re all wary of the bittersweet (mostly bitter) neem juice, the ingredient is an effective immunity booster and is also popular as a soothing agent for the skin. And there are multiple ways to use this nourishing herb in your skincare routine - be it as a face wash or as a neem face pack. Interestingly, the latter is super easy to make and we’ll show you how you can make your own neem face pack for glowing skin in the comfort of your home.
What is neem and how many types are there? Which one is best for skincare?
The plant Neem has two species, ‘Azadirachta Indica’ and ‘Melia Azadirachta’. The former, known as ‘Indian lilac’ or the margosa tree is a versatile medicinal plant with antibacterial properties. The latter or ‘Persian lilac’ is known for its magical cures for skin disorders. If you’re wondering how to make your skin glow, neem is definitely the way to go!
So, which species used in a neem face pack is best suited for skincare, then? Azadirachta Indica or Indian lilac is the neem plant that is widely used in treating skin sensitivity and cooling the skin.
DIY neem face packs for all skin types and problems
Pampering your face with a miraculous ingredient is the complete formula for rejuvenating your skin and body. A neem face pack has a plethora of benefits. It helps even skin tone, keeps the skin healthy and reduces dark spots, redness, fine lines and wrinkles. Get your soothing fix in a DIY neem face pack based on the one that is perfect for your skin goal.
Neem and aloe vera face pack
1 teaspoon neem powder
Fresh aloe vera gel
Preparation with aloe vera and neem for glowing skin: Mix the ingredients in a bowl and apply the paste to your skin. Let it sit for 15 minutes, then wash your face with cold water while massaging the skin.
Neem and coconut face pack
1 tablespoon neem paste
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon coconut oil
Quick tip: To make this face pack for glowing skin, try the hydration ‘elixir’ of ancient Ayurveda, Virgin King Coconut Oil for glowing results!
Preparation: Mix the ingredients, apply them on your skin, and let it sit for 15 minutes. Moisturise the face after washing. This face pack will help make dry skin turn soft and clear.
Neem and lemon face pack
2-4 teaspoons neem powder
A few drops of rose water
Honey (if you have dry skin)
Preparation: Place all the ingredients in a blender and mix well. Apply the paste on your skin and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Rinse off properly.
Neem and yoghurt face pack
1 tablespoon neem paste
2 tablespoons yoghurt
Preparation: Mix the ingredients and apply them on your face. Allow it to dry completely before washing your face with cold water.
Neem and oatmeal face pack
2 teaspoons neem paste
1/2 cup oatmeal
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon honey
Preparation: Mix all ingredients together, apply the paste on your skin and let it dry. Wash your face gently with cold water.
Another way you can use neem for glowing skin is to try the MadeSafe Certified Coco Soul Face Wash! Crafted with ancient Ayurvedic wisdom, the goodness of Virgin King Coconut Oil, and the magic of Gotukola and Neem, this revitalising face wash can become your skin’s new best friend.
The herbs in this face wash are reservoirs of antioxidants and other nourishing compounds that leave your skin looking fresh and radiant. Whether you're dealing with oily, sensitive, or dry skin, a quick application of this natural face wash will leave your skin in a state of bliss!
Why is neem so beneficial for skin?
Neem, the magical ingredient that’s been around for years and years, is a transformative ingredient for your skin. What makes it so beneficial? Let’s find out. Here are some benefits of neem face pack:
Prevents ageing and wrinkles
When neem is applied as an oil on your skin, it can tighten the skin with its effective composition of fatty acids and vitamin E. This prevents your skin from thinning and gives you a youthful glow!
Acne control and moisturisation
Rich in nanoparticles or agents that kill bacteria that cause acne, neem is a guaranteed anti-acne solution for you. It moisturises your skin and nourishes it from inside out.
Soothes irritated skin with antioxidants
A soothing neem face pack can calm inflamed or irritated skin with its anti-inflammatory nature.
Washes out impurities
Blackheads and whiteheads often have us pulling our hair out, but no more. An organic, natural and effective option is the application of neem. It not only reduces the impurities, but also shrinks the larger pores on our face.
Now that you know how to make your skin glow, choose a neem face pack that is suitable for your skin type and skin goal and get started!
Frequently Asked Questions on Neem face packs (FAQs)
Can I apply neem face pack daily?As a face pack for glowing skin, neem can be used bi-weekly or monthly. In order to apply neem on your face daily, you can opt for the neem paste or neem face mask. The benefits of neem face pack are wide and many! All you have to do is grab 10-12 neem leaves and form them into a paste.
Does neem darken skin?No, neem does not darken your skin. On the contrary, neem oil has the power to lighten your skin by reducing pigmentation. Rich in antioxidants, the herb really knows how to make your skin glow. It reduces dark spots, scars and blemishes while it evens out your skin tone. The benefits of neem face pack are numerous.
How can we make neem paste?Soften the neem leaves by soaking them in mildly hot water. Once they are nice and soft, place them into a mortar and grind into a paste. Apply this paste to the skin area that requires a cleanse or treatment. Unlike a neem face pack, this neem face mask can be used every day and left on for 20 minutes. Once it dries up, wash your face with plain water. Voila! You’re glowing