Neem or Indian Lilac has been known as a miraculous plant in Ayurveda for centuries. It combines certain properties that can cure different bodily ailments with high effectiveness. The use of neem in beauty and skin care is not new in India. It has been used for long to treat skin ailments. Even till now, the leaves of the plant are used extensively in different herbal skin and hair care products that claim to offer all the best benefits of this herbal plant.
Neem can be very effective to cure most of the common skin problems, due to its excellent anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Neem contains a bunch of active compounds that offer anti-inflammatory, anti-pyretic, antioxidant as well as anti-protozoal properties. Now let us take a look at the beauty benefits of neem for your face and skin.
Neem for skin allergies and rashes
Do you have a sensitive skin that often looks odd due to rashes? Try out neem water; you can see the difference within a single day.
Soak 15-20 neem leaves in 2 glass of clean water and bring it to a boil. Boil until the water gets half. Now strain the leaves and use the concoction to wash your face. Repeat 3-4 times to see results.
Neem for acne and pimples
Acne and pimples are skin conditions that can be really bothering for anyone. Neem has strong anti-bacterial, anti-protozoan as well as anti-fungal properties. It does not only kill the bacteria causing the infection but also reduces the inflammation associated with acne and pimples.
Soak 10-12 neem leaves in water, boil for 2-3 minutes and then make a fine paste of these leaves. Apply this pack directly onto the acne or pimples. Leave on for as long as you can. Even in case of severe acne you can expect to see improvements within a single week.
Neem to control excess oil secretion
Neem is also very effective to control the amount of oil secreted by the oil glands present on the skin. For people trying to manage excess oil secretion from skin neem can be a quick and effective remedy.
Make a fine paste of neem leaves and add 4-5 drops of lemon to it. Apply this pack onto your whole face and leave on for 20 minutes. Wash off with plain water and pat dry.
Neem for a clearer complexion
If you are suffering from uneven skin tone, neem can be an effective remedy.
Make a paste of 10-12 neem leaves and mix 1 spoon turmeric paste with it. You should use fresh turmeric roots to make the paste and not the turmeric powder available in the market. Apply this pack onto your face. Leave on for 20 minutes and then wash off with water. Use this pack daily and you can see results in 2 weeks.
Neem oil for blackheads
Blackhead is a problem for many. If you think that it needs rigorous parlor treatment to clear those blackheads, you will be amazed to know, that neem oil can effectively clear black heads.
Mix 2-3 drops of neem oil with 2-3 drops of water and apply the mixture directly onto the area of the skin where blackheads have appeared. Leave on for 10 minutes and then wash off with water. This treatment can reduce blackheads effectively with continuous use and can also prevent formation of new blackheads.
Neem for reducing extreme skin dryness
At one hand neem can be effective to control excessive secretion of sebum from the oil glands, and on the other hand, it can also be effective to treat extreme skin dryness.
Make a smooth paste of 10-12 neem leaves and add 3-4 drops of grapeseed oil in it. Apply this pack onto your face and let it set for 20 minutes before washing off with water.
The maximum concentration of the active ingredients of neem is found in the neem seed oil. The neem leaves and bark also contain these active ingredients in lesser amount. So, in case you are using the neem seed oil ensure to dilute it with carrier oil before applying onto the skin.