Azadirachta indica, also known as Neem, is well-known for its medicinal properties. This tree is often hailed as miraculous because one can use all its parts for something or the other.
The Vedas were not wrong when they said that Neem is ‘Sarva Roga Nivarini’ or’ the one that cures all ailments. It is used extensively not only in Ayurveda but also in our homes for various reasons. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that almost every Indian is familiar with the Neem tree and at least a few of its benefits. Today we will be talking about its benefits for your face, and these are numerous.
How to Use the Different Form of Neem on Face
Neem can be used in many different forms. The most commonly used ones are powder, paste, water, and oil. These are extensively used in DIYs for curing several skin problems.
In the next section, we cover the methods of making and storing Neem in its various forms at home. These methods are simple and easy. You will need only two ingredients to make them: Neem leaves and water. Other additions are optional and depend on your preference. Neem oil is the only one you cannot make at home. However, it is sold widely, and you may buy a bottle if you wish to.
1. Neem powder
Neem powder is the powdered version of Neem leaves. You can mix it with cinnamon powder or turmeric powder to enhance the benefits and suit your skin.
How to make Neem powder
- Dry 20 – 30 leaves in the sun till they are crisp.
- Take these leaves and grind them into a fine powder.
- Store in a cool and dark place.
2. Neem water
Neem water is used as a toner by many people for an even skin tone. In its simplest form, it is water boiled with Neem. This water can be mixed with Aloe Vera gel or rose water during usage.
How to make Neem water
- Wash 15 – 20 leaves and boil them in 4 – 5 cups of water.
- Boil them until the leaves are discolored.
- Strain the water and throw out the leaves.
- Let the water cool.
- Pour it into a bottle and store it in a cool and dry place.
3. Neem paste
Neem paste is simply Neem powder mixed with water. There are a lot of things that you can add to this paste. Common additions are honey, yogurt, and besan.
How to make Neem paste.
- Take a handful of Neem leaves.
- Grind it into a small paste.
- If it is too thick, mix it with small amounts of water until its consistency resembles a paste.
- Use immediately. You cannot store this paste because it will harden after a few hours and become useless.
4. Neem oil
Neem oil is pressed from the seed of the Neem tree. It is high in nutrients, antioxidants, and fatty acids, making it desirable for beauty products. Neem oil can treat acne, dry skin, and scars. However, it is very harsh and should be used with a carrier oil when used directly.
Benefits of Neem and DIYs
The antioxidants and antibacterial properties kill the bacteria on the skin. Neem also removes the excess oil on your skin. These properties help clear existing acne and prevent acne breakouts in the future.
- Soak leaves in water overnight. Wash your face with this water every morning.
- Add a tablespoon of honey to Neem paste made from a handful of leaves. Mix well. Apply it to your face and neck. Rinse it off after 30 minutes and pat dry.
Makes your skin tone even
Neem helps to purify your blood and improves blood circulation. Improved blood circulation means that your body gets rid of toxins sooner. The sooner the harmful material is removed, the lesser its effects on your body.
Its anti-inflammatory properties also soothe your skin. The combined effects of both these properties help to clarify your skin of dark spots and pigmentation. Using Neem also helps battle the harmful UV rays and their effects.
- Mix 1 tablespoon neem paste and two tablespoons of yogurt.
- Mix the ingredients.
- Apply the mixture to your face.
- Let it dry completely.
- Wash with cold water and pat dry
Removes whiteheads and blackheads:
Whiteheads and blackheads indicate dirty pores. Neem removes dirt and oil from the pores and tightens them, giving you clear and healthy skin.
- Make Neem water at home with the method we gave above.
- Spritz this water on your face or soak a cotton boll and rub it on your face.
- Do this once a day, preferably in the morning.
Reduces signs of aging
Wrinkles form when your skin produces less collagen and elastin. These proteins keep your skin healthy and plump. Neem helps stimulate a collagen-producing enzyme called procollagen. It also has omega 6 fatty acids which help reduce wrinkles and make your skin smooth.
- Mix 2 teaspoons Neem paste, 1/2 cup oatmeal, one tablespoon milk, one teaspoon honey.
- The Neem paste recipe is already mentioned above.
- Apply the paste on your face and neck
- Let it dry
- Wash your face with cold water.
Reduces dark circles
Dark circles are a common problem in our fast-running, virtual world. Thankfully, we have Neem. Because of the seemingly magical effects of Neem on pigmentation, it also helps in reducing dark circles.
- Boil a few neem leaves in water and let it cool.
- You do not need to wait for the water to turn green; boiling it for a few minutes is enough.
- Soak a cotton ball in this water.
- Place it under your eyes and leave it for a few minutes
- Wash with cool water and pat dry
Note: We haven’t mentioned DIYs with Neem oil as it is very potent and should be used only after advice from your doctor.
The DIYs don’t suit everyone. Even with the most natural remedies, it is crucial to take some precautions. Hence, we have listed some guidelines which will ensure your safety and well-being.
- Always do a patch test before using any Neem DIY on your face. To do this, apply your Neem product to a small area of your skin. If there is irritation, redness, or swelling within 24 hours, do not apply it.
- Neem pastes and face masks shouldn’t be used a lot by people with dry skin. Neem removes the oil from your skin and hence can aggravate the dryness. You can use Neem water regularly as it is not as strong as the pastes.
- Don’t overuse Neem face packs. How often you can use it varies depending on your skin type. The general recommendation is to use the face pack, not more than once a week or two weeks.
To use neem oil as part of a skincare routine, mix it with water or carrier oil.
Always consult a doctor before using these DIYs if you are
- Have undergone surgery/have a surgery or operation scheduled in the future
- Trying for children
- Using it on children
Isn’t it beautiful how nature has given us the solution to all our skin problems? Take full advantage of the Neem tree growing close to you! And the best part is that all these remedies are cheap and easy to do at home. What are you waiting for?