This Superfood Ingredient Is Popping Up Everywhere in Beauty

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No longer are superfoods limited to just what you eat. It seems like on the back of nearly every beauty product is a laundry list of ingredients comprised of good-for-your-skin plant– and food-sourced extracts that do more for you beauty-wise than you ever could possibly imagine. The latest one we keep on hearing of: moringa seed, which is used both as an oil and extract. And even the experts have plenty of praise to give this tiny Indian pod, which resembles a seed. Chanel Jenae, cofounder of Arcona, says that moringa seed oil is unique in that it is ideal for dry and depleted skin, as well oily and congested skin (including acne-prone). “It has a rich antioxidant profile and contains more than 70 percent oleic acid, which helps nourish, replenish and restore the skin’s protective barrier. It also contains all the necessary essential amino acids, so it is excellent both topically and internally. And, it’s rich in naturally occurring vitamin C, which is great for skin brightening.”

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As good as it is for your skin, it’s just as good—and maybe even better—for your hair. In fact, Shu Uemura Art of Hair created its entire Urban Moisture line around the ingredient. Dale Ruby Moriarty, education manager for Shu Uemura Art of Hair, says, “Moringa extract has many great benefits for the hair including hydrating and purifying it. Known as the ‘miracle tree,’ it is highly concentrated in nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants that all work together to intensely hydrate the hair deep within strands, as well as purify the hair and scalp to capture pollutants.”

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Crystal Harmony Travel Serum ($13)

Just because you’re on the road, doesn’t mean your beauty routine needs to suffer. The perfect on-the-go size, this body serum contains a blend of natural extracts in addition to moringa seed oil for a supercharged dose of antioxidant protection.

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Susanne Kaufmann Advanced Line A Skin Lightening and Radiance Complex ($270)

Lightweight and quick to absorb, slather this serum on day and night to reduce the look of discoloration and even out the texture of your skin so it’s soft and smooth.

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Shu Uemura Art of Hair Urban Moisture Hydro-Nourishing Deep Treatment Masque ($68)

The whole premise behind this deep-conditioning mask that’s like a miracle for parched strands is that the use of moringa seed oil captures pollutants to purify the hair so that it’s left super shiny and soft, and not damaged by the sun and other environmental aggressors.

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The Body Shop Moringa Hand Cream ($8)

With its sweet floral scent, this could be one of the most hardworking yet nongreasy hand creams we’ve treated our digits to in a long time.

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Jack Black MP10 Nourishing Oil ($34)

A do-it-all oil that works head to toe and provides immediate benefits, load up on this moisture-rich formula when you want to soothe your skin and alleviate irritation, dryness and flakiness.

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The Mane Choice Tropical Moringa Daily Restorative Spray ($14)

Curly hair needs a little extra TLC. Without weighing down curls or leaving them greasy looking, this vitamin-rich spray keeps waves defined and fights frizz for hours on end.

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3Lab The Eye Cream ($130)

A perennial favorite and under-eye problem eraser, reach for this peptide-infused cream to take down everything from shadows and puffiness while lifting the area.

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Arcona Four O’Clock Flower Gentle Cleansing Cream ($46)

Daily moisturizer is a must—there’s just no getting around it. This one is not only quick-to-absorb and calming to inflamed and sensitive skin, but it also builds stronger skin while protecting the skin’s natural moisture barrier. Think of it as great skin in a bottle.

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Dr. Brandt Skincare Oxygen Flash Facial Recovery Mask ($70)

When skin looks dull and lackluster, this works-in-a-flash mask does the trick to reenergize it so that it looks fresh and luminous.

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True Moringa Truth Pink Yarrow Cocoa Lip Whip ($16)

One of the prettiest pink lip glosses, this pot of color, like all the products in the line, counts moringa as its key ingredient.

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Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Juice Boost ($25)

Worn alone or layered into your favorite foundation, moisturizer or even makeup primer, skin is left with a healthy glowy that rivals your favorite highlighter.

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