There's a new superfood in town called moringa and it's coming for your beauty products. It's not a huge mystery why—the tropical plant's moisturizing, nourishing, and antioxidant powers are exactly what you'd expect from a plant nicknamed "the tree of life." And while it's been used in skin and hair potions since ancient times, recently it's gained attention in the science world. "The moringa plant has very high concentrations of vitamins and micro-nutrients, and a record-high content of protein," explains Ilya Raskin, president of the Global Institute for BioExploration at Rutgers University. Plus, according to research by Raskin's team (in partnership with Estée Lauder), when extracted under a special bioconversion process, it can act as an anti-aging powerhouse. No wonder the ingredient has hit peak buzz.
Here, eight hair, makeup, and skin products that'll get you in on the moringa action.
It was truly only a matter of time before the moringa tree made its way into your moisturizers, hair hydrators, and body washes. Lauded for being both nutrient-dense and fast-growing even in times of drought in places like India, Ethiopia, the Philippines, the Sudan, South Africa, and Florida, it has recently become the darling of both the food and beauty worlds.
The powerful, exclusive-to-Estée Lauder Moringa Oleifera extract in this luxe cream provides important anti-aging benefits that come, as Dr. Nadine Pernodet, executive director of global research and development, skin biology for the brand, explains, "by activating your natural anti-irritant, anti-oxidant, and defense mechanisms in your skin." That translates into firmer, happier skin with fewer wrinkles.
Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme + Global Anti-Aging Cell Power Creme, $52, esteelauder.com.