The moringa tree is commonly called the “tree of life”. Much of the plant is edible – its leaves are rich in protein and the vitamins A, B and C. It is also rich in calcium. I’ve been enthralled by the moringa ever since I learnt it is useful as a water purifier. The crushed seeds of the moringa act as a coagulant and as an anti-microbial agent. The water-soluble protein of the seeds binds with clay, silt, bacteria and toxins to create “flocs”, which settle at the bottom and is then removed by filtration. One moringa tree can provide a family with a year’s supply of clean water.
Recently, the BBC World Service aired an interview about how children at the Reo orphanage, in Sanguié in south western Burkina Faso, are regularly given moringa as part of their meals. The nurse and manager of the orphanage says the children who eat moringa are far less likely to be malnourished. “There is a real difference between children fed on moringa and those who don’t eat it. Those who get malaria get better quicker if they have moringa in their diet.”
It is certainly on its way to becoming another fashionable miracle food; like chia seeds and quinoa. In fact, did you know that you can buy moringa powder and supplements in Singapore? I chanced upon this website while doing my research for this story. If you’re a health-food enthusiast, maybe you might want to give moringa supplements a shot.
There is another use for moringa – in skincare.
Not sure if you remember but a couple of years ago, Maybelline launched a series of facial cleansers in Singapore. Although the collection enjoyed a relatively short life on the shelves, I remembered them fondly because that was the first time I learnt about moringa and what it can do.
So imagine my surprise when I was given a bottle of Shu Uemura’s latest cleansing oil, a revamp of the popular A/O cleansing oil (that’s the green one), Anti/Oxi Skin Refining Anti-Dullness Cleansing Oil. Besides the famed green tea extract, the oil now comes with moringa extract.
Picture this: your face, exposed to the pollution and dust on a daily basis. Mixed those into your makeup and sweat and sebum … it’s a pretty disgusting sludge you have on your face at the end of each day. What can moringa do? Refer to the diagram below and see just how it is so effective at “drawing out” the pollutants in water.
I tried it and I love the citrusy, refreshing scent of the new Anti/Oxi cleansing oil. Unlike the first generation A/O cleansing oil (which I’m already using), this second-generation oil is lighter and more fluid in texture. I used to have to drag on my skin a lot more when I used the A/O oil. With the Anti/Oxi oil, cleansing is a lot faster, more effective and my skin feels much lighter and “un-choked up” after each wash.
In fact, there was this day where my skin felt so “blocked” and I couldn’t wait to get back home to use the Anti/Oxi oil to cleanse my skin; and I wasn’t even wearing makeup that day. The oil is a sensorial treat for those who take their cleansing ritual very seriously.
With some of the cleansing oils I’ve tried for my job, I always found that I’ve had to “double-cleanse” – follow up with a foam cleanser. The emollient layer these oils left behind was simply too much for a girl with oily skin. With Anti/Oxi, I found I did not have to wash my face again with a second cleanser. It washed off much easier than most cleansing oils and I really liked how fresh my skin felt after.
This cleansing oil has my two thumbs up.
The Shu Uemura Anti/Oxi Cleansing Oil is now available at all Shu Uemura counters for $55 (150ml) and $125 (450ml).
The Shu Uemura Anti/Oxi Cleansing Oil was given to Material World for review. All opinions are the author’s own. Our reviews are not paid for. You may read our advertising policy here.
About The Author: Deborah Tan is a founder of Material World. After 10 years of working in magazines Cleo and Cosmopolitan Singapore, she is now a freelance writer/editor who works on this website full-time. She likes liquid eyeliners, bright red lipsticks, tattoos, rock & roll, Mad Men, Suits, and takes about 15 minutes to wash her face. Follow her on Twitter @DebTanTweets.
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