Moringa – from miracle tree to a superb feeling of well-being

Cosmetics and trend expert Judite Weyermann in an interview with fenjal

The traditional Swiss brand fenjal has stood for sensual pampering and skincare expertise since 1962. Now the traditional Swiss brand is pioneering the use of a particularly nutrient-rich, natural active ingredient, by launching a new shower cream and lotion. The two new products unleash the full power of moringa (Moringa oleifera), known as the "miracle tree". What makes moringa so special, and what beneficial effects does it have on the skin? These and other questions were the subject of an interview with cosmetics and trend expert Judite Weyermann, cosmetics consultant at JW & Partner GmbH.

1. Which parts of the moringa tree are used in beauty care?
Moringa oil is eminently suitable for beauty care. It can be combined superbly with other ingredients. Obtained by pressing moringa seeds, it contains many nutrients that are preserved thanks to the gentle production method so that they're able to exert their full effects on the skin.

2. What are the distinguishing properties and nutrients of moringa oil?
The oil is rich in essential fatty acids that the body is not always able to produce itself. These have important nutritional functions as well as providing optimum skincare. Unsaturated fatty acids, such as omega-3 and omega-6, boost the skin's barrier function and promote blood flow. They protect against skin allergies and impurities and prevent or slow ageing processes triggered by inflammation. Saturated fatty acids, such as palmitic acid, stearic and oleic acid, supply additional nutrients to the skin.

Moreover, moringa oil contains numerous minerals and vitamins, such as vitamin B7 (biotin) and vitamin C. These fortify the skin and strengthen connective tissue. Antioxidants in the oil capture free radicals and neutralise the unstable aggressive molecules. Without antioxidants, free radicals could otherwise attack our cell membranes and lead to the breakdown of collagen, causing the skin to age more quickly.

3. What effect does moringa oil have on the skin?
The ancient Egyptians described moringa as a medicinal herb as long ago as 2000 BC. They used moringa seeds to protect their skin from the harsh desert climate. Moringa oil cares for the skin, making it soft and smooth. It moisturises and promotes regeneration. At the same time, it has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, making the oil ideal as an ingredient in body-care products for a wide range of skin types.

4. What positive properties do fenjal Moringa Shower Cream and Lotion have?
The shower cream pampers the skin during a shower. It cleanses gently and moisturises. A body lotion is always recommended after a shower, because the skin is then ideally primed to absorb the essential lipids. Moringa Body Lotion makes the skin smooth and supple. After application, the skin feels pleasantly moisturised and is optimally supplied with nutrients with no residual greasy or oily feeling. This feeling of pampered skin lasts throughout the day.

5. What skin types are suitable for skincare products containing moringa?
Both products, fenjal Moringa Shower Cream and Moringa Body Lotion, are ideal for all skin types.

6. Are there certain skin types or individuals who shouldn't use moringa?
No, all skin types can safely use moringa products from fenjal.

7. As a trend researcher, how do you think moringa, the miracle tree, will develop?
I'm certain that moringa will continue to find widespread use in beauty-care products thanks to its composition and properties. Quite apart from its wonderful effects in beauty care, moringa also plays an important role in nutrition and has emerged as a true superfood. Moringa is also important in terms of sustainability, because the tree impacts the lives of people in regions in which it is grown.