The Beauty Bar: Neem
Called the “wonder tree” of India, neem is known for its medicinal properties. When added to beauty products, it helps fight acne by deterring bacterial growth on the skin, explains ayurvedic physician Nancy Lonsdorf, MD. Its anti-inflammatory properties also soothe irritation and redness, and its high vitamin E content restores moisture and elasticity to the skin. When taken as a supplement, neem leaf relieves inflammation inside the body and helps purify the body of toxins that can manifest as acne and other skin conditions.
We like: Tara Spa Pitta Mask helps relieve red and inflamed skin with its blend of neem and other soothing herbs. ($37, 1.5 oz; taraspa.com)
Supplement with: TheraNeem Leaf Capsules deliver a healthy dose of the skin–purifying leaf without any additives or preservatives. ($15, 90 capsules; organixsouth.com)