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What are the Benefits of Mastic for Skin, Digestion and Hair?


Mastiha, commonly known as mastic, is a powerful resin with anti-bacterial properties that derive from the Chios mastiha tree. This powerful agent has traditionally been used in a gum format, with known benefits in curing ulcers and gum diseases like gingivitis. However, did you know that mastic goes way beyond the benefits of ingestion via gum? The pure potent mastic substance can have a whole range of natural benefits from hair care to body and face care, reducing oily skin, hydrating hair and even providing anti-ageing benefits.

Notably, the island of Chios has been identified as a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) from the EU, this supports the growth and supply of mastic and adds a guarantee of quality to the product. The mastic resin, valued for its healing properties, is able to flourish on this island as it produces indispensable mastic resin to be used across the world. So, what are the benefits of mastic?

1. Mastic for Skincare

The benefits of mastic for skincare dates all the way back to the 1st century AD when a renowned pharmacologist, Dioscorides, references the healing resin in multiple therapeutic properties. Mastic was used for the benefit of providing the skin with a clean, healthy and vibrant look. As an ingredient in face creams, mastic can produce a glowing and radiant appearance on the user’s face.

Moving forward, mastic has been discovered to offer many more properties to the benefit of the skin, due to its antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, the mastic resin is a sought-after ingredient in daily skincare routines. Some core benefits of mastic on the skin are:

  • Reduce signs of ageing
  • Softens wrinkles
  • Cleanses the skin
  • Improves skins elasticity
  • Minimise the appearance of large pores
  • Reduces oily skin issues
  • Reduces photo-damaged skin
  • Reduces uneven spots and acne

2. Mastic for Digestion

Mastic is commonly supplied in the format of gum, due to its highly beneficial digestive properties. The stated antioxidant and anti-inflammatory components of mastic provide incredible health benefits to the digestive system. Mastic has also been used as a key ingredient for oral hygiene, with benefits for the mouth and teeth. Some of these overall digestive benefits are:

  • Relieve abdominal discomfort
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Treat ulcers
  • Relieve indigestion
  • Treat heartburn
  • Relieve stomach pain

3. Mastic for Hair Care

In addition to ingestion and skincare benefits, mastic can also be used as a key ingredient in hair products to treat certain hair conditions such as hair loss, oily hair, dry hair and more. Mastic is commonly found in products such as oils, serums, hair masks, shampoos and conditioners that have direct beneficial applications to hair care. So, how does the mastic resin benefit your hair?

  • Keeps it hydrated
  • Moisturising properties
  • Protects from high temperatures
  • Protects from drying
  • Promote hair growth
  • Reduce excessively oily hair
  • Promotes overall health of hair
  • Strengthen the roots of the hair