Taking care of your skin is more than just applying a cream or washing your face. The ingredients in your skincare products matter too. Every year, a lot of products with synthetic ingredients with names that we can barely pronounce are sold on the market. These products promise to deliver the best results for our skin and we either purchase them or are tempted to do so.
But before you splurge on the latest trendy cosmetic products, I would like you to do some research. You might find that your skin only needs ingredients that are natural, organic and come from Mother Nature. And maybe there are already in your bathroom cabinet!
Nature abounds with natural ingredients that soothe dry and irritated skin. For people suffering from eczema and psoriasis, natural remedies are the best since you are less exposed to the side effects caused by pharmaceutical products.
When purchasing raw ingredients for my skincare, I choose organic so as to ensure that I am getting pure ingredients of the highest quality that will deliver the right nutrients to my skin.
These ingredients are natural butters, oils, dried herbs and powders as well as floral waters and clays. Here are my favorite 20 natural ingredients to keep your skin looking flawless, ageless and smooth. We are about to find out why I like them so much!
Also known as or Karite butter comes from the shea tree which grows in West Africa and contains vitamins A, E and F. Vitamins A and E help moisturize the skin and prevent fine lines and wrinkles. These vitamins soothe damaged skin and eliminate rashes, burns, spots and dryness. Vitamin F further moisturizes the skin and also acts as a protective, healing barrier against sun and wind damage, as well as preventing impurities from damaging the skin. Shea butter is known to fight psoriasis, eczema and other skin conditions that cause itching and irritation.
Cocoa butter is naturally rich in vitamin E and has deeply moisturizing properties. It is highly effective in reducing scars, blemishes, and in preventing stretch marks and itchy skin during pregnancy.
They are popularly referred to as natural oils. These oils are rich in nutrients and vitamins E, A, B, Omega 3 & 6 as well as in antioxidants, polyphenols and fatty acids. Apart from coconut oil and olive oil that are practically found in almost everyone’s bathroom cabinet. Here are the best natural oils to introduce in your skincare routine for a beautiful, smooth and rejuvenated skin.
Jojoba oil is not an oil but rather a liquid wax extracted from the jojoba seeds instead of an oil and mimics the skin’s natural sebum. It is rich in vitamin A and E and is suitable for baby skin and effectively remove makeup products without clogging the pores. It can also be used as a facial cleansing oil and as a base oil in many cosmetic products as it suitable for all skin types.
Popularly known as “Liquid Gold”, rich in Omega 6 and 9, helps to maintain skin elasticity and prevent wrinkles and fine lines. Women in Morocco have been using this wonderful oil to protect, nourish and strengthen their hair, skin and nails. Argan oil is rich in vitamin E which prevent scarring, accelerates healing and soothes irritated skin.
As most people know, rosehip is a fantastic source of vitamin C but also contains carotene, alpha-linolenic acid and retinoic acid (vitamin A acid). Retinoic acid has long been used in skin care against acne and sun-damaged skin and is effective on fine lines, pigment spots and other signs of aging on the skin. Is your skin prone to acne or eczema, then you need this oil in your routine? This oil is effective at fading scars and dark spots. Provides you with a smooth and radiant skin.When purchase rosehip seed oil, go for an organic one so you are sure to get all the necessary benefits.
Rich in fatty acids, Vitamin C & E as well as in antioxidants that protect the skin from oxidative damage. This oil is good in rejuvenating mature skin and for promoting even skin tone. It helps retain moisture and improve skin conditions such as dryness and inflammation due to acne. It is suitable for anti-aging skin care products.
Vitamin E oil
It is a powerful antioxidant and it is widely used in a range of skincare products. It helps in neutralizing free radicals moisturizes the skin and improves the appe<rnce of visible skin aging and lightens dark spots.
Ayurvedic herbs and powders
Ayurvedic herbs have been used in traditional Indian medicine and cuisine to cure ailments, improve skin and hair conditions for over 5000 years. Recently they are finding their way back in to our skincare products as they have become popular in the Western world especially in the formulation of cosmetic products. These herbs have many benefits and uses for our skin.
Known under its ancient Indian name for Centella Asiatica, it tightens, brightens and keeps the skin smooth and acts as an anti-aging, toning, firming, conditioning and restorative agent with collagen stimulating properties. It also helps in reducing scarring tissue and restoring the skin barrier function. Due to its anti-aging and skin firming properties, Gotu Kola is now found in many cosmetic products that are sold on the market in Western countries. Click here to know more about the use of Gotu Kola in cosmetic products.
Green tea contains a high amount of caffeine, antioxidants and when applied as a face pack it helps relieve puffy eyes, brightens your skin leaving it smooth and rejuvenated. You can read more about the benefits of green tea here.
Dried lavender flowers are widely used in many skin care products. They have a soothing an calming effect. Lavender flowers have been used traditionally as perfumes and insect and moth repellers. You can add few drops of lavender oil to your water to clean your face as it is a good astringent and for treating acne.
Adding dried lavender flowers to your bath water has the benefit of helping you to de-stress ad reduce tension thus promoting sound sleep.
Licorice root powder
Also known in Ayurveda as Mulethi powder. For those suffering for dark spots and hyperpigmentation, a face mask with this powder is what you need. It also used in treating eczema and psoriasis.
It is an antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiseptic herb. The oil has an off-putting smell. So I recommend getting the powder which works as effectively as the oil. It helps treat dandruff, itchy skin, eczema and psoriasis. Neem is used to create many cosmetic products such as shampoos, conditioners, creams and salves, mouthwashes, toothpaste. Neem
A common spice in Indian cuisine with many health benefits which is used in treating skin disorders such as acne, eczema, urticaria and psoriasis.
Also known as Bearberry as bears like eating the sour fruits. In fact, the Latin name “uva ursi” actually means, “bear grape.” It is a natural source of hydroquinone, a compound that enlightens skin and works to fight/prevent dark spots and blemishes.
Clays are the number one ingredient to have in your cupboard when you need to treat yourself to a home spa. Clays can be used as a facial masque or as a body masque. They detoxify the skin, leaving your skin feeling smooth and young-looking.
French clay has many benefits as it helps detoxify the skin, exfoliates and tightens pores. Removes excess oil and impurities that clog the pores.
Also known as Moroccan Red clay has many benefits for your hair as it cleans effectively to remove buildup but it is an excellent skin detox. It exfoliates dead cells and reduces excess oily skin.
It highly absorbs dangerous toxins out of our system but also detoxifies the skin. it is highly effective in removing impurities from the skin.
This plant has multipurpose uses and is found in almost every home. Aloe vera is soothing, cooling, beat-insidious and anti-inflammatory and increases the skin’s ability to retain moisture. Suitable for all skin types, including the sensitive one. Aloe Vera gel can be used as a face gel, eye gel, foot gel and as an after sun cooling gel, for face and aftershave as well as for baths and wraps. Aloe Vera works to relieve sunburns . You can make your own Aloe Vera gel to ensure that you get 100% Aloe Vera. However, Aloe Vera gel needs to be preserved as it has a shorter shelf life.
Rose Water is the water obtain from the distillation of Rosa Damascena flower. It has a moisturizing, and toning properties. It is suitable for all skin types but is especially good at dry or mature skin and it has cooling, balancing and soothing properties for the skin.
Possesses astringent properties, helps soothe minor skin conditions as well as prevent infections. You can create a facial toner by mixing it with rose water.
Now you have the best natural ingredients to include in your skin care routine and to help you save few bucks from the drugstore.
Disclaimer: This blog post is not intended to provide diagnosis, treatment or medical advice but for informational purposes only. Please consult with a physician or other healthcare professional regarding any medical or health related diagnosis or treatment options.
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