With the sun out, our skin needs some extra, natural tlc.
The natural market is growing as we become more aware about what we’re putting on our bodies as much as we are about what we put in them.
Most of us think that “natural” means better.
For the most part, manufacturers use good natural ingredients. But no doubt as demand grows a few less natural and cheaper ingredients will slip in. It’s ultimately down to us to be aware of ingredients and read labels and ingredient lists.
Plus, not everything that is ‘natural’ is necessarily effective. We still want our lotions and potions to work hard on all the little problems.
Here’s our top 9 natural and effective ingredients to look for in products.
These little natural wonders can help battle breakouts, soothe irritation, treat uneven pigmentation, and even prevent sun damage.
Our number 1 ingredient is:
1. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera gel contains two hormones, Auxin and Gibberellins. They have wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin inflammation. Giberellins act as a growth hormone helping new cells to grow and it allows the skin to heal quickly with minimal scarring and is great for stretch marks.
It soothes sunburn through its powerful healing activity at the epithelial level of the skin, a layer of cells that cover the body. It acts as a protective layer on the skin and helps replenish its moisture. Because of its nutritional qualities and antioxidant properties, the skin heals quicker.
It’s an excellent non-greasy moisturizer, and for men a gel is a great aftershave treatment soothing and healing little nicks.
In Ayurvedic medicine, Aloe is used to heal chronic skin problems, like psoriasis, acne and eczema.
It helps the appearance of fine lines and the loss of elasticity in aging skin. Aloe contains a plethora of antioxidants including, beta carotene, vitamin C and E that can help improve the skin’s natural firmness and keep the skin hydrated.
2. Beta Carotene
Red, orange, and yellow fruits and veggies like carrots, sweet potatoes, and pumpkins are packed with beta carotene, which has loads of skin benefits. Your body converts beta carotene into vitamin A, an essential nutrient for healing wounds, protecting against sun damage, and encouraging cell turnover.
3. Green Tea Extract
This healthy drink contains high levels of antioxidant chemicals to help prevent and reverse UV damage to the skin. These same chemicals make green tea an excellent natural anti-inflammatory, and skin-soothing ingredient in skin care.
The anti-inflammatory properties of licorice extract make this one of the best natural ingredients to treat redness and rosacea. The plant has also been shown to reduce uneven pigmentation by blocking the production of melanin. Look for licorice extract in eye treatments because one study found that a cream containing the ingredient helped lighten dark under eye circles. Not an excuse for a box of Liquorice Allsorts!
Colloidal oatmeal is one of the few natural ingredients approved to treat skin irritation such as eczema, dry skin, poison ivy, poison oak, and insect bites. Oat lipids and proteins help replenish and maintain the skin barrier and oats contain anti-inflammatory and antioxidant chemicals.
Look for this ingredient if you’d like your skin to look brighter and more even-toned. Topical soy has been shown to lighten discoloration due to melasma and sun damage by inhibiting skin’s over-production of melanin skin pigment.
Soy-based products are a particularly good alternative to prescription-strength ingredients like retinoids and hydroquinone.
7. Vitamin C
We think of vitamin C as a first defense against the common cold, but the nutrient also battles the common signs of aging skin — sagging and dullness. Vitamin C aids in collagen synthesis, which is essential for firmness and smoothness. Plus, it has antioxidant benefits to help fight free-radical damage and lightens dark spots. As if this little vitamin didn’t already work hard enough, C can also regulate sebum production to prevent acne and decrease inflammation.
Eat lots of citrus fruits and look for it in serums to maximize the antioxidant powers on the surface of your skin.
8. Willow Herb
Willow herb, a wildflower, is a unique antimicrobial, anti-irritant, and a natural antiseptic that has long been used to sooth common skin irritations including rosacea and eczema.
One of the little flower’s benefits includes the ability to kill p. Acnes bacteria, the nasty microbes that cause acne, which makes the natural ingredient a great option for treating breakouts.
9. Witch Hazel
Witch hazel has been a staple home remedy for centuries. It is an excellent ingredient in toners and moisturizers to control oil while also offering hydration and reducing redness.
In addition, you can use it on sores, bruises, and swelling. That’s why you’ll often see the ingredient in aftershaves. But watch out for the witch hazel astringent products that contain alcohol as they can strip the skin of moisture.
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