The beauty of natural ingredients
Many of us are starting to make the switch to natural beauty products. There’s just something about using ingredients the earth gives us that makes us feel closer to nature and like we’re ‘doing our bit’ for the environment. But besides this, natural ingredients also pack a powerful punch when it comes to nourishing skin to leave it feeling soft, smooth and beautiful.
There’s only one word you need to know when it comes to this ingredient: soothing. It has potent healing properties and when applied to the skin, acts as a protective layer to lock in and replenish moisture. It helps to treat skin conditions such as dryness and flakiness and of course, sunburn. If your skin is easily irritated, look for natural products that contain this soothing, hydrating hero.
Extracted right from – you guessed it – grapes, this oil contains some serious antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to promote skin health. The lightweight oil is a great moisturiser, even for the most sensitive skin, and it doesn’t clog pores. It also works to enhance skin elasticity and reduce pigmentation. The best thing? You only need to apply a tiny amount to benefit from all its skin loving properties.
This skin care saviour is often referred to as ‘liquid gold’ – and for good reason. It’s really high in fatty acids and vitamin E, making it a great natural moisturiser for all skin types. It softens and hydrates skin without causing irritation. For those beauties out there with dry and irritated skin, it can also provide a soothing effect and help to repair damaged skin cells.
Doesn’t the word ‘butter’ make you think of all kinds of creamy goodness? Shea butter is an all-natural vitamin A cream that hydrates and nourishes skin so well, you won’t be able to stop touching it. Thanks to its healing properties, Vitamin A is especially good for skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis.
Green tea extract
Besides being a healthy hot drink, the high level of antioxidants in this herbal tea can also help prevent UV damage to the skin. It can also be used as a natural anti-inflammatory and soothing ingredient.
Not as tasty as the lolly, but just as good for your skin as the confectionary is for your tastebuds. Licorice extract is especially good for treating redness and rosacea thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. It can also help block the production of melanin, reduce pigmentation and lighten under-eye circles.
The nut itself may be a healthy desk snack, but the oil is an even healthier skin care ingredient. It’s high in vitamins E, A and D and works hard to keep moisture trapped in the skin (so it’s ideal for those who suffer from dehydration and dryness). It helps hydrate, reduce wrinkles, make dark circles appear lighter and protect the skin from the sun. Apparently the smaller the nut, the bigger the benefits.
Seriously, it seems like everything that’s good to eat is also good for the skin. This yellow, sticky goo is a natural anti-bacterial, so it’s great for fighting acne and congestion. It’s also really hydrating and soothing, making it a key ingredient in most homemade face masks.
Do you use products containing natural ingredients? If yes, have you seen a difference in your skin?