If you’re concerned about your skin health, the type of skincare you’re using, and the popular mainstream skincare ingredients, you’re not alone!
We have to be so careful of the products we choose to put on our skin — and may have to spend some time detoxing from previous ingredients. With many products using less expensive emollients and preservatives (that many European countries have banned), the only way to truly have control over your health is by researching ingredients and choosing the most natural botanicals that work.
Natural Skincare Ingredients and What They Do
While some mainstream and celebrity brands look pretty science-based and may even use “greenwashing” verbiage to draw those who love natural ingredients, many of their ingredients do more harm than good.
Today, we want to equip you to know how natural ingredients can work for you and what skin symptoms they can tackle.
Powerful, Clean Skincare Ingredients
With clean skincare ingredients, we can take an active approach to calming the skin. Use the following natural skincare ingredients and see more results than traditional chemical-based remedies!
When you see redness, rosacea, or psoriasis, you may also see acne, flushing, and aging go along with it. Just like any other bodily system, if your skin is inflamed, you have cells battling each other and breaking down.
From stress, illness, lack of sleep, and poor diets (high in sugar) to pollution or sun exposure, your skin may be pummeled from all sides. Chamomile, Aloe, Calendula, Seaweed, and Comfrey can help eliminate redness and calm the skin.
Sun exposure and diet all contribute to oxidative damage. That’s just a fancy word for the cell breakdown caused by “free radicals” or atoms that bring damage throughout the body. Free radicals are reactive atoms that simply need the neutralizing power of antioxidants.
Antioxidants help to protect our bodies from diseases like cancer, heart disease, and other issues. You absorb antioxidants from plant-based foods like fruits and vegetables. Your skin can also reap topical benefits from powerful antioxidants like:
- Sea Buckthorn Co2
- Pomegranate Seed oil
- Vitamin C (From Carrots and other plant-based ingredients)
- Vitamin E (From some plant-based oils)
The best approach is to combine a few different antioxidants to work in tandem, replenishing each other as they give up some of their own electrons to neutralize the oxidation process. Our products do just that!
Skincare Formula Preservatives
Skincare needs some sort of preservative to keep the product from going bad. But synthetic preservatives can be toxic and cause skin dryness, dermatitis, and more. Thankfully, the right plant-based sources provide antimicrobial properties that keep the skin care product good! These ingredients kill bacteria, viruses, funguses, and more without exposing you to toxins –
- Tea Tree Oil
- Lemon Oil
- Sweet Orange Oil
- Lavender Oil
- Rosemary Extract
- Aloe Vera
- Honey and Bee Propolis
- Anything that has Vitamin E Properties
The standard for lightening age spots and old scars has been hydroquinone, but that ingredient can ultimately cause skin sensitivity or damage. Thankfully, we have some natural options for this job, that even out your skin tone and lessen hyperpigmentation without potential side effects.
Some that have been proven to lighten the skin are:
- Licorice Extract
- Indian gooseberry
- White mulberry extract
- Lemon and Orange Peel
Clogged Pores and Acne
If you struggle with acne or blackheads, you may think that your best choices are glycolic acid, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or sulfur. These chemicals can dry out the skin. Instead, look for anti-acne skincare products with ingredients like —
- Grape seed oil
- Tea tree
- Pineapple and Papaya Extracts (AHAs)
We all go through the aging process, but natural plant acids can help to exfoliate the skin, brightening tone and improving texture.
Some of these skincare ingredients include Rose Hydrosol, Rose Petals and Rose Essential Oils, Natural Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) like Pineapple and Papaya, Rose Hips, Sea Buckthorn CO2, Seaweed, and Carrot CO2 — just to name a few.
Effective Plant-based Skincare Ingredients to Look For
Don’t feel limited to only chemically-based solutions when your wellness-based skincare options are virtually endless! Here are 12 of our favorite ingredients, that are highly effective and included in many of our products —
- Aloe Vera for hydrating, smoothing, and calming
- Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) for exfoliation and cell turnover
- Calendula for cleansing and improving fine lines and wrinkles
- Comfrey for soothing the skin and improving texture
- Dandelion for balancing the skin and minimizing clogged pores
- Eyebright to keep your delicate eye area gently moisturized and wrinkle-free
- Golden Jojoba Seed Oil for moisturizing and balancing the skin
- Hops for soothing irritated skin
- Horsetail to strengthen the skin’s barrier
- Lavender for healing, cleansing, balancing, minimizing scars, and shrinking pore sizes
- Red Clover to get rid of dry, itchy skin and promote balanced skin
- Seaweed for reducing inflamed skin and rejuvenating damaged tissue
As a company, we’re excited to bring effective skincare ingredients to our customers, crafted from luxury, plant-based ingredients that are natural and nurturing — keeping you and your skin healthier and happier!