Mother nature has decided to lend us a hand in our quest for the ideal skin. But this does not mean you should go around picking every herb you see by the roadside (there is poison ivy out there). Just like synthetic skincare products, there are good and bad natural ingredients.
Today we give you a list of the most popular natural ingredients and skincare treatments you can get your hands on. It is even better if you can follow this up with some clean eating by keeping off sugars and oils. Before using these ingredients, please confirm with your luxury facial skincare specialist:
1. Aloe Vera: Cleopatra’s Secret
You must have heard of this special plant. It is no lie that Aloe Vera has a lot of health benefits despite its bitterness. Luckily for us, it will not be going anywhere near our mouths. This Egyptian wonder soothes the skin and gives it rest from irritation — perfect for sensitive skin type. It is also a good hydrating agent used in many skin care moisturizers.
2. Sheabutter: Best For Eczema Treatment
This natural cure is extracted from the nuts of the Karite tree. A moisturizing agent for all skin types and ages. It is often an ingredient in many synthetic and home-made skincare products, because of its ability to easily slip into the skin. Its hydrating effect straightens wrinkles and soothes skin irritation.
It is the perfect remedy for eczema. Children have reported massive improvement in 4 weeks and adults have experienced their miracles in two weeks.
3. Oatmeal: Anti-inflammatory Agent
Oatmeal relieves and eases skin irritation. It can also be used to help suppress eczema thanks to its moisturizing beta-glucans and starch. But you do not just pluck some seeds and place them on your body. The finer the oatmeal, the more efficient it is.
Colloidal oatmeal is approved by the Food and Drugs Administration for its therapeutic abilities. You also use it to ease pain from poison ivy and insect bites.
4. Green Tea: Antioxidant Agent
This natural beauty has hidden tricks. Apart from being your detox cup of tea, it is also a well known antioxidant thanks to catechins and flavonoids. In addition to that, it is an anti-aging formula and protects your skin from its number one enemy: UV radiation. It also helps in healing your skin of any damage dealt on it by UV rays. It is a multi-purpose wonder.
5. Coconut Oil: Worldclass Moisturizer
Yes, coconut oil is one of the best natural moisturizers gifted to us by Mother Nature — perfect for dry skin type. This tropical fruit can also work as an anti-inflammatory agent that soothes the skin and suppresses self-inducing inflammation.
Some patients have testified of its healing power in fighting eczema and psoriasis. You can leave it overnight in your hair to help treat your scalp.
This is an oil-based ingredient which means those with oily skin type need to be careful. Excess use might worsen acne and other blemishes as a result of clogged pores and oil build up in and on the skin.
6. Dark Chocolate: The Sweet Antioxidant
You definitely were not expecting this. Sweet toothed people can now rejoice, they can finally get back to those who unfairly judge chocolate as totally unhealthy food. This facial treatment is a very powerful antioxidant thanks to flavonoids. Dark chocolate neutralizes environmental toxins that cause skin irritation and accelerate aging.
Do not start smearing every chocolate bar you find. Make sure it contains at least 70% cacao. Apply it on your skin and let it rest for 15-20 minutes and make sure you discipline your tongue. Rinse your face once the time has elapsed.
7. Almond: Vitamin E
Almond is a good example of the power nuts have when it comes to creating skincare products. Almond is known as one of the best natural sources of Vitamin E. If you want smooth and well-nourished skin then this is your stuff.
Almond is also a strong antioxidant that protects your skin against UV rays that cause skin cancer and accelerated aging. Thanks to linoleic and Oleic acids, almond oil easily slips into your skin for best results. Look young and alive.
8. Beeswax: Sweet Moisturizer
Some call it raw honey. It is made up of plant wax, pollen, and bee secretion — no traces of synthetic chemicals can be found. Raw honey is the best natural base for makeup, hand creams, and soothing balms because it works as a humectant that pulls and seals moisture deep in your skin cells.
Beeswax is the best moisturizer for sensitive skin types prone to pore clogging and oil buildup. Consistently use this and assure yourself of smooth and supple skin.
9. Gotu Kola: The Healer
Also known as Centella Asiatica, this herb was eaten in Asia for many years until it was recently promoted to one of the most effective skincare ingredients. This herb heals wounds by accelerating the process. It does this by increasing the blood supply to the wound and as a result, flooding the area with platelets. It also tightens the skin around the wound to ensure the wound does not get worse.
Gotu Kola is also an anti-aging ingredient that helps straighten face lines and reduces wrinkle visibility. Your acne spots are undone and you are left with clear skin.
There are so many natural ingredients you can use that lack harmful synthetic chemicals. The Natural wave is spreading and many people are now welcoming the idea in skincare. Studies conducted by MarketWatch have shown that The Natural and Organic Cosmetics market is set to grow at a 9% annual rate from 2019-2025.