These days, it’s easy to get lost in the sea of natural skincare products and their claims of fixing your skin issues. However, not all natural ingredients are as potent as advertised. While every natural skincare ingredient harnesses the healing power of Mother Nature, there are some that rise above and do wonders for one’s skin. Here, we’ll give you a short list of the top natural ingredients you should look for when buying skincare products.
1. Green tea
Green Tea does so much more than giving you a dose of caffeine and a healthy amount of antioxidants. This wonder ingredient also has strong anti-aging, anti-acne, and anti-inflammatory properties that could do your skin good. In fact, researchers from UC Davis have found out that the polyphenols in green tea are powerful enough to prevent and treat acne by decreasing your skin’s production of sebum. Partnered with its anti-inflammatory compounds, you’re sure to break out less when you choose products that front green tea as their star ingredient.
Rosehips are berry-like fruits that come from rose plants. These little things are full of tocopherols and carotenoids, which help relieve issues caused by oxidative stress. Other than that, rosehips are also a great source of acne-fighting fatty acids called linoleic acid. Usually, rosehip comes in an oil form that you smother on your face as the last step of your skincare routine. However, experts advise against applying rosehip oil on its own because the skin barrier might not fully absorb it. So, you’re better off using a skincare product that incorporates rosehip oil in its ingredient list than using pure rosehip oil.
Despite seeming like a humble ingredient, oatmeal is one of the most potent natural compounds used to treat skin irritations like eczema and insect bites. This is because of its ability to bind well with your skin, creating a barrier that locks in moisture.
And even though it’s a great exfoliator when used in a home-made mask, oatmeal is packed with moisturizing properties, as noted by Cosmopolitan’s article on St. Ives Soothing Oatmeal & Shea Butter Body Lotion and its peers. If you have terribly dry skin but are too sensitive to synthetic moisturizers, skincare products with oatmeal are the way to go.
For years, people have been dreaming of soaking in luxurious milk baths — and with valid reason. This essential diet staple is full of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that can hydrate and calm your skin. To add, milk’s gentle properties are so powerful that it’s used to balance out some of the more intense skincare ingredients, like bleach. Case in point, Pretty Me’s review of Navarro’s Bleaching Soap highlights how the formula’s milk component cleanses skin from impurities and combats signs of aging. It also works to soothe the skin after the bleaching process, so that you get whiter, smoother, and healthier skin. In this way, milk deters the damaging qualities of bleach and works with it to provide you with skin that’s smoother than a baby’s butt.
5. Vitamin C
Other than helping you build a stronger immune system when you have a common cold, Vitamin C is also a great ingredient to help remedy your complexion issues. From sunspots to uneven skin tone, regularly using Vitamin C products can help even out your skin.
When looking for products with Vitamin C, it’s best to check if it’s derived from natural sources. Our post ‘15 Reasons Why Calamansi Is So Healthy’ details how calamansi is a good source of pure Vitamin C. So the next time you go out and shop for a Vitamin C product, try looking for products with calamansi extract.
All in all, there’s no better way to address your skin issues than with what you can source out naturally. With promises of smooth and supple skin free of acne and scars, natural skincare products are the best thing that current skincare brands offer.