Mother Nature has a cure for pretty much everything, and many beauty brands are keeping their ingredients list as close to the earth as possible. Using only certified organic ingredients can be limiting, so not al brands go full throttle, but you can take comfort in the knowledge that many companies use either organic ingredients or a mix of natural and organic ingredients. In all honesty, it’s what they don’t use that really counts. Unnecessary chemicals, fillers, fragrances or additives are the ingredients you want to avoid.
Aloe Vera – Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Powder
– Soothes skin as it has healing and powerful antibacterial properties that reduce inflammation.
– They can be found in all products from cleansers to masks to night creams.
– Source: Dominican Republic
– The foundations of the proteins that form collagen and elastin which gives the skin it’s structural support.
– Helps restore the levels of amino acids that are lost through aging, UV light and environmental toxins.
Avocado Oil – Persea Gratissima
– An emollient with excellent regenerative and conditioning properties.
– It is rich in A, B and E Vitamins.
– Rich in trace minerals and plant steroids, which repair, regenerate and soften the skin.
– Full of Omega-3, 6 and 9, which help to form a strong barrier to retain moisture and at the same time allow skin to breathe.
– Collagen stimulating and so particularly good for ageing skin.
– Found in cleansers and moisturizers.
– Source: South Africa
Beeswax – Cera Alba
– Known for its moisturizing, emulsifying and antiseptic benefits since antiquity
– Can be bought in powder form and added to food and smoothies.
– Found in all types of moisturizers.
– Source: France
– A natural and safe preservative, protecting products from contamination and oxidation.
– Found in all skin care products.
– From the chamomile plant, this anti-inflammatory extract helps heal and soothe the skin. It also has antibacterial properties.
– Found in all types of skin care products
– Naturally occurring, but also able to be produced in a lab.
– Constricts blood vessels, reduces redness and puffiness.
– Commonly used in cellulite creams and eye creams
– Naturally occurring in sebum (skin’s oil), these fats hold together the cells of the epidermis to reinforce the skin’s protective barrier
– Found in moisturizers
– These are found naturally in the skin and are part of its barrier function. It shields the skin by helping to renew its natural protective layer and therefore controls moisture balance.
– It is used in skin care for its repairing and protective qualities.
– Found in night creams and anti ageing moisturizers.
Coconut Oil – Decyl Glucoside, Ceterayl Alcohol, Cocos Nucifera Oil
– Excellent skin moisturizing properties. Smoothes skin and soothes itchy and sensitive areas. Very anti inflammatory and antibacterial and easily absorbed into the skin.
– Can be used raw, but has gained huge popularity recently and is now found in moisturizer, night cream and richer cleansers.
Cranberry Seed Oil – Vaccinium Macrocarphon Seed Oil
– Contributes to the lipid barrier which protects the skin and assists in moisture retention.
– Especially beneficial for those with dry or mature skin types as well as psoriasis.
– Found in serums, hydrating masks and moisturizer.
– Known as ‘eye bright’ for its ability to reduce redness and swelling around the eyes.
– Helps to reduce puffiness, even skin tone and have a calming effect on irritations.
– Found in eye creams.
– This plant-derived antioxidant reduces sun damage and helps stabilize vitamins C and E in skin care products.
– Found in serums
– A plant extract, it reduces redness, fights free radicals, and calms inflammation.
– Found in all types of skin care products.
– Derived from palm kernel oil, excellent for smoothing and moisturizing.
– Helps to prevent moisture loss and skin dehydration.
– Found in all types of products, but most commonly in moisturizer.
– A potent antioxidant that fights free radicals and soothes inflammation.
– Found in face creams and lotions.
– This class of moisturizing ingredients pulls water from the atmosphere into the top layer of the skin.
– Similar in structure to the skin’s natural oil, it penetrates the skin to hydrate without clogging pores.
– Found in moisturizers and cream cleansers.
– A claylike mineral that absorbs oil and tamps down shine.
– Excellent for balancing oily skin.
– Commonly found in face masks.
– In plants, this hormone regulates age-related changes in cells, slowing leaves’ deterioration.
– In anti-aging products, it’s an antioxidant known for being gentle to the skin.
– Commonly found in anti ageing products.
– A molecule found in licorice-root extract, licochalcone has the ability to both soothe inflammation and help control the production of oil in the skin.
– An effective treatment for acne and redness.
– Found in serums
– Extracts of this fruit maintain moisture in the skin and act as an antioxidant, protecting against UV damage that can lead to wrinkles and skin cancer.
– Found in serum and moisturizers
Rosehip Oil – Rosa Canina Fruit Oil
– The only vegetable oil that contains natural Retinoic acid (Vitamin A) which is the main ingredient found in acne and some anti-ageing specific products.
– Very beneficial for sensitive and oily skin, especially those with enlarged pores.
– High in Linolenic fatty acids (Vitamin F). One of its effects is to reduce pore size.
– Due to it’s Vitmain A content, it is also good for treating a variety of skin infections, burns, scars and varicose veins.
– Found in pure oil form and anti aging moisturizers.
– Source: Middle East
Rose Water – Rose Centifolia Flower Water
– Cooling and rejuvenating
– Gently and naturally tones the skin.
– Found in all skin products.
– Source: Middle East
Rosemary – Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract
– Contains potent antioxidant and a natural compound called ursolic acid, which has skin restorative properties.
– Invigorates, restores and enlivens the skin and scalp.
– Rebalances oiliness
– Rich in iron and calcium
– Has a reputation for enhancing focus and memory during stressful times.
– Found in night cream
Shea Butter – Butyrosperum Parkii
– Deeply moisturizing and commonly prescribed to those with very dry skin.
– Found in moisturizers
– Source: West Africa
– This ingredient is part of the skins natural moisturizing process.
– Works in harmony with the skins natural moisture balance process.
– It’s able to absorb twice its weight in water therefore effectively hydrating the skin.
– Found in anti ageing moisturizer and cream cleansers.
– Rich in proteins and vitamins.
– Mild skin brightener properties that blocks the transfer of pigment from pigment-making cells to surrounding skin cells.
– Found in all types of skin products.
Sweet Almond Oil – Prunus Amydalus Dulcis Oil
– Light and easily absorbed and rich in essential fatty acids and Omega-3. This helps establish a lipid barrier on the skin that will retain moisture without clogging the pores. I
– It is also rich in B vitamins, which are known to support cellular metabolism and maintain healthy skin.
– Ideal choice for skin softening which is why it’s so widely used in massage oils, serum, face creams and bath oils.
– Source: Spain
Vitamin E – Tocopherol
– A key antioxidant and has been shown to play a role in immune function, DNA repair and other metabolic processes.
– Excellent for treating scars, burns, insect bites and sunburn. Very healing and soothing.
– Can be found in moisturizer, anti-ageing serum and face masks.
– Made from natural carbohydrates and used to thicken and stabilize the product.
– Widely used as a natural sweetener in baking.
– Found in cleansers, Exfoliators and moisturizers.