Natural Ingredients That Your Skin Loves

There are so many skincare products on the market it can be difficult to work out what you really need. Acids and serums have been big news in the beauty world for the last few years. But all it takes is mixing the wrong acids at the wrong time of day, and you can cause irritation and upset to your skin. 

Natural Ingredients That Your Skin Loves
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For those with sensitive skin, the chances are you avoid acids and astringents when possible because you know that redness and itching aren’t fun. When it comes to natural ingredients are the best way to help reduce the likelihood of a reaction. 

How can you see if a product is natural?

It is important not to confuse the terms natural and organic. Natural ingredients typically come from the sea or the land (think algae when it comes to sea ingredients). When something is botanical, it typically comes from plants. 

Natural chemicals can and, in some cases, do contain chemicals. While anything truly organic will have no fertilizers, pesticides, or other chemicals. Anything that is labeled organic needs to adhere to stricter guidelines, while natural products are more relaxed in their labeling. 

You can look for certifications on the packaging and double-check what they mean. 

What are some of the best natural ingredients for the skin? 

Neroli Oil

Neroli oil comes from steam distillation of bitter orange trees - and that is what gives it the distinct scent. Neroli oil is often used in creams, oils, and cosmetics as it has the following properties: 

  • Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory
  • Improves wrinkles and skin hydration
  • Anti-scarring properties
  • Dark spot fading 

Rosemary Extract

Most of the time, we eat rosemary, or you can find it in some soothing tea. Rosemary is packed with antioxidants that can help the skin with eczema and acne because it contains anti-inflammatory. Anything that has rosemary in it won’t have very high levels in it because the compounds can be very strong - and when usage is heavy, it can aggravate your skin. 

Rosemary can help with the following: 

  • Reduce the effects of UV rays, and prevent some level of cell damage
  • It can help to heal wounds
  • Often used as a natural preservative for skincare products as it is antibacterial and antimicrobial

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Oatmeal is often thought of as a food item, but it has a whole host of benefits for the skin. It is commonly found in products that are designed for extremely dry skin, but it has a range of other benefits. 

Oats can help with some of the following: 

  • Itchy and dry skin
  • Scaring
  • Exfoliation
  • Cleansing
  • Soaking up excess oil

Check out colloidal oatmeal for skin: benefits, uses, and tips for everything you need to know about these super oats. 

Sea Buckthorn Oil

Sea Buckthorn oil has a very distinctive smell and is used all over the world for its medicinal properties. It is often found in skin oils and moisturizers; however, there are many more benefits to Sea Buckthorn oil: 

  • Soothe and treat sunburn
  • Reduces the appearance of scars, stretch marks
  • Helps replenish dry skin
  • Supports aging skin to be supple

Shea Butter

If you are lucky enough to get the real-deal Shea Butter, it works wonders for your skin. It has a huge dose of fatty acids and antioxidants that deeply hydrate skin. 

Shea Butter comes from the African shea tree - so if you want to be double sure you’re getting the good stuff, check the source of your product. Shea butter has a lot of uses: 

  • Skin protection from the environment
  • Soothing
  • Deeply nourishing and hydrating
  • Softens skins

Tea Tree oil

Not everyone likes the smell of tea tree oil, but the pungent fresh scent is part and parcel of this beneficial oil. Tea Tree oil is often found in lice treatments and acne creams because it is packed with antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. 

Here are just a few of the tea tree oil benefits: 

  • Reduces skin breakouts, soothes acne, and can spot and treat pimples
  • Helps to reduce the visibility of scars
  • It can be used on fungal nails 
  • Reduces skin redness

Hemp Seed oil

Hemp Seed oil comes from the pressing of hemp seed collected from the cannabis plant. And while it doesn’t contain anything to get you high - it has all of the terms and other compounds that support healthy skin. Hemp Seed oil comes in many different colors, from light to dark green - and it smells nutty. 

Hemp Seed Oil has vitamins: A, B, B1, C, and E, which are all skin-loving vitamins. Not only that, but it has magnesium, amino acids, and proteins too. 

Hemp oil benefits:

  • Relieves itchy skin
  • Soothes skin
  • Prevents dryness and supports the moisture in the upper layers of the skin
  • Helps inhibit skin oxidation stress

Evening Primrose oil

Evening Primrose oil is recommended because it has a high level of fatty acids and helps to reduce inflammation of the skin; it is often applied to bruising and minor wounds too. Many people take evening primrose oil as a capsule as it is said to help with anxiety and balance mood. 

When it comes to the skin here are a couple of the benefits of Evening Primrose: 

  • Soothing on burns and sunburn
  • Helps to hydrate and plump the skin reducing the appearance of wrinkles
  • Smoothens our rough skin

Coconut oil

Coconut oil has long been used for hair and skin to give a massive boost to suppleness and hydration. Coconuts have several compounds that help support your skin, including flavonoids, lauric acid, and fatty acids. It is the combination of those compounds that give coconut oil its unique texture when applied to the skin. 

Coconut oil has a high amount of vitamin E, and unlike some other natural oils, it also has hypoallergenic properties - so almost all skin types can use it. 

Some of the benefits of coconut oil: 

  • Skin softening, ideal for lips, skin, and hair
  • Offers a barrier to keep hydration in the skin layers
  • Has antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiviral properties
  • Coconut oil is a great makeup remover too

Natural ingredients were used long before we had chemicals made in labs, and they still have the same benefits they have always had. Before you add anything to your beauty routine, here is a guide on what to look for: What All Girls Should Know About Beauty Products Before Testing Them Out

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