5 best natural skincare ingredients to add to your routine
Choosing to implement more natural beauty products into your routine doesn't mean you have to compromise on effiacy. The right kind of natural ingredients can pack a punch to address every skin concern and give you gorgeous, glowing skin. But with so many trendy beauty ingredients out there, it can be hard to know which ones are worth your while. Here, we break down 5 of the best skincare ingredients that have come straight from Mother Nature, and in some cases have been used for centuries.
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Harbouring an abundance of beauty benefits, ginseng root is considered an amazing all-rounder in skincare. This superfood has roots in age-old Korean beauty rituals, renowned for its healing ability. Ginseng is also considered a precious ingredient in traditional Asian medicine. When it comes to skincare, ginseng doesn’t really have a main claim to fame – it works wonders for everything from brightening the complexion to fighting fine lines, sorting out hyperpigmentation and soothing sensitive skin. As ginseng has antioxidant properties, this can help protect the skin from free radicals and environmental aggressors which leads to wrinkles. Ginseng root also works in a similar way to coffee, energising the skin, combating dullness and promoting a healthy glow. It's no surprise then that it's been used by humans for centuries!
Oatmeal is the OG skin soother, used in skincare way back in the 17th century. Not just eaten for breakfast, oatmeal is particularly effective for nourishing, easing itchiness, soothing inflammation and restoring the skin's barrier. When oatmeal has been ground and suspended in liquid, it's referred to as colloidal oatmeal, and is used in everything from body lotion to shampoo. Oatmeal naturally holds moisture and forms a barrier over the skin's surface, offering optimal nourishment and protection.
This homegrown hero is a special variety of honey which is extremely beneficial for the skin. But what makes it so unique? It's Mānuka honey's antibacterial properties which set it apart from other types. Often referred to as liquid gold, it contains an active ingredient called methylglyoxal which gives this honey its antibacterial power. With this sweet substance also having anti-inflammatory properties, it is especially great for acne-prone skin because it soothes, heals and relieves redness. It's healing ability also makes this ingredient wonderful for reducing acne scarring and repairing cellular damage. But the benefits don't stop there – Mānuka honey neutralises free radicals too, which means it promotes firmer, more youthful-looking skin.
Extracted from marigold flowers, calendula oil is big on the beauty scene in modern times, but has been used to soothe skin for hundreds of years. You'll commonly find it blended into hair and body oils as well as skincare. In fact, calendula is especially powerful in skincare because it has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory qualities which help keep sensitive and breakout-prone skin happy. It has been shown to heal acne, eczema, wounds and even conjunctivitis. While it works to calm aggravated complexions and babies' skin, this natural ingredient protects from future skin damage, due to it being loaded with potent antioxidants called flavonoids.
Known as nature's blemish banisher, witch hazel is typically found in spot treatments and toners for combating acne and controlling oil. Problem skin sufferers should be all over witch hazel, as it is known to soothe inflammation associated with skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis. But skincare isn't the only arena where witch hazel boasts benefits – it's anti-inflammatory power can also soothe irritated scalps. Although research is relatively limited, witch hazel can also help protect skin against damage, as it is rich in tannins, a natural plant compound with antioxidant properties.
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What are your favourite natural ingredients?