Welcome to Part 2 of our Natural Skin Care series! In this blog post, we’re going to cover some powerful natural ingredients to look out for in products—superfoods that will help nourish your skin, because we believe that healthy skin is beautiful skin.
Keep an eye out for our natural skin care brand recommendations at the end!
8 of the Best Ingredients in Natural Skin Care
While this is most famous for its ability to soothe and cool sunburns, it actually has many other benefits, too! It’s been shown to effectively help with all sorts of skin conditions, including eczema, dandruff, psoriasis, canker sores, skin ulcers, genital herpes, and more. It moisturizes, treats acne, fights signs of aging, minimizes the appearance of stretch marks, and helps prevent dark under-eye circles. Plus, studies have shown that it can be absorbed all the way down to the base layer of skin—meaning it nourishes every layer of skin, not just the top layer, with its more than 75 potentially active nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and more.
Manuka Honey and Raw Honey
Raw Manuka Honey, a superfood from New Zealand, comes with a long list of health benefits, such as naturally occurring antibiotic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and healing properties. In fact, it’s even been approved for medical use in hospitals to heal wounds, infections, and burns. It can combat a variety of bacteria, repair and protect against sun damage, reduce pain and inflammation, repair tissue, and increase vitality and immunity. It’s a large part of what helped my sister Savannah heal the skin of her injured leg (she applied it to the wounded area every day) and avoid another skin graft surgery. If it could do that for her, imagine what it can do as part of a regular skin care routine!
Regular old Raw Honey also boasts a natural source of vitamins, enzymes, skin-boosting acids, and other nutrients. It can help reduce breakouts, moisturize, fight rashes, and reduce scars. So—raw honey, Manuka or otherwise, gets a thumbs up all around.
Oh, coconut oil. So versatile, so…coconutty. It’s good for both skin and hair and can help treat acne, psoriasis, eczema, premature aging, sun damage, dandruff, and dryness. It penetrates the skin better than many other oils, making it more effective at moisturizing, and provides a great source of vitamin E, which is vital to healthy skin growth and repair. It smooths the skin, evens out tone, reduces the appearance of large pores, and improves elasticity, as well as protects against and treats skin infections!
Tea Tree Oil
This little miracle oil has apparently been used for hundreds of years in Australia to tackle breakouts, inflammation, and redness of the skin. It’s a great natural anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, antimicrobial, and anti-fungal, and it’s well-tolerated by most as a gentler treatment for acne instead of the harsh, chemical stuff out there. It’s also great for the hair and scalp and can be found in shampoos to help promote hair growth and combat dandruff and dryness.
Cocoa Butter & Shea Butter
While its true they originate from different sources, they do have a lot in common: Both cocoa butter and shea butter are natural, plant-based fats, loaded with vitamins and nutrients that are great for the skin! They can both help with dry or damaged skin, signs of aging, rashes, dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis, as well as help improve skin tone, elasticity, and collagen production. The main difference to keep in mind? If you have acne-prone skin, you might want to stick with shea butter since cocoa butter is a little oilier and could potentially clog the pores.
A blue-green, protein-rich algae, Spirulina is loaded with nutrients, vitamins, amino acids, iron, and more. So loaded, in fact, that blue-green algae has powerful anti-aging properties. As a source of chlorophyll, it’s also an effective cleanser helps your skin retain moisture—which is very important for smooth, hydrated skin. Since it’s SO full of vitamins and antioxidants, it can purify and heal your skin, restoring its health and vitality.
Lemon Essential Oil
Helpful when combatting acne breakouts due to its strong antibacterial properties, lemon essential oil can also be used to help fade age spots and scars, as well as exfoliate, brighten and lighten, tone, and fight wrinkles. Heck, apparently it can even be used as a teeth whitener, laundry freshener, face wash, cellulite cream, and household cleaner! It’s a versatile one, that lemon essential oil. And, did I mention—it smells amazing!
Argan Oil, Jojoba Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Olive Oil, and more
There are a LOT of great oils out there for the skin and hair. I’ve listed some of the heavy hitters above, but you might know of even more. Oils are great for moisturizing, creating shine (on skin or hair!), and soothing/healing things like acne, bug bites, eczema, burns, sores, scars, dermatitis, wrinkles, and more. Rich in vitamins like A and E, they give the skin and hair the boost they need to feel and look youthful. Each individual oil carries its own unique benefits, but if I listed everything out individually, this list would grow far too long!
Honestly, these 8 are just the tip of the iceberg. There are TONS of great, natural ingredients out there, like rose water, witch hazel, cucumber, castor oil, plant-derived stem cells, and so many more. But if I listed everything out, this list would go on forever! The key here is to find products that rely mostly on powerful ingredients derived from NATURE, not chemically made in a lab, watered down, or loaded with cheap fillers. If the ingredients list of the product your using looks to be mostly various essences and oils from plants and nature, then you’re probably good to go.
Some other tips to help keep your skin healthy:
- Drink plenty of water
- Sleep 7-8 hours a night
- Try Probiotics
- Take Collagen
- Cut out greasy/oily foods
- Eat lots of leafy greens and maybe try eliminating gluten, dairy, or sugar, as food allergies can negatively impact the skin
As for some of our favorite natural skin care brands and products, check out our picks below:
- Honeyskin Organics
- Elizabeth Parker Naturals
- Beauty By Earth
- Earth Tu Face
- Tata Harper
There are a lot of great natural and organic skincare and beauty brands out there though, so if any of the above don’t appeal to you, a simple google search will turn up many more!