Written by FH Contributor, Nutrition Writer, Anabelle Charles
How often do you show love to your skin? We encourage you to take the time to investigate your skincare routine. Our skin often takes a backseat to our busy lives, but it is one of the organs that need the most attention. This attention is well deserved because it does so much, from locking in moisture to shielding from the sun and chemicals.
Do our lives revolve around our skin? Most would agree, yes. Let’s be real, how many times have you changed your skin care game? While aiming to heal dark spots, wrinkles, hormonal acne, and more, you may fall into a vicious cycle of constantly trying and buying new products. On this lifelong skin care journey, taking a natural and sustainable route should be a consideration, well if that’s on your to-do list.
Naturally sourced products tend to be safer, packed with minimally modified nutrients, and are friendly to the earth. Learning about the ingredients in your products will help you feel more confident about purchasing and using them. But also, you can incorporate your favorite natural ingredients into your own unique skin care routine.
Don’t know where to start? Here’s a list of natural ingredients that benefit the skin in many ways.
Often hailed as liquid gold, argan oil is best known for its moisturizing properties. It works by balancing the sebum production in the skin making it great for oily skin. It is also 100% non-comedogenic meaning it won’t clog your pores. Packed with vitamin E, antioxidants, and carotenes it is a great addition to your skin routine. It also ensures a glowy and dewy look to the skin.
Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is the holy grail of essential oils; it has endless uses. Because of its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, it is a popular choice for treating acne. Some studies show it may even reduce acne scars and smoothen skin. The powerful oil requires dilution making it perfect to add to cleansers and moisturizers.
Oh, honey! Our beloved golden syrup goes far beyond the kitchen. Raw honey moisturizes and balances bacteria on the skin. It was traditionally used to heal wounds and thus nourishes damaged skin. It is naturally soothing and can be used in masks and as a spot treatment.
Bentonite is used for its detoxifying properties. The clay can help remove sebum or oil from the skin’s surface and soothe inflammation. It works by absorbing dirt and water particles in the skin. The powder can be found in its natural form and mixed with water or can be found in various face masks.
Aloe Vera is a gel like a plant full of antioxidants, enzymes, Vitamins A, and C. It is easily absorbed making it the perfect moisturizer. It has a soothing effect that can be beneficial as a cleaner or a mask.
Turmeric is a magical spice containing antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. It is said to bring about a natural glow while evening skin tone. It works great when mixed with honey for a simple 10-minute mask. Be careful because it does stain!