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10 Best Natural Skincare Ingredients

Use the power of Natural Ingredients to nourish, hydrate and boost your skins overall health. Here we have unpacked 10 of the best Natural skincare ingredients that are packed full of antioxidants and have powerful healing properties.

By encar_lopez HERBANA HEALTH BLOG   Apr 01 2020

Mother-nature in all her glorious wisdom has gifted us with thousands of healing botanicals. With your wellbeing in mind, I have sourced some of the world’s best natural skincare brands for Herbana that contain these living plant-based substances. I’m obsessed with natural and organic products because I find them to perform exceptionally well. Plus once you strip a formulation of all the unnecessary harmful chemical agents you’re left with potent active botanical ingredients that have so many more benefits.

Organic skincare in Australia is more popular than ever because health-conscious people like you choose to be more informed about the toll our modern lifestyle is taking – on us and the planet. Also with the advancements in ingredient technology, natural brands are setting new standards in performance. If you’re reading this blog post you’re one of those people who truly care about what you apply on your skin (and what ends up in the environment). I’m here to offer you some exciting options.

Herbana organic skincare online doesn’t contain any chemical emulsifiers, preservatives or fragrances. Instead, you’ll discover pure, non-toxic beauty products that will enhance every aspect of your life. Here are some of the natural skincare ingredients that you’ll find in our face and body items:

 

Rosehip Seed Oil

Grown in Chile, rosehip seed oil is harvested from the rosa canina rose bush. The tiny seeds that live inside the rosehip are bursting with vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids. Research shows that rosehip seed oil applied topically is anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, having a protective effect against the elements, particularly UV exposure.

If you’re looking for the best natural skincare for acne then you won’t find any ingredient that’s more effective than rosehip seed oil. Its lightweight texture won’t clog pores and in fact helps to “liquefy” sebum to balance oil production. The high Vitamin-C content of rosehip seed oil helps to improve the appearance of acne scars and pigmentation.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera has been used for centuries as a tonic for a wide range of ailments, especially for topical applications. This popular cosmetic ingredient can be found in everything from face cream, body lotion and sunscreen. In fact, Aloe Vera’s medicinal gel is prized for soothing sunburned skin.

The benefits don’t stop there, however. According to one study Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis) helps to prevent inflammation and DNA damage following UV exposure. If you live here in Australia then you can appreciate why Aloe Vera is added to so many skincare products. Aloe contains 99.1% water which also makes it useful as a soothing moisturiser.

Argan Oil

From humble beginnings to becoming the world’s most coveted beauty ingredient, the oil is made from the kernel of Morocco’s Argan fruit nut. Harvesting the “liquid gold” locked inside each nut used to be a complicated affair. Women living in small villages (traditionally with the help of goats) perfected the extraction and pressing techniques over many centuries.

Thankfully, modern production methods have rendered goats unnecessary. But Argan oil’s popularity persisted largely because of its unique chemistry and high fatty acid content. Again oil is prized for its moisturising, anti-aging, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties in hair and skincare formulations.

I make sure to look out for Argan oil in my hair care products and body moisturisers!

Honey

You may think of honey as something you drizzle on fruit, toast or to sweeten your tea. What you may not realise is that honey is one of the oldest and most prolific skincare ingredients. In fact, the Ancient Egyptians used honey for just about everything and records of bees and hives have been traced back to wall drawings and hieroglyphics.

What makes honey so wonderful in skincare? It’s a humectant, for one thing, which means that it attracts and retains moisture on the skin. In fact, I think it’s the best moisturiser for sensitive skin because it’s so soothing and calming.

Honey isn’t just a great moisturiser, however. High-quality raw honey will have adjuvant ingredients like royal jelly which is anti-aging and propolis which is anti-inflammatory. Manuka honey in particular has well-documented anti-microbial properties so it’s great for treating skin infections due to acne. The Chinese go mad for Manuka honey and in the past I have loved mixing it up and making a DIY face mask.

Spirulina

It’s considered a powerful superfood that’s great in smoothies and for topical use. Spirulina is blue-green algae which thrive in either fresh or salt water. Most Spirulina is cultivated to ensure purity and a pristine environment. After harvest it’s dried, ground into a powder and often added to beauty products such as detoxifying facial masks.

Spirulina’s powerful healing properties come from chlorophyll, the green component of plants. It’s bursting with antioxidants and phytochemicals, which have a protective effect against environmental damage. This study concluded that using spirulina topically helps to neutralise the signs of UV radiation and photo-aging.

Seabuckthorn

Seabucktorn is one of my all time favourite cosmetic ingredients because it’s so versatile and has immense healing properties. Honestly, I get very excited when I see seabuckthorn in the ingredient listing of a product! The oil can be extracted from the seed, pulp or fruit of the Hippophae rhamnoides shrub which grows at high altitudes in the Himalayas.

The fruit oil is a vibrant orange colour due to a high content of carotenoids. Both seed and fruit oils are rich in omega-3 and omega-7 fatty acids, compounds that assist with cellular regeneration and wound healing. Studies confirm that Seabuckthorn oil is anti-inflammatory, improves circulation, reduces scars (particularly acne scarring) and inflammation following UV exposure.

Rose Water

Pure rose water is distilled from Rosa Damascena flowers (not to be confused with rose-scented water). It’s also known as a hydrosol, which is the aromatic by-product of the steam distillation process. Once all the volatile aromatic molecules have been collected, the remaining water or “hydrosol” remains.

Rose water has a similar scent as the essential oil but its chemical constituents are less concentrated. This means rose water can be used on the skin undiluted as a toner. More commonly it’s added instead of water to creams, lotions and other beauty products because of its beautiful scent and hydrating properties.

Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel is made by distillation from the leaves and bark of the Hammamelis virginiana plant. It’s one of the most useful ingredients for oily, acne-prone and combination skin. In fact, it’s revered as an astringent tonic to combat acne-causing bacteria, to relieve skin congestion and minimise enlarged pores.

The main active ingredient in Witch hazel is tannic acid (tannin) which has a drying and constricting effect. That’s why when it comes to skincare formulations it’s normally used in a concentration of 8-10%. Witch hazel may be a great acne-fighter but it also reduces skin irritations and inflammation which makes it beneficial for rosacea, insect bites, eczema and psoriasis.

Coenzyme Q10

Coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10, also known as ubiquinone, is a naturally-occurring enzyme that’s found in all living tissue. It plays a vital role in neutralising free radicals, helping to keep cells (especially skin cells) healthy and vibrant. When we’re young we produce unlimited amounts of CoQ10. As we age, however, our body’s ability to make this anti-aging enzyme starts to decline.

The good news is that CoQ10 has proven to have rejuvenating effects on the skin. I came across this exciting study that explains how CoQ10 works and how it bolsters the skin cell’s energy production and stimulates skin cells to produce more hyaluronic acid. Participants of the study actually had fewer wrinkles after their epidermis was treated with CoQ10.

Lavender

You’ll find this beautifully fragrant botanical in everything from body lotion to candles and even tea. It’s a scent that you can easily recognise due to its popularity and ubiquity, particularly when it comes to skincare products. There are many botanical versions of Lavender but True Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is the most revered for its healing properties.

Lavender’s medicinal applications are many. It’s highly anti-microbial, so it’s very useful when it comes to battling acne breakouts. It’s also very soothing and fights inflammation, which is why it’s included in so many skin salves and lotions for calming burns, insect bites and irritations. You’ll find this ingredient commonly in face products for mature skin as Lavender is an antioxidant that helps to revitalise ageing complexions.

 

These are just some of the botanicals and natural ingredients we feature in Herbana’s extensive collection of natural skincare brands. I invite you to visit our online store to peruse the unique personal care items that I’ve personally curated for you and your family. Can can shop by ingredients when you're on the shopping pages in the filtration on the left hand side. I know you’ll love all of our products as much as I do.

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