All natural skin care ingredients are getting a lot of press these days and for good reason. Your skin is the body’s first defense against toxins, but it also takes a lot of abuse on a regular basis.
Unfortunately, most commercially produced skin care products contain tons of chemicals that can actually do more harm than good. In order to avoid this you should use the same rule of thumb that applies to food: the harder an ingredient is to pronounce the more likely it is to be bad for you.
Here are five key natural ingredients to look for in skin care products:
1. Aloe Vera
Usually associated with treating burns or insect bites, this versatile ingredient actually has a host of healing properties that makes it very good for the skin. Among its many benefits, aloe vera has anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties.
You can get the healing benefits of aloe vera directly from the plant itself, by merely squeezing the gel out of the leaves, but it is also found in many natural skin products including Burt’s Bees Sheer Body Lotion and the Aloe Vera line from The Body Shop.
2. Shea Butter
Used in Africa for hundreds of years, this amazing ingredient provides a wonderful source of natural moisture for dry skin as well as providing soothing protection against redness, flaking and itching. You can find it in many organic products and can incorporate it into your own DIY skin care recipes, such as this Homemade Body Butter Lotion from Dr. Axe.
3. Argan Oil
This is an amazing ingredient that comes from Morocco and possesses a number of beneficial qualities, including the ability to moisturize the skin and improve the shine and health of the hair. It contains Vitamins A and E as well as omega-6 fatty acids and linoleic acid, which give it its soothing properties.
Josie Maran cosmetics have an entire line of products containing this Moroccan wonder, including pure argan oil that can be dabbed directly onto the skin for nature’s best healing.
4. Raw Honey
Honey is one of the most healing natural substances in the world. Unlike most of the honey you find in the grocery store, raw honey is not put through any processing or pasteurizing so it retains all of its beneficial nutrients.
And the benefits of honey are myriad. Along with the antimicrobial properties that make it a great natural treatment for wounds and burns, it can also be used to provide moisture, reduce scarring and even reduce acne breakouts.
There are many natural skin care products that include raw honey as well as various methods for using honey directly as a face wash, including this easy DIY Honey Face Wash.
5. Coconut Oil
This natural ingredient is chock full of antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral and antioxidant properties. Coconut oil can be used on the skin and the hair to cleanse, moisturize, remove makeup, heal wounds and scars, and can even be taken internally to help boost immune function. It is available in many natural skin care products such as Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Crème , Olay Regenerist Luminous Facial Oil and Earth Tu Face Body Butter.
So there you have it…five of the most therapeutic natural ingredients for your skin. Try one or more of them today and see the difference they can make!