Natural ingredients are all the rage in today’s skin care industry. From avocado to honey, people are putting all sorts of natural foods onto their skin.
But which natural ingredients are really good for your skin? Which ones provide verifiable benefits? Which ones have been proven by science?
Today, we’re helping you pick the best natural ingredients to add to your skin care regimen.
If you’re making your own moisturizers at home, you usually start with coconut oil. The popular base oil provides powerful skin care benefits. It strengthens the underlying tissue of your skin, for example, while also removing dead skin cells from your body. It’s also naturally antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal. Plus, it has UV protection capabilities and works as a powerful antioxidant.
Clearly, coconut oil is seen as a superfood in the skin care world for good reason. You can apply coconut oil to your skin and hair to cleanse and moisturize. Others also use it to remove makeup, heal wounds, or prevent razor burn.
Tea tree oil has surged in popularity in the last decade. However, it’s been used for hundreds of years in Australia, where aboriginals and early European settlers quickly recognized its benefits.
Today, tea tree oil is typically used by people who have bad acne but don’t want to subject their skin to harsh salicylic acid and other ingredients. Tea tree oil is very well-tolerated and comes with few side effects. It reduces acne and clears up skin problems with its natural anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, antimicrobial, and anti-fungal effects.
Apple cider vinegar can be found at any supermarket. Today, it’s used for a variety of health benefits – some people take “shots” of apple cider vinegar to boost their gut and immune system health, for example, while others take it for weight loss.
When applied to your skin, apple cider vinegar has a proven cleansing effect shown to stop acne and provide antifungal benefits.
Apple cider vinegar may be the oldest skin care ingredient in the world today: Hippocrates, the founder of modern medicine, claimed to have used apple cider vinegar to treat skin sores in ancient Greece 2500 years ago. Its usage has also traced back to Babylon (over 7,000 years ago) and Cleopatra in ancient Egypt (2000 years ago).
Honey is another natural skin care ingredient used for thousands of years. Today, honey is particularly well-known for its antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Some also use it as an acne treatment. Others use it to avoid infections on scars or to boost wound healing.
If rubbing sticky honey all over your face sounds weird, well, it is. Typically, honey is combined with other facial cleansers (like ones made using the ingredients above). Alternatively, if you just want to use honey on its own, you should take half a teaspoon, warm it between your hands, and spread it on your face gently, leaving it on for 10 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
Some people also use honey as an exfoliator. You can add raw honey to a bath and soak for 15 minutes, for example.
Above all, make sure you’re using raw honey – not the breakfast condiment you find at an ordinary supermarket.
Avocado isn’t just a superfood: it’s also a super-skincare ingredient. Avocado is particularly popular as a moisturizer because it has high levels of vitamins A, D, and E. These vitamins sooth sunburned skin, boost collagen production, and treat age spots.
Try making an avocado face mask by combining avocado with honey and other ingredients on this list. Leave the fact mask on for 15 minutes before rinsing off. It’s a powerful moisturizer that delivers everything your skin needs to stay healthy.
Want to give your natural, homemade skin care products a boost of exfoliation? Add sea salt to your formula. Sea salt – like Himalayan sea salt – is a popular ingredient in homemade skin care products for precisely this reason. It gently scrubs your face without the harshness of store-bought exfoliators.
Salt is more than just a physical exfoliator, however. Salt also has anti-inflammatory properties. It reduces oil production in the skin. Some people also find that salt can reduce skin redness and calm breakouts.
Why are people suddenly flocking to the grocery store to shop for skin care products? Today, many mass-produced beauty products are loaded with synthetic ingredients. They might promise to alleviate various skin care concerns – but they could cause more harm than good.
As Dr. Axe reports, some store-brought skin care products contain toxic ingredients that lead to issues like hormonal problems, irregular periods, infertility, allergies, and “even cancer”.
Fortunately, beauty product manufacturers have started to recognize this problem. You can find plenty of beauty products with a minimal list of ingredients and minimal processing.
However, using the ingredients listed above, you can avoid high prices on natural beauty products and make your own at home.