We all know that harmful chemicals and toxins are to be avoided, but have you ever taken a look at what's in your skincare products? There are actually harmful toxins in many of the items you probably use daily, but most people don't take notice.
Take a look . . . . you'll find artificial colors, chemical fragrances, preservatives, and stabilizers that can easily be absorbed through your pores. The big problem is these toxins can accumulate in the body and cause damage in the form of negative long-term health problems over time like hormonal issues, irregular periods, infertility, and even cancer.
How Do I Know?
It can be tricky to purchase skin care products. The ingredients list is a mile long and full of countless words we can't pronounce. A good rule of thumb is to follow the same guidelines you would when choosing a healthy diet: unprocessed ingredients; nothing artificial or with harsh chemicals.
There Is Good News!
Natural ingredients are a great way not only to beautify your skin, but to encourage it to absorb antioxidants, which can enhance the skin's ultraviolet (UV) resistance and stimulate the immune system. Using unprocessed, whole-food ingredients will have positive effects on your skin, even if you have sensitive skin or have struggled with problems.
Below are a list of our Top 10 favorite natural skincare ingredients. You can add them into your regimen on their own, but the good news is there are more natural skin care products available now than ever! Look for a company that utilizes these, and you're on your way to a healthier future.
Aloe barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Leaf
Most people have heard of using aloe vera on sunburns, but it's been in use for hundreds of years for many other reasons. It contains ingredients that are soothing and antibacterial, and can fight inflammation, redness and itching. Aloe has been found to fight fungal infections and remedy frostbite, psoriasis, and cold sores. It can detoxify your body, especially when taken internally.
2. Cocos nucifera (Organic Coconut) Oil
Versatile coconut oil has a surprisingly huge range of benefits. It has antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties, so it can be used to protect against razor burn and sunburns, reduce inflammation, and fight infections. Coconut oil can be used to cleanse and moisturize, so is an effective way to safely remove your makeup!
It has been proven to strengthen the underling epidermal tissue and remove dead skin cells, helping to heal wounds or scars quicker. This is also the reason that research shows it's strong enough to fight chronic skin disease like atopic dermatitis
Taken internally, coconut oil is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory and has loads of good fats that help to increase immune function and nourish your gut which, in turn, nourishes the skin.
3. Simmondsia chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Seed Oil
makes for a perfect carrier oil, as it's suitable for all skin types and rich in important vitamins and minerals. It's structurally a wax, making it useful for protecting and soothing the skin and providing moisture control as it's similar to our own lubricating sebum. It works to modulate sebum production, providing good control for oily skin types.
Because jojoba is so moisturizing, it's been used to help heal burns, chapped skin, sores, scars, and wrinkles.
It unclogs hair follicles and has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, making it useful in treating acne, psoriasis, and dermatitis. The National Research Council noted in it's book, "Jojoba: New Crop for Arid Lands, New Raw Material for Industry," jojoba oil in acne treatments may slow acne outbreak. This could be due to the fact that jojoba dissolves sebum, which clogs your pores, allowing your skin to breathe more effectively.
4. Hamamelis virginiana (Witch Hazel)
Witch hazel has many benefits for your skin. It's astringent, killing bacteria, so it's one of the most effective natural acne treatments available. Our bodies deal with an abundance of stress every day, showing up on our skin as inflammation, puffiness, and sensitivities. Witch hazel's antioxidant abilities help to curb that.
The toning effect helps to tighten pores and slow down the aging process and it's been shown to provide a myriad of other benefits, including reducing blisters, insect bites, poison ivy, and other inflammation.
5. Green Tea Leaf Extract
Drinking green tea (GT) provides a myriad of health benefits for the skin from delaying aging, to protecting it from UV damage, improving skin tone, and reducing acne. Using GT extract topically takes it to the next level.
GT contains extremely effective free radical scavengers (antioxidants) and other beneficial ingredients. One study
shows that GT had pronounced moisturizing effects in smoothing rough skin. A report
published by the Journal of the american Medical Association Dermatology suggests GT possesses anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic potential, which can be exploited against a variety of skin disorders.
6. Lavender Oil
Lavender oil has been shown to be naturally antibacterial and antiseptic, making it a great acne treatment that doubles as wound treatment for cuts or scrapes. It also contains potent antioxidants to draw out daily pollutants, and has been shown to have pain relieving abilities
. As it boosts circulation, lavender tones and firms skin. It can relieve itching from insect bites, and it can also reduce the symptoms of eczema.
7. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
oil has been around for a long time and is an especially useful anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal agent. It has few side effects and is well-tolerated as a powerful acne treatment
, especially in patients who react harshly to more conventional ingredients.
8. Raw Honey
Raw (unprocessed) honey is probably one of the most versatile and effective ingredients out there, even for sensitive or mixed skin types. It contains a ton of nutrients, vitamins, enzymes, and skin-boosting acids. It can reduce breakouts, moisturize, fight allergies or rashes, and encourage healing and scar reduction. Honey's natural antimicrobial properties
make it an ace for treating acne and other infections and irritations.
9. Apple Cider Vinegar
Taken internally, Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) contains vitamins and minerals that make it a good detoxifying agent., but it's antimicrobial properties
can be used to cleanse and tone the skin from the outside. It contains specific components that have been shown to inhibit the growth of Propionibacterium acnes
, the strain of bacteria most responsible for causing acne.
Avocado's beneficial vitamins (A, D, E) and hydrating oils are quickly and easily absorbed into the skin. It reduces inflammation and can soothe sunburn. It's boosts collagen and elastin, providing effective wrinkle defense. While coconut oil is touted for its 5-10% oleic acid content, avocado boasts a whopping 63%. When used as a masque, it smooths and plumps the skin, giving a younger-looking appearance.