Natural skincare ingredients

What are NATURAL ACTIVE SKINCARE INGREDIENTS and how can they benefit my skin

What are active ingredients?

Natural active ingredients have been scientifically proven to change the structure of your skin at a cellular level. They're compounds or substances derived from natural sources that are added to skincare formulations with the intention of providing a changing effect on the skin.

The the ingredients work to repair, rejuvenate, hydrate, protect and nourish your skins cells.

On the other hand, Inactive ingredients are synthetic and are used to formulate the product.

Natural actives can be just as effective as synthetic ones, and many people prefer them because they are typically gentler on the skin and have fewer potential side effects.

Why do we need active ingredients?

Dependant on your age, you need active ingredients for different reasons. For example, those with mature skin need more potent ingredients to maintain youthful looking skin. Teenagers tend to need actives to control acne. Those who have regular exposure to the sun need active ingredients to avoid developing sun-induced skin conditions. 


Here are some examples of natural active skincare ingredients and their benefits:
 
Aloe vera
 
Aloe vera is derived from the leaves of the aloe vera plant. It has been used for centuries for its healing and moisturising properties and has numerous benefits for the skin.

  • Moisturising: Aloe vera contains high levels of water and has a gel-like consistency, making it an effective natural moisturiser. It helps to hydrate and soothe dry or dehydrated skin, leaving it feeling soft and supple.
  • Soothing: Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory and cooling properties that can help to soothe sunburn and other skin irritations. It is a natural and gentle way to improve the appearance and feel of sun-damaged or irritated skin.
  • Reduces the appearance of acne and blemishes: Aloe vera contains compounds that can help to reduce inflammation and redness in the skin. It can also help to unclog pores and reduce the appearance of acne and blemishes.
  • Anti-aging: Aloe vera contains antioxidants that can help to protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals. It can also help to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, making it an effective anti-aging ingredient.
 
Kakadu plum
 
Kakadu Plum is a fruit native to Australia. It is considered a superfood due to its high levels of vitamin C and other beneficial nutrients. When used in skincare, Kakadu plum provides a range of benefits for the skin. Particularly well-suited for those looking to brighten and even out their skin tone, as well as those looking to support collagen production and improve the overall health and appearance of their skin.

  • High in vitamin C: Kakadu plum is one of the richest natural sources of vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant that helps to protect the skin from environmental stressors such as pollution and UV damage. It can also help to brighten the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Reduces inflammation: Kakadu plum contains anti-inflammatory compounds that can help to reduce inflammation in the skin. This makes it a great ingredient for those with acne-prone or sensitive skin.
  • Promotes collagen production: Vitamin C is also essential for the production of collagen, which is a protein that gives the skin its elasticity and firmness. Using skincare products containing Kakadu plum can help to support collagen production and keep the skin looking plump and youthful.
  • Improves skin texture: Kakadu plum is also rich in other nutrients such as vitamin E, zinc, and iron, which can help to improve the texture and appearance of the skin. It can help to smooth and soften the skin, leaving it looking and feeling healthy and radiant.
  • Hydrates and nourishes: Kakadu plum is also rich in antioxidants and other nutrients that can help to hydrate and nourish the skin. It can help to strengthen the skin’s natural barrier and protect it from environmental damage.
 
Pineapple
 
Pineapple is a great ingredient to incorporate into your skincare routine, especially if you are looking to brighten, hydrate, and even out your skin tone. It is suitable for most skin types and can provide numerous benefits for the health and appearance of the skin.

  • Exfoliates and brightens the skin: Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain that can help to exfoliate the skin and remove dead skin cells. This can help to brighten and even out skin tone, giving the skin a radiant glow.
  • Hydrates and plumps the skin: Pineapple contains natural sugars and water, which can help to hydrate and plump the skin, resulting in a more youthful looking appearance.
  • Reduces inflammation: Pineapple contains anti-inflammatory compounds that can help to reduce inflammation and irritation in the skin. This makes it a great ingredient for those with acne-prone or sensitive skin.
  • Fights free radical damage: Pineapple is rich in antioxidants, which can help to protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals. This can help to prevent premature aging and keep the skin looking healthy and youthful.
  • Helps to fade dark spots and hyperpigmentation: Pineapple contains vitamin C, which is known for its ability to help fade dark spots and hyperpigmentation, giving the skin a more even tone.
 
Rosehip oil
 
Rosehip oil is rich in antioxidants and fatty acids, making it an effective ingredient for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improving skin texture.

  • Moisturising: Rosehip oil is easily absorbed by the skin and helps to hydrate and nourish it. It is particularly effective for dry or dehydrated skin, as it helps to improve the skin's moisture barrier and prevent moisture loss.
  • Reduces the appearance of scars and hyperpigmentation: Rosehip oil contains high levels of vitamin A, which helps to promote cell turnover and reduce the appearance of scars and hyperpigmentation. It is a gentle and natural way to improve the appearance of the skin without using harsh chemicals.
  • Healing: Rosehip oil has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to reduce redness and inflammation in the skin. It can also help to promote skin healing and reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks.
  • Lightweight: Rosehip oil is lightweight and non-greasy, making it suitable for all skin types, including oily and acne-prone skin. It absorbs quickly into the skin, leaving it feeling soft and smooth.
Licorice root extract
 
Licorice root extract is a natural active skincare ingredient that is derived from the root of the licorice plant. It has a long history of use in traditional medicine and is known for its numerous health benefits. Particularly well-suited for those with hyperpigmentation, sensitive skin, or age related concerns.

  • Reduces hyperpigmentation: Licorice root extract contains a compound called glabridin, which has been shown to inhibit the production of melanin, the pigment that gives skin its colour. This makes it an effective ingredient for reducing hyperpigmentation and improving the overall tone and brightness of the skin.
  • Soothes inflammation: Licorice root extract has anti-inflammatory properties that can help to soothe redness and inflammation in the skin. It has been shown to be particularly effective for calming sensitive or irritated skin.
  • Improves skin texture: Licorice root extract contains antioxidants that help to protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals. It also contains compounds that help to hydrate and nourish the skin, improving its overall texture and appearance.
  • Anti-aging benefits: Licorice root extract has been shown to stimulate collagen production in the skin, which can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also helps to protect the skin from damage caused by environmental stressors, such as pollution and UV rays.
 
Calendula
 
Calendula is derived from the marigold plant. It has been used for centuries for its healing and soothing properties and has numerous benefits for the skin. Particularly well-suited for those with sensitive or irritated skin, as well as those looking for natural anti-aging benefits.

  • Soothes and calms the skin: Calendula has anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant properties that can help to soothe and calm skin.
  • Reduces redness and irritation: Containing compounds that can help to reduce redness and irritation in the skin. It is a natural and gentle way to improve the appearance of the skin without causing further damage.
  • Promotes wound healing: Shown to promote wound healing and can be effective in treating minor cuts, burns, and other skin irritations. It can also help to reduce the appearance of scars and promote healthy skin regeneration.
  • Anti-aging benefits: Rich in antioxidants, which help to protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals. It can also help to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, making it an effective anti-aging ingredient.
  • Improves skin texture: Calendula contains compounds that can help to improve the texture and appearance of the skin. It can help to smooth and soften the skin, making it look and feel healthier and more youthful.
 
White willow bark
 
White Willow Bark is derived from the bark of the willow tree. Used for centuries for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties and has numerous benefits for the skin. Particularly well-suited for those with acne-prone or aging skin, as well as those with sensitive or irritated skin.

  • Exfoliates and clears pores: White willow bark contains salicylic acid, a natural exfoliant that can help to clear pores and reduce the appearance of acne and blemishes. It is a gentle and effective way to improve the overall appearance and texture of the skin.
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles: White willow bark contains antioxidants that can help to protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals. It can also help to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, making it an effective anti-aging ingredient.
  • Improves skin texture: White willow bark contains compounds that can help to improve the texture and appearance of the skin. It can help to smooth and soften the skin, making it look and feel healthier and more youthful.
  • Provides natural pain relief: White willow bark contains salicin, a natural pain reliever that can help to soothe and alleviate discomfort caused by skin irritations or inflammation.

 
Vegan hyaluronic acid
 
Vegan Hyaluronic Acid is a plant-based version of the popular skincare ingredient hyaluronic acid. Traditional hyaluronic acid is derived from animal sources, such as rooster combs. Vegan hyaluronic acid, is made using bacteria that ferment plant sugars to create a vegan-friendly version of this ingredient.

  • Hydration: Hyaluronic acid has the ability to hold up to 1000 times its weight in water, making it a powerful humectant that helps to hydrate and plump up the skin. Using a vegan hyaluronic acid serum can help to improve skin hydration and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Anti-aging: As we age, the natural production of hyaluronic acid in our bodies decreases, leading to dry and sagging skin. Using a vegan hyaluronic acid serum can help to replenish the levels of hyaluronic acid in the skin, leading to a more youthful and radiant complexion.
  • Soothing: Vegan hyaluronic acid serum can be beneficial for those with sensitive or irritated skin. It has a soothing effect on the skin, helping to reduce redness and inflammation.
  • Lightweight: Vegan hyaluronic acid serum is lightweight and non-greasy, making it suitable for all skin types, including oily and acne-prone skin.
  • Natural: Vegan hyaluronic acid serum is made from natural plant-based ingredients, which can be beneficial for those who prefer to use products that are free from synthetic chemicals and harsh additives.

In summary

Overall, natural active skincare ingredients can be a great choice for those who are pregnant, breastfeeding or just prefer a more natural approach to skincare. As with any skincare product, it's important to choose products that are appropriate for your skin type and concerns, and to patch test new products before using them all over your face. If ever in any doubt, always consult with your GP or dermatologist. 

Until next time

x Nikki


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