Want to super-charge your skincare regimen with all-natural ingredients? Then look no further than our handy, concise guide to getting the greatest skincare benefits (the ones we thought were only possible with chemicals concocted into potent products in a laboratory) from ingredients found in nature.
A natural alternative to retinol? Check. A no-filler lip plumper? Check. We’ve found five skin superheroes for you to add to your daily skincare regime pronto. Keep scrolling to take advantage of these natural wonder ingredients.
Bakuchiol, a botanical extract that hails from India, is found in the psoralea corylifolia plant, known as the babchi. Why is it so special? Well, it's regarded a natural alternative to retinol. In fact, studies have found that topical application of the ingredient mimics the effects of synthetic retinol when applied twice daily. It can also help lighten pigmentation and sun damage.
Find it in Nude Skincare ProGenius Rescue Oil (£58).
For a natural alternative to lip fillers, try applying a tiny amount of peppermint oil to clean, dry lips using a moistened cotton swab. Wait until the tingling sensation stops, then wipe away any remaining oil. Your lips will remain naturally plumped for a few hours. You can even apply a couple of drops of the oil to your favourite lip gloss for easy application and a glossy, plumper pout.
Find it in Aveda Peppermint Oil (£15).
A flower that is poisonous if ingested, blue tansy can work wonders when used in skincare (and is by no means harmful). A natural antihistamine, the ingredient is harnessed for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties in products, making it a great one to look out for if you’re struggling with redness, angry blemishes or fine lines. It's an unmistakable rich blue colour that’s as calming to look at as the effect it has on your complexion.
Find it in May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon Beauty Balm (£128).
In the same way the retinoids contained in face creams for spot-prone skin help to control sebum production, grapeseed oil helps to regulate your skin’s natural oil production. It’s also packed with antioxidants like vitamin C to help brighten skin. You can even add a few drops to your favourite moisturiser or foundation to super-charge your skincare regime.
Find it in Now Foods Grapeseed Oil (£11).
Extracted from the larch tree, galactoarabinan (a polysaccharide, aka a long-chain carbohydrate) works in skincare products to encourage cell turnover, which leads to a brighter complexion and a gradual blurring of fine lines. Throughout the day, it helps to reduce water loss through the skin (known as trans-epidermal water loss, or TEWL) and can often give an instant skin tightening effect.
Find it in Oskia Eye Wonder (£48).
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