4 natural skin care ingredients your skin will love

Published on 11 July 2017

Natural skin care has become a mainstream choice for many people. Not only do their formulas contain no nasties, but they harness the potent powers of ingredients that can heal and hydrate our skin and work just as well (if not better) than their chemical or synthetic counterparts.

These four natural skin care ingredients are not new, but their uncompromised heritage of correcting common skin concerns earns them a place in many of our favourite skin care products. Find the one that suits your needs and add it to your routine now, and you’ll be rewarded with happier, more resilient skin in the future.

Ginseng
An ingredient with many talents, both the root and leaves of the ginseng plant are highly beneficial thanks to their antioxidant and energising properties. But when it comes to skin care, ginseng is called upon to tone, tighten and brighten the skin, allowing it to help reduce puffiness, darkness under the eyes and the appearance of wrinkles, as well as boost blood flow for a healthy, youthful glow. Its phytonutrients also help rid the skin of free radicals caused by exposure to pollution and sunlight, assisting in the prevention of premature ageing. The Body Shop utilises this skin-stimulating ingredient in its Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask, which brightens and revitalises the skin. Use once or twice a week to help reduce dull, uneven skin tone, and reveal a glowing, renewed complexion.

Immortelle
L’Occitane is known for extracting ingredients from nature with exceptional anti-ageing powers, but none more so than the immortelle flower. Christened the everlasting flower, the vibrant yellow colour in the petals of the immortelle never fade, even after being picked. Its Latin name of Helichrysum translates to "golden sun", which mirrors the golden results its medicinal properties provide when applied topically to the skin via L’Occitane’s iconic Immortelle Divine Cream. Not only does the luxurious cream help visibly reduce wrinkles and dark circles, immortelle acts as an anti-inflammatory ingredient to heal damaged, bruised skin. Use it daily for firmer, more even and nourished skin.

Goat's milk
You’ll find it in your local produce store, but goat’s milk is also found in some of the most hydrating and soothing skin care and body care products. It’s rich in essential fatty acids and triglycerides to deeply nourish the skin, but its pH level is also similar to that of our skin, allowing it to absorb easily and soothe the skin without irritation. Goat’s milk is high in vitamin A, giving it the power to gently exfoliate the skin and remove dead cells to reveal brighter, softer skin. Crabtree & Evelyn’s Goatmilk Comforting Hand Therapy harnesses the conditioning power of goat’s milk to help restore dry, overused and overexposed hands. The result is silky, soft skin without any irritation, and a stronger skin barrier to prevent future dryness.

Calendula
With bright orange-yellow petals similar to that of the immortelle flower, calendula is a herb native to Europe and North Africa and is admired for its antibacterial, radiance-enhancing and collagen-stimulating properties. Its flower oil can be applied to cuts, scrapes, bruises and insect bites to relieve irritation and promote healing, but Jurlique adds this vibrant ingredient to its Calendula Redness Rescue Calming Mist to soothe and restore sensitive skin. The mist is comforting, replenishing and hydrating to the skin, making it the perfect product to calm aggravated, sensitised skin. The calendula flower - or marigold as it is more commonly known - also has antioxidant properties that brighten the skin, creating a radiant, more even toned complexion with regular use.