Plant oils and extracts posses numerous health benefits with minimal risk of toxicity. From toning down oily skin to improving age lines, a lot of skin ailments can be cured with natural, chemical-free ingredients.
Toning Oily Skin
Burdock Root: Extract from this root has high detoxifying and anti-inflammatory power. If you have oily, acne prone or smoker skin, you may want to look for this ingredient in your natural skin care product. Products containing such an ingredient are ideal in keeping pores clean and skin balance.
Strengthening Combination/Oily SkinGrape Seed Oil: Grape seed is a light, non-comedogenic, antibacterial, hydrating and restructuring oil. It promotes healthy collagen production while calming and protecting skin.
Green Tea Extract: Green tea is an ideal calming, balancing and protective ingredient for preserving young skin. Used regularly, green tea has shown to help protect collagen from oxidative damage, stimulates microcirculation and prevents infection and inflammation associated with functional impairment.
Fine Lines Around Eyes
Rose Oil: As a natural source of vitamin C, antioxidants and fatty acids, rose oil can strengthen, protect and hydrate sensitive skin. Perfect for sensitive skin types with propensity to get wrinkles around the eyes. Apply a light layer of rose oil under your sunscreen every morning.
Acai Oil: Acai oil is high in omega fatty acids, polyphenols (star plant antioxidants), phytoestrogens and Vitamin C and E. This said, acai oil is an ideal product to prevent age-related skin weakening and encourage youthful repair. Look for acai oil in your nighttime repair, restorative topical product.
Treating/Preventing UV Induced Hyperpigmentation
Marine Algae: With antioxidant, photoprotective and collagen protective activity, Marine algae extracts help prevent skin reactions that contribute to photo-aging and pigmentation. During sunny months, look for a weekly treatment with marine algae.
Improving Skin Tone and Color
Citrus Fruit Extracts: Derived from the peels of citrus fruits, theses extracts are rich in antioxidants and vitamins A, C, and B. Amazing for light stimulation of cellular turnover (less aggressive than retinol) and preventing pigmentation-forming processes from occurring (via anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-allergenic activity). Citrus fruit extracts can be found in purifying washes and are helpful for oily/acne prone skin types as well.
Sun Burn and Bug Bites
Aloe Vera: As a natural anti-histamine, antibiotic, antioxidant and collagen stimulator, Aloe Vera is a dream plant. Its natural healing properties are perfect for kids rashes and bug bites. Furthermore, if placed on skin after sun exposure, Aloe Vera can protect your skin from sun-related damage.
Turmeric: Turmeric is a fantastic healing plant with anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial properties. Add turmeric to a bit of water to make a paste. Apply over your sunburned area and let sit for 15-20 minutes. After washing off, apply your layer of Aloe Vera. Repeat twice a day until no redness persists. There are also some recipes of turmeric masks that include adding a bit of milk and almond oil. I have no experience with this, but for those looking for home beauty remedies, you may want to investigate and give it a shot.
Over Treated Hair
Argan Oil: As a rich source of omega fatty acids, vitamin E, and sterols, Argan oil replenishes lost lipids to damaged hair and restores sheen and vitality, preventing further decline. Furthermore, Argan also contains many phytochemical antioxidants, which can nourish the scalp and prevent oxidative damage. Rub a few drops of Argan oil between your palms, smooth over ends of hair first, then run the rest throughout hair shaft.
Dry Nail Beds
Forget the expensive treatments and buy an organic jojoba oil. This non greasy oil is a perfect instantaneous moisturizer. Place it on your nail beds prior to your light hand cream, preventing rough looking fingers and toes!
Cacao: Cacao is rich in minerals, antioxidants, Vitamin A, B12, D and E. These ingredients contribute to its ability to (a) protect skin from sun damage, age related weakening, and circulatory decline; and (b) stimulate skin renovation and restore vitality. Look for cacao in your leg firming creams as it’s an ideal supplement for relieving congested skin and contributing to healthier, tighter and more toned skin. It obviously won’t cure you of cellulite, but by improving skin quality and circulation, can help minimize the appearance.