There’s a constant level of noise in skincare. Everyone is clamoring for the chance to prove that they know the secret to flawless skin and that it is hiding behind something comparatively mundane. It isn’t necessarily a boast given all the compounds we take for granted have typically been isolated for unexpected natural sources. The chemicals pulled from the plants serve our skin just as well without the rest of the components, but it remains fair to look to the natural world for skincare. Chemical names are threatening seeming, after all. It isn’t always the best idea to apply something directly to your skin though. That’s why most reputable skincare professionals recommend against do-it-yourself products. The chance of getting a mix wrong and hurting your skin is too high. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look for professional products that incorporate greener ingredients though. Some of them can be quite good for your skin or are by default.
Many of us have gotten so far from the natural world that we forget that aloe vera is an actual plant. It is typically found in arid environments and gels prepared from it have long been used in various forms of skin care. It is a potent natural moisturizer that is capable of soothing irritated skin effectively. That’s why most of us use it as a sunburn treatment these days. The moisturizing effect combined with its soothing properties make it ideal for other efforts too though. Some people choose to use it to help manage acne by reducing the overall inflammation and redness so that it isn’t as apparent. Many aloe vera preparations have a healthy amount of vitamins C and E within it as well. These two vitamins are crucial to the skin’s ability to repair itself and as a result are excellent in most topical products. It makes perfect sense that aloe vera remains a popular ingredient, doesn’t it?
Another popular natural ingredient is witch hazel. Strictly speaking, it is made from compounds found within a shrub. The leaves and bark have particularly high concentrations of the main active ingredients. Witch hazel, as a compound, it highly effective at providing both anti-inflammatory and astringent effects for the skin. This actually makes it incredibly effective as a form of acne treatment. It reduces the overall redness and appearance of the breakouts while helping clear the skin of dirt and debris. The best bit is that it also helps to tighten the skin. This means it is a useful ingredient in some anti-aging products. Interestingly enough, witch hazel preparations actually predate modern skincare and had been used in North America long before Europeans arrived. Admittedly, the preparations are a great deal more refined these days and can be counted on to have the expected effects without any unnecessary extras added on.
Most of us associate this flower strictly with having a pleasant smell. That’s why there are so many products meant to mimic or use its scent. It turns out that the actual flower can be quite useful for our skin’s health when used appropriately. Properly prepared, lavender is capable of providing you anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe the skin. This puts it on even footing with most of its peers, but it is useful for far more than that. Some studies have suggested that the flower actually helps to promote overall skin health by giving a slight boost to your skin’s natural repair abilities. This makes it easier to heal wounds and helps your skin remain firm and smooth. Anti-aging properties are incredibly useful to find in any ingredient and doubly so when the ingredient is also capable of soothing the skin. The overall combination makes it popular in nature focused products. After all, it smells great in addition to being effective. What’s not to like?
The natural world has plenty to offer in terms of skincare. It always has. We’ve just gotten so divorced from where our ingredients come from that we’ve lost sight of their origins. Most of the ingredients and compounds we’ve touched on are at least majority derived from natural sources when you see them on a product. It allows you to know that there’s plenty in nature that can be good for your skin even if greenery otherwise gives you allergies.