You might already be on a well-balanced, healthy diet, but do you think you consume enough foods that have beauty-enhancing benefits? There are many types of food that are healthy to eat but some also come with bonus benefits to your hair and skin. Skin care and makeup companies know this thanks to research studies so they take advantage and incorporate these ingredients in their products. Today we have a list of the best natural skin care ingredients for you so keep reading!
This is a fragrant herb that is commonly used in Indian recipes. Turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It has been known to treat or improve eczema and promote fast wound healing. Recent studies show that turmeric may also help make the skin tauter so it doesn’t a come as a surprise that it’s a common ingredient in some natural skin creams. Turmeric has a rich yellow pigment that is also used as dye but when doesn’t stain the skin when incorporated into a skin care product.
Oatmeal, of course, is a popular breakfast food because of its very low cholesterol level but it’s not the only thing that makes this a superfood. Oatmeal can soothe rashes and other skin irritations caused by plants like poison ivy and oak. It is also a known treatment for pain and itching caused by sunburn and chicken pox by simply mixing some oatmeal into a lukewarm bath and soaking for 10 minutes. Oatmeal is also popularly used as a gently skin exfoliating agent because of its coarse and grainy texture. Mixing some oatmeal with warm water is a good enough formula to use in exfoliation. Rub or massage this onto the face with circular strokes. After letting your skin dry for not more than 15 minutes, rinse off with clean water.
- Olive Oil
Olive oil has been considered for years and years as a natural moisturizer in the organic sense of the word. Olives are known to be hydrating so it is only natural that its oil does wonders to the hair and skin. Olive oil produces a barrier that keeps the skin from drying out so it’s one of the most effective remedies for people who suffer from eczema or psoriasis. Just like a manufactured skin care product, you can use olive oil straight from the bottle after a bath or shower by applying it on your face and hair. Hair follicles are known to absorb olive oil well and this is why it is commonly found in a variety of hair and skin care products. This includes soaps, facial washes, moisturizers, conditioners, and shampoos.
Honey is known as Mother Nature’s antiseptic because it is known for its wound healing and burn treating properties. And because it kills bacteria, dermatologists recommend using honey-infused products to treat acne. Honey also has moisturizing properties so look out for lip balms, moisturizers, and soaps with honey because they are definitely good for your skin.
Pumpkin contains an enzyme that gently peels off dead skin which as a result speeds up the production of new skin cells. This is especially helpful as we age because our cells turn over less and less frequently. Pumpkin also has essential fatty acids that gives the pumpkin hydrating properties. Its Vitamin A and C components keep free radicals away, thus preventing premature skin aging. Look out for skin peel treatments with pumpkin-derived ingredients.
Salmon is a cold-water fish that has DMAE or dimethylaminoethanol that helps rejuvenate the skin. You can get the benefits of DMAE not by directly slapping a whole fish onto your face, but through products like creams and moisturizers with DMAE. DMAE is also known to reduce wrinkles and fine lines.
Seaweed is a popular skin care ingredient because it is rich in vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. It is also believed that it has the following benefits: reducing irritation and inflammation, firming, cleansing, and softening. It is often made a key ingredient in many cellulite-reducing products and is applied to the body as a detoxifying body wrap in spas.
- Green Tea
The benefits of green tea include reducing cholesterol levels and protecting the body from glaucoma and certain cancers. It is also a powerful antioxidant when applied directly to the skin, helps keep in moisture, and reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Look out for body washes, moisturizers, and facial masks with green tea extract. Applying green tea bags dampened with cold water on your eyes for 10 to 15 minutes will help your eyes feel fresh and awake.
Aloe has soothing and cooling properties and it has been used in the field of medicine for years and years to heal mild sun and chemical burns. Its natural gel creates a barrier that keeps out irritants and bacteria as it hydrates and lessens inflammation. Breaking off a piece of the plant’s leaf and squeezing the gel straight onto the burn is the most effective way to use its healing properties. Skin care products that have aloe are generally non-irritating and are typically compatible with sensitive skin.
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