Natural Skin Care Ingredients: Feed your skin from the outside in.
With the movement – it is more than a trend! – toward incorporating natural products and ingredients into our lives, it’s no surprise that natural skin care has made its way into the virtual mainstream. Women of all skin types and walks of life are embracing natural ingredients like a warm hug from a friend that their skin didn’t know it had! Read on for more about the most beneficial natural skin care ingredients and how they can make a difference in your skin’s health and appearance.
Coconut oil has been a mainstay on the wellness lifestyle radar over the past couple of years, from “oil pulling” teeth to food prep, and with good reason. In a nutshell – or a coconut shell! – when it comes to natural skin care ingredients, it is a true multi-tasker, fighting things that are bad for skin while promoting the things you love about your skin.
One of the richest sources of saturated fat, coconut oil provides incredible moisturization and emolliency. Almost 50% of its fatty acids come from lauric acid – a rare medium-chain fatty acid found in mother’s milk and known to be anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial. Research has also shown that it helps strengthen epidermal tissue, remove dead skin cells, provide protection from and healing benefits for sunburn. And if it’s organic, all the better!
According to an old saying, the sea and the salty air heals all wounds. Whether that’s fact or folklore, sea salt is definitely a contender for one of the best natural ingredients in the skin care game. While you probably know it makes for a fantastic physical exfoliant, it also contains an abundance of minerals that your body – and skin – crave, like magnesium, calcium, potassium, and sodium. In fact, there are entire branches of spa therapy centered around the sea – thalassotherapy (seawater and algae) and balneotherapy (minerals).
Minerals, especially magnesium, are well absorbed transdermally, so it is a wonderful ingredient in creams, lotions and soaks. Sea salt is also good for dull, combination or oiler skin types, as it balances oil production while retaining the moisture skin needs to maintain its youthful elasticity.
If thalassotherapy wasn’t enough of a hint, we have been known to tout algae as the superfood for super skin. Filled with minerals, antioxidants, amino acids and even protein, few things pack the natural skin care ingredient punch of algae. Algae of all ilk help fight inflammation and free radical damage; boost immune and metabolic functions; and expel toxins and impurities from the body and skin. Circulation, clarity and radiance all get a visible boost from this skincare powerhouse.
Derived from the fruit kernels of the African Shea nut tree, shea butter contains a high concentration of natural fatty acids as well as a rich, smooth texture, making it an excellent natural skin care ingredient for face and body moisturizers alike. Emollient and occlusive, it not only instantly increases moisture levels in the skin but also helps retain moisture. This also helps improve skin’s natural healing and soothing process, reducing inflammation and restoring suppleness.
Wishing you wellness,
The Kerstin Florian Team