The beauty and skin care market is full of so many products, all promising similar results, that it can often be difficult to determine which products and ingredients are right for your skin type and purpose!
Beauty and skincare products can be packed with any number of additives and unpronounceable ingredients that aren’t necessarily good for your skin or the environment but thankfully there are more natural alternatives available. Here are some great ingredients to look out for when choosing your next moisturiser or cleanser.
L-ascorbic acid (Vitamin C):
Most of us acknowledge that Vitamin C is essential for optimum immune health and body function but it also provides many benefits for your skin when incorporated into skincare products. Vitamin C is a fantastic anti-oxidant and can assist in the reduction of inflammation, build collagen and plump up skin by encouraging elasticity. The Body Shop® incorporates Amazonian Camu Camu berry into their Vitamin C range, as it is known to have one of the highest levels of vitamin C in nature!
Aloe Vera is renowned for its soothing, moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties due to its high water content (99%)! Aloe Vera is another natural ingredient that is rich in anti-oxidants and it is also high in Vitamins A, C, E and B12. Antioxidants are an important addition to your skincare products as they have anti-ageing properties and work to prevent and repair skin damage by encouraging cell growth.
Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree oil):
Tea tree oil is a versatile ingredient that has been used for centuries as a topical anti-septic treatment. Tea Tree oil is known to be effective in maintaining and restoring the appearance of skin; it is often used to treat acne and blemishes and can be effective in the treatment of psoriasis due to its anti-fungal and anti-septic properties. Tea Tree also encourages healing.
Honey is a wonder product, which is why you will find it increasingly included in skincare products on the market today. Not only is honey full of anti-aging properties, it also contains natural anti-oxidants that can protect your skin from the harsh rays of the sun. Honey is a great moisturiser; it enhances natural cell regeneration, which encourages the restoration of cracked, dry and damaged skin. It is also an anti-irritant, which makes it great for young children and sensitive skin!
Anthemis Noblis (Camomile):
Just as camomile instils a sense of calm when consumed as herbal tea, it also demonstrates similar calming properties when incorporated into skincare products. Camomile is known for its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it a vital inclusion in skin care products that aim to calm red and irritated skin and treat conditions such as eczema and rosacea.
Laura Zammit is an independent business owner with The Body Shop At Home. With a strong passion for make up and making people feel great about themselves, Laura has built an incredibly successful business with The Body Shop At Home. For more information about The Body Shop At Home please visit: http://www.thebodyshop.com.au/TheBodyShopAtHome.aspx