For most people these days, the word “beauty ” is synonymous with make-up, scrubbing, waxing, tanning, wigs, and even surgery. However, having or maintaining a beautiful skin and body doesn’t have to be accomplished by using any of these techniques. In fact, you do not have to buy those expensive brand name products. Beautiful and radiant skin can be achieved from simple natural ingredients that you may already have at home.
Sadly, many of the most popular skin and beauty care products available today contain a variety of chemicals and other synthetic ingredients. While some of these products work well and produce great result, many others have been known to contain ingredients that are harmful to the body. It is important to remember that there are also natural/organic ingredients that are equally harmful and dangerous if misused. Some natural ingredients can cause skin irritation, allergic reactions and even skin breakdown. In a nut shell, just because a product contain synthetic ingredients doesn’t make it bad for the skin. However, there are natural ingredients with proven track record of safety and beneficial results, and some of these products have been used for centuries.
There are some true benefits of using natural/organic ingredients for your skin. Natural products that have not been processed or refined can easily work in synergy with the sophisticated natural systems of the skin for optimum results. Secondly, by using more natural ingredients, you are contributing to a safer environment. Thirdly, the cost factor; formulating your own natural skin care products can significantly reduce the amount of money spent on beauty-related products.
Here are five of the best natural products for your skin.
Shea butter is one of nature’s finest beauty ingredients. Pure shea butter retain skin moisture and elasticity, and has been used for millennia in many parts of African for skin, hair and lip care. Unrefined shea butter is a rich source of Vitamin A and E, making it truly versatile in improving several skin conditions, including eczema, skin rash, psoriasis, dermatitis, wrinkles, sunburn, skin cracks, minor cuts, insect bites, skin allergies, dry skin, and a host of others. Shea butter is natural plant-based oil with exceptional skin moisturizing qualities, hair revitalization and healing properties. Shea butter is also very gentle and safe for many skin types; it’s a superb choice for the delicate and sensitive skin of babies. For hair care, it helps to repair and protect against damage hair/scalp from dryness and brittleness, providing moisture to the hair from roots to tips. When buying shea butter products check the list of ingredients and ensure that it is labeled as “100% Pure Shea Butter” or “Unrefined Shea Butter”. That is, there should be only one ingredient – Shea Butter!
Green Tea Extract
Green tea known for its high levels of antioxidants can brighten your skin, help treat acne, and soothe skin inflammation, including sunburns. The antioxidant content of green tea is effective against free radicals and helps to prevent premature aging of the cells by slowing or reversing the effects of skin damage from the sun’s UV rays. Cosmetic formulations of green tea are rich in catechin polyphenols which helps to achieve glowing and radiant skin by minimizing oxidative damages.
The ancient Greeks and Romans used oat baths to treat variety of skin ailments. Colloidal oatmeal (Avena sativa) formulations are particularly effective for relief from dry and cracked skin. By acting as a buffer and leaving a protective barrier on the skin, oat protein helps to moisturize the skin and soothes irritated and itchy skin. As well, colloidal oatmeal exhibits anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which also helps with skin conditions such as eczema, sunburn and relief from insect bites. In fact, colloidal oatmeal is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a skin moisturizer, protectant, and cleanser.
Beta carotene rich fruits and vegetables contains provitamin A carotenoid. Beta carotene is an antioxidant which helps to protect cells from damage caused by free radicals that are believed to play a role in the aging processes. Topical beta carotene has been shown help in maintaining healthy skin by protecting the skin against these free radicals, protecting the skin against sun damage, and improving skin flaws. In addition, Vitamin A is an essential nutrient that can also help maintain healthy teeth, soft tissue, mucus membranes, and speed up healing of wounds. Best sources of beta carotene includes orange and bright yellow colored fruits and vegetables such as carrots, cantaloupe, winter squash, apricots, and pink grapefruit.
Soy is a wonderful natural ingredient that has been shown to prevent sunburn, improve discoloration, brightening skin complexion, and even the skin tone. Soy can also help to prevent or minimize UV-induced pigmentation. Traditional Chinese medicine has recognized the benefits of topical soy in skin care for thousands of years. Topical Soy-based beauty care formulations can also reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Have you tried any beauty products made from natural ingredients? What others would you add to the list? Please share with us in the comments section below.