There are a few ingredients out there that are superstars and should be part of every skin care routine. While we are firm believers that there is no one magic ingredient we do believe certain ingredients have great benefits, and using them along with eating clean, drinking lots of water and maintaining an overall healthy lifestyle will result in gorgeous skin. Today, we are rounding up some of our top choices. We are breaking down, why they are effective and where you can find them in their natural, and clean, state.
Vitamin A truly is a miracle worker. You might know it as what makes Retinol and Retin A so effective, but it can be highly irritating to skin. It can, also, be pretty dirty, in its synthetic form.
Vitamin A can work wonders for acne, soften the look of wrinkles, help reverse sun damage, I mean sign me up.
What makes it is so effective is its ability to thicken the dermis layer of the skin, which lessens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin A, also, improves collagen and elastin production, which are the key to healthy looking skin. It exfoliates and promotes healthy skin cell function, too. All necessary components for beautiful skin.
Where to Find it
One of the best natural sources of Vitamin A for skin is Rosehip Oil. Rosehip Oil is easily absorbed by skin and incredibly moisturizing and nourishing.
With Rosehip Oil you reap the benefits of the Vitamin A without the irritation so common in conventional products.
You want to make sure that you use a high quality rosehip oil, organic, cold-pressed or Co2 extracted are the best. You also want to make sure that you apply a SPF, even in its natural state it can increase skin’s sensitivity to the sun. Here are some products with Rosehip Oil that we love.
Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant that combats photoaging, sunspots and is essential for skin to produce collagen.
I can’t stress the importance of collagen enough. The more collagen your skin produces the better your skin is going to look.
Although ingesting Vitamin C has many internal benefits it does not impact the skin as greatly as when it is applied directly to the skin.
You’ll usually see Vitamin C labeled as L-Ascorbic Acid or Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate.
Vitamin C is sensitive to air, heat and light, so you want to make sure that you buy from a reputable manufacturer that way you know you’re getting a stable formula that has been bottled to preserve its potency and stored properly.
Where to Find It
Squalene is an antioxidant and emollient naturally found in our skin, but as we age our squalene levels decrease. In cosmetics you will usually find it derived from plants, wheat germ oil, rice bran and olives.
It is an oil but it is very light and does not clog pores. Plus, it is wonderful for sensitive skin. Hydrated skin just looks healthier and squalene keeps your skin hydrated with no irritation.
A note to Vegans – Some squalene is derived from sharks so you want to always make sure that your squalene is plant derived.
Where to Find It
Aloe Vera gel isn’t just for cuts and sunburns. It is a natural source of Auxin and Gibberellin which help heal wounds and have anti-inflammatory properties.
Aloe has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine to heal chronic skin problems, such as psoriasis, acne and eczema. It is also a wonderful moisturizer and helps to keep skin moist and dewy.
Where to Find It
What are some ingredients that you love? Comment below…we love to hear from you!
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