A while back I picked my top five dangerous cosmetic ingredients, so today I wanted to balance it out and discuss some safe ingredients that are great to try! Why not use what nature has already given us in your skin care products? When you use ingredients you can recognize and pronounce you really don’t have to worry about toxins and ill health effects. You can promote radiant skin, naturally! Here are some ingredients that work great for your skin and why.
Coconut oil softens and protects your skin while promoting healing. It has antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral effects. Coconut oil also promotes youthfulness since it has anti-wrinkle properties. It aids in removing the dead outer layer of skin cells, leaving your skin smoother. It also prevents sun damage. It is good for your hair as well and helps cure dandruff.
Olive oil helps to repair sun damage and keeps your skin moisturized. It contains linoleic acid which prevents water from evaporating in order to keep moisture sealed into your skin. Olive oil contains a few different antioxidants to help prevent skin aging and skin cancer. It can even be useful for dry or frizzy hair.
Shea butter is great for dry skin. It is extracted from the nut of the karite tree in West Africa. Shea butter helps restore cells and keep skin’s elasticity. It has a high essential fatty acid content and natural antioxidant components making it a healing ingredient for cuts, burns, and stretch marks. It also helps to naturally protect you from the sun.
Cocoa butter is a great emollient and smoothes wrinkles. It also has an amazing natural fragrance! It penetrates through the top layer of your skin keeping the layers underneath healthy and hydrated too. Applying cocoa butter to skin keeps it soft and allows skin to stretch, helping to prevent stretch marks. Cocoa butter also contains vitamins A, E and C, keeping skin looking young. Cocoa butter is made from a fatty substance extracted from cacao seeds from the forests of South and Central America.
Beeswax is a nutrient rich natural beauty ingredient that goes back to the days of Cleopatra. It forms a protective layer over skin which is why it works great in products such as lip balms. This protective layer protects against irritants such as wind while still allowing skin to breathe. Beeswax also has natural sun protection properties.
Mango butter is high in vitamin C and beta-carotene, a great anti-aging antioxidant. It heals and softens the skin and even protects against UV radiation. Mango butter helps to relieve muscle fatigue and aches. It heals wounds, regenerates skin cells, and restores elasticity of skin.
Almond oil contains various vitamins and minerals, including vitamin D and E – both powerful antioxidants. It also has anti-inflammatory properties. It is actually similar in composition to the oil secreted by babies to keep their skin and hair healthy! It has a great sweet nutty aroma.
Jojoba oil is extracted from the seed of the jojoba plant which grows in North America. It is actually a wax ester rather than an oil. Wax esters are extremely similar to human skin oil so it absorbs readily into skin. It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and reduces signs of aging. It may be used to treat diaper rash and even have some benefit as a topical treatment for arthritis and rheumatism!
Avocado oil is abundant in B vitamins, and vitamins A, D, and E which nourish the skin. It contains fatty acids which help prevent premature aging of skin. It is also rich in potassium which is known as the youth mineral. Avocado oil is similar to our skin’s oil, softening dry flaky skin. It contains sterolins which are known to reduce age spots and heal sun damage as well as scars. Avocado oil has been shown to increase collagen in the skin, which is responsible for skin’s elasticity. It can even improve hair growth when massaged into the scalp.
Honey is great for gently sloughing away dead skin cells. It is naturally healing as it acts as an antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory agent. It also contains antioxidants. Honey gently moisturizes by retaining the natural moisture in skin without making it oily and is gentle enough for irritated skin.
Remember, if you can’t eat it, you shouldn’t put it on your skin! Experiment with feeding your skin some yummy treats!