Top Ten Natural Ingredients: Summer Edition

Thank you to so many of you for all the lovely questions about skin care and what you should be looking for. Rather than always recommending products, I wanted to write a little about the ingredients that excite me and persuade me to give a product a try. As we’re still in the throes of this epic heat wave, I thought I’d tailor it to Summer.

Have a read below for my Top Ten Natural Ingredients, I could write about this until the end of time so it was really difficult to choose some of my favourites but here we are!

  1. Hyaluronic Acid How scary does this ingredient sound? Although it sounds like something that is created in the lab, this misconception couldn’t be further from the truth. Hyaluronic acid is naturally produced in the body and helps keep our skin hydrated and protected from external nasties. Suitable for all skin types, it attracts moisture like a magnet and leaves the skin dewy. When I think of hyaluronic acid, I instantly think of plump, firm skin.

Look for me in….

  • Sheet Masks
  • Facial Masks
  • Serums and Moisturisers
  • Eye and lip products – Plump lips? Yes please!


     

2. Vitamin E – An ingredient that has been used for a long time in skincare. If you spend a lot of time in an environment with lots of free radicals (cell/skin harming toxins) like pollution and air conditioning , Vitamin E should be a permanent fixture in your routine. Vitamin E is notorious for its healing and protective powers however the quality can sometimes be questionable. When used cheaply, it is often mixed with soy and can become heavy which is not a good fit for an oily or congested skin. When looking for Vitamin E in skincare, always look for Tocopherol – this is the only grade of Vitamin E that is recognised by the skin and will give you the protection you’re seeking. Tocopherol is good for all skin types but especially for skins that are easily sensitised by external factors.

Look for me in….

  • Body Moisturisers – especially to help heal scarring and stretch marks
  • Serums/Oils/Moisturisers – Vitamin E will help to heal and prevent irritations
  • Eye Moisturisers.

*Top Tip – Use Vitamin E and Vitamin C together to create a glow that will also keep you protected throughout the day.


3. Vitamin C – For all the glowgetters, if you aren’t including Vitamin C in your routine then you need to! Illuminating, brightening and helps to fade discolouration and pigmentation – it’s a hard-working ingredient. Vitamin C is a tricky ingredient and can oxidise and lose potency verrrrrry quickly. For a type you can trust, look for Ascorbic Acid – although it is one of the stronger strands, you can rely on it to do the job.

Look for me in….

  • Serums
  • Essences
  • Skin Peels
  • Masks

*Top Tip – This is usually one that is not replicated very well in cheaper brands. Invest and it is worth it! Also as mentioned before, it will oxidise quickly so always purchase it in air tight containers!

A skin close up – pores and all!

4.Camellia Oil

If you’ve read my blog on Japanese skin care, then you’ll know this oil is a skincare staple of mine. Velvety, non greasy and easily absorbent – I use it everywhere. Full of fatty acids, Omega 3,6&9, natural acids and vitamins A & B , this oil is so simple and effective, you’ll struggle to find better for speedy nourishment. A lightweight product that is extremley hydrating.

Look for me in….

  • Facial Oils
  • Cuticle Oils
  • Leave In Hair Conditioners

*Top tip – If you can find camellia oil with a good blend of Essential oils, then snap it up – this should help you achieve the skin you’re seeking.


5. Rosehip Oil

Celebrities and skin care gurus rave about Rosehip oil and after trying it neat, I need no more persuasion.  Full of calming essential fatty acids and vitamin A and C, this oil does a remarkable job of comforting my skin but still managing to leave it bright and full of life. I use this when my skin is being hormonal and needs some extra TLC.

Look for me in….

  • Facial Oils
  • Serums
  • Moisturisers including eyes as it’s supposedly great for dark circles!

6. Sodium Hyaluronate

This ingredient gives a similar finish to Hyaluronic acid. Expect plumped skin and a dewy glow. This is a water binding compound so extremely moisturising and literally prevents water loss. Just like Hyaluronic acid, Sodium Hyaluronate doesn’t leave the skin greasy.  Use these together in your daily routine if dehydration is a problem for you. These two together are a phenomenal base or primer under make up application! I always use atleast one if I’m having a tired day.

Look for me in….

  • Serums
  • Moisturisers
  • Primers

7.Mallow

Marshmallow is not only one of the prettiest flowers in my garden but also one of my favourite skin care ingredients. So healing and calming, it is found in lots of naturally soothing products. Ensure you include it in your skincare if you have sensitive skin, rosacea, hormonal imbalances or even skin that is prone to flushing! As Mallow is so soothing, lots of people take Mallow supplements to calm an out of balance digestive system!

Look for me in…

  • Cleansers for a sensitive skin
  • Calming Masks and Moisturisers
  • Baby products – Super soothing for even the gentlest of skins.

Mallow Plant from my garden!

8.Glycolic Acid – You’ll find this amazing ingredient in many skin peels for it’s exfoliating benefits as although it is powerful, if used correctly it is even safe for sensitive skins. Derived from natural sugars, it is a fantastic exfoliant and will effectively remove the outer layer of dead skin cells to leave a lovely, even complexion. Invest in a product with a low dosage to begin with and then slowly increase as your skin gets used to it. This should be a slow process and will give you the best results. Amazing for pigmentation and discolouration – if this is your main issue and sensitiivty isnt a problem, aim to use Glycolic Acid once a week.

Look for me in…

  • Masks
  • Skin Peels
  • Brightening Cleansers and Tonics

9.Kaolin Clay – One of the most simple but still a firm favourite for me. Kaolin clay helps balance an array of skin conditions and is one of my favourite transformative products as it has the ability to dramatically help my skin in a short space of time. Kaolin Clay is available in a range of colours but my favourite is white, pink or red. These colours are purifying and help remove breakouts but are also hydrating. Spot size is reduced after use but the skin doesn’t feel stripped. I use this ingredient regardless of a skin emergency or not – prevention rather than cure!

Look for me in….

  • Masks
  • Natural deodorant – as it absorbs odour
  • Natural Hair masks – can help with gentle scalp clensing so perfect if you’re prone to a flaky scalp.

*Top Tip – Buy  Kaolin Clay in it’s purest form and add your own natural ingredients ingredients (coconut oil, tea tree, jasmine….) to make your perfect skin mask!


10. Salicylic Acid – Deeply cleansing, exfoliating and pore refining – whats not to love? Salicylic acid is known for its acne fighting properties. Apply it sparingly and it can reduce excess oil, draw out blackheads and minimise spot size. Add a salicylic acid into your routine 1-2x a week if you have excessive oil or congested skin. Do be careful if you are experiencing cystic acne. Hard, lumpy, sore spots will receive little benefit from this acid and should stay away from drying ingredients.

As I have a naturally oily skin, I apply it sparingly to areas of congestion and excessive oil. I always ensure I then follow it up with a hydrating moisturiser or oil afterwards to ensure balance.

Look for me in…

  • Facial cleansers
  • Peels and Masks
  • Acne/Spot Treatments and Products
  • Shampoo – Salicylic acid helps remove dandruff. Experience a flake free scalp after use.

I hope this helps when faced with the  prospect of looking for new skin care! Should any of you want help with a certain product or ingredient, let me know! I’ll do my research and let you know if it’s a worthwhile investment or not.

As always, please comment, like and share. Thank you for reading.

Jasmine xo.

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