When it comes to skincare ingredients, where do you get your goods? Do you shop at the high-end skincare counter at a department store? Or peruse the aisles of your the nearby drugstore?
Despite the multitudes and varieties of skincare products available, it can be difficult to figure out what all-natural really means. Harsh chemicals, dyes, and perfumes are beyond passé. But often, lesser-known and home-based remedies are just as effective and sometimes even more so, without the harsh effects of chemical additives.
By: Mike Jones
We’re here to share seven skincare ingredients you can acquire today to truly relish the skin you live in!
1. Argan Kernel Oil
While argan oil is often used for hair care, this liquid gold skincare ingredient is also great for treating wrinkles, dry skin, and dull skin tone.
Argan oil contains a potent dose of antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and vitamin E that intensely moisturizes dry skin without clogging the pores of even oily skin, and its texture allows one to use the product both overnight and during the day time.
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2. Carrot Seed Oil
Carrot seed oil is a yellowish-brown component that is extracted from dried wild carrot plant seeds, and it is noticeable by its earthy fragrance. It contains chemicals such as camphene, sabinene, limonene, and carotol, and moisturizes and firms the skin. You can apply drops of carrot seed oil directly onto the skin, or blend it with other essential oils, such as coconut oil.
Carrot Seed Oil is also one of the 27 skincare ingredients in Kimberly’s scalp elixir, Alchemy 27. Check it out here. Used by ancient Greek royalty to everyday housewives, carrot seed oil is often under-appreciated as a skincare essential.
While carrot seed oil is relatively safe, WebMD states that it can increase sunburn risk or cause skin rash with some users.
You may not have thought of ice as a skincare ingredient, but it has actually been long-used in skincare treatment centers and spas. The skin icing technique is known to fight acne, reduce wrinkles, enhance blood circulation to the skin, reduce eye puffiness, and refresh the face overall.
Keep a small ice maker in your kitchen or even bedroom so you’ll always have ice at the ready for this technique. Keeping ice within close proximity ensures convenience and assures that the ice cubes will always be fresh and free of contamination.
Thoroughly wash your face before applying ice cubes. It’s better never to apply directly on the skin, so make sure you use a clean, thin cloth. Also, use gloves to apply to keeps cubes frozen longer. To complete the treatment, use a toner and/or moisturizer after icing.
The citric acid and vitamin C in lemon lightens scars, reduces blemishes, and reduces oil secretions on the face. Women’s Health Mag praises the antioxidant power of lemons to reduce and prevent wrinkles. Fresh lemon juice is better as a skincare ingredient because concentrated lemon juice loses its vitamin C content over time.
When it comes to skin care, everybody wants to know how to get rid of skin tags. Soak a cotton ball in lemon juice and apply it over the skin tag. Repeat this remedy for a few days until the outgrowth completely vanishes.
To prevent rashes, dilute the lemon juice with water and avoid direct exposure to the sun after application to prevent hyper-pigmentation.
While you’ve got those lemons out, try this Caribbean Island Lemonade recipe!
Turmeric is quickly becoming a favorite spice for healthcare uses as well as skincare ingredients. And its anti-inflammatory and exfoliant powers are great for your face. Curcuminoids, the main ingredient in turmeric, are to thank for these capabilities.
Use turmeric as an exfoliant to reduce wrinkles and even skin tone pigmentation by adding a spoonful to your DIY face mask, and create the “Golden Milk” concoction with milk, honey or cinnamon, and a teaspoon of turmeric to allow the benefits to penetrate the body both inside and out.
Add turmeric to your diet with these three traditional Indian recipes.
6. AHA and BHA
Alpha hydroxy acid and beta hydroxy acid are two chemical exfoliants and skincare ingredients often confused.
Alpha hydroxy acids are derived from sugars, fruits, and milk, such as the citric acid from lemons, malic acid from apples, glycolic acid from sugar cane, and lactic acid from milk, while beta hydroxy acid is typically derived from willow tree bark.
These acids remove the dead or impaired skin on the top layer to allow healthier skin to shine through. These chemicals are often used in exfoliants and products to treat acne, clogged pores, wrinkles, fine lines, and hyper- pigmentation.
While the benefits of toned skin associated with this remedy are apparent, there are mild side effects such as sun sensitivity, temporary flaky skin, and slight stinging.
7. Vitamin E
Most effective anti-aging products and night creams contain vitamin E, and for good reason. Vitamin E smooths the skin, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, and evens skin tone by blocking the free radicals residing inside the body that can cause aging. It can even be used to smooth and moisturize dry lips chapped by cold weather.
While vitamin E is found in many products, it can also be found in capsule form for direct application or to enable blending with essential oils or products. It’s often best to apply vitamin E at night to allow the skin to absorb its nutrients.
Try this simple and effective face mask using vitamin E:
- Mix two tablespoons of ripe avocado, two tablespoons of avocado oil, and three drops of pure vitamin E oil together.
- After thoroughly cleansing your face, apply this mixture on the skin.
- Let it sit for 10 minutes before rinsing with warm or cool water.
There you have it: our roundup of seven skincare ingredients you should give a go.
Have you tried any before? Let us know in the comments!
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