Hello ladies,

With so much emphasis on natural skin care, there is a recent paradigm shift in the beauty trends and the beauty industry overall. The age-old multani mitti and besan hacks are back, along with other exotic ingredients like argan oil and Moroccan oil. But, do you know the benefits of the ingredients used in these natural skin care products? Or have you just jumped the “natural ingredients bandwagon” and purchased a ton of products without focusing on your actual skin care needs? Worry not! Below is an exhaustive guide to most common ingredients used in natural skin care products and their benefits for the skin.

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1. Neem:

Popular medicinal herb with effective anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. Helps cure pimples and acne. Neem oil helps in curing scalp infections.

2. Vitamin E:

A naturally derived oil with anti-oxidant properties. Helps to reduce skin irritation and inflammation as well as effective in treating fine lines and maintaining skin elasticity.

3. Shea Butter:

Derived from the fruit of the karate tree, shea butter helps to deeply moisturize the skin and treat dry patches.

4. Witch Hazel:

Contains anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Helps in treating swelling and puffiness in case of acne.

5. Raw Honey:

It is naturally anti-bacterial and contains anti-oxidant properties. Helps in soothing the skin and removal of tan.

6. Yogurt:

Contains lactic acid which helps in removal of tan and dead skin cells as well as tightening of pores.

7. Coconut Oil:

It helps in removing dead skin cells, strengthens underlying epidermal tissues, treats sun burns and contains anti-fungal, antiviral, antibacterial and antioxidant properties.

8. Jojoba Oil:

It is very moisturizing and helps to treat sunburn, chapped skin, scars, sores, wrinkles, acne psoriasis and dermatitis.

9. Castor Oil:

Mostly used as a carrier oil in natural skin care products. It contains effective skin cleansing properties.

10. Almond Oil:

Contains anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral and antiseptic properties. Used as a carrier oil to treat skin dryness, acne, skin rashes, fine lines, and wrinkles.

11. Tea Tree Oil:

Helps to fight breakouts, inflammation, and redness of the skin. Highly effective in acne and pimple treatment.

12. Argan Oil:

It is rich in vitamin A and vitamin E, omega 6 fatty acids, linoleic acid, and anti-oxidants. Helpful in treating dry patches, acne, psoriasis, eczema, bug bites.

13. Lemon Essential Oil:

Helpful in fading scars and age spots, brighten and lighten skin tone. Also used for skin exfoliation.

14. Sea Salt:

Sea salt is packed with minerals, vitamins, and nutrients. Helps to nourish, balance and protect the skin. Highly effective to soothe, soften and smooth skin.

15. Apple Cider Vinegar:

Contains acetic acid, magnesium, and potassium. Helps in fighting bacterial issues and curing acne since it contains anti-fungal properties.

16. Aloe Vera:

Helps in treating inflamed skin and sunburns. It is effective in the treatment of tanned skin.

17. Rose Water:

Helps in soothing inflamed skin. Also, helps lock moisture into the skin. Rose water is most commonly used in skin toning products.

Below, I have compiled a list of common ingredients which you should look for when buying natural skin care products according to your skincare needs:

Anti-ageing products:

Rubus Idaeus, L-Ascorbic Acid, Camellia Sinensis, Peptides, Resveratrol, Rosa Canina, Vaccinium Macrocarpon, Daucus Carota Sativa, Punica Granatum.

Skin Brightening Products:

Coffee Arabica, Centella Asiatica, Vaccinum Myrtillus, Olea Europhea, Cocos Nucifera, Glycyrrhiza Glabra, Citrus Unshiu Peel.

Skin Hydrating Products:

Argania Spinosa, Cocos Nucifera, Helianthus Annuus, Olea Europaea, Persea Gratissima, Rosa Damascena, Ternifolia Academia.

Skin Calming Products:

Jasmine, Chamomile, Calendula, Melaleuca Oil, Honey.

Source: makeupandbeauty.com