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The 13 Best Ingredients for Natural Skincare

You want your skin to look healthy, youthful, and smooth.

Who wouldn't?

You're probably using commercial skincare products to help.

Unfortunately, the majority of these are loaded with artificial colors, preservatives, and a laundry list of other harmful chemicals. Using these products regularly causes your skin to absorb toxins through your pores, creating some nasty health effects.

Good news: there are plenty of safe, 100% natural ways to get your skin looking and feeling the way you want it to.

Start with these 13 ingredients – the most powerful skincare remedies nature has to offer!

13. Avocados

You probably know avocados as a delicious source of healthy fats and the main ingredient in guacamole.

They're also great for your skin.

Avocados contain vitamins C and E, as well as oleic acid which penetrates deep into the skin and moisturizes it thoroughly (1). They also boost collagen production (the part of the tissue that helps keep your skin supple), which makes them great for avoiding age spots and decreasing inflammation.

You'll often find avocados in homemade facial masks, where they work to give your skin the hydration it needs.

12. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar (or “ACV”) is awesome because it helps balance the pH levels of your skin. People have been using it on their skin for thousands of years now. It goes all the way back to Hippocrates, the Greek “father” of modern medicine.

ACV has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties that kill off harmful pathogens like bacteria (2). It also contains helpful acetic acid and vitamins (like magnesium and potassium) which help detox the skin.

ACV is inexpensive and easy to find. It works great in toners to clear up blemishes, sores, and acne outbreaks.

11. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has been used around the world for thousands of years – not just for food or cooking, but for the skin.

The uses are limited only by your imagination. You can use it to cleanse or moisturize (3). It removes makeup, helps heal wounds and scars, and even prevents razor burn!

Coconut oil is rich in healthy fats that work to rejuvenate the skin and keep it nice and smooth. It strengthens tissue, removes dead skin cells, and even kills harmful bacteria and fungus. It's even strong enough to reverse skin conditions like atopic dermatitis (4).

No matter your skin type, give coconut oil a try. It's one of your best bets for youthful, radiant skin.

10. Shea Butter

Want to use the same skincare products as an Egyptian queen known for her good looks?

Queen Nefertiti used Shea butter religiously, telling everyone she could that it played a big part in her beauty.

It comes from the nuts of the Shea tree in Africa, where it's been used for thousands of years. Shea butter works as a deep moisturizer to keep your skin elastic and maintain a healthy shine, as well as to slow the degeneration of skin cells (which cause aged skin) (5).

If your skin is dry, give Shea butter a try. It reduces redness, flaking, and peeling. You'll often find it in homemade body butters and lip balms.

9. Green Tea Extract

Green tea isn't just healthy to drink…

Its extract also contains powerful antioxidants (catechins and flavonoids) which help prevent and cure UV damage and boost skin elasticity (6).

This is incredible because damage from UV rays (sun exposure) is the main cause of premature skin aging, blemishes, and other problem spots.

Green tea extract is 100% natural, anti-inflammatory and also contains antibacterial properties.

8. Aloe Vera

You're probably familiar with Aloe Vera gel. It's great to for whenever you spend too much time in the sun and end up burned. This goes back to the Egyptians, who first used Aloe Vera to heal wounds.
However, this incredible plant also does wonders for your natural skincare regimen. Every Aloe Vera leaf is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, enzymes, and amino acids, helping it sooth even the driest skin (7).

This unique combination of 75 active ingredients helps Aloe Vera “lock in” the moisture of your skin (8). It also fights bacteria, inflammation, and itching.

7. Clays

To get the best in natural skincare, we have to go straight to the source: the clay beneath our feet!

Bentonite clay and kaolin clay are the most common, though there are a wide variety of natural clays available to improve your skin.

These clays work for any skin type, though they're most effective on oily skin.

How?

Clays pull out impurities and tone your skin at the same time, making them one of the best choices for a quick detox (9).

You'll often find clays mixed in facial masks. Some people even take clays as supplements (swallowing them!) because of their purifying abilities and high mineral content.

6. Oats

Did you know that colloidal oatmeal is one of the few natural ingredients approved to treat skin irritation by the FDA?

It's true. This incredible ingredient can help with annoying issues like dry skin, eczema, insect bites, or even poison ivy and poison oak (10).

The lipids and proteins help rejuvenate and maintain the skin barrier, keeping the harmful external substances out (11).

Oats are extremely popular in facial masks and bath treatments. Just make sure to look for colloidal oats, which isn't the same oatmeal you'd make for breakfast!

5. Almond Oil

Almonds are delicious and a nice source of healthy fat.

Their oil is also great for your skin!

Almond oil has anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, and antibacterial properties. This makes it the perfect treatment for rashes, acne, or dry, flaky skin (12).

One of the coolest things about almond oil is how versatile it is. It smells great and blends nicely with other ingredients, making it perfect for facial masks, body washes, or lotions.

4. Sunflower Oil

The oil from this incredible flower can do wonders for your skin…

Sunflower oil is rich in essential fatty acids and vitamin E, which give your skin moisture and keep it elastic and smooth (13).

If you're looking to soften your skin and fight signs of aging, look for sunflower oil in your next facial cleanser or body wash.

3. Raw Honey

Raw honey is one of nature's best sources of nutrients, vitamins, enzymes, and beneficial acids for your skin.

It can help you moisturize and reduce breakouts. Raw honey also has antiseptic properties that help it heal wounds and scars, as well as fight off allergies and rashes (14).

Just make sure to look for raw honey (which is unheated, unprocessed and unpasteurized, unlike most honeys found in grocery stores) for the best benefits.

2. Sea Salt

Ever notice how your skin feels better after you swim in the ocean?

Sea salt is loaded with minerals and nutrients (like magnesium, sodium, and calcium) that are absorbed straight from the sea water.

Many of these minerals are found in your skin, which explains why real sea salt helps balance, protect and rejuvenate. It's great for exfoliating your pores, removing dead skin cells, and balancing oil production (15).

Look for sea salt in facial masks, toners, and body scrubs.

1. Essential Oils

Essential oils come from extracting different parts of plants. For thousands of years, people have been using them for different medicinal and health purposes.

Their uses range from household cleaning and natural medicine, to aromatherapy and even natural skincare.

Essential oils help clear up acne breakouts, exfoliate pores, and even reduce wrinkles and age spots (16).

Tea tree oil, lavender, and peppermint oil are some of the most popular, thanks to their antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.

Get the Healthy, Radiant Skin You Deserve

You don't have to waste any more time and money on expensive, dangerous skincare products.

Why would you, when so many incredible natural solutions are available?

Give these natural skincare ingredients a try. In just a few weeks, you'll be amazed at the results when you look in the mirror!

References:

1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18686081
2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10656352
3. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15724344
4. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24320105
5. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20484832
6. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16029678
7. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12548256
8. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19218914
9. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2413170/
10. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20865844
11. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17373175
12. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20129403
13. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22995032
14. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3611628/
15. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15689218
16. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17314442