4 Ingredients That Should Be In Your Skincare Products
It can be tough to figure out what ingredients are best for your skin, I totally get it. Especially with an endless stream of miracle ingredients and must-have products saturating social media and beauty magazines.
So today I want to help simplify this process for you (and hopefully cut through some of the noise) and share the natural ingredients that are scientifically proven to give you real results - like dramatically diminishing acne, visibly calming sensitivities, noticeably softening fine lines and restoring an overall healthy glow.
Some of these ingredients are trending, some are just starting to gain traction and others have been used traditionally for centuries, but they all hold one thing in common: they’re gifts from nature to help you actually achieve your skin goals.
No matter your skin state, these are the 4 ingredients that should be in your skincare products if you want to transform your skin, naturally.
Raise your hand if you’ve heard of retinol. I’m guessing the majority of you just did because this vitamin A derivative has made its presence known in skincare products from dermatologist offices to drugstore shelves and even squares on social media. You’ve probably learned about (and maybe even personally experienced) the line-smoothing, skin-resurfacing results it offers - but with it comes the potential for reactions that aren’t so pretty like: stinging, sensitizing, redness and irritation. Anything that burns, turns the skin beet red or compromises the skin barrier for the sake of benefits, I’m not about.
But what should you use instead? Bakuchiol.
Bakuchiol, pronounced “ba-koo-chiol” (it’s taken me 100 tries to say this plant correctly so I figured I’d help a girl out ;) ), has been scientifically proven to mimic the effects of a retinol but minus the harsh, irritating and sensitising side effects that many have noticed with regular retinol use. I could just leave it there - that’s really all you need to know to trade in your retinol for bakuchiol - but let’s unpack this plant a bit further.
We can thank the babchi plant for sharing this natural retinol alternative with us. Blooming in warm climates, its purple petals offer precious black seeds that are then cold-pressed to create a potent oil that has been used for centuries in traditional Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine.
From naturally plumping the skin to visibly reducing photodamage and practically erasing signs of aging, studies have shown bakuchiol is the ingredient you need in your skincare routine. Here’s what you can expect from this youth-promoting plant:
- Significantly soften the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Restore even skin tone, repair pigmentation and encourage balanced melanin function.
- Enhance natural hyaluronic acid production (which slows significantly as we celebrate more birthdays) to increase hydration levels and provide a visible plumping effect.
- Accelerate cell renewal on the epidermis for a dramatic difference in skin texture and tone.
- Stimulate collagen synthesis in the dermis - the skin’s hub for building collagen/elastin.
From green smoothies to clean skincare, this superfood has gained popularity for being one of the most concentrated, nutritious whole foods found on the planet.
Spirulina is a blue-green, spiral-shaped algae that makes its home in both fresh and salty bodies of water in exotic locations around the world. The harvesting process is meticulous, time-consuming and requires a whole lot of intention to keep the integrity of nutrients intact - but the efforts (and skin results) are 100% worth it.
This microalgae is cultivated for its ability to detoxify, defend against environmental stressors, calm inflammation, encourage cell renewal, restore a compromised barrier and rebuild hydration. This sea-dwelling plant is renowned for its nutrient-dense benefits - but it doesn’t end there.
Spirulina’s antioxidant profile and wound-repairing properties have been well-researched to reveal this is one superfood you should feed your skin on the daily. Packed with phytonutrients, here are a few found in Spirulina:
- Fatty acids
- Antioxidants (4x more than berries!)
- 18+ amino acids
This restorative green sea algae is a powerful topical solution for sensitive (even acne-prone and aging) skin - oh, and I suggest adding Spirulina to your morning smoothie, too!
Not to be confused with the sweet, health-boosting honey that we all love (and another ingredient I highly suggest for skin!), this essential oil is known as nature’s acne treatment.
Native to New Zealand, manuka is a fragrant evergreen shrub that flowers seasonally showing off its pink and white petals. The oil is derived from the leaves, flowers and stems and steam distilled to create a potent, nutrient-packed oil offering medicinal, topical and therapeutic benefits that have been revered by cultures around the globe for generations.
Although manuka essential oil gets less publicity than tea tree, it’s 30 times more effective in fighting bacteria and breakouts! Targeting various aspects of acne, it decreases inflammation, relieves congestion along with associated redness and reduces the presence of harmful bacteria on the skin, making manuka one of the best medicinal oils for a clear, calm complexion.
Being a cicatrisant oil (aka skin-healing and cell-regenerating), manuka essential oil naturally stimulates cell renewal to repair damage and discoloration. Plus containing a rich concentration of antioxidants, it helps to visibly improve skin tone and reverse free radical damage - keeping skin clear of breakouts, lingering scarring and any signs of sun damage.
The beauty in this oil is that it’s highly antimicrobial but still naturally moisturizing to keep skin’s delicate barrier intact, leaving skin balanced and beautiful for the long haul. Keeping skin clear sounds good enough, especially for acne-prone skin states, but manuka oil offers so much more skin-glowing goodness that you’ll want in your skincare routine asap.
So far your skin’s got ingredients from plants, trees and the sea - but this wouldn’t be a complete ingredient roundup without one of the most foundational ingredients for optimal skin health.
Dating back centuries and used by our ancestors, tallow from grass-fed cows is a vitamin-rich and ethically-sourced animal fat known as a powerful healing ingredient for countless skin conditions from acne to aging! To follow in our ancestor’s footsteps and adopt their nose-to-tail philosophy to honor every part of the animal, find tallow that’s only sourced from grass fed cows to ensure they are humanely raised and processed - and that you're feeding your skin the most nutrient-dense, sustainable tallow available.
Tallow is a skin superfood packed with vitamins, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial benefits that soothe redness and breakouts, balance the skin barrier, soften fine lines and significantly improve cell health due to the similar makeup it has to our skin. This healthy fat contains a unique set of bioavailable nutrients (different from what you’ll find in plant-based ingredients) and is compatible with our cell biology, meaning it's easily recognized and absorbed by the skin, leaving your complexion glowing, never greasy.
- Vitamins A, D, and K (in balanced combination with their activators): Encourages collagen/elastin production, strengthens skin barrier and supports optimal cellular function.
- Vitamin E (4 times as much as grain-fed cows!): Repairs and reverses free radical damage, deeply hydrates and expedites healing process.
- Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA): Known for its anti-inflammatory benefits it brightens the skin, minimizes breakouts and restores balance to damaged skin.
- Palmitoleic acid: Fatty acid with potent antimicrobial properties enhances wound healing and reinforces the delicate skin barrier.
Which ingredient sounds like a good fit for your current skin state and daily routine? Drop it below, we can't wait to hear and for you to experience the difference! XO
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