Seeking a gorgeous, natural glow? From plant oils to super seeds, here are the skin-loving powerhouses to look out for
Naturally derived ingredients originate from the Earth’s plants, minerals, flowers, nuts and seeds, drawing on the power of Mother Nature to heal, protect and nourish. Whether you’re in search of a glow-getting serum or a delightful in-shower treat, these head-to-toe beauty picks are powered by some of the best of what nature has to offer.
If you want: Supple, radiant skin
Look for: Outstanding oils
Plant-based oils aren’t just useful in the kitchen — many of them are great for your skin, too. Considered emollients, oils extracted from certain fruit, nuts and seeds can soften the skin, help restore the skin barrier and boost elasticity. For visibly revitalized, nourished skin, opt for a moisturizer like NUXE BIO Glow Rich Moisturizing Cream which contains a blend of organic argan, macadamia and apricot botanical oils to bring suppleness and comfort to normal to dry skin, while citrus fruit stem cells add a brightening touch.
If you want: Protection against the elements
Look for: Amazing antioxidants
Whether you spend your days outdoors or at a desk, antioxidants can help fight damage from exposure to pollution, UV rays† and blue light, which can age and dull the skin. For a healthier-looking, more youthful complexion, check for antioxidants in your skin care products. The antioxidant-rich blueberry extract and ginseng found in Dr Roebuck’s Tassie Anti-Pollution Serum help shield against external aggressors, while Vitamins A, C and E help to fortify the skin.
If you want: More resilient skin
Look for: Mighty minerals
Want visibly luminous, healthy-looking skin? Turn to minerals. Minerals are a natural source of micronutrients, which often have antimicrobial, antibacterial and antioxidant properties that help protect the skin. If your face needs a pick-me-up, consider Graydon Skin Stuff Face & Eye Cream. This Canadian-made cream is teeming with ultra-hydrating maple-sap water, which naturally boasts a high concentration of minerals to effectively quench thirsty skin. Plus, the addition of rosehip extract and rosehip seed oil (containing vitamins A, B, C and E), and antioxidant-rich blackcurrant seed oil give your skin a hit of brightness.
If you want: A natural-looking glow
Look for: Fabulous florals
Certain florals are amazing for skin on account of their naturally therapeutic properties. Rosehips for example, the fruit of the rose plant, can benefit the skin in a multitude of ways, thanks to their high vitamin and antioxidant content which can provide anti-inflammatory and anti-aging benefits. Neal’s Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm is a multi-use beauty balm made from 99.6% organic ingredients including organic wild rosehip oil, organic geranium and patchouli essential oils. This combination helps feed your skin and enhances your natural radiance. Use it as an exfoliating cleanser, nourishing treatment or to provide a natural highlight to your cheekbones or lips.
If you want: A clearer complexion
Look for: Powerful plant extracts
Plant and herb extracts are found in plenty of skincare products, and for good reason: most are brimming with naturally occurring vitamins and amino acids which have a positive effect on the skin. Some ingredients, like plant sterols, also contain skin-calming properties, which can help reduce redness and irritation. Infused with soothing moringa seed oil, meadowsweet and bitter orange extracts, My Clarins Re-Move Purifying Cleansing Gel uses plant-based goodness to help gently dissolve impurities. This gel cleanser balances blemish-prone skin by counteracting excess sebum and also tackles the drying effects of hard water, leaving skin feeling clean and purified.
If you want: Head-to-toe rejuvenation
Look for: Hydrating hemp seed
Why hemp? A moisturizing powerhouse, this multipurpose plant oil is bursting with anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, which can soothe and treat irritated skin. Dry skin, meet your saviour: philosophy nature in a jar nourishing in-shower oil with hemp derived cannabis sativa seed oil. This ultra-luxe in-shower oil’s star ingredient leaves skin feeling deeply replenished and revitalized. Pro tip: add a splash to your bubble bath for an extra dose of nourishment.