By Lesley-Ann Trow
“Nature has provided us with everything we need to
nurture our skin; we should just let it get on with it.”
T Here are some of the best natural ingredients for skincare to
here’s no shortage
of skincare brands
- marketing, effectively heal, nurture, moisturise and slow down the ageing
advertising and process. It’s also important to note the order the ingredients
making claims on
the shelves in your are listed on the label. The more there is of an ingredient, the
local pharmacy, health food closer to the top of the list it is.
store or where ever it is you go
to buy your beauty products.
Underneath all the hype
there are some fundamental JOJOBA OIL ROSEHIP OIL nutrients lost during the
guidelines you can follow day and repairs the skin
when purchasing your skincare With properties similar Best renowned for its
to the skin’s own sebrum, anti-aging benefits, rosehip while you sleep. Can be
to ensure your ‘natural’ or used for dry skins, as it can
‘organic’ product is everything jojoba oil is easily absorbed oil is extracted from the
fruit of the rose bush. The balance the skin.
the label says it is. for maximum moisturising.
With strong antibacterial oil is extracted in order
Several environmentally and antifungal properties, to get the high essential
and health conscious skincare it can destroy skin bacteria fatty acids, which make
companies have spent a fortune and fungi making it it such a beneficial oil for
in research and development anti-aging and regeneration
to make safe products that are useful in the treatment
of the skin. Along with
full of active natural ingredients of acne, psoriasis, eczema the essential fatty acids,
and no chemical nasties. Many and dermatitis. It’s also rosehip oil is also rich in
of these are just as, and often known as nature’s wrinkle Vitamin C, A, D and E
more effective than products fighter – when applied, it and antioxidants. The COCONUT OIL
sold over the counter in holds water in the skin and vitamin C in rosehip oil is Noted as one of
department stores every day. it even absorbs UV rays responsible for producing the best ingredients for
Nature has provided us with before they can penetrate collagen and improving healthy hair and used
everything we need to nurture the skin. It can also act as a skin elasticity. Used at in India, coconut oil
our skin; we should just let it natural preservative with its night, it acts as a skin helps to condition and
get on with it. antioxidant properties. multi-vitamin, replacing repair hair and help with
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dandruff. The different PANTHENOL The chemical nasties you’re looking for
acids and antioxidants and This plant derived pro
antibacterial properties are vitamin B5 is an effective
when it comes to preservatives include;
the reasons for its benefits. aid for irritated or
Good for cooking and damaged skin.
the face, coconut oil is Parabens (Propyl, Sodium Lauryl
nourishing and moisturising GREEN TEA Methyl, Butyl, or Ethyl): Sulfate (SLS): SLS acts
without being too heavy on Parabens are used as as a surfactant, degreaser,
the face. It’s great for dry, Organic green tea preservatives in numerous and emulsifier and is used
flaky skin in winter and for (Camellia sinensis): A potent skin care and hair care in numerous foaming
helping to improve those anti-oxidant known to fight products. They are highly personal care products
wrinkles or sagging. free radicals helps rejuvenate toxic as they release such as soaps, shampoos,
the skin and prevents sun Formaldehyde when exposed body wash products, face
damage. Promotes elasticity to the air and cause allergic cleansers, shaving cream,
- as well as being high in
and skin reactions. etc. This detergent affects
B complex. the eyes and delays their
There’s a whole host of healing time. It can be
other chemical nasties to absorbed by the skin surface
MANUKA HONEY avoid if you’re concerned and gets accumulated
Included in facial about your health, and in your body organs.
creams to treat acne due to the health of your family. When used in products
antibacterial properties and Several of these ingredients containing nitrogen-based
also contains lactic acid and are now considered a cancer raw materials, it forms
helps remove dead skin cells risk, especially breast cancer. carcinogenic nitrates, which
in facial cleansers. More and more research is are known to cause irritation
being done so that in the to the eye and skin.
CALENDULA future they can have them
Included for its banned from skincare. Fragrance/Parfum:
antibacterial and soothing Artificial fragrance can cause
Propylene Glycol: numerous health problems
properties. Many creams Propylene glycol is obtained
LAVENDER OIL for babies’ skin also contain including headaches, lung
from petrochemicals and is problems, skin irritation
Lavender oil is best calendula; it’s also great added in numerous skin
known for its fabulous in hair care to sooth and dizziness.
care creams and lotions as
smell. Used regularly sensitive scalps. an emulsifying agent. Mineral Oil: Mineral
in natural perfumes or It makes the skin look oils are obtained from
aromatherapy blends, it also UNREFINED SHEA smooth; however, it speeds petroleum products and
has antiseptic and antifungal BUTTER
properties. It helps to soothe up aging of the skin. It can cause skin irritations.
Shea butter is a also causes irritation and They block skin pores,
sunburn and heal wounds. common ingredient in
Combined with chamomile, contact dermatitis. which restricts movement of
body butters, lip balms
lavender oil helps with and moisturisers – creamy
eczema treatment. yellow in colour; it has a
lovely nutty fragrance. This
unrefined version retains
many of the remarkable Organic and natural products
properties for which shea with super natural results!
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Preserving natural and
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sticking points. Certified to ensure best results for your skin.
organic skincare can have
no chemical interference,
ALOE this means water based
Aloe is found in many products that are prone
skincare products, especially to bacterial growth once
products designed for oily opened, must contain a
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nutrients and waste matter
from the cells.
These are also used as
preservatives and are
known for causing
contact dermatitis. Packaging is the final element for consideration
Ingredients with for natural and organic skincare.
PEG in the name:
Polyethylene Glycol is
their extended name; Certified organic skincare can contain only natural ingredients so it’s incredibly important
they should be avoided to stop bacterial growth, by keeping air from getting into the packaging. Some skincare
in cleansers for your skin companies have again spent a fortune in research and development to ensure that their super
effective ingredients maintain their integrity for the life of the product. It should also be noted
and hair, as independent here that the time between starting and discarding most organic and natural skincare should
testing has shown they only be about 9 to 12 months. A product you love to use probably wouldn’t last you that
can be contaminated with long anyway.
1,4-Dioxane; a petroleum-
derived carcinogenic WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN PACKAGING:
compound that is also Recycleable or Reusable: Just makes good sense.
used in dry cleaning Positive Packaging: Opening and dispenser is at the bottom of the packaging allowing gravity
solvents, lacquers and to make it airtight.
Dark coloured glass: To maintain the integrity of active ingredients and Essential Oils.
Synthetic colours can cause As wonderful as it would be to live in a world where all products were labelled with 100%
allergic skin reactions. honesty (and claims had to be proven without a doubt before they could be made); we’re not
Triethanolamine We can all help move a step closer though by making the hugely profitable skincare
(TEA): TEA is used to industry conscious of the new paradigm by voting with our wallets and supporting skincare
adjust the pH of the companies that have embraced nature in word and action by creating super effective products
cosmetics. It causes various that have a positive impact on the future of our planet and our health.
allergic reactions including
eye problems, and dryness
of hair and skin. Also look Lesley-Ann Trow is the founder of www.gorgeousthings.com.au -
out for MEA and DEA for The Pink Guide to Being Green and Gorgeous
the same reasons.
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