For centuries, man has been using extracts and essences from plants and flowers to enhance beauty and promote healthy skin. Today, these natural ingredients are enjoying resurgent popularity in innovative skincare products, especially among Koreans who are considered global trendsetters when it comes to beauty. Big Korean brands such as Annie’s Way, Innisfree, and Nature Republic are getting on to this back-to-nature trend.
There are many natural ingredients that provide great benefits to the skin, and it may be confusing to choose which one to use. However, you can start among the most sought-after natural components in skincare products, and these include the following:
Arbutin is becoming all the rage these days in skincare products because of its fantastic whitening properties that are comparable to other popular traditional ingredients such as vitamin C, kojic acid, and licorice.
All of these substances are called tyrosinase inhibitors. Tyrosinase is an enzyme contained in melanocytes, or pigments produced inside cells that cause the problematic visible brown spots on the skin.
Abrutin is a natural ingredient from the bearberry plant. While licorice and kojic acid are also natural components (the former is derived from the licorice plant, while the former is made from mushrooms), arbutin is slowly emerging as the superior whitening component for its relative gentleness.
Don’t be put off by the idea of applying charcoal on your face. Some people even ingest it in health drinks! The substance is a great detoxifying agent for the skin, drawing out dirt, oil, and impurities.
Charcoal is a great ingredient to look for in masks because it can sit on the face for a longer period and remove more toxins deep in the pores. The result is visibly cleaner, smoother, and more supple skin.
Aloe is extracted from the aloe vera plant, and it has been used by humankind for ages for its soothing, anti-inflammatory properties. No wonder that in today’s modern times, it still serves great purpose to quell acne and skin imbalances. It is effective for skin conditions such as eczema, dandruff, and psoriasis.
Aloe is also rich in vitamins C and E, as well as anti-oxidants, making skin firmer and more hydrated. It is a wonderful natural moisturizer that enhances oxygen absorption of the skin, improving its elasticity and contributing to an overall youthful glow.
The rose flower is not only an icon of beauty, but of health as well. Its fragrance is not only pleasing, but also therapeutic. Ancient Greeks and Romans started the practice of enhancing their bath water with rose petals.
For many centuries now, components derived from roses have been widely used in cosmetics and even medicine. Essential oil distilled from rose petals have been found to provide antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties—making it useful for a variety of ailments and conditions.
In this era of modern technology, synthetic components and chemicals still take a backseat to natural ingredients that are either time-tested or newly discovered to work wonders on the skin. Be sure to check out the latest skincare and beauty products that provide the unbeatable benefits from Mother Nature.