Now, more than ever, natural ingredients are topping the list on skincare product labels. And for good reason – naturally derived components can make a product less likely to irritate or spark an allergic reaction. Products containing a high proportion of natural ingredients and few or no synthetic ones are also more likely to be safer, both for your body and the planet, according to the skincare and beauty researchers at Adore Cosmetics.
Coconut oil. This tropical-smelling emollient is all the rage because of its versatility in the skincare realm. In addition to its moisture-capturing properties, as an ingredient in a well-formulated natural skincare product, coconut oil is also antibacterial and antifungal. The use of oils for skin care is nothing new; they are commonly found in everyday products like moisturizers and makeup. And while plant oils can be great for boosting your skin’s moisture, it’s not necessarily best to use them solo, that is, straight out of the bottle or jar. Look for coconut oil in the ingredient list.
Soy. Applied to the skin in lotions, creams, or serums, soy has been shown to lighten discoloration due to melasma and sun damage. It seems to inhibit the skin’s over-production of melanin skin pigment. Products containing soy are a good option if you want to avoid prescription-strength hydroquinone or retinoids, but have some spots or dark patches you’d like to be rid of.
Vitamin C. An oldie but a goodie, vitamin C’s health-boosting powers have been known for years, particularly when it comes to battling colds and improving immunity. Not too surprisingly, this nutrient also delivers benefits when used topically. Considered by some to be an anti-aging superstar, vitamin C can even out your skin tone, revitalize the surface of your skin, significantly improve hydration, and keep your skin looking younger, longer. Ascorbic acid or L-ascorbic acid is the form of vitamin C that has been studied the most for use on the skin. Look for toners, serums, gels, or lotions containing this ingredient near the top of the label’s list.
Adore Cosmetics shares its insights into natural skincare products based on its own research into harnessing the power of nature to promote organic beauty.