The 3 Natural Ingredients You Need to Know About

Natural and organic ingredients can be tricky—the language alone is enough to put you into a tailspin even before you pop open the product. But by now, you probably know the basics, and have some favorites you fixate on. So, next time you are in the market for something new and natural, look for these three effective ingredients. 

Pumpkin Seed Oil
Oils are still going strong, thanks to their ability to easily absorb into skin while providing it with nutrients and nourishment. An incredible conditioner that works in a similar manner as coconut oil, pumpkin seed oil hasn’t totally reached the cult level–status of some of its more popular counterparts, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worthy of some serious accolades. Not only is it suitable for your hair and works its magic as a superfood you can eat, but, in relation to skin care, it contains fatty acids, antioxidants and the always-enviable powerhouse vitamins A and E.

Find it in: FIG+YARROW Bath+Body Oil Meadow, $44

Prickly Pear
Chances are, you’ve seen this one before—and, admit it, you think it sounds exotic, but you might not totally know what makes it effective or even what it does. This is another superantioxidant (it’s typically found in oil form, but you can also get the benefits from a product that has the ingredient labeled as “juice”), but what really sets it apart is its anti-inflammatory properties and its claimed ability to help firm and tighten skin. 

Find it in: Osmia Organics Luz Facial Brightening Serum, $75

Carrot
Nourishing and brightening, carrot may be simple in the vegetable department, but it has a whole bevy of benefits when it comes to skin care. Not only does it have a ton of antioxidant properties thanks to vitamin A and beta-carotene (the powerful duo that also gives it its reputation of helping out with eyesight when you eat it), but some research even suggests it might be able to ward off UV rays when applied topically. It’s also very emollient, and, through the process of distillation, this is another ingredient that can be made into an oil as well.

Find it in: Meow Meow Tweet Face Oil, $25