We rely on beauty products and their ingredients to repair, correct and maintain our skin, body and hair. But do you know what each ingredient does? From chocolate to watermelon, click through the ultimate guide to beauty ingredients.
The Antioxidant Powerhouse
Known as one of nature’s finest free-radical fighters, this superfood combines antioxidants, vitamins, amino acids and omega fatty acids to reverse signs of aging.
Try this: FRESH Sugar Acai Age-Delay Body Cream, $65
The Skin-Soothing Savior
Straight from the leaf, aloe vera has been a main go-to for healing burns caused by radiation damage. It also helps soothe skin conditions such as psoriasis and sunburn, and may reduce constipation if taken orally.
Try this: Ole Henriksen Aloe Vera Deep Cleanser, $22
A Bushel of Beauty
Eating one a day can keep the doctor away, but adding this crisp ingredient to your daily diet can fend off signs of aging. Rich in vitamins A, B, C and K, plus antioxidants, apples are great foods to consume to help promote skin rejuvenation.
Try this: Green Apple Peel Full Strength, $45
The Skin Soother
Chock-full of vitamin E, protein and potassium, avocado oil (when applied topically) soothes skin and heals wounds, and may also help lower cholesterol when ingested.
Try this: Giovanni Avocado & Olive Oil Ultra-Moist Conditioner, $9
The Skin Soother
Try this: philosophy The Microdelivery Triple-Acid Brightening Peel, $70
The Anti-Aging Superfruit Packed with antioxidants and vitamins, this tiny fruit contains anti-inflammatory properties and is loaded with vitamin C to help prevent premature signs of aging. Studies also Studies also show blueberries can help banish belly fat.
Try this: Drunk Elephant Pekee Bar, $28
The Wound Healer
When applied directly to skin, this anti-inflammatory has the power to help encourage the growth of new tissue during the wound-healing process—it also helps to reduce pain and swelling.
Try this: Jurlique Calendula Redness Resue Soothing Moisturising Cream, $46
The Rock of All Trades
Known for its cleansing capabilities (skin, hair, teeth, etc.), beauty experts also tout charcoal’s detoxifying effects. Drinking activated charcoal can help clean out toxins that build up in the stomach and intestines.
The Ultimate Hydrator
Safe to use on the face and body, this anti-aging oil is rich in vitamin E, contains skin-repairing proteins and has the power to soften tough, cracked skin.
Try this: Mizani Coconut Souffle Light Moisturizing Hairdress, $21
The Multitasking Acid
Known to be one of the most effective AHAs, glycolic acid improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating elastin and collagen in the dermis and treats conditions like acne, dry skin, sun damage, psoriasis and more.
Try this: Drunk Elephant T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, $90
Goji Berry Extract
The Ancient Superfruit
Believed to have helped you live longer, these berries have been eaten in Asia for many generations and they treat conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure. This nutritional fruit boosts a bevy of wellness benefits and is said to help you sleep better.
Essential Oil All-Star
Despite its name, grapeseed oil isn’t oily at all. It’s a light film that promotes hair growth and strengthening, stands in as a natural substitute for shaving cream, and helps control moisture levels in your skin.
Try this: Aura Cacia Natural Skin Care Oil Harmonizing Grapeseed, $3.99
The Antioxidant Essential
When applied both topically and taken internally, the high level of antioxidants in green tea defend against the oxidative damage that causes wrinkles, loose skin and discoloration.
The Natural Moisturizer
The moisture-rich oil produced from the seeds of this shrub makes it an ideal ingredient for cleansers, balms and moisturizers. It can also be used on its own to hydrate skin and hair because it mimics the natural oils of the body.
Try this: NexGen Coconut & Jojoba Serum, $30
The Allergy Remedy
The roots of licorice have hundreds of healing substances to treat baldness, body odor, tooth problems and skin conditions. It’s also an ideal ingredient for those with allergies and/or bronchitis since it’s highly soothing.
Try this: Skin Inc. Licorice Serum RELIEVE, $45
The Skin + Hair Cleanser
Rich in iron, magnesium and other elements, this natural, mineral-rich clay comes from the Atlas Mountains of Morocco and is ideal for absorbing impurities in the skin and hair, removing dead cells, tightening the pores and softening the skin.
Try this: REN Moroccan Rose Otto Body Wash, $27
The Scalp Soother
Also known as sea buckthorn, obliphica contains a high volume of omega-3, -6, -7 and -9 fatty acids, along with an alphabet of vitamins, all of which promote healthy skin and hair. Some studies show obliphica aids in hair elasticity and builds up healthy cells on your scalp.
Try this: Obliphica Professional Seaberry Shampoo, $24
Raspberry Seed Oil
The Natural Sunscreen
Red raspberry seed oil contains a high dose of essential omega fatty acids, which enhance skin’s barrier function and decrease epidermal water loss. It works as a natural moisturizer and sunblock with a UVB SPF of about 30.
Try this: Red Raspberry Seed Oil 100% Pure, $13.95
The Age Fighter
Resveratrol protects the body against heart disease, certain types of cancers and diabetes and may also be effective in fighting acne. It also has been linked to the reduction of oxidative stress, which prevents the signs of premature aging.
Try this: philosophy Miracle Worker Miraculous Ant-Aging Moisturizer, $60
The Dark Spot Remover
Chock-full of vitamins and essential fatty acids, rose hips are known to hydrate skin, correct itchiness and remove dark spots while reducing scars. Some even believe this ingredient could be the next coconut oil.
Try this: Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster, $48
The Redness Reducer
The Stress Fighter
The essential oil extracted from sage is often blended into massage oils in aromatherapy, as it relieves nervousness, stress, headaches, anxiety and fatigue. It also has antibacterial properties, which help reduce signs of aging such as inflammation.
Try this: Sage and Citrus Candle, $15.99
The Skin Healer
Try this: L’Occitane Ultra Rich Body Cream Rich in Shea Butter, $44
The Not-So-Healthy Habit
Most types of soda are connected to health issues such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes and tooth decay when consumed in large quantities on a regular basis. If you must include soda in your diet, choose lighter-colored options versus those that are darker (they can stain your teeth) and limit your intake.
Try this: OPI Nail Lacquer -You’re so Vain-illa, $6
The Immune Booster
A natural type of algae that comes in powder form, spirulina is full of amino acids (protein), iron, antioxidants and B-vitamins that help give the immune system a boost when it needs it. Mix it into a smoothie and enjoy!
Try this: SpiruLines Intensive Wrinkle Smoothing Cream, $118
Sweet Almond Oil
The Skin Rejuvenator
Rich in vitamins, nutrients, antioxidants and protein, this plant-based ingredient softens and soothes chapped and irritated skin, works to reverse sun-damage, lightens dark under-eye circles and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Try this: WEN Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner, $32
The Skin Protector
Used to treat skin conditions like acne and eczema, this ingredient can also heal wounds, reverse sun damage and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It can be found in sweet potatoes.
Try this: Anthony High Performance Vitamin A Facial Treatment, $48
The Blemish Buster
Found in meat, fish and poultry, this beneficial vitamin contains enzymes that help prevent acne and reduce skin inflammation that causes rosacea flare-ups.
Fundamental for an overall healthy body (think bones, teeth, gums and blood), this ingredient protects against free-radical and sun damage, creates collagen and is even thought to help relieve the symptoms of the common cold. It can be found in oranges.
Try this: Ole Henriksen Truth Revealed Vitamin C Super Creme SPF 15, $55
The Digestion Helper
Tangy and refreshing, this juicy fruit not only tastes good, but also helps promote digestive health and reduce inflammatory conditions such as asthma.
Try this: Back To Basics White Grapefruit Clarifying Shampoo, $8
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