Get to know the benefits of nature’s beauty bounty.
Being in natural surroundings has been shown to reduce stress and increase calm. It also has health benefits, such as improving blood pressure, reducing heart rate, relieving muscle tension and diminishing the production of stress hormones. Incredibly, nature has even more to offer when it comes to beauty. We’ve gathered some of the most powerful beauty-boosters the earth has to offer, so incorporate a little of the environment into your beauty routine and enjoy the benefits of Mother Nature’s gifts.
Mind your beeswax, honey!
We’ve been made increasingly aware of the importance of our little buzzing friends in recent years. Bees are crucial to our food supply: in fact, it’s been estimated that one-third of our food relies primarily on pollination by these insects. They also provide us with beeswax and honey, incredible substances which come from the worker bees (which are, unsurprisingly, female!) and the honeycomb. Look for beauty products containing beeswax and honey, as they offer a wealth of beauty benefits and uses, including:
Beeswax is rich in emollient properties and vitamin A, which are renowned for their skin-repairing abilities. It’s also non-comedogenic, which means it doesn’t clog pores and helps keep moisture locked in. Beeswax can also be used to treat dry, rough and chapped skin, and is helpful in treating certain skin conditions. Honey is used in a massive variety of beauty products, particularly for its skin-repairing and collagen-building properties. The sugars in honey are
natural emollients, increasing your skin’s water content, promoting softness and reducing dryness.
Beeswax and honey are often used to treat acne due to their powerful antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, which help to heal and calm outbreaks. They also nourish, soothe and repair skin, helping to fade scars left by particularly serious acne.
Healing dry, chapped lips
Beeswax is a great ingredient to find in your lip balm and provides soothing relief and deep nourishment for cracked lips.
Honey is a natural humectant, which means it draws and retains moisture. This is great for dry, brittle hair, which honey can help repair and nourish to add softness and shine.
Oceans cover 71% of the earth’s surface, so it should come as no surprise that many powerful beauty-enhancing ingredients can be found in their depths. Beauty products containing these oceanic elements can up your beauty game:
- Sea salt is a mineral-rich, natural exfoliator that’s fantastic in scrubs. It also promotes a healthy, balanced pH in skin, hydrates, encourages skin repair and improves skin tone.
- Astaxanthin is a naturally occurring chemical compound, harvested from micro-algae. It’s widely known
for making things pink – flamingos, salmon, lobster and shrimp all owe their vibrant colouring to astaxanthin. It’s also a powerful antioxidant, effective at fighting free radicals and providing UV protection, which is why it can be found in a variety of beauty products, especially moisturisers and eye creams.
And don’t worry, it won’t turn you pink!
- Algae are packed with antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, which help protect against infection and irritation, as well as nourishing and balancing skin. Algae also have a high concentration of beta-carotene,
which helps provide UV protection and fight free radicals.
- Seaweed is a main ingredient in a wide variety of beauty products, as it contains a range of vitamins, as well as a high concentration of potassium and magnesium salts. These help to reduce signs of ageing
by stimulating skin cells, toning and moisturising, and acting as a natural purifying cleanser to detox skin.
Even so-called ‘dirt’ produced by the earth has beautifying properties! Certain kinds of clay and charcoal have become increasingly popular in skincare and can produce amazing results.
Green clay detoxes skin, ridding it of impurities, excess sebum and oil. It’s especially helpful for oily skins, as it helps fight acne and reduces the appearance of blackheads and pores.
Red clay is rich in trace elements which help brighten the complexion, soothe irritations and stimulate the blood circulation to rejuvenate tired-looking skin. It’s also often used to naturally colour make-up.
Yellow clay gently exfoliates and cleanses skin, absorbing impurities. It also encourages collagen production and has natural anti-ageing properties.
Pink clay is perfect for dry and sensitive skin, as it gently cleanses, soothes and revitalises without causing irritation.
Charcoal is great for deep-cleansing. Activated charcoal has become a popular ingredient in cleansers due to its ability to attract and soak up oils and toxins, unclogging pores. It helps to smooth skin, reduce the appearance of pores, treat acne and rid your skin of toxins.
Blossoms, leaves, herbs and grasses don’t just make the world prettier – many have incredible properties that can help you look and feel more beautiful, too. There are too many varieties for any one list, so we’ve compiled a small
selection of our favourite beauty-boosting plants to look out for in the ingredients lists of products:
- Rose extract can be found in abundance in beauty products, due to its many uses. It’s great for both oily and dry skin types, as it helps to control excess oil while hydrating, refreshing and balancing the pH of skin. Rose is also a powerful antioxidant and has astringent properties which help tighten and minimise pores, while reducing redness.
- Aloe vera is a skin superhero – it helps to slow ageing, treats various skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis, calms inflammation and redness, fades dark spots, improves acne and keeps your skin moisturised. As well as having antibacterial properties, aloe vera promotes collagen production and contains salicylic acid, which helps to unclog pores, as well as zinc, which tightens them.
- Orange blossom extract is distilled by steam from fresh orange blossom flowers. This multi-purpose blossom does it all: cleanses, tones, hydrates, mattifies and helps improve signs of ageing. It’s a natural astringent, which helps keep your skin free of excess oil, and is packed with vitamin C for increased elasticity.
- Lemongrass is another free radical-fighting antioxidant that’s great for skin. It also has astringent properties that constrict blood vessels to minimise the appearance of pores.
- Mafura butter is made from the seeds of the mafura tree and is packed with fatty acids that prevent and treat blemishes. It’s also often found in moisturisers.
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