Are you sort of natural?
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You know that botanicals have benefits, but you’re most interested in products that work well. If synthetic stuff delivers better results for your hair, body and skin, that’s what you’ll buy.
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Turn to botanicals for their skin-calming, moisturising or antioxidant benefits. “These are the areas where naturals prove themselves,” explains dermatologist Dr Susan Taylor.
If you want to fight acne or wrinkles with over-the- counter products, you’ll get the best results from retinol and hydroxy acids, which can be found in natural sources, although synthetic versions tend to be stronger.
“There’s no reason not to use both botanicals and synthetics,” advises dermatologist Dr Craig Kraffert. “You’ll also find good combos, like a retinol cream that contains aloe to counteract the drying effects of the active ingredients.”
Other recommended ingredients: tea tree, shea butter and the regenerating plant Myramaze.
 Aloe Unique Aloe & Honey Gel mask R108  Placecol Illumine Anti-oxidant Mist R350  The Body Shop Tea Tree AntiImperfection Night Mask R180  Garnier Ultimate Blends The Nourishing Repairer Butter with Avocado Oil and Shea butter R69.95