Reduce the nasties, not the results, with high-potency natural ingredients that are good for your skin and planet Earth
Natural beauty that’s good for your skin and kind to the planet
Thick, greasy and heavy are all terms associated with natural skincare that can be considered a hangover from the past. While those words may have rung true once upon a time, these days it’s a misconception that natural skincare is a secondrate option compared to synthetic products. “You are a living thing and your skin is the body’s largest organ. So it makes sense that we look to nature for active ingredients to benefit our skin, much like we look to the active components in superfoods which support our health,” says Tailor Skincare founder Sara Quilter, who uses ingredients derived from, and found in, nature in the formulation of all her products. “Natural beauty has grown in leaps and bounds and, with the development of natural emulsifiers and esters, these items can have the feel of a siliconebased product but without the synthetic content.”
When it comes to efficacy, the power of the active ingredients found in nature is one of the most exciting aspects of the natural and organic skincare category. Organic products may not be as quick, easy or cheap to produce as their synthetic counterparts, but they are better by far for you and for the planet, says Lisa Friis from Plantae Organic Skincare.
“The great customer feedback and the independent testing we have done has shown amazing efficacy results and we are continuing to test our products under a number of scenarios to put more and more science behind us. We know organic works, but we need to be able to prove this to the first-time buyer.”
Before buying, do your research and look for companies with compelling customer survey and clinical test results. Be sure to pick brands that have been proven to be natural or are certified organic.
Think your skin concerns can’t be effectively treated using natural products? Think again. Look for these potent plant and naturally derived ingredients to tackle those troubles head-on.
Vitamin E supports natural skin rejuvenation, hydrates a dry complexion, reduces damage caused by external free radicals, and reduces the effects of sunburn. Rosemary has been found to have high levels of antioxidants that help to protect the skin from environmental stressors. Niacinamide, also known as vitamin B3 and niacin, works to prevent water loss, supports ceramide production, and helps refine skin texture and improve oiliness, tone, discolouration and breakouts. It increases the skin’s natural cell-to-cell communication and can therefore assist with the signs of premature ageing.
Ginseng root stimulates the metabolism to energise the appearance of the skin. Lactic acid or fruit enzymes gently slough off dead skin cells.
Kakadu plum is the richest source of vitamin C and helps to detoxify, brighten and fight the damage caused by free radicals.
Rose is undoubtedly the queen of all botanicals when it comes to hydration, says Danielle Williams, aesthetician, aromatherapist and education specialist for Jurlique.
“It is suitable for all skin types and no other flower moisturises, softens and restores hydration to skin the way that the rose does,” says Williams.
Silver ear mushroom is touted as nature’s answer to hyaluronic acid as it can hold up to 500 times its own weight in water and creates an invisible film to prevent trans-epidermal water loss, improving skin’s ability to retain moisture.
Aloe vera – with 138 known nurturing properties – has a natural affinity with the skin, acting as a protective layer and helping to replenish its moisture, says Holly Proudman, clinical educator for Advanced Skin Technology. “Because of its nutritional qualities and antioxidant properties, the skin rejuvenates quicker.”
Nasturtium and peppermint are at the top of Williams’ list for decongesting the skin. Deep-steaming with these ingredients helps to lift away impurities, refresh and purify the skin, she explains. “This process detoxifies the skin from any build-up of makeup, pollution and sunscreen, keeping it looking fresh and clear.”
Pure jojoba oil is a great non-clogging and balancing moisturiser which is similar to the skin’s own oil. “Oils break down oils, so it helps to reduce congestion and balance oily skin,” says Milly Hart, a holistic facialist at Tonic Room.
Bamboo charcoal is known for its purifying powers. It acts like a magnet to draw out impurities that clog pores by binding to toxins and other pollutants to detoxify the skin.
From left: Elemental Herbology Nutrition Infusion Sheet Mask, $72, from Mecca. Crisp Cosmetics Eye Cream with Vitamin E and C, $35. Linden Leaves Rosemary and Cypress Hand and Body Lotion, $25.
From left: Organic Nation Black Rice Scrub, $61. Jurlique Purity Specialist Compress Concentrate, $72. Evolu Active Age-Defence Facial Serum, $65.
From left: Grown Alchemist Balancing Toner Rose Absolute, Ginseng & Chamomile, $40, from Smith & Caughey’s. The Beauty Chef Probiotic Skin Refiner, $80, from Tonic Room. Lewin & Reilly Kakadu Plum Rejuvenating Serum, $75.
From left: Plantae Rose Otto Essential Water, $32.90. Jurlique Nutri-Define MultiCorrecting Day Cream, $160. Weleda Age Revitalizing Concentrate Evening Primrose, $49.90.