PLANT POWER

Re­duce the nas­ties, not the results, with high-po­tency nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents that are good for your skin and planet Earth

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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.

NAT­U­RAL KNOW-HOW

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.

ANTI-AGE­ING SU­PER­STARS

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.

TEX­TURE-RE­FIN­ING SAVIOURS

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.

HY­DRA­TION HE­ROES

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.”

CON­GES­TION KICK­ERS

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.

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