Mother Nature has already provided us with an abundance of nutritious greens, reds, and yellows to feed and nourish our gut. And although we may dabble in a little cheese from time to time, it’s really the natural foods straight from the source that keeps us living lively and healthy. So not surprisingly, the same well-known concept applies to healthy, glowing skin!
We were taught to eat our fruits and veggies, but we were never really taught what to feed our skin. That’s why we’re here.
It all really comes down to maintaining the homeostasis and balance that our bodies need, which can be a much more complex process than you’d think. One day you feel proactive for taking your vitamins, the next day you feel confused for peeing out colors of the rainbow. You might think those daily B2 vitamins are really breaking down your carbohydrates, but the truth is if your body is already producing what it needs, then the excess is futile, and sometimes toxic.
A great example of this is one of the most common misconceptions about acne care: the drying out process. Most spot solution products on the market used to cure acne are drying lotions. However, acne is originally caused by excess sebum. And by using products that dry out your skin too much, you can actually just trigger your body to produce more sebum. But by using the right natural oils instead, you can help balance the oil production, so you don’t produce more oil which is essentially what causes your pores to clog.
So, what are the fruits and veggies of the skincare ingredient world, you might ask? We’ve broken some of them down into a list for you:
Orange Blossom Water: Comes from the blossoms on, you guessed it: orange trees. Not only does it have a lovely citrus smell, but it’s also great for soothing and toning skin.
Bakuchiol: Derived from the Ayurvedic Babchi plant, it is a 100% natural retinol alternative that works beneath the skin to help stimulate collagen, strengthen the skin foundation, and minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
Hyaluronic acid: Don’t let the term acid make you skeptical, hyaluronic acid is a carbohydrate that our bodies already produce naturally. It helps by improving elasticity and hydration, which minimizes the appearance of wrinkles.
Carrot Extract: Increases cell turnover, brightens skin, and reduces inflammation.
Hibiscus Extract: Rich in powerful antioxidants that help prevent damage caused by free radicals. These natural acids help to purify your skin by breaking down dead skin and increasing cell turnover.
Apple fruit extract: High in antioxidants to protect your skin from free radicals, and to help it maintain youthful elasticity for longer.
Rosehip seed oil: A pressed seed oil, extracted from the seeds of the wild rose bush in the southern Andes. Rich in Vitamins A & C and Omega 6, which deeply hydrates and nourishes the skin.
Squalane (olive derived): Squalene is a lipid produced naturally by your skin cells, the production works as a natural hydrator. It’s a non-comedogenic that helps soothing and improves skins elasticity.
Meadowfoam seed oil: Extracted from the seeds of the Limnanthes alba flowering plant. Rich in antioxidants Vitamins C & E this oil closely resembles human sebum. Naturally, helps skin effectively form a barrier to lock in moisture and deliver nutrients deep into your epidermis.
Marula oil: High in antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and amino acids, which improves skin's elasticity and provides long-lasting hydration.
Jojoba seed oil: The liquid produced in the seed of the Simmondsia Chinensis (jojoba) plant. Contains powerful antioxidants; Vitamins A, D, & E and Omega 6 & 9 fatty acids. Known as nature's moisturizer because it mimics the oils our bodies produce.
Baobab oil: Derived from the seeds of the fruits of Baobab trees. Vitamins A, D, E & F, helps rejuvenate damaged skin cells and soothe dry skin. Rich in omega fatty acids, this oil does anti-aging wonders by fighting free radicals and improving skin elasticity.
Moringa seed oil: Derived from the seeds of Moringa oleifera, a small tree native to the Himalayan mountains. It’s packed with antioxidants and Vitamins A, C, & E. Great source of oleic acid; a monounsaturated fatty acid that can replenish skin and help guard against moisture loss.
Raspberry seed oil: Helps protect from UVA and UVB rays.