Suffering from sensitive skin? Plagued by eczema, psoriasis or allergies? Don’t go reaching for the beauty counter. What you need is a natural remedy that will gently soothe your skin without introducing nasty chemicals into the mix. To help you achieve the silky smooth, irritant-free skin you deserve, here are our top 10 recommendations on the best natural beauty ingredients for sensitive skin.
1 – Aloe vera
Best known as a lifesaving after-sun solution, aloe vera does so much more than soothe sunburned skin. In fact, aloe vera is a potent anti-bacterial agent that has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for many, many years to treat sensitive skin conditions. This is because aloe vera detoxifies you from the inside out; packed full of the anti-inflammatories, vitamins, minerals, saccharides, amino acids, fatty acids, enzymes, lignin and salicylic acids that your body needs to repair damaged skin cells at a rapid rate. Aloe vera is so amazing that its use as a skincare remedy can be traced all the way back to Egyptian times. Hey, if it’s good enough for Cleopatra, we figure it’s worth a shot!
2 – Shea butter
Don’t you hate it when you go to wear your favourite sandals only to be stopped in your tracks by cracked heels? Or have you ever woken up the day of a big event only to be greeted by the sight of red, irritated skin?
In these instances you don’t need to reschedule, you need some shea butter. This incredibly effective moisturiser repairs flaky or cracked skin as well as gently hydrating skin and soothing redness and irritation. The main benefit of shea butter is that it is absorbed quickly into your skin so that it can get to work on soothing your skin far quicker than most over the counter remedies. A little added perk is that shea butter also offers gentle UV protections; ideal for sidestepping sunburn on a warm summer’s day.
3 – Olives
There’s a reason why Popeye loves Olive Oil. A tasty accompaniment to salads, olive oil is an amazing skincare solution because it contains a natural moisturizing agent called squalene which improves the moisture balance and elasticity of your skin. Squalene helps to heal cracked, chapped or irritated skin and it prevents the production of excess oil which is ideal for acne suffers or those with oily skin. The squalene in olive oil can even reduce the impact of allergies, eczema and other skin conditions such as scars and blemishes. The list goes on!
4 – Chamomile extract
For many years chamomile has been hailed as a great soothing agent for sensitive skin. Ever wondered what makes chamomile so great? It’s a little ingredient called bisabolol. When extracted from chamomile, this little beauty is actively soothing and is the part of chamomile which gives it such amazing anti-inflammatory powers. Look for beauty products containing chamomile extract (aka bisabolol) and your sensitive skin will be soothed in an instant.
5 – Coconut
Coconuts are your one-stop shop for silky smooth skin and hair! Whether you want to cleanse and moisturise sensitive skin, remove makeup or heal wounds and scars, coconut oil is about to become your new best friend.
So how does it do it? Well, coconut oil is one of the few natural beauty remedies that helps to strengthen your epidermal tissue (the juicy stuff just underneath your first layer of skin). In this manner, coconut oil is amazing at removing dead skin cells, strengthening your body’s natural defence mechanisms and preventing future damage such as redness, breakouts and irritation.
6 – Argan oil
When you walk down any hair or skincare beauty counter you can bet you’ll find something promoting Pure Moroccan Argan Oil. The reason why? This youth-infusing elixir is rich in vitamins A and E, antioxidants and all kinds of essential fatty acids which are just what you need for nourishing your skin, hair and nails.
All it takes is a few drops of pure argan oil applied onto sensitive skin on a daily basis and you can wave bye-bye to itchy bug bites, unsightly acne or painful psoriasis whilst saying hello to nourished, silky smooth and unbelievably radiant skin!
7 – Oatmeal
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so why not put it on your face? No we haven’t gone crazy! Oatmeal (or finely ground-up oat powder to be precise) is so much more than a tasty breakfast; it is also a fantastic remedy for irritated or sensitive skin.
It all comes down to one super special ingredient in oatmeal, beta-glucan, which activates your skin’s immune system and triggers the repair of irritated, sun-burned or cracked skin. This is the best type of natural beauty ingredient because it is working with your body, not against it.
8 – Cucumber seeds
When you think of cucumbers and beauty treatments, most people just imagine putting them on your eyes whilst enjoying a facial. But it’s the actual cucumber seeds that deliver the real salon treatment.
Packed full of phytosterols and essential fatty acids such as linoleic acid, cucumber seed oil (aka Cucumis sativus seed oil’) is brilliant at nourishing dry, damaged skin and accelerating cell repair. Want to know the best part? Cucumber seed oil are also rich in omega-6 fatty acids which have been shown to soothe eczema, psoriasis and many more sensitive skin conditions.
9 – Avocado
Who knew that something which tasted so good could be so great for your complexion? Even if you’re not a fan of avocados on toast, you can’t deny that they work wonders for your skin. Fit to bursting with vitamins A, D and E, these essential nutrients penetrate deep into your skin to soothe damaged skin and to help boost your body’s natural collagen production. As a result, a weekly avocado face mask will leave your skin feeling fresher, looking younger, and free from annoying blemishes and dark marks.
10 – Jojoba oil
Beauty counter ails have been packed full of jojoba inspired remedies in recent years and for good reason. This incredibly moisturising essential oil is unique because its chemical structure is actually a polyunsaturated wax. This means that jojoba oil is ideal for protecting your skin; healing burns, treating acne, dermatitis and irritation whilst reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
Due to its excellent cleansing properties, jojoba oil works together with your skin; unclogging your pores and nourishing your skin with the moisture it needs to shine. No wonder it's been used in Southern America and Mexico for thousands of years!
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