The Best Natural Ingredients for your Beauty Regime
We’ve heard so much in recent years about how natural skincare and beauty products are better for our bodies and our lifestyles – we started KOHA Beauty because we believe in it so much! Natural, ethical, sustainable skincare is the way forward for all of us, to cut down on chemicals, reduce our exposure to toxins and hopefully reduce waste along the way.
But when it comes to buying your natural skincare, we appreciate it can be something of a minefield. When you don’t have glossy magazines or enormous billboards proclaiming a product’s benefits, you have to go with the info you’re presented with, which, when it comes to small-scale, independent natural beauty brands, is usually the ingredients list. But what even are half of those things anyway?
If you’re struggling to know your rosehip from your retinol, we’re here to help. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite natural skincare ingredients, to help you understand what the best ingredients are and which ones you should be looking out for, to help you build an ethical but effective skincare regime.
Rosehip oil is a multi-tasking wonder ingredient that we can’t get enough of. It’s packed with fatty acids, antioxidants and high levels of vitamin C, which work together to create an amazing healing, moisturising oil that hydrates, nourishes and brightens your skin. Adding rosehip oil into your daily skincare routine could help you achieve a more hydrated, youthful and radiant complexion, plus it works to improve the appearance of scars or dark spots, and fights acne too. What more could you want?
Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is another versatile ingredient that can be used for a multitude of things across your beauty regime. It’s been used as a traditional medicine for centuries, but these days it’s much more common in skincare. Tea tree is known to kill off certain bacteria, viruses and fungi, making it hugely effective as a spot treatment, hand sanitiser, antiseptic, dandruff treatment or even a natural deodorant.
You’re probably already familiar with shea butter, as it’s a very popular choice for body lotions and hand creams, even for the big brands. The high concentration of fatty acids and vitamins make shea butter ideal for softening skin, but it also has anti-inflammatory and healing properties too, which can help to soothe and calm red or irritated skin. Shea locks into the skin, ensuring that your skin stays hydrated for hours longer than other ingredients. We wouldn’t recommend applying pure shea butter to your face, as it’s comedogenic and can clog the pores, causing breakouts, but it works wonders for your body!
Charcoal has become very popular in skincare in the past few years, and not just because it looks fun to apply. Activated charcoal has incredible powers of adsorption and magnetism, making it very effective at drawing out oil, dirt and bacteria from the pores and helping you to achieve a brighter, clearer and more flawless complexion. Charcoal face washes are great for those who have problematic skin, and charcoal soaps can help those who suffer with blocked pores all over the body. You can even get charcoal face masks which latch on to the skin and suck out all of the impurities as you remove them, which can be quite addictive!
Like rosehip, jojoba is another wonder-oil that can be used for a multitude of reasons. A hugely effective moisturiser, you’ll often find jojoba in products such as cleaners, moisturisers, shampoos and body lotions, but you can use it to remove makeup, treat razor burn, seal split ends and treat skin infections too. The texture of sebum in our skin is very similar to the texture of jojoba oil, which means that jojoba can very easily replace sebum in areas where the body stops doing it naturally – making it very effective at treating issues such as acne, oily skin and dandruff. Plus, jojoba oil is also non-comedogenic, so you can apply it to your face without fear of breakouts.
Which are your favourite natural skincare ingredients, and how do you use them?