Not all beauty products are made equal and, with the addition of one of a handful of hard-working ingredients, you can take your regime from simple to SUPER. Naturally derivative and highly effective, we showcase the uber-ingredients that are more than worth their salt.
First up, nature’s toxin magnet. Detoxifying charcoal attracts and absorbs impurities on contact, yet cannot be absorbed by the body, so stubborn toxins are flushed away with it. Extra points if it’s ‘activated’, i.e. heat-treated to increase its surface area and, in turn power of absorption. Look to charcoal to regulate oilier complexions; it soaks up sebum, exfoliates and prevents breakouts by clearing and tightening pores.
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Extended contact super-charges the effects: try a masque or tooth polish for maximum results.
There’s more to aloe than sunburn relief. This soothing anti-inflammatory doubles as a protective antibacterial by forming a barrier against aggravators that can inflame acne, psoriasis or eczema. Sebum production is reduced, banishing shine, while cell turnover is accelerated and moisture is locked in, leaving smooth, hydrated skin. What’s more, aloe packs a cocktail of antioxidants and boosts collagen production, making it a key player in natural anti-ageing.
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Try aloe to minimise stretch marks: it heals from within and improves elasticity for visible results.
We all know vitamin C can transform your diet but have you tried adding it to your beauty regime? A potent antioxidant, this natural miracle can reverse sun damage by neutralising free radicals and evening out irregular pigmentation. This, combined with a boost to collagen production, effectively combats the signs of ageing; choose a vitamin C-enriched cream or serum for a brighter, tighter complexion with greater elasticity.
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Look for vitamin C under its chemical names, ascorbic acid and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate.
The beauty buzzword to get behind, hyaluronic acid delivers a skin boosting moisture-shot for intense hydration that lasts. This super-molecule holds humectant properties, pulling water from the environment to retain skin’s moisture levels and ensure a smooth, dewy complexion. Not just a hydrator, hyaluronic acid works as a fast-acting solution against visible signs of ageing, leaving skin plumped and firmed with fine lines erased.
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Use it post-cleansing, pre-moisturiser, to lock in moisture and create a smooth base for makeup.
AHAs, or alpha hydroxy acids, are the liquid exfoliators revolutionising skin renewal. Often naturally-derived – look for glycolic or lactic acid – these clever chemical solutions offer a gentle alternative to abrasive scrubs, dissolving the bonds between old and new cells so dead skin cells can be lifted away. Over time, expect AHAs to regulate skin texture, minimise acne and erase hyperpigmentation, leaving skin glowing, balanced and super smooth.
Ease in by starting on a low concentration, until you find one that suits your skin‘s needs.
Lauded for its youth-restoring abilities, retinol is the vitamin A derivative that serves as a powerful force against skin ageing. By boosting cell turnover and collagen production, the dermatologist-approved ingredient works to reveal firmer, de-wrinkled, even-toned skin. While its at-times-fearful reputation needn’t be a deal-breaker, introducing retinol slowly is crucial for avoiding nasty side effects like flaking and redness that can accompany misuse.
Retinol can sensitise skin to UV rays so reserve it for night-time and always use a daily SPF.
Once the preserve of healing spa therapies, mud is making its way into our bathrooms, thanks to its knack for drawing out impurities, absorbing excess oil and stocking the skin with vital nutrients. A naturally-rich melting pot of minerals, vitamins and phytonutrients, it delivers a restorative boost that invigorates from within, deeply soothing and aiding relaxation. And, if getting dirty is the key to clearer, brighter skin, we’re here for it.
Maximise on mud’s healing powers by giving it ample to time to penetrate as a mask or soak.
Algae & Seaweed
Primed as the next big thing in anti-ageing, algae could be nature’s key to younger-looking skin. Loaded with vitamins and minerals, think of algae-rich skin care as the spirulina of your regime, packing all its antioxidant benefits. The humectant properties that help algae maintain moisture keep skin soft, hydrated and saturated with nutrients, while amino acids and omega-3 boost detoxification for flawless skin that glows with health.
Algae also encompasses seaweed so look out for products listing the marine miracle plant too.