Navigating the world of natural skincare isn’t easy, and discovering which ingredients are natural is not always very straightforward. However, worry not, as we’re here to help. Do not be fooled by too-sciencey names, as the name of an ingredient has nothing to do with its origin and safety. Even some hard to pronounce ingredients are totally natural and, as all ingredients used in European formulas, totally safe to use.
Natural exfoliation? Bring it on
If you’re a fan of exfoliation, there are some good news for you, as almost all of the main acids are of natural origin. Glycolic acid, for example, is found in sugar cane, while malic acid was first isolated from–get ready–apple juice. Even salicylic acid can be found in the bark of white willow (Salix alba) trees.
Additionally, there are some other game-changers such as bromelain (from pineapple) and papain (from papaya) which produce a light exfoliation. Even heard of exfoliating enzymes? That is just exactly what they are.
Natural antiaging? We’ve got you covered!
Similarly, if you’re looking for anti-aging solutions from the natural world, we can tell you a bit about some of the best. For example, the world-renowned retinol alternative bakuchiol is derived from a plant–but it is far from being the only one. A few of the best antioxidants out there, such as vitamin C (we know, this one isn’t unexpected), ferulic acid, and phloretin are all natural.
Oh, and did you know that Coenzyme Q10 is also natural? This anti-aging superstar occurs naturally in the human body, but it’s also available in many of the foods we eat. As you can see, there is no excuse for not choosing the best anti-aging, even if you’re going all-natural with your skincare routine.
Last, but not least, we have squalane, which can be found in olives, rice and sugar cane. While squalane isn’t an anti-aging active, per se, it is one of the best moisturizers in the market. Given that keeping the skin’s moisture barrier intact is one of the first steps to keep it looking young, we totally had to mention it.
& some ingredients that can be natural, but not always
There are some ingredients, however, that might have different origins. Both hyaluronic acid and glycerin can be of natural origin or derived from synthetic procedures. However, considering that these two are some of the best ingredients ever for the skin, we think they’re worth checking out. Keep in mind that you will not find this information on the ingredient list, but a quick read-through the product’s description should be able to tell you if an active is of natural origin.
To make your life easier, we’ve selected a few products with all-natural hyaluronic acid and glycerin below:
If you’d like to explore some more natural options for your skincare routine, check out our selection of natural products, and make sure to use the filters to navigate through them in order to discover your next favorite product. We’re sure you’ll find something to your taste! ?
Pharmacy Technician & Beauty Writer