The 5 Best Natural Skin Care Ingredients

The 5 Best Natural Skin Care Ingredients:

We all know that it is important to make healthy choices about what we eat.  But did you know that nutrients and toxins are entering your body every day through your skin too?  Your skin is your body’s largest organ.  If you are slathering it with the chemicals and toxins commonly found in beauty and skin care products, it may be time to reconsider your routine!  Commercial beauty products can potentially be toxic.  Don’t miss the opportunity to take advantage of this fun and easy way to get some awesome nutrients into your body.

So, what are the 5 best natural skin care ingredients you ask?  Here are our favorites, in no particular order.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has a high fat content that helps it remove dead skin cells and dirt naturally.  The fatty acids in coconut oil give it anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can prevent acne, reduce rashes and help heal wounds.  The best part is that it absorbs quickly, hydrates and leaves skin feeling soft and smooth.

Shea Butter

Shea butter is also loaded with fatty acids that are excellent for moisturizing and protecting the skin’s natural oils.  Because of the oleic, stearic, palmitic and linolenic acids found in shea butter, this skin superfood aids in collagen production.  Shea butter is one of the best natural skin care ingredients available.

Aloe

Aloe Vera has been used since the ancient Egyptians nicknamed it the “Plant of Immortality”.  Aloe has antioxidant and antibacterial properties that promote healing and reduce skin inflammation.  Aloe is highly recommended for psoriasis, acne and eczema.  It is also known as an excellent treatment for sunburn and treats small cuts and abrasions.  Aloe is loaded with nutrients including salicylic acid, amino acids, enzymes, vitamins, minerals and much more.  If you are not incorporating aloe into your beauty routine you are missing out an amazing opportunity to feed your skin right!

Essential Oils

Essential oils are concentrated plant oils.  The natural healing properties of the plants are stronger in this form, so just a little bit goes a long way.  Different plant oils treat different symptoms.  These oils are used to treat the symptoms of acne, wrinkles, itching, redness, and much more.  They also smell great!

Vitamin E

We can’t talk about the best natural skin care ingredients without mentioning Vitamin E.  Vitamin E is both an antioxidant and a nutrient and nourishes the skin from within.  It’s antioxidant properties block the free radicals that make us look older and may even cause heart disease and cancer.  Plus, it helps make sunscreen more effective too.  This vitamin can be taken orally or applied topically.

When you are looking for a natural skin care product to use, make sure you check the label.  Familiarize yourself with the ingredients listed on the label and make comparisons between a couple of different brands to choose the product that is right for you.  Our favorite natural skin food lotion is Time Traveller by Arizona Hippie Chick.  Check it out here.

For more articles about healthy skin care, visit the Arizona Hippie Chick Blog, here.

What are your favorite natural skin care ingredients?  Have you ever tried making your own home remedies?  Share your experiences with us below.

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