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Green is Beautiful: Plant Extracts and Their Benefits to Your Skin

With all the innovations and technological advancements in the beauty and skin care industry, it’s still good to go back to its roots. In ancient times, plants and herbs were used to care for queens’ and pharaohs’ skin, keeping them healthy and youthful-looking. Today, natural ingredients are still used in skin care products and it’s good to be familiar with what they can do for your skin.

Moringa

Every part of the moringa plant stores a variety of vitamins and minerals, from amino acids to antioxidants, that are good for the whole body. For centuries, moringa has been used as herbal medicine, but as the skin and hair care industry continues to innovate, moringa-rich soaps and herbal body lotions are now more readily available in the market. The natural vitamin C present in moringa oil makes it a great active ingredient for beauty and skin care products. This vitamin, together with retinol and antioxidants, is effective in maintaining a naturally healthy glow and in protecting the skin from pollution and other impurities.

Aloe Vera

The leaves of the aloe vera plant contain a gel that hydrates, moisturizes, and eases sunburn. The soothing effect of the plant’s gel makes it one of the most popular ingredients in skin care products today. It’s especially popular in Korean skin care trends as it is good for moisturizing and helps to achieve the glass skin look. Though aloe vera products are widely spread in the market, it can also be applied directly to the skin. So if you have a potted aloe vera plant at home, all you have to do is cut a leaf open and scoop out the gel. It’s also effective in instantly relieving wounds and insect bites as it can reduce skin inflammation.

Sunflower

Sunflower oil is great for treating various skin problems such as acne, eczema, and irritation of the skin. It is rich in moisturizing properties and antioxidants that make it ideal for both medicinal and cosmetic purposes. Sunflower oil is also pleasant on the skin as it is light and is quickly absorbed by the skin.

The extract from sunflower seeds is also known for its anti-aging properties. Vitamin E, which prevents scarring and smoothens wrinkles, is highly present in sunflower oil. It also aids in protecting the skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun, keeping skin issues at bay.

Rose

Roses

Rose extracts are particularly popular because of its efficacy on all types of skin. It’s also known for its hefty price tag but it’s expensive for a reason: it takes about tens of thousands of its blossoms to produce about an ounce of rose essential oil. These aren’t reaped from ordinary roses, though. Rosa Damascena and Rosa centifolia are two rose species from Bulgaria and Morocco, respectively. Rose essential oils contain antiseptic and astringent properties, great for reducing redness and relieving acne. It’s also effective in moisturizing dry and sensitive skin.

As you may have noticed, natural ingredients have a lot of wonderful benefits in common. But the one that’s most obvious is that they all have a plethora of various vitamins in minerals that are beneficial to the skin. Being conscious of the ingredients in your skin care products ensures optimal safety and efficacy. Using natural products not only produces better results but is also a sustainable way of keeping your skin healthy and beautiful.

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