6 ingredients to look for in your beauty products
Posted by Beth Westwood, 26th February 2021
Make sure to avoid these beauty ingredients
Parabens are a type of preservative. They’ve been linked to hormone disruption, and there is some research to suggest they could be linked to other health concerns. While most cosmetics usually use very small amounts, it may be best to look for products with ‘paraben free’ on the label.
Formaldehyde is a common ingredient in certain beauty products, although it might be hidden under a different name. Research has classed this ingredient as a known carcinogen, so it’s always best to avoid it where possible.
While palm oil isn’t necessarily bad for your skin, it isn’t great for the environment. This versatile oil is a major driver of deforestation, destroying the habitats of endangered species. Plus, destroying forests contributes to climate change. Look for products that promise to be palm oil-free (or made from a sustainable source).
Harmful ingredients can have a bigger impact than a few spots
Whether you follow a ten-step skincare routine or stick to the basics, the products you put on your skin matter. After all, we apply products expecting them to work. That means they’ve got to be absorbed by your skin or make a change to how your skin looks.
That’s why it’s best to look out for natural ingredients that suit your skin type. We’ve got the lowdown on natural ingredients that do good for your skin, as well as ingredients to avoid in your cosmetics.
Beauty ingredients you should be looking for
No.1 Coconut Milk
Coconuts are one of the most versatile ingredients on the planet. And they’re not just great for cooking or snacking. While you might have used coconut oil in your beauty routine, coconut milk could be just as good. It contains polyphenols and ferulic acid, which repairs and reduces the signs of ageing. Plus, coconut milk can help to soothe irritated or inflamed skin.
Try it yourself in our Sensitive Facial Masque.
No.2 Argan Oil
Traditionally used as a culinary ingredient in Morocco, Argan oil is now also a popular ingredient in cosmetics - and for very good reason. Rich in antioxidants, fatty acids and a host of vitamins, it softens and hydrates like few other oils. When used in haircare, it helps to strengthen your locks while also leaving them touchably soft.
Try it yourself in our Pink Clay and Argan Shampoo Bar
No.3 Pink Clay
French pink clay is known for its rich mineral content, with a range of reported skincare benefits. This natural ingredient may provide gentle exfoliation for brighter skin and helps to remove excess oil. The natural minerals help to nourish your skin, providing plenty of hydration too.
Try it yourself in our Sensitive Facial Masque and Pink Clay & Argan Shampoo Bar.
No.4 Rosehip Oil
Enjoy brighter, smoother, more hydrated skin with our must-have Body Butter Bar. Loaded with natural ingredients including Sweet Almond Oil, Rosehip Oil and Vitamin E, it melts into the skin and gets to work soothing and moisturising. The only thing missing is the masseuse (psst – bribing partners is encouraged).
No.5 Mango Butter
Move over, shea. There’s a new butter in town. Made from mango seeds, mango butter is packed full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. It delivers deep nourishment and hydration while reducing the signs of ageing.
Try it yourself in our Hydrating Lip Serum.
No.6 Almond Oil
Almonds are rich in vitamin E, as well as phytochemicals, vitamins, and minerals. They’re often pressed into an oil and added to natural skin care products for their amazing beauty benefits. Almond oil can help to provide hydration and nourishment while reducing wrinkles and repairing irritation.
Try it yourself in our Moisturising Body Butter Bar.