Mother Nature's first aid skincare
Are you fed up with itchy, sensitive or inflamed skin? Dip into Mother Nature’s first aid kit and find the skin you have been dreaming about with this list of her top ingredients to look for.
Tea Tree Oil for acne healing
We all know that Tea Tree Oil is the Holy Grail of pimple healing. So, for skin freak-outs that need tackling, definitely hop on to Aveda’s Outer Peace range. For times when you need that mysterious zit to Houdini it out of there, try the Outer Peace Blemish Relief Pads.
Lavender for its antiseptic properties
It is commonly known that Lavender calms our senses, but did you know that this therapeutic flower is also an antiseptic, and is a key ingredient in treating sensitive skin? La Clinica understands the power of this plant, and uses it as a primary ingredient in its Sensitive range: heaven for gals with easily-irritated skin. Created using natural and organic ingredients, this range helps to soothe irritation, repair tissue damage and has anti-inflammatory abilities. Try: La Clinica Soothing Facial Cleanser or Soothing Skin Lotion Serum (www.laclinica.com/).
Zinc for general wellbeing
Our skin can be a manifestation of what is happening internally. I recently visited my naturopath to find out my zinc levels were abysmal, giving reason to why my skin was taking forever to heal. Zinc controls oil production, helps heal wounds and keeps your immune system in working order: so make sure you are getting enough in your diet. Try: Blackmores Bio Zinc (www.blackmores.com.au).
Rosehip for skin healing and scaring
Rosehip Oil is the trend de jour at the moment, achieving multiple feats in skincare. This lightweight oil is bursting with Omega 3, 6 and 9 and helps minimise wrinkles, increases hydration levels, brightens, tightens, and helps heal scars. Essentially, it can be used by almost anyone. Now that’s some serious street cred.Try: Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant + (www.trilogyproducts.com) and Kosmea Skin Clinic™ Rescue Body Cream (www.kosmea.com.au)
Calendula for inflamed and itchy skin
Rich in beta-carotene, calendula is often overlooked when it comes to its healing talents. Treating an array of skin problems - including itchy skin, eczema, burns and nappy rash - it is a multi-tasking ingredient that will bring your skin a marriage of happiness and relief.Try: Sukin Wellbeing Body Oil (www.sukinorganics.com)
Oats for dry and irritated skin
Oats make for a yummy breakfast, but who would have known they also act as an antidote to dry and itchy skin? Oats have been used for centuries by the Greeks and Romans to heal a multitude of skin ailments, and can now be found in many sensitive skincare ranges.Try Dermalogica UltraCalming Serum Concentrate and Aveeno Active Naturals Skin Relief Moisturising Lotion.
Tamanu Oil for hydration and skin repair
This hard-to-pronounce oil is one of the most mysterious skin healers. Rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidant, it helps restore skin suppleness, increase hydration, rejuvenate damaged skin, and help repair the damage of scaring and age spots: not bad for something so unknown.Try: Grown Body Serum (www.grown.com)
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