Although we love products that are packed with potent actives such as Retinol, AHAs and BHAs, sometimes, there’s nothing better than treating the skin to some natural, herbal ingredients that have proven their benefits for centuries. Whether you want to try something new or just want a break from harsh formulas, here are some herbal ingredients that you will love.
Most commonly found in dishes such as curries, Turmeric has become more than just something that we add to our food. This ingredient belongs to the same family as Ginger and shares many of its qualities, including antibacterial, antioxidant and antiinflammatory properties. When applied topically, Turmeric can soothe irritation and target blemish causing bacteria, making it a great addition to an acne-prone skincare routine. Very commonly used in formulations from cosmeceutical pioneers PRIORI, you can find three different Turmeric actives in their Naturally Enriched Cleanser TTC fx310. This cleanser harnesses the power of this Triple Turmeric Complex to heal and repair the skin from deep within to leave it feeling clean and clarified yet super-soft and revitalised.
Glycyrrhiza Glabra, or Liquorice Root, has been used for its medicinal purposes for years, and is also where the popular black sweet comes from. The ingredient is full of a variety of beneficial compounds which offer everything from antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to fading the appearance of dark spots due to its ability to disperse and remove existing melanin in the skin. You can find this skin brightener in NeoStrata’s Enlighten Pigment Lightening Gel, which gets to work on correcting dark spots at the surface while minimising melanin production to prevent the development of future discolouration.
This vibrant vegetable happens to be a powerhouse of Vitamin C, antioxidants and antibacterial properties. When added to skincare, it helps to exfoliate away dead skin cells, fight free radical damage and target pigmentation to create a more even and smoother looking complexion. Extracts of Beetroot can be found in BABOR’s Cleanformance Moisture Glow Cream which increases the skin’s moisture reserves while tackling uneven tone and dullness, to leave the skin more even, plump and with a natural-looking glow.
Marigold flower, also known as Calendula, has been used for centuries by the Romans, Greeks and other ancient cultures due to its healing and detoxifying powers. Originally formulated into an ointment, it was applied topically to treat skin irritation, burns and even to heal open wounds. Although all skin types can use this ingredient, those prone to eczema and psoriasis will definitely feel its benefits, as it has a high Linoleic Acid content, which is a natural anti-inflammatory. It’s also rich in Omega Fatty Acids which keep the skin supple, moisturised, and nourished from the inside out. Used as a key component in Kiehl’s Calendula Petal-Infused Calming Mask, this formula immediately soothes and calms the skin, reducing signs of redness, blotchiness and discomfort from the first use.