Take the Confusion Out of Natural Skin Care Ingredients - Which Ones are Most Desirable? July 14 2014

There are many options out there for natural skin care products, and it all can seem very confusing. Take heart! While the list of effective ingredients is ever changing, here are just a few of the best ingredients skin science has to offer and may be the right choices for you:

Argan oil, derived from the fruit of a tree that grows in Morocco, has been dubbed “liquid gold.” Argan oil may improve skin ailments such as eczema, psoriasis, wrinkles, and dry skin. Other good recommendations are olive, safflower, walnut, avocado, and evening primrose oils for dry skin.

Argireline is a concentrated solution of peptides that are very beneficial in any natural skin care product. Clinical studies show that with twice-a-day treatment, the severity of wrinkles around the eyes decreased substantially. Argireline can be derived from natural proteins.

Green tea is rich in antioxidants, especially one that may curb UV skin damage, some studies have shown. Pomegranate products may also help protect against UV skin damage, according to other research.

Niacinamide topically has been shown to benefit skin color, decrease melanin synthesis (important for hyperpigmentation), and decrease inflammation and itching. Topical application of niacinamide can decrease inflammation, help acne affected skin, decrease oiliness, alleviate atopic dermatitis, decrease UV-induced skin cancers and help decrease facial pigmentation. Niacinamide is often found in vegetables and legumes.

Resveratrol, a polyphenol from wine and grape skins, serves as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Animal studies suggest that resveratrol applied to the skin may help protect against harmful UV damage. Reservatrol can be found in grapes and red wine.

Soy can help prevent pigmentation. In Korean folk medicine, soybean paste was applied to lacerated or abraded skin wounds, in the belief that it would accelerate wound healing and decrease scarring. Modern natural skin care products have followed suit by acknowledging soy’s benefits in skin improvements. Licorice, mulberry, and burberry extracts, along with Vitamin C from citrus fruits -- grapefruit, lime, lemon, and orange -- can also fade brown pigmentation.