Your skin needs a wide variety of nutrients in order to thrive. These nutrients can often be isolated and then added into skin care products, which often happens with certain vitamins and minerals.
However, there are some ingredients out there that are naturally packed with a skin-boosting spectrum of nutrients, making these ingredients well worth incorporating into your skin care routine.
Just about everyone has heard of aloe vera.
Nicknamed The Plant of Immortality, due to its spectacular array of nutritional compounds, this is an ingredient that has been used for skin care purposes for centuries.
Wondering which nutrients aloe vera contains?
The list is long, consisting of everything from antioxidants to enzymes to vitamins. Aloe vera actually contains over 75 active compounds!
Here are some of the key nutrients that can be found in aloe vera:
- Vitamins A, C and E – these vitamins work hand-in-hand together, with many skin care formulas containing both for this very reason. Well, aloe vera naturally has both too, meaning that this ingredient is fantastic at neutralizing free radicals in the body, and therefore preventing premature skin aging. Vitamin A is another potent anti-ager, often incorporated in skin care formulas
- Salicylic Acid – salicylic acid is often used as an exfoliant, due to the way in which it sloughs dead skin cells off from the surface of the skin. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, making it great for soothing irritation, redness and acne
- Minerals – there are numerous minerals in aloe vera, from calcium and copper to magnesium and zinc. These all help the skin in many ways, while also having antioxidant effects too
- Amino Acids – your skin needs 22 amino acids to thrive, and 20 of these can be found in aloe vera
Hemp Seed Oil
Your skin, as well as the rest of your body, needs both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Since your body cannot produce these fatty acids on its own, it is important for you to consume plenty through your diet, while also topically nourishing your skin with them.
However, there’s a catch…
You need to provide your skin with the right ratiio of omega-3s to omega-6s. Getting this wrong could lead to even more skin problems.
This is where hemp seed oil comes in…
There is no other natural ingredient that contains such a perfect balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, especially in such a high concentration too.
When applied to the skin, these acids provide an intense dose of moisture, while also strengthening the skin’s natural barrier, therefore enabling it to better retain moisture itself in the future.
In addition to its fatty acids, hemp seed oil boasts several other nutrients too, such as:
- Vitamins A and E – both of these are great for healing the skin
- Minerals – from zinc to iron to magnesium, these minerals are all required for healthy skin
Goji berries have been in the headlines quite a bit lately, mostly because more and more people have been discovering what a fantastic superfood these berries are.
What makes them such a good superfood?
The fact that they are naturally pumped full of nutrients!
Let’s begin with its vitamins…
You will find a high concentration of both vitamin A and C in goji berries. These ingredients are both included in many high quality anti-aging skin care products, because they really do so much for the skin.
Goji berries are also a great source of carotenoids. These compounds are what give the berries their vivid red color, but are also converted into vitamin A by the body, giving you a double dose of this superstar vitamin.
All of these antioxidants make goji berry extract a prime anti-aging ingredient, with this botanical able to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while giving the skin a smoother and firmer appearance.
Shea butter is a popular skin care ingredient, and, once you know about the nutrients it contains, it is easy to see why.
If you have ever used shea butter before, you are likely well aware of how rich and nourishing this ingredient is. These properties are all down to the butter’s fatty acid content, enabling it to deeply moisturize and strengthen the skin.
Some of the fatty acids within shea butter include:
- Oleic Acid – can penetrate deep into the skin’s layers, where it then replenishes lost moisture
- Linoleic Acid – essential for ceramide production, which is key when it comes to maintaining the skin’s moisture levels. Linoleic acid has also been found to help reduce the frequency and severity of acne breakouts
- Stearic Acid – acts as an emollient, preventing moisture from evaporating out of the skin
The vitamins within shea butter, including A, C, E, F and K, help with moisturizing and strengthening the skin too, while also providing antioxidant benefits.
If you frequently deal with skin inflammation, then shea butter is an ingredient well worth considering. It contains a number of anti-inflammatory compounds, including cinnamic acid and lupeol cinnamate, all of which have been proven to significantly reduce skin inflammation. Other studies have shown that both of these compounds are also effective in treating acne.
In addition to being a great ingredient to cook with, avocado oil is also highly nourishing when applied onto the skin.
It contains a few different vitamins, including vitamin A, D and E. These provide the skin with moisturizing, antioxidant and anti-aging properties, making this a nutritional combination that just about everybody would benefit from.
Do you suffer from skin inflammation?
Thanks to its strong concentration of essential fatty acids, avocado oil is great for reducing inflammation. This makes it effective at helping to treat the following inflammatory skin conditions:
These same essential fatty acids, along with oleic acid, help to increase the amount of collagen that the skin produces. Since collagen is one of the main structural proteins that gives the skin its shape and smoothness, avocado oil can really help to minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin.
The Amber New Age Syringe is a great example of a product that maximizes the benefits of avocado oil.
By combining avocado oil with stable and well-established ingredients like Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E) and hyaluronic acid, this syringe-like applicator directly targets fine lines to encourage a smoother, more contoured look.
If you’re looking to give your skin some extra protection from the sun’s UV rays…
There are a few studies out there that show that avocado oil has the potential to protect the skin from sun damage. This is all down to its many antioxidants, including beta carotene and lecithin. However, more studies are needed on this topic, so never use avocado oil as a replacement for your sunscreen.
Bilberry Fruit Extract
Bilberries are hard to come by in grocery stores, but these small fruits used to be extremely popular. The berries are native to Europe, although they are now grown all over the world.
When it comes to the nutritional profile of bilberries, this berry is most loved for its anthocyanosides. These compounds are known for being extremely powerful antioxidants, effectively eliminating the dangerous free radicals in the skin and body.
Bilberry is also a fantastic source of vitamin C. This nutrient acts as an antioxidant too, but also helps to brighten up the complexion.
There are a few other skin-boosting antioxidants found in bilberries, including quercetin and resveratrol. Both of these help to minimize the visible signs of skin aging, while promoting natural collagen production.
When it comes to the skin, pomegranate is quite an underrated ingredient.
Did you know that the antioxidants in pomegranate are more potent than those in most of the other foods out there? Pomegranate even beats green tea when it comes to its antioxidant content.
These antioxidants come from the fruit’s tannins, which are large polyphenols. These not only work as antioxidants themselves, but, once your skin has absorbed them, they then break down into smaller polyphenols, with each of these also providing their own antioxidant effects.
What does this mean for the skin?
Regular use of pomegranate extract can help with:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Loose and sagging skin
- Dark spots and hyperpigmentation
- Rough skin and low skin cell turnover
- Damage caused by the sun and pollution
Wondering which vitamins you would find in pomegranate extract?
This botanical is a great source of vitamins C and K. Vitamin C is known for its brightening effects, while vitamin K helps to reduce puffiness and promote a smoother complexion.
Another ingredient that is popular in the kitchen, olive oil is also being incorporated into more and more skin care products.
Because it is actually a very effective anti-aging ingredient, and one that can help to protect the skin from sun damage too.
How does it do this?
It’s all thanks to the oil’s nutritional properties…
There are quite a few vitamins in olive oil, including vitamins A, D, E and K. These help to treat a wide variety of different skin concerns, from acne and eczema to dry skin and puffiness around the eyes.
While vitamin E does also boast antioxidant properties, the oil also contains several other antioxidants too. One of these, called hydroxytyrosol, is quite a rare compound that significantly helps to protect the skin from free radical damage.
If you’ve ever used squalene to increase your skin’s hydration levels…
Olive oil contains quite a high concentration of this nutrient. This is why the oil has such a deeply moisturizing effect, not only providing the skin with immediate moisture but also preventing that moisture from evaporating in the future.
Green Tea Extract
There is so much research out there that backs up the many benefits that green tea has when used topically on the skin, and all of these benefits are due to the nutrients within the extract.
Want to know which nutrients can be found in green tea?
There are too many to list them all, but here are some that you definitely need to know about:
- Vitamins A, C and E – these vitamins enable the extract to have dramatic effects when it comes to skin moisture, strength and firmness
- Polyphenols – this includes the catechins within green tea, with the most powerful being EGCG. These polyphenols help to prevent long term environmental skin damage
- Amino Acids – the amino acids within green tea help to build the skin’s proteins, including collagen and elastin
- Alkaloids – these generally have anti-inflammatory effects. Some of the alkaloids within green tea, such as caffeine, also provide the skin with a temporary tightening effect
It is all these wonderful benefits of green tea extract that makes it an ideal ingredient in the Opal Sheer Shield. This lightweight moisturizer contains SPF 30 to protect the skin from harmful UV rays and free radicals while the green tea extract works its magic.
Obtained from the fruit kernels of the marula tree, marula oil is an ingredient that is quite commonly used in skin care.
Thanks to its high concentration of omega fatty acids, along with the fact that the skin absorbs it up so quickly, this is an ingredient that can be used by all skin types. It is non-comedogenic, meaning that it won’t clog up the pores, even if you have oily, acne-prone skin.
In fact, the amino acids within the oil help to clear the pores out, while also providing the skin with some extra hydration. As mentioned above, amino acids are also key when it comes to the skin’s collagen and elastin production.
You will also find several other fatty acids within marula oil, including:
- Palmitic acid
- Stearic acid
- Oleic acid
- Myristic acid
All of these have their own individual benefits. When combined, they work as an emollient, preventing moisture from evaporating out of the skin.
When it comes to antioxidants, marula oil has plenty of these too. From vitamins C and E to an array of phenolic compounds, all of these nutrients make the oil a powerful anti-aging ingredient.
There are so many nutrient-rich skin care ingredients out there, with all of these nutrients making each ingredient quite multi-functional. From plant oils and butters to potent fruit extracts, these ingredients will definitely provide your skin with all of the nutrients it needs to thrive.
If you want to give any of these ingredients a try, you will find all of them in several Lionesse products. Check out our website for ingredient details or feel free to get in touch with us for some advice.