As much as clean eating is important for health, so is the topical application of clean skincare for skin health.
For someone like me who favours using clean beauty ingredients wherever possible, its also equally important that these beauty products should be effective enough to solve the purpose.
Being in the beauty industry for a fairly long time, I have realised that besides watching the percentage of chemicals in my beauty treatments, I also want them to give some quick effective results for my clients.
So, here are my 6 favourite clean ingredients that are effective in treating some of the most common skin issues.
1.Dark spots- Kojic Acid
Derived from several species of fungi, Kojic acid is a natural ingredient widely used in skincare products to treat melisma and discolouration of the skin.
It works by blocking tyrosine from forming that further prevents melamine production.
Decreased melanin production results in lightening of the skin.
Kojic acid helps in the reduction of dark spots, scars, uneven skin-tone and even signs of sun damage on the skin.
Obtained from Amaranthus oil, suqalene makes a great skin moisturizer.
The common plant sources of squalene are olives, wheat germ and rice bran.
Powerhouse of hydration, squalene is a natural emollient that helps to lock in the moisture of the skin and helps relieve rough patches and also prevent fine lines and wrinkles.
3.Acne- Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is obtained from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia. its a highly valued oil to treat bacterial and fungal infections, acne and pimples.
The antimicrobial and antiseptic properties of tea tree oil make it a popular choice to treat blemishes, scars and heal skin infections.
4. Wrinkles- Rosehip oil
Extracted by hard pressing of the rosehip seeds of a specific variety of rose, rosehip oil is an excellent source of B-carotene, a natural source of vitamin A.
Its loaded with essential fatty acids, vitamin E and vitamin C that are highly beneficial for the rejuvenation of the skin.
The antioxidant properties of rosehip oil have great ant ageing effects on the skin.
It helps to stimulate collagen production, reduce fine lines and wrinkles and improve the moisture levels of the skin.
5.Dullness- Vitamin C
Vitamin C helps by lowering the damage done to the skin by free radicals, pollution and sunlight.
Free radicals damage the collagen resulting in dullness, uneven skin tone, wrinkles and other signs of ageing on the skin.
Vitamin C on the other hand, works as an antioxidant and provides enough hydration and leaves the skin brighter and younger looking.
6. Pores- Willow bark extract
Willow bark extract contains salicylic acid derived from salicin.
This makes it an excellent defoliant that helps to slough off the dead skin cells.
Willow bark extract is also antibacterial and anti-inflammatory that helps to clear up the pores and soothe irritated skin.
Though clean skincare is quiet intense, but why not opt for chemical free ingredients in your skincare when they can be equally effective and give you naturally clear skin without the harmful effects of artificially produced compounds.