Ever wondered what botanical extracts can do for your skin? Here are three botanical extracts that can work wonders for your skin.
Aloe vera is a powerful healer that's been used to soothe and heal skin damage for centuries. It's often referred to as the "burn plant" because it's become synonymous with treating sun burns and other minor burns. Not only does it help ease pain, but also minimizes the peeling of the skin that often follows such burns without leaving behind a greasy residue. Outside of burn treatment, it's also a great moisturizer and can be used to treat sensitive skin and minor skin inflammations and irritations, making it a great ingredient in all reparative skin care products. And thanks to antioxidants such as beta-carotene and Vitamins C and E, it's a great way to keep skin looking young.
A tropical plant, Papaya was introduced to the Caribbean, Europe and Pacific by Spanish explorers in the 17th century. Papaya contains arginine, an amino acid that smoothes fine lines and aids in cell regeneration. Papaya can work wonders on tired, “old” looking skin. High in vitamins A, C and E, papaya is full of antioxidants that can tighten and brighten skin. Vitamin C stimulates collagen production while vitamin E lessens wrinkles. Natural alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA) and vitamin A gently exfoliate, revealing brighter, new skin. Papaya also contains papain – one of nature’s most effective anti-inflammatory agents. Combine Papaya with Mango (another equally strong anti-oxidant extract) and you have a potent combination to treat blemishes or tone skin for that youthful glow. Find papaya and mango as a skin booster option when you customize a product.
You may be used to seeing honey listed as an ingredient in your food, but it's also a moisturizing agent and natural antibacterial. Thanks to its humectant properties, honey absorbs moisture directly from the air and uses it to hydrate and replenish the skin. According to legend, this little beauty secret contributed to the timeless beauty of Cleopatra, who routinely bathed in honey and milk. But honey isn't just for warding off age. It can also be used to break down the bacteria that causes acne, so it's perfect for teenagers, or any other age group that may be suffering from acne, as well. Look for this botanical extract in skin care products designed for acne-prone, dry and mature skin types.
Opting for botanical extracts in skin care products will keep your skin nourished and protected without harsh chemicals.
Find out which natural ingredients suit you by checking out Subtle Green’s guide.