10 Natural Beauty Ingredients To Add To Your Skin Care Regimen

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 Your skin is like a sponge, soaking up anything that you smooth on your face, slather into your hair, and rub onto your body.

Since you take such pride and care in what you put in your body, isn’t it time you pay more attention to what you put on your body? Don’t forget, your skin eats too. Feed it well.

Bamboo

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The plant that grows like a weed is being cultivated as a resource for more than beautiful flooring. The stems, leaves, and sticky extract from inside the cane have been found to be rich in amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and starches. Bamboo also features natural strengthening, revitalizing, exfoliating, and deodorizing benefits.

Lather Bamboo Silk Foaming Face Scrub with Lemongrass; www.latherup.com

Collective Wellbeing Bamboo/Fennel Seed Body Scrub; www.collectivewellbeing.com

Aeto Botanica Bamboo and Yucca Shampoo; www.oloffbeauty.com

Green Tea

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Green tea is not only a powerful anti-inflammatory; it has also proven to prevent photo damage and improve the skin’s elasticity, as well as repair and strengthen the skin and naturally shield it from UV damage. Originating in China more than 4,000 years ago, this age-old healing ingredient is still used in modern skincare to pacify the soul and restore the body.

Burt’s Bees Color Keeper Green Tea and Fennel Seed Shampoo and Conditioner; www.burtsbees.com

The Healing Garden Green Tea Relax Therapy Soul Cleansing Body Wash; www.healinggarden.com

Tozzi Repair and Restore Green-Tea Serum; www.tozzi.biz

Ginseng

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Ginseng extract, when ingested, has been shown to energize the mind. When applied topically, the raggedy root stimulates circulation, conditions, and rejuvenates without causing irritation. The skin is left feeling invigorated and revitalized.

Ole Henriksen Balancing Cucumber Face Tonic combines cucumber essence, chamomile, and Korean ginseng; www.olehenriksen.com

Molton Brown Invigorating Energy Suma Ginseng Bath & Shower Gel; www.moltonbrown.com

Witch Hazel

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Witch Hazel is a mild astringent and skin tonic that has been shown to reduce inflammation from an array of irritants including bug bites, razor bumps, and rashes.‚

Jurlique Foaming Facial Cleanser; www.jurlique.com

Practical Nature Calming Lavender Spritz in a base of witch hazel, aloe, and water; www.practicalnature.com

Jack Black 3-in-1 Clear Complexion; www.getjackblack.com

Cayenne Pepper

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The fiery spice that heats up dishes with only a dash is now being used in the beauty industry to do the same thing. When rubbed into the skin, cayenne stimulates blood vessels, increasing circulation. It has been shown to successfully minimize the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks.

Murad Firm and Tone Serum utilizes cayenne to promote circulation; www.murad.com

Rachel Perry French Massage Formula with Alpha Lipoic Acid; www.rachelperry.net

Coffee

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Similar to cayenne pepper, caffeine is a natural stimulant, encouraging increased circulation and cell turnover. The eye-opening bean, when applied topically, can help to exfoliate, tone, and revitalize the skin, while redistributing fat cells and decreasing the appearance of cellulite. That’s something to wake-up to!

Sephora Indulgences Coffee & Cream Morning Body Scrub; www.sephora.com

Red Flower Hammam Lemon Coffee Blossom Olive Stone Scrub; www.redflower.com

Nickel Morning After Rescue Gel; www.nickelskincare.com

Soy

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The little soybean packs a serious health-promoting punch when ingested as well as when it is incorporated into skincare. Soybean oil, a natural emollient, stimulates, soothes, and nourishes skin and hair. When used in shampoos and conditioners, soy cleanses and nourishes, leaving hair silky smooth, shiny, and manageable.

Pangea Organics’ soy-based bar soaps; www.pangeaorganics.com

Hamadi Ginger Soymilk Hair Wash; www.hamadibeauty.com

Mushrooms

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Mushrooms have also been shown to have immune-enhancing, cancer-preventing, and anti-inflammatory properties. When incorporated into skincare, the fungus helps to reduce lines, wrinkles, puffiness, and hyperpigmentation, while replenishing moisture.

Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins PlantidoteTM Mega-Mushroom Face Serum; www.origins.com

Amorepacific Hydrating Fluid with Matsutake mushroom extract; www.amorepacific.com

Aloe Vera

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The succulent plant that rampantly grows in desert climates has long been used as a backyard remedy for cuts, scrapes, and burns. Now the sticky stuff residing within its prickly skin has been bottled and infused in beauty products to help accelerate cell growth, balance natural pH levels, and soothe the skin.

True Redness Reducer with aloe; www.truecosmetics.com

Zia Ultimate Eye Cream contains aloe vera gel to soothe the skin; www.zianatural.com

Rice

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Though rice has been a food staple for centuries, it has only recently penetrated the skincare industry. Rice oil and proteins are rich in skin nourishing and replenishing vitamin E, gamma-oryzanol, and phytosterols. With its high antioxidant content, rice neutralizes free-radicals and reduces the appearance of aging.‚

Innersense Color Radiance Daily Conditioner features rice bran oil and certified organic rice protein; www.innersensebeauty.com

Calgon Ahh… Spa! Asia Detoxifying Bath Soak with Rice Extract; www.takemeaway.com

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