When it comes to taking care of your skin, we believe Mother Nature knows best. Under the umbrella of natural skincare you'll find ingredients like complexion-brightening Niacinamide, as found in our Hyaluronic Acid + Native Snowflower Moisturizer; plant stem cells, which have cell regenerative functions; botanicals like Lemon Aspen, which can assist with collagen production; and, antioxidant-rich fruits such as Watermelon, Goji Berry, and Blueberry (1, 2). Here are a few other natural skincare ingredients to look for plus what makes them worthy of earning top-shelf status in your beauty cabinet.
Natural Skincare Ingredients to Look For...
Native to Australia, the Kakadu Plum fruit is an antioxidant powerhouse touted for being a potent source of Vitamin C that neutralizes skin-damaging free radicals (3). It also contains antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, making it effective at warding off acne-causing bacteria as well as improving inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema (4). And the antioxidant-rich ingredient works synergistically when formulated with anti-aging ingredients; as evidenced by our Kakadu Plum + Collagen Toning Mist, which combines Kakadu Plum with Collagen to restore skin elasticity and impart a youthful-looking glow.
Mountain Pepper Berry
This south-east Australian ingredient is a centuries-backed shrub that has been used for medicinal purposes. When it comes to skincare, it has all the makings for protecting against—and improving—premature aging. It’s also loaded with phyto-actives that shield against oxidative stress, stimulate collagen production, minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles, and smooth out uneven texture (5).
Perhaps one of the most well-loved ingredients in skincare is Hyaluronic Acid—and for good reason. Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring molecule found in the body, and is known for its ability to hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. As we age, the molecular weight of Hyaluronic Acid declines, which can lead to skin dryness and an impaired moisture barrier (6). Including products that have Hyaluronic Acid into your skincare regimen can help restore your skin's hydration levels, improve your skin barrier function, strengthen your skin's ability to shield itself against environmental toxins, and improve overall skin texture.
Did you know that traditionally, cosmetic companies extracted Hyaluronic Acid from rooster combs? Shocking, right? Good news is that nowadays it is currently mainly produced via microbial fermentation – which means that, yes, it is vegan and cruelty free (7).
Native to Western Australia, Kangaroo Paw (or Anigozanthos flavidus) gets its name from its close similarity to an actual kangaroo paw in both shape and velvety hair-like texture. The ingredient is packed with properties that your skin will love. For one, it has powerful regenerative qualities that help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Studies have also shown that it has skin firming properties that work especially well in areas that are susceptible to repeated muscle movement—and thus, aging—such as the eye area, neck, and the mouth (8). Kangaroo Paw is the hero ingredient of our Revitalize + Glow Range, designed to shield well-balanced skin from damaging free radicals as well as give a healthy dose of glow.