August 01, 2023
Can you believe that some of the best skincare ingredients on the market can also be found right now in your own home? If you’re a tea drinker, you might be surprised to learn that organic green tea contains antioxidants that neutralize free radicals and prevent them from damaging your skin. Even your favorite fruits and flowers are full of natural ingredients that revive dull, tired skin!
Before you go raiding your home for natural ingredients to rejuvenate your complexion, it’s vital to know which herbs, flowers, and fruits are skin-safe. After all, nobody wants to explain why their homemade face mask resulted in a rash! Fortunately, I have you covered with this list of the best natural ingredients for skin revival and how to easily incorporate them into your skin routine!
Ginseng is a type of herb with lush green leaves and bright red berries, but don’t let its vivid appearance fool you. All the skin-loving benefits of this plant are contained in the short, fleshy roots that grow beneath the surface of the soil! Ginseng root has been used for centuries in ancient Chinese and Native American cultures for its medicinal, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant effects.
While you can certainly grow ginseng as a perennial herb, it’s often easier to find ginseng extract as a powder or liquid supplement to incorporate into your skincare routine as a topical treatment. You can also find ginseng extract as a popular ingredient in natural skincare products, like in the CBE Botanicals Just Say Ahh Revitalizing Cleanser, where it shines as a skin conditioner.2. Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis)
Tea isn’t just the second-most-popular drink in the world—it’s also one of the most favored skincare ingredients! Black, oolong, and green tea are all made from the same Camellia Sinensis plant. Because green tea is the least processed form of Camellia Sinensis and is prepared with unoxidized leaves (leaves that are not dried and darkened), it contains the most antioxidants to fight free radicals.
If you look at your favorite products for skin irritation and redness, you’ll likely spot Camellia Oleifera Extract (Japanese green tea) as a key ingredient. You can steep a cup of organic green tea and separate the leaves once cool to make a homemade mask with similar benefits! You can also find Camellia Oleifera Extract in my favorite CBE Botanical products, like the Enzyme Rescue Multi-Purpose Enzyme Mask.3. Rosehip Oil (Rosa Canina)
Do you favor roses over rosehips? You might want to trade in the traditional bouquet for ‘the fruit of the rose,’ the flower’s slightly-less-romantic seed-filled bulbs that are infused into rosehip oil (Rosa Canina). While not as visually striking as a flower, rosehips are jam-packed with tons of nutrients that promote skin healing and even reduce the appearance of scars to improve skin texture!
The skin-nourishing properties of rosehip have become more widespread throughout the esthetician and skin care community—so much so that you can now buy bottled rosehip oil from your local supplement store. To accelerate skin revival with rosehip, I recommend seeking a product with other rejuvenating ingredients, such as the CBE Botanicals Just Say Ahh Revitalizing Cleanser.4. Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
Vitamin C has been celebrated as a champion for skin health for generations. Also known as ascorbic acid, natural vitamin C can be found in tons of fresh produce, especially citrus fruits like lemons, oranges, and grapefruits. Because vitamin C is a potent antioxidant and is necessary for collagen synthesis and production, you can also find synthetic forms of vitamin C in most health food stores.
Though vitamin C is essential for general skin health and repair, there are a few potential negative effects when used in too-high concentrations or combined with other harsh acids. So, rather than splurge on a strict vitamin C serum, I recommend finding a product with other replenishing ingredients, such as the CBE Botanicals Fresh Face Whip Moisturizer or Triple C + Gold Serum.5. Glycolic Acid (Alpha-Hydroxy Acid)
At first glance, the ‘acid’ part of glycolic acid might seem contradictory to skin revival… but that acid is actually a must-have to increase cellular turnover! Glycolic acid is a type of Alpha-Hydroxy Acid found in natural products, specifically sugar cane. This can explain why sugar scrubs are such a popular exfoliator—both for the physical and chemical properties that buff away dead skin cells!
You can find naturally-occurring glycolic acid in sugarcane juice, honey, and citrus fruits like oranges and lemons (those citrus fruits are also rich in vitamin C) to make your own homemade scrubs or masks. To make life a bit easier, pick up a bottle of the CBE Botanicals Scrub Away the Day Cleanser, which accelerates skin renewal with natural ingredients like glycolic acid and jojoba beads.
From antioxidant-rich green tea to citrus fruits bursting with nutrients, these five natural ingredients can help you revive dull skin straight from the comfort of your own home. Looking for guidance as you freshen up your skin? Join the Christine Byer Beauty Club for personalized support on your skincare journey, complete with access to savings on my most recommended products!
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