There are thousands of skin care products on the market that contain a mile-long list of questionable ingredients that do not yield their promising claims of ‘glowing skin.’ Although a glowing, healthy-looking complexion is primarily contingent on a balanced, nutritious diet, a good skin care regimen enhances those results. Using the right skin care products, namely ones that are botanically-based, will help impart a lustrous glow to your appearance.
Read further to find out which specific ingredients you should look for in skin care to get one step closer to enviable skin.
Skin care companies that harness the power of fruits in their products—including citrus fruits—help to deliver a brighter, glowing complexion. Fruit enzymes such as papaya and pineapple gently exfoliate the skin without compromising most sensitive skin types. Moreover, fruit enzymes are a milder alternative to more aggressive chemical exfoliants that contain alpha hydroxy acids such as Glycolic Acid.
Never underestimate the benefits of marine botanicals in skin care products. They help nourish, detoxify and protect the skin through their anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties. They can even help in the quest to fight acne. Furthermore, they contain an abundance of trace minerals to help fortify the skin. Examples of marine-based ingredients are algae, seaweed, sea salt and seamollient.
Skin care lines that are formulated with plants, herbs and floral extracts such as Hibiscus, Green Tea and Aloe Vera, offer various topical and even mental benefits such as aromatherapy and purifying congested skin.
Be Wary of Fakes
Not all skin care products that are ‘botanically-based’ are created equal, so don’t be deceived into thinking that any product containing plant, marine or fruit extracts is beneficial. Some companies that pride themselves in formulating their skin care products with ‘botanicals’ are using such a minimal amount that the consumer is gaining very little or no benefits from it, and they make that claim primarily for marketing purposes. Therefore, check the label first on the back of the product and see if those particular ‘plant or fruit’ based ingredients are on the top or bottom of the list in order to determine the level of potency of those ingredients—the closer they are on the top of the list, the better.
Lee Ann Buttery is a licensed Esthetician and professional makeup artist that works for Mario Badescu. She is passionate about all things beauty-related and has a particular obsession with anti-aging.