Glossary - Natural Skin Care Active Ingredients - UPDATED for 2024!!

skin health Dec 27, 2023

If you have ever read the ingredients list of your favourite natural skin products, you will see ingredients that you know instinctively they are safe but have you ever wondered exactly how that ingredient benefits your skin.

Below are list of common natural active ingredients and their benefits, ENJOY! 

Almond Oil Derived from almonds, almond oil is a natural ingredient rich in vitamins and fatty acids, providing hydration and nourishment to the skin.

Aloe Vera Known for its soothing properties, aloe vera is a natural remedy that aids in calming irritated skin and promoting healing.

Argan Oil | Deep conditions hair for shiny, healthy strands. Extremely moisturizing and helps retain moisture resulting in softer, smoother hair.

Avocado Oil | A rich, viscous carrier oil that deeply penetrates the skin to fight dryness, dullness and dehydration.  

Bakuchiol A natural alternative to retinol, bakuchiol is a plant-derived ingredient known for its anti-aging properties and ability to promote smoother skin.

Beeswax | Provides lasting hydration and protection, replenishing skin's moisture barrier and protecting skin against dryness without clogging the pores. 

Bentonite Clay | Highly absorbent, able to attract dirt on the surface of the skin and within pores to help deeply cleanse and invigorate the skin. 

Bergamot Oil Derived from citrus fruit, bergamot oil is a natural ingredient known for its uplifting aroma and skin-brightening properties.

Blackcurrant Seed Oil Rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids, blackcurrant seed oil is a natural ingredient that nourishes and supports the skin's barrier function.

Black Spruce Oil | From the heart of the Canadian wilderness, it has a calming scent that invigorates and balances. Fortifies hair and adds body.

Blue Tansy Oil Extracted from the blue tansy flower, this oil is a natural ingredient with anti-inflammatory and soothing properties, making it ideal for sensitive skin. 

Borage Seed Oil | One of the richest sources of gamma-linolenic essential fatty acid. Effectively moisturizes the skin so your complexion looks smooth and revitalized.  

Broccoli Oil | Naturally moisturizing and rejuvenating, broccoli oil contains a unique combination of fatty acids which enriches the skin to restore its natural glow. It is lightweight, non-greasy and easily absorbed.

Calendula Extract  Known for its anti-inflammatory and healing properties, calendula extract is a natural ingredient that soothes and promotes skin recovery.

Carrot Oil | A rich oil that protects skin and gives a smooth and revitalized appearance, helping to replenish the skin's moisture barrier. 

Cedar Wood Oil | Naturally astringent and deeply moisturizing with a soft, woodsy fragrance to comfort and ground. 

Chamomile With anti-inflammatory and calming properties, chamomile is a natural ingredient that soothes sensitive skin and promotes relaxation.

Coconut Oil (fractionated) | Exceptionally stable with rich moisturizing properties. Extremely high saturated fatty acids for superior absorption and hydration. 

Caffeine Recognized for its ability to reduce puffiness, caffeine is a natural ingredient that can be found in skincare products targeting the eye area.

Charcoal With detoxifying properties, activated charcoal is a natural ingredient that helps draw out impurities and excess oil from the skin.

Cica (Centella Asiatica) Known for its soothing and healing properties, cica is a natural ingredient that calms irritated skin and supports the skin's barrier function.

Cinnamon Extract With antimicrobial properties, cinnamon extract is a natural ingredient that helps fight acne-causing bacteria and promotes clear skin.

Colloidal Oatmeal | Proven to relieve itchiness and inflammation caused by extreme dry skin. It forms a protective layer, holding moisture to the skin to provide effective hydration.

Cranberry Seed Oil High in antioxidants, cranberry seed oil is a natural ingredient that supports skin health and protects against environmental damage. 

Cucumber Extract Cooling and soothing, cucumber extract is a natural ingredient that helps hydrate and calm the skin, reducing puffiness and irritation. 

Evening Primrose Oil  Known for its gamma-linolenic acid content, evening primrose oil is a natural ingredient that helps balance and nourish the skin. 

Frankincense Oil | Essential oil sourced from oleogum resin. Used since ancient times for its deep fragrance, this oil strengthens skin against the drying elements, nourishes and deep cleans pores for brighter, smoother skin.

Geranium | Powerful and fragrant skin rejuvenator, creating balance in your skin by controlling the appearance of oil.

Ginger Extract Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, ginger extract is a natural ingredient that soothes and revitalizes the skin.

Ginseng With adaptogenic properties, ginseng is a natural ingredient that helps enhance skin vitality and reduce the appearance of fine lines.

Glacial Clay | Sourced from British Columbia, this clay rejuvenates skin and deep cleans, resulting in smaller looking pores and a brighter complexion. 

Green Tea | From the leaves of the camellia plant, green tea has been shown to reduce the visible signs of aging and absorb oil on the skin's surface. 

Hemp Oil | Naturally nourishes and moisturizes. Hemp seed oil is natures most balanced oil, containing the ideal ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 essential fatty acids. These EFAs infuse the skin with their effective anti-aging benefits and help relieve dry, itchy and cracked skin.

Hyaluronic Acid A powerful hydrator, hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that retains moisture, keeping the skin plump and moisturized.

Jojoba Seed Oil | Hydrating oil ideal for problem skin. Its stability and resemblance to skins natural sebum allows for optimal absorption into the skin. Jojoba nourishes, balancing oil to reduce shine and clean pores.

Kakadu Plum Extract  Boasting high vitamin C content, kakadu plum extract is a natural ingredient that brightens and rejuvenates the skin.

Lactic Acid A gentle exfoliant, lactic acid is a natural ingredient that helps promote skin renewal and improve texture.

Lavender Oil | Amazing multi-functional properties, this essential oil acts as a valuable skin conditioner that moisturizes and softens while protecting against chapping and roughness due to dryness. When combined with liquid, acts as an antibacterial cleanser for problem skin.  

Licorice Root Extract | Recognized for its skin-brightening properties, licorice root extract is a natural ingredient that helps even out skin tone and reduce hyperpigmentation.

Marula Oil | Extracted from the marula fruit, marula oil is a natural ingredient rich in antioxidants and fatty acids, providing deep hydration.

Manuka Honey Recognized for its antibacterial properties, manuka honey is a natural ingredient that soothes and promotes healing in skincare.

Moringa Oil Derived from the seeds of the moringa tree, moringa oil is a natural ingredient rich in vitamins and antioxidants, providing nourishment to the skin.

Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) Known for its multiple benefits, niacinamide is a natural ingredient that helps improve the appearance of enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, and fine lines.

Neroli Oil | This aids to soften fine lines, rejuvenating skin's appearance and reducing the look of age spots.

Panthenol (Vitamin B5) With moisturizing and soothing properties, panthenol is a natural ingredient that helps hydrate and calm the skin.

Pearl Powder Used in traditional skincare, pearl powder is a natural ingredient believed to promote a radiant complexion and even skin tone.

Peppermint Leaf Oil | Contains menthol which cools while energizing and bringing a flushed look to the skin. 

Peptides Natural amino acid compounds, peptides are skincare ingredients that support collagen production and help reduce the signs of aging.

Probiotics Beneficial for the skin's microbiome, probiotics are natural ingredients that help maintain a healthy balance, promoting overall skin well-being.

Raspberry Seed Oil | Very high in linoleic acid, a fatty acid found to be lacking in the sebum of acneic skin, the oil also works to smooth and replenish the skin's moisture barrier. 

Resveratrol Found in grapes and red wine, resveratrol is a natural antioxidant that helps protect the skin from oxidative stress and supports anti-aging. 

Rose Absolute | An exotic essential oil used for centuries in perfuming for it’s complex, sweet floral scent. 

Rose Flower Water | Rich source of antioxidants that help protect skin from the elements. Cooling to irritated skin, providing hydration and boosting your natural glow. 

Rosehip Seed Oil | Naturally helps to brighten and improve the appearance of age spots and improves tone and texture of skin. An abundance of this anti-aging oil rejuvenates the look of dry, dull skin. 

Sea Buckthorn Oil | Brightens dull dry skin and rejuvenates by fading the appearance of age spots and blotchy, uneven skin. Can be taken orally also, and great for dry eyes!

Sage Extract With astringent and antioxidant properties, sage extract is a natural ingredient that helps balance oil production and combat free radicals.

Shea Butter Extracted from the shea tree, shea butter is a natural ingredient with moisturizing and emollient properties, making it excellent for dry skin.

Sulfur | Known for its natural antibacterial and antifungal properties, sulfur is a versatile skincare ingredient often included in formulations designed to address acne and control excess oil production.

Tea Tree Oil Renowned for its antimicrobial properties, tea tree oil is a natural ingredient that helps combat acne and promote clear skin. 

Turmeric Root Oil | A source of curcumin, which improves the look of skin and brightens tone. 

Vitamin C A potent antioxidant, vitamin C is a natural ingredient that brightens the skin, promotes collagen production, and protects against free radicals.

Vitamin E (Tocopherol) An essential antioxidant, vitamin E is a natural ingredient that helps nourish and protect the skin from free radicals.

Witch Hazel With astringent and anti-inflammatory qualities, witch hazel is a natural ingredient that helps tone and soothe the skin, particularly for those with oily or acne-prone skin.

Ylang Ylang Oil With a sweet floral scent, ylang-ylang oil is a natural ingredient known for its balancing properties, making it suitable for various skin types.

Zinc Oxide | Accelerates the renewal of the skin cells. It has anti-inflammatory properties that can calm redness and irritation.


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