If you’re into clean cosmetics, you’ve no doubt noticed natural, plant-based ingredients in your organic skincare products. That’s no surprise, since the power of plants is scientifically proven to restore skin to a healthier state.
Beauty botanicals are natural ingredients that come from the extracts and oils of plants and flowers in their purest forms. Modern science has allowed us to harness these ingredients with more effectiveness, but they’re nothing new: botanicals have been used in natural skincare remedies for thousands of years (Cleopatra used black seed oil as a beauty treatment!).
To help you better understand how botanical-powered skincare products can fit into your routine, here are our recommendations based on skin type.
One of the most popular natural butters used in skincare is shea butter. Known for its powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory components, it acts to naturally balance the skin’s moisture levels and provide much needed relief to skin that feels tight or sore — making it the perfect botanical for restoring health to dry or dehydrated skin on the face and body.
Tea tree oil is known for its highly effective antimicrobial properties, which can work wonders for acne breakouts and blemishes.
Some studies have even shown that tea tree oil might treat acne more effectively than antibiotics. With the ability to unblock pores and minimize acne-causing bacteria, tea tree oil can help prevent breakouts without drying skin out.
We love: Pure Tea Tree Hydrosol Mist
Green tea is thought to have first been discovered in China, where green tea leaves were used for medicinal purposes.
Today, green tea extract is used in creams, lotions, serums, and other anti-aging products for centuries-old benefits that can enhance practically any clean beauty routine.
If you have normal skin (lucky you!), you’re likely dealing with few imperfections, no severe sensitivity, and barely visible pores.
Green tea can bring your naturally radiant complexion to the next level by helping to fight oxidizing environmental stressors and signs of aging. It’s naturally protective, healing, and anti-inflammatory — the ultimate youthful boost!
Rosehip oil is perfect for combination skin, which can be dry or normal in some areas and oily in others (like the T-zone: nose, forehead, and chin). People with this skin type may need slightly different care in different areas.
Enter rosehip oil. A pressed seed oil, this elixir has been valued since ancient times for its many healing properties. Rosehip oil is generally beneficial for all skin types and safe to use with most other products and ingredients.
The main benefits of rosehip oil include brightening and evening skin tone, boosting collagen production and skin elasticity, and dramatic skin restoration.
Soothing chamomile is great for sensitive skin. It works as a calming agent with antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties — perfect for people with this easily-aggravated skin type.
Chamomile was first used as an herbal remedy by Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans to treat wounds and promote healing. Today, chamomile’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties are harnessed in clean beauty products to help calm, soothe, and heal sensitive skin.
Cucumber has a way of making everything better, including anti-aging skincare routines.
As we age, collagen production naturally slows down and wrinkles and fine lines become more noticeable. Cucumbers have amazing water content (they are 96% water!) and deliver deep hydration to plump skin and soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Plus, research has shown that the antioxidant properties in cucumbers make it a potentially helpful anti-wrinkle ingredient.
Cucumbers also contain flavonoids and antioxidants that can reduce redness, swelling, and irritation. They provide a cooling, refreshing effect that can reduce the appearance of puffy eyes and crow’s feet.
So when it comes to natural, effective anti-aging botanicals, cucumber should be on every plant-based skincare prescription.
This list of some of our favorite beauty botanicals is only the beginning! There are SO MANY plant-based vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that truly work better than their synthetic counterparts to nourish stronger, healthier skin.
The best thing you can do for your beauty routine is prioritize products with real, nutrient-dense ingredients. Focus on botanicals that are backed by science or are recommended by skincare professionals. These have likely been studied the most by scientists and medical researchers.
The benefits of feeding your skin with genuinely natural products are real. Plus, you’ll feel great knowing that you’re doing something smart for your overall health and wellbeing!