Which “natural” ingredients are beneficial for my skin?

Monday, 25 May 2015

I know the importance of active ingredients in skincare products, and as a result I don’t use “natural” skincare products. However, I’m quite interested to know, which “natural” ingredients would you say are actually beneficial to the skin? 


Skincare expert Dr Maureen Allem from Skin & Body Renewal responds:

“I think the first thing we have to clarify is the use of the term, “natural”. Many of the very active ingredients in the cosmeceutical products are by no means “unnatural.” What is comes down to is the following:

1) What is the ingredient;
2) What form is the ingredient in? For example there are many different types of Vitamin C;
3) What is the concentration of the active ingredient? How much of the ingredient is actually in the product?

If you think about it, some of the greatest skincare ingredients are vitamins, growth factors, peptides and fruit acids, which are all “natural” ingredients, but if those ingredients are not in the right form, or not in a high enough concentration, then it is not going to give you significant results.
If you want a great cocktail of natural ingredients that are really going to pack a punch when it comes to a healthy, strong, radiant skin, then you want your products to contain these (again, in the right form and in high concentrations), and these are just a few:

Hyaluronic acid for moisture;
Glycolic acid and lactic acid for mild resurfacing and hydration;
Growth factors for healing and anti-ageing;
Vitamin A (preferably retinol) – this is really the “master vitamin” for the skin;
Vitamin C – antioxidant and brightening;
Ferulic acid – antioxidant and natural sunscreen;
Kojic acid, liquorice extract – pigmentation inhibitors.”

Would you like to ask Dr Allem a question about your skin? Ask it here.

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  1. Ramonyaluoe

    Lemon Juice. aloe vera gel and tumeric !! I have dark spots due to acne scarring and they work like a charm!!

    3 years ago •


    I find that some ‘natural’ or herbal products actually irritate mt skin.

    3 years ago •

  1. Salmaa Moosa

    Very interesting! for me, natural is all oils that come from for example coconut etc, and others like glycerin and aloe gel.

    4 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    Copying and pasting this info onto my Evernote list of vital beauty info :)

    4 years ago •

  1. clickety_clack

    This is very interesting. I’m interested in “natural” skincare and hear amazing things about it. I guess the proof is in the pudding!

    4 years ago •

  1. Rashmee Bagirathi

    This is an interesting article. For me, natural are things like coconut oil; oatmeal, cucumber slices, etc. I use all of these in conjunction with my store bought loot.

    4 years ago •

  1. Zakiyyah Jogi

    Thank you! This a very informative article.

    4 years ago •

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