You enjoy a bit of honey in your tea, but why are honey and tea showing up as ingredients in your beauty products? With the market and demand of
natural makeup and products growing faster than you can say sulphate-free, it’s high time to school yourself on what some of the most popular natural ingredients will do for you.

Sea buckthorn

This shrub bears berries, which are high in vitamin C so you’ll find it in moisturizers and serums for its abilities to stimulate collagen production,
making your skin look firm, elastic and minimizing fine lines. It is also helpful for inflammation thanks to the omega-3 fatty acids it boasts, and the vitamin E it contains is soothing for itching.

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Rose oil

This oil is good at helping skin maintain moisture (which is key in creating a healthy skin barrier function). It, too, like sea buckthorn, boasts vitamin C, which can help get skin glowing. Also, thanks to the vitamin E it contains, rose oil is good for calming red, irritated skin.

Black tea

You’ll gain a new appreciate for one of your favourite beverages when you use skincare products with black tea. It can help boost skin radiance while also making it appear smoother. Thanks to the caffeine it contains, it is helpful for helping to reduce puffiness.

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This sticky, sweet natural sweetener has long been used for its wellness benefits. When used in skincare, this antioxidant-rich ingredient offers antibacterial benefits. Honey also works well at helping the skin retain moisture, which means you can look forward to supple.

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Think of soy as your natural antiaging weapon. It helps boost collagen production, so your skin looks more elastic and firm (read: fewer fine lines and wrinkles). Soy can also brighten skin while also minimizing any pigmentation.

Tea tree oil

essential oil works well as an antiseptic treatment, which makes it a natural go-to when trying to manage blemishes or help with any wounds. It also works at fighting bacteria, making it an ideal choice to helping with athlete’s foot.

Argan oil

One of the most popular ingredients in the last few years, argan oil, thanks to being rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids, ferulic acid, vitamin E, polyphenols and squalene, is fantastic for a number of different beauty benefits. It can help fight free radicals, so it’ll appeal to you if you’re
concerned with aging; healing properties (due to the vitamin E) mean you can try it on irritated, inflamed skin; and argan oil can be great for boosting skin’s moisture.

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Your wholesome breakfast grain is also good for your skin topically. The antioxidants it boasts will help promote circulation, for a glowing complexion. Reactive, sensitive skinned women will adore it for the soothing properties—look to products containing oats if you have a sunburn or flare-up of inflamed, dry skin.


This herb has long been used to help with fighting bacteria (so turn to it when you have an injury such as a cut), but those looking for plumper-looking skin will want it, too, as it can help stimulate collagen production. Suffer from dry skin? Calendula can help restore moisture to parched skin, thereby creating a more youthful, glowing appearance.

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Well-known for its soothing aromatherapy properties, lavender is also anti-inflammatory and antiseptic, so you can turn to it if your skin is sunburned, has broken out into a rash or a pimple. Also, it can boost circulation—healthy circulation is key to boosting skin cell turnover; hello, glowing skin.

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