As the weather cools, skin can require a little extra nourishment to retain its healthy glow. Cold temperatures, windy days, and central heating can all cause decreased moisture levels in the air, which in turn decreases moisture levels in the skin; leaving it dry and dull. If your summer skincare staples just aren’t cutting it in the cooler months, give these nourishing natural ingredients a go to keep skin supple, moisturised and healthy.
Rosehip oil has long been a staple of many natural beauty products, but recent research has shed greater light on what makes it such an anti-ageing powerhouse, revealing it to contain high levels of retinol (vitamin A), as well as beta-carotene, Lycopene and essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6.
Vitamin A is famed for its ability to fight wrinkles, sun damage, and uneven skin tone. It has been shown to stimulate the production of new collagen in the skin, something that tends to slow as we age. A true all round skincare superstar, it can also help mild acne or eczema, and helps to lighten acne scars after they have formed. Rosehip oil also contains Lycopene, a type of cartenoid found naturally in foods that are red. Higher levels of Lycopene in the skin have been shown to help reduce the oxidative damage that occurs from daily exposure to the sun and other environmental pollutants.
Argan oil is all the rage in hair care these days, but this lightweight oil also has a lot to offer the skin on your face and body. With a high concentration of essential fatty acids and tocopherols (similar to vitamin E) it delivers antioxidants that fight free radicals and various causes of cell damage in the skin. Although using a facial oil on oily skin may seem counterintuitive, Argan oil can actually help reduce the amount of over-produced sebum in oily skin types, as well as inhibiting the growth of acne causing bacteria in clogged pores. Being only lightly scented, lightweight, and easily absorbed, it is perfect for people who would want to apply it under makeup, or in combination with other skincare ingredients for an extra moisture and antioxidant boost.