“Natural ingredients have been used for centuries by natives from all over the world, and have demonstrated their proven effectiveness time and time again,” says Vicki Engsall co-founder and product director of The Jojoba Company.
“People are becoming more conscious about avoiding chemicals in their diet and in their skin care products, and are choosing to use natural alternatives in order to avoid a chemical overload,” she said.
Coconut – provides superior hydration because of its high concentration of fructose and glucose, says Vicki, making it a marvellous ingredient for those with dry, dehydrated skin.
“It will also soften, cleanse and condition the skin,” she adds.
Coconut’s antiseptic properties enable it to repair and heal the skin, too, while acting as a moisture barrier.
Acai Berry is hailed as one of nature’s super foods and acai berry supplements are a must-have for the ultra health conscious. This fruit is deemed to also have a multitude of benefits when applied topically.
Corinne Morley, in-house beauty expert for Trilogy, explains why the brand makes use of this purple berry in some of its products.
“It’s known to nourish the lipid barrier and stimulate the regeneration process by encouraging new collagen production,” says Corinne, which makes it an essential ingredient for those wanting to combat premature signs of ageing and maintain healthy, glowing skin.
“Acai berry is also jam-packed with antioxidants such as phytosterol that conditions the skin. It’s like a healthy meal for your skin,” she says.
Papaya and Pineapple
Corinne says that ‘papain’ a natural fruit enzyme derived from papaya, is made up of sugars, enzymes and AHAs that help break down and loosen dry, damaged or older cells from the surface of the skin, promoting brighter, more radiant skin. It also contains vitamins A and C, which makes it a powerful wrinkle-fighter and free radical-protector, she explains.
Pineapple is equally brilliant for dull lacklustre skin. Corinne says, “Bromelain, which is derived from pineapple, is another source of sugars, enzymes and AHAs that help remove dead and damaged skin cells.”