Kathy Phillips and Psychologies beauty director Emine Ali Rushton have the following to say about Natural Actives that really work:
1. “Rosehip seed oil. Contains vitamin C, beta-carotenes, bioflavonoids and hyaluronic acid. It’s great for reducing the appearance of scarrig, reducing pigmentation and regenerating skin. Studies have found it to be both anti-inflammatory and good free-radical scavenger.” As found in clean skin gentle cleanser.
2. “Lavender. The highest quality blend is Lavandula angustifolia, which is grown in the south of France,. It heals sunburn, grazes and burns, dries spots, takes away the itch of mosquito bites and repels the insects. Research carried out by Dr David Stretch of Leicester University found that it aids sleep, too.” As found in deep sleep pillow spray.
3. “Palmarosa. Acknowledged as one of the best essential oils for anti-ageing. Some companies use palmarosa but take out the geraniol in it (to make it cheaper, or because it can sensitise reactive skins), but it’s the esters in the geraniol that are cell regenerating.”
4. “Clary Sage. ‘Almost hormone-like or steroidal in its potential,’ says aromatherapist Penny Price, Top-grade clary sage contains about 75 percent linalyl acetate, the anti-inflammatory properties of which are considered to balance the nervous system.”
5. “Roman Camomile. Among the many varieties of camomile, it is this one that the experts choose. Renowned for its anti-inflammatory effects it is therefore good in skincare as a nurturing, calming presence.” As found in deep sleep bath soak.
6. “Sodium hyaluronate. Though previously thought too large in its molecular size, recent research has proved that hyaluronic acid can penetrate the skin. Beacuase it is able to hold up to 200 times its weight in water, it can therefore hydrate all skin layers.”
7. “Larch extract. New research about this polysaccharide from North American larch trees caused excitement. It has been the subject of clinical trials, which consequently proved that it had a tightening and moisturing effect on the skin.” As found in perfect cleavage firming lotion.
8. “Stem cells. The plant stem cells of Swiss apple are the latest ‘buzz’ preparation. Patent-pending, this won an innovation prize in 2008 as best active ingredient. Rich in epigenetic factors and metabolites, it’s thought to protect the longevity of stem cells, therefore combating ageing.”
9. “Vitamin A. Retinol is a form of the antioxidant vitamin A. Retin A, the acid form of vitamin A, is effective not only in treating acne but in softening and minimising wrinkles and slowing skin ageing.” As found in no wrinkles extreme moisturiser.
10. “Probiotics. The actives in probiotic skincare are different from the probiotics used for digestive health. They tend to be derived from proteins and are designed to penetrate the epidermis, to promote skin cell health and some are designed to work on the skin surface to create a healthy skin barrier.”
* As featured in Psychologies.