The most common natural ingredients used in skin care products include plant and herb extracts, homeopathic ingredients, aromatherapies, fruit oils and organic produce.
Firstly, plant and herb extracts used include tea tree oil, which acts as an antiseptic, aloe Vera, which is a natural moisturiser, hemp for severe dry skin, rose water which is a natural toner and cocoa butter a rich moisturiser.
Secondly, aromatherapy ingredients include lavender, which aids sleep, coconut milk, which soothes dry skin, eucalyptus and pine oil which relax the muscles and ylang ylang which is a natural, non chemical based perfume.
Thirdly, fruit oils are often used in shower gels and soaps to nourish, invigorate and hydrate the skin and hair. Citrus fruits are popular natural ingredients as they promote skin development. Other examples of fruit oils include banana, pineapple, apple and melon.
Finally, organic produce is becoming an increasingly popular demand as chemicals used to treat ingredients have been proven to build up on and under the skin, resulting in allergic reactions and premature aging.
There are many products available at both ends of the price market. Aveda is a very popular brand available from most major department stores. Their product range is all plant based with the company philosophy being firmly eco friendly. They offer a full range of skin care products and cosmetics including hair dyes and salon treatments. Brands such as Clairol, Loreal and Garnier also include natural ingredients in their products ranges and these have proven to be very popular with consumers. There are a whole host of products available on the internet as well as more traditional sources such as shopping malls, precincts and drug stores.
Skin care products available include cleansers, toners, moisturisers, shampoos, scrubs and masks to name but a few. The most common natural ingredients used in cleansers include tea tree oil and aloe Vera. Cleansers are used to remove grease oil and dead skin cells from the complexion. Moisturisers generally include cocoa butter, shea butter and extract of aloe Vera. Moisturiser is essential to hydrate and protect the skin from damage. Scrubs and facial masks often contain natural muds and salts to draw out impurities in the skin.