Consumer interest in chemical-based skincare products blossomed in the early 20th century. If you’ve ever researched the product options offered to consumers during the early years of the health and beauty industry, you may have been shocked to discover an alarming list of potentially harmful ingredients. Back then, it was not unusual for skincare products to contain arsenic, lead, and mercury. Product manufacturers assured consumers that these questionable skincare ingredients were safe to use and beneficial for their skin.1
Although it’s unlikely these toxins would be found in skincare products today, you may be a bit surprised to learn that nearly 90 percent of the ingredients used in moisturizers, toners, and serums you love have never been tested for safety. Many of these products can absorb into your skin, causing skin irritation and hormone disruptions.
As awareness increases about the potential health risks and environmental concerns related to chemical exposure, many people are turning away from synthetic skincare products in favor of natural, plant-based alternatives. People are learning that these products can be just as effective as their manufactured counterparts, minus any of the risks.
Investigating the Skin Benefits of Natural Botanicals
The use of natural botanicals to care for skin dates back thousands of years. In the centuries before manufacturers offered easy access to numerous product options, anyone interested in nourishing, protecting, or improving the appearance of their skin would have relied on what was available to them. This included utilizing herbs, plant oils, extracts, and other natural ingredients. The ancient Romans exfoliated their skin with sea salt, ancient Egyptians made cleansers with olive oil and natural clay, and the ancient Greeks devoted entire days to pampering their skin with imported plant extracts. 2,3
Today, a considerable number of the chemicals added to skincare products are developed to mimic the effects of natural ingredients used throughout time. Many people don’t realize that science has confirmed what our ancestors discovered long ago: Plant oils, extracts, and other botanicals can nurture and protect troubled skin, balance oil production, and reduce the appearance of aging.4 Just a few of the many natural, skin-friendly botanicals that could easily replace products you might currently be using include:
- Shea butter is extracted from the nuts of a tree native to South Africa, the karate, or shea tree. Once reserved for African royalty, shea butter is an excellent source of the hydrating vitamins A and E, which means shea butter has a significant impact on skin elasticity.5
- The use of honeysuckle for its health and wellness potential dates back more than 1,400 years to traditional Chinese medicine. When used in natural skincare products, honeysuckle extract is shown to soothe skin irritation and balance skin tone.6
Apricot Kernel Oil
- Apricot Kernel oil provides numerous skin benefits and is often used in natural skincare creams, serums, and scrubs. This emollient is high in vitamins E, A, and C, which explains the oil’s considerable hydrating properties. Apricot kernel oil is easily absorbed and beneficial for all skin types, even sensitive skin.7
Achiote Seed Extract
- The achiote tree is a tropical shrub native to Central and South America. The extracted oil has a floral aroma and mild, pepper-like flavor. High in carotenoids, achiote seed extract is an excellent emollient with considerable antioxidant properties. When added to skincare products, achiote seed extract can calm troubled skin.8
- Coconut oil is a rich emollient with significant hydrating properties. The antibacterial components of the medium-chain fatty acids combined with the anti-inflammatory properties make coconut oil a natural choice for a considerable number of skin concerns.9
- Lavender oil is well-known for its soothing aroma and calming effects. This natural plant oil also provides a considerable number of skin benefits. When applied topically, lavender oil can soothe dry skin, tone the skin, and protect skin from free radicals. This multi-purpose plant extract is also said to be excellent to soothe skin irritation. 10
- Industrial hemp has been used for centuries for numerous skin concerns. While our ancient ancestors may not have understood the nature of the plant’s potential health and wellness benefits, today we know that hemp extract contains a considerable amount of a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, cannabidiol (CBD). 11
Natural Solutions for Your Skin Care Needs
Plant-based skincare formulations have been used successfully throughout recorded history to nourish and protect skin while keeping complexions smooth, supple, and blemish-free. But unlike our ancient ancestors, we don’t have to rely on observations alone when selecting and combining ingredients. As technology advances, so does our understanding of the therapeutic potential of natural plant elements and their benefits for the health and appearance of our skin.
If you have concerns about the potential consequences of the ingredients used in the skincare products you’re currently using, visit BOTA™ Skin Care. Our skincare products are formulated with high-quality botanicals and enhanced with the therapeutic potential of hemp-derived CBD. Learn how to develop a natural skin care routine here.
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- Molecular Science. (2018 January 19) Anti-Inflammatory and Skin Barrier Repair Effects of Topical Application of Some Plant Oils.
- Style Craze. (2019 September 27) 28 Best Shea Butter Benefits For Skin, Hair, and Health.
- Organic Facts. J Staughton. (2020 February 03) 12 Amazing Benefits of Honeysuckle.
- LiveStrong.com. A Boldt. (2019 August 13) What Are the Benefits of Apricot Oil?
- Organic Facts. J Staughton. (2020 January 29) 9 Incredible Benefits of Annatto (Asuete).
- Healthline. R Link. (2017 April 09) Is Coconut Oil Good For Your Skin?
- Healthline. D Sullivan. (2018 December 17) How to Improve the Health of Your Skin with Lavender Oil.
- ACS Chemical Neuroscience. M Caterina (2014 November 19) TRP Channel Cannabinoid Receptors in Skin Sensation, Homeostasis, and Inflammation.