the best ingredients for all skin types
There are officially five different skin types: normal, oily, dry, sensitive, and combination. Finding the right products and ingredients for your skin type can be sometimes be tricky, but, there are natural ingredients out that compatible with any skin type. Below are five of the best ingredients that you can use to nourish all skin types.
Green Tea/Green Tea Extract.
Rich in antioxidants and nutrients, green tea is not only incredibly healthy to drink regularly, but it's touted in the skincare industry for it's wide range of benefits from anti-aging to acne-clearing. The polyphenolic compound EGCG found in green tea has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties. Furthermore, EGCG is anti-androgenic and lowers lipid levels. This makes it effective at reducing sebum excretions in the skin. By reducing sebum, EGCG in green tea extracts can slow or stop the development of acne.
For aging, green tea is loaded with antioxidants that help the skin recover from environmental damages over the year. A small 2005 study of 80 women showed an improvement of skin elasticity in participants using green tea in their daily regimen. A long-term 2013 study of 24 people showed that skin damage caused by sun exposure was reduced with the topical application of cosmetics containing green tea extract as well. With green teas wide range of benefits, it's something everyone with any skin type should incorporate into their routine.
Another all-around holy grail ingredient for all skin types. This is a water-soluble form of vitamin b-3 that functions with the natural substances present in your skin. It can help visibly reduce enlarged pores, tighten lax pores, improve uneven skin tones, soften fine lines and wrinkles, eliminate skin dullness, and strengthen weakened skin. One of the hailed properties of Niacinamide is that it can help your skin grow a ceramide (lipid) barrier, which can help it retain moisture. For acne-prone skin types, fear not, the benefits of moisture retention aren’t just for those with dry skin. Niacinamide can also help regulate the amount of oil the sebaceous glands produce and prevent your glands from going into overdrive. Best of all, it protects against oxidative stress. Niacinamide helps build cells in the skin while also protecting them from environmental stresses, such as sunlight, pollution, and toxins. Furthermore, Niacinamide minimizes inflammation, which helps to reduce the redness from eczema, acne, and other inflammatory skin disorders.
Hyaluronic acid is taking the skincare industry by storm, and for good reasons. This ingredient is a principal compound for collagen in the human skin and is the main component of what gives your skin structure, making it responsible for that plump and hydrated look. Thanks to its light molecular weight, it's able to actually penetrate skin. It's moisturizing, anti-aging, redness reducing, and majorly increases skin elasticity. What makes hyaluronic acid so hydrating is that it can bind up to 1000 times its weight in water! In other words, it functions as a humectant and holds water molecules onto the surface of your skin. Lastly, hyaluronic acid increases the skin cell turnover, which naturally repairs and rejuvenates your skin, providing to your skin's anti-aging properties.
Jojoba oil is a great all-around natural oil for all skin types due to its lightweight yet highly nourishing properties. The structure and weight of the molecules in jojoba oil are actually nearly identical to the natural sebum the human body produces, making it totally compatible with all skin types. Because jojoba oil is so similar to the natural oils of our skin, it can help control the production of sebum, thus, being beneficial and non-irritating to oily and acne prone skin types. That being said, jojoba oil is noncomedogenic as well. For all skin types, Jojoba oil is a humectant, meaning, it works to seal your skin with a protective barrier to keep it from losing moisture. Due to jojobas naturally occurring antioxidants and well as it's anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, hypoallergenic properties- it's a great natural oil for skin of all types.
Rosewater is a natural ingredient compatible for all skin types, from oily to dry. Rosewater helps revitalize, hydrate, and soothe your skin to give it a healthy glow. Rosewater also helps to maintain your skin's pH balance and even controls excessive oil build-up on the skin. Being antibacterial, it may also help reduce acne as breakouts occur. Rose extracts contain powerful antioxidants, which can help protect skin cells from damage. One study found that these antioxidants had potential lipid peroxidation inhibitory effects. This provides powerful cell protection as a result. This ingredient is great for all skin in every season due to the anti-inflammatory properties that can help minimize redness from irritation of the skin, and reduce acne, eczema, and dermatitis.