Have you ever wondered what goes into your beauty products? Have you ever read the label on your shampoo, serum, or lotion and wondered what all those ingredients actually are? Well, there’s good news and bad news about the complicated list of ingredients on your beauty products: some of those are scientific names of plants, and contain no chemicals, while others are synthetic detergents, colours, and other nasty ingredients you don’t want anywhere near your skin. Fortunately, most natural beauty brands take care to clarify and explain exactly what’s in your favorite products. Why? Because they’ve got nothing to hide! But how do these natural plant products help give you glowing skin?
Read on for more information about the great oils and extracts that contain no harsh chemicals, plus natural beauty tips for using these powerful ingredients straight from Mother Nature!
Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera)
Coconut oil is the superstar of the natural beauty world, and no wonder: it’s an incredibly gentle and versatile natural oil that can be used on any skin type, and for any age. Ask anyone about their beauty secrets, and they’re likely to say that coconut oil is responsible for many of their best natural beauty tips. Virgin coconut oil is especially prized for its skin benefits, since it’s not treated with heat, chemicals or refined in any way. Many natural beauty products are based on coconut oil, including cleansers, hair products, and skin serums. It can act as a mild natural sunscreen, help improve acne, and deeply moisturise the skin and hair. It’s an all-purpose natural oil that belongs in every beauty routine!
Noni Enzyme (Morinda Citrifolia)
Noni is a traditional remedy that has been used for all types of health problems. However, it’s also a powerful skin treatment that can help reduce wrinkles and improve the overall look of the skin. Noni is anti-inflammatory and contains antioxidants that can help make the skin look smoother and more youthful. While noni is a less common ingredient in many skincare products and can be harder to find, it is extremely effective in improving the skin overall, and can help resolve many skin issues. The Biconi Noni Enzyme is a powerful extract from the noni plant that is used in many Biconi products for its benefits to the skin’s health and appearance.
Argan Oil (Argania Spinosa)
Often called “liquid gold”, argan oil is a beauty staple that’s used in many hair and skin products around the world. Argan oil is a great moisturiser for even oily skin, because it does not clog pores when applied directly to the face. It is high in vitamin E and fatty acids, and is most often used to hydrate, smooth, and soften the skin. Because of its skin benefits, argan oil is a common ingredient in natural skin serums. It’s also a great option for taming frizzy hair and keeping the hair smooth and glossy after heat treatments. It can be used as a deep conditioning hair mask overnight, or used to tame flyaways as needed. It can even be used as a cuticle treatment for healthier nails and skin in the cuticle area.
Sweet Almond Oil (Prunus Dulcis)
An extremely gentle and mild natural oil, sweet almond oil is perfect for sensitive skin. It’s hypoallergenic, and is often used as a massage oil, even for babies. It’s excellent for gentle makeup removal, as it gently dislodges dirt from the skin without harsh cleansers. When used for massage, it can act as a carrier oil for more powerful essential oils, and its mild smell does not interfere with other scents. It can also be used as a hair treatment, preventing split ends and breakage.
Camellia Oil (Camellia Oleifera)
You may not have heard of camellia oil, but you’ve probably heard of the plant it comes from—camellia oil is extracted from the green tea plant. It’s a quick-absorbing oil that contains a large number of antioxidants, as well as oleic acid, vitamins A, B, D, and E, and several omega fatty acids. Because of these properties, it offers many benefits to the skin, as an anti-inflammatory, anti-aging ingredient, and moisturiser. It’s also anti-microbial and helps the skin to heal following injury. It’s even used in the hair to tame frizz and promote shine.
Avocado Oil (Persea Americana)
Avocados are a healthy part of any diet, but their oil also makes a great addition to natural skincare products. Avocado oil is heavy and protective, which makes it immensely hydrating. It’s also a good source of oleic acid and vitamin E, which helps fight off aging and encourages healthy cell formation. This natural oil is a good “carrier” oil when mixed with powerful essential oils that also carry skin-boosting benefits.
Borage Oil (Borago Officinalis)
Borage oil comes from a common bright blue wildflower. It’s a rich source of fatty acids, and carries some important benefits for the skin. It’s excellent for helping to restore moisture and a healthy glow to dry, red, or troubled skin, making it a powerful ingredient in skin products. Borage oil is even safe for infants, and can be used to help resolve “cradle cap”, similar to coconut oil.
Sunflower Oil (Helianthus Annuus)
Like other natural oils, sunflower oil is great for sensitive skin. It makes a good “carrier” oil for essential oils that can’t be used alone on the skin, due to the potential for irritation. Sunflower oil is hydrating and soothing, and doesn’t irritate sensitive skin like petroleum-based oils. It’s high in essential vitamins, like E, A, C, and D, and it contains anti-aging antioxidants, which can lead to smoother, more youthful-looking skin. It makes a great all-purpose moisturiser, especially when combined with other natural oils in a powerful skin serum, like the Biconi Glow Facial Serum.
Lavender (Lavandula Officinalis)
Lavender essential oil has a calming and soothing scent that’s used in many natural skincare products. But lavender isn’t just used because it’s good for the senses—it’s good for the skin as well. Lavender can help reduce acne-causing bacteria and balance out oil production in the skin. It can also help aid in the healing process of active acne and acne scarring. It’s often used to speed wound healing and reduce inflammation of the skin, whether that’s caused by acne or other skin problems.
Rosemary Extract (Rosmarinus Officinalis)
Most people are familiar with rosemary in the kitchen, but it is an essential ingredient in many natural beauty products as well. It has many therapeutic skin-healing properties, including stimulating cell renewal, killing bacteria on the skin, and balancing oil in the scalp, which can reduce dandruff. It can also help with anti-aging by improving overall circulation and hydration in the skin, which is why it is a common ingredient in many natural beauty products.
Cocoa Butter (Theobroma Cacao)
Cocoa butter is the oil extracted from the cocoa bean, and it’s known for being super emollient and hydrating. It’s often an ingredient in lotions and moisturisers for its hydrating properties, and it’s very popular for natural stretch mark prevention among pregnant women. Many natural beauty tips revolve around healing the skin with cocoa butter, because it protects the skin, is all-natural, and smells great. Cocoa butter is also used in some hair treatments (such as conditioners), since it is deeply hydrating and can help smooth and repair dry hair. In its pure form, it can be used on rough, dry skin and to help soothe chapped lips, burns, and rashes. You can even use cocoa butter as a shaving oil!
Is Organic Important?
When it comes to natural beauty tips, things can get confusing—fast. Some will say that you need to seek out organic oils at all costs in order to give your skin the benefits of natural oils. While it’s always good to use organic oils when possible, it’s not the most important factor for your skin. It’s far more important to seek out oils that have been processed naturally, without harsh chemicals. Look for cold-pressed, high-quality oils that are produced naturally in order to ensure quality.
Finding the Right Products
Now that you know what to look for in your beauty products, it’s time to think about what you’re looking for in your skincare products. Are you struggling with acne? Redness? The beginnings of facial wrinkles? Regardless of your skin type, choosing the right products can be overwhelming, but rest assured that if you choose natural products, you will be treating your skin with the kindness and care it deserves. It just sometimes takes some time to find the right products to suit your needs.
Mother Nature Has You Covered
No matter what problems you’re facing with your skin or hair, Mother Nature has a solution for you. These ingredients and other powerful plant oils and extracts can soothe inflamed skin, heal acne, and breathe new life into dull, tired skin and hair. You don’t need to turn to synthetic chemicals to resolve your skin problems—instead, listen to beauty tips for skin that involve these powerful natural skincare ingredients.
Your skin (and the planet!) will thank you.