We live in a world of amazing plants. They can heal aches and pains, soothe a sunburn, nourish us from within, and even make us look younger. Since ancient times, healers have relied on plants for natural remedies, which can help heal and soothe without the use of harsh chemicals. We believe in the power of plants, and there are several that we rely on in our natural beauty products, due to their incredible skin-nourishing properties and hydrating qualities. Three of these skincare powerhouses include noni, aloe, and coconut: all versatile and wonderful additions to any skincare routine. But what can these plants do for your skin, and how can you incorporate them into your daily regimen?
A common evergreen plant in Southeast Asia, noni has been used as a powerful healing ingredient for thousands of years. Today, it is often known by a number of names, including “Painkiller Fruit” or “Cheese Fruit” for its distinctive odor and taste. However, it’s also a versatile skincare powerhouse that can help with a number of skin concerns.
Noni is a great option for people who are struggling with pigmentation issues or acne. It can brighten the skin and help resolve dark spots. The fruit is rich in vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps support the body’s natural collagen and elastin, keeping the skin looking younger and firmer. It also boasts anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, which can help reduce skin irritation, acne, and other skin problems. When used in hair care, noni has been shown to help reduce hair loss naturally by treating scalp problems.
Many people are put off by the noni fruit’s strong smell, but most skincare recipes use a diluted form of the extracts to prevent the smell. Our proprietary approach to creating the Biconi Noni Enzyme, however, extracts the powerful enzymes from the fruit while retaining its healing properties—not the smell. Many of our most popular products use this enzyme, including our Hair Revitalising Shampoo Bar.
Most people know about aloe vera for its role in suncare—the gel from the plant is very soothing and cooling when applied to a sunburn, and can even reduce healing time. However, there are many other aloe vera benefits for skin that can be gained by using the plant in its pure form or in a natural gel or extract.
Aloe vera gel uses include moisturising the skin without leaving residue or clogging the pores (great for oily skin), anti-aging, and as an acne treatment. The plant contains polyphenols, antioxidants, and many vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C and vitamin E, both of which support essential skin structures that can keep you looking younger, longer. Many people who have used aloe vera for face treatments report that the plant reduces redness, blemishes, and even acne scars.
Like noni, this plant is extremely versatile, and can be used to soften and condition the hair and scalp, as well as the facial skin. Some people have found that it can reduce dandruff flakes and scalp irritation.
Coconuts are delicious, and they make up an important part of many diets, especially in tropical regions. The oil that can be extracted from coconuts, however, is even more valuable for both skincare and overall health. Virgin coconut oil is prized for its power as a skincare ingredient, and it forms the bases for many cleansers, lotions, and oils. Some people also use it for detoxifying the body and for cooking. So what makes coconut oil such a powerhouse in skincare? Its versatility, hydrating properties, and its antibacterial and anti-fungal qualities.
Coconut oil is simultaneously cleansing and moisturizing. It makes a great base for soaps, shampoos and conditioners that won’t dry out or irritate the skin and hair. It also works as a primary ingredient in scrubs, lotions, and serums. Packed with benefits like anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, virgin coconut oil is used for everything from makeup removal to acne treatments. It’s even safe for use on newborn babies, and can help soothe skin irritation, cradle cap, and dry skin. Bonus: it also smells great!
For skincare, only virgin coconut oil should be used, and it should be cold-pressed whenever possible. Reducing the amount of processing helps preserve the beneficial properties of coconut oil!
Incorporating These Powerhouses in Your Skincare
So how do you use noni, coconut oil, and aloe vera gel for skin? The good news is that it’s easy to incorporate these powerful skincare ingredients into your everyday beauty routines. You can use aloe for face treatments in its pure form, and virgin coconut oil can be used to address many common skin concerns. Noni is more difficult to find, but we use this powerhouse in many of our products, utilizing the Biconi Noni Enzyme to help people reveal glowing, beautiful skin. The possibilities for using these plants are endless!
Regardless of your skincare goals, it’s important to emphasize all-natural solutions when choosing your products. These skincare powerhouses have the ability to transform your skin and hair, all without nasty chemicals or harsh detergents. Choose an option that’s earth-friendly as well as skin-friendly, and you’re sure to notice the difference!