Thirsty, dry skin? Here are 5 natural skin care ingredients that make a difference quickly.
Not the magic, wave of your wand, lose 10 years overnight kind of hype, but skincare ingredients that do make a real, tangible difference.
I have built my organic beauty business around simple luxurious products that make a positive difference, and these are ingredients I use on my own skin, because they work.
1 - Bakuchi Oil
Derived from the seeds of the Psoralea corylifolia plant, Bakuchi oil (also sometimes referred to as babchi oil) is a remarkable ingredient for combating dryness.
Packed with antioxidants and essential fatty acids, this oil helps replenish moisture and restores the skin's natural barrier.
It aids in improving skin elasticity and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. When incorporated into your skincare routine, Bakuchi oil can promote a smoother and softer complexion, which is why it is top of my list, making it an ideal choice for dry skin on the face.
This little plant oil has been making big waves in the beauty industry, mainly because it is being talked about as a natural alternative to retinol.
Retinol does some amazing things in terms of skin-rejuvenating properties, but the flip side is that it can be too harsh or irritating for anyone with sensitive skin, not to mention its skin sensitising side affects.
You will hear talk of two types of Bakuchi oil, the oil cold pressed from the seeds which is what I choose to use, and Bakuchiol, a proprietary extract.
Studies appear to show that Bakuchi Oil can stimulate collagen production which has the benefit of reducing fine lines and hyperpigmentation while increasing the skin’s elasticity and resilience.
Like so many amazing plant oils, Bakuchi oil has a rich history, its origins deeply rooted in Ayurveda, the ancient holistic healing system of India.
2 - Squalane (olive based)
A personal favourite of mine! Derived from olive oil, squalane is a lightweight and non-greasy moisturising ingredient.
It mimics the skin's natural oils, and intensely hydrates without clogging pores.
Squalane helps to seal in moisture, preventing moisture loss and leaving your skin feeling soft and smooth.
One of the reasons I love it is that it is extremely effective in addressing dry skin patches, which seem to pop up at an alarming rate when I least expect it - and it feels super silky and lightweight on the skin.
Being olive based, it is also recognisable to most of us - less of the indecipherable ingredients that don't make sense to any of us.
Olive oil has been used for centuries in mediterranean cultures to hydrate skin naturally.