Hot Ingredients

By Rona Berg / June 20, 2012


WHAT IT IS: A succulent plant grown in desert and tropical climates around the world. Aloe gel is full of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids.

WHAT IT DOES: Often listed instead of water, aloe soothes and moisturizes dry, irritated, sunor wind-burned skin.

WHAT TO TRY: Nourish Pure Unscented USDA Organic Body Wash, $9.99,; Nardo’s Natural Face Cleanser & Exfoliant, $23.99,




WHAT IT IS: Propolis is used by bees to build their hives. Royal jelly is the food bees make for the queen. Rich in vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids.

WHAT IT DOES: An antimicrobial, highly absorbent moisturizer. Helps rejuvenate skin cells and stimulate collagen production

WHAT TO TRY: Medicine Mama’s Sweet Bee Magic All in One Healing Cream, $19.95,; Bee Alive Delicate Royal Jelly Creme, $37.50,



WHAT IT IS: Black currant seed oil is rich in essential fatty acids.

WHAT IT DOES: Helps reduce wrinkles and repair tissue damage, and, an anti-inflammatory useful for treating eczema, acne and dry skin.

WHAT TO TRY: Cecilia Wong Replenishing Face Moisturizer, $68,




WHAT IT IS: Native to the Pacific Northwest, a fruit loaded with powerful antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and natural fruit peeling agents.

WHAT IT DOES: The juice can help reduce discoloration and dark spots, soothe irritated skin and destroy acne-causing bacteria.

WHAT TO TRY: Dahlia Naturals Overnight Fruit Lift, $28,; Ilike Organic Skincare Sour Cherry Gel Mask, $40,



WHAT IT IS: Coconut oil is loaded with lauric acid, which has antibacterial and antiviral properties.

WHAT IT DOES: It’s an ideal moisturizer, because the small molecular structure enables it to easily absorb through the skin.

WHAT TO TRY: One Love Skin Savior Waterless Beauty Balm, $68,; Osea Anti-Aging Body Balm, $38,



WHAT IT IS: Extracted from the fruit of the neem tree, an antiseptic widely used in ayurvedic medicine and skin care.

WHAT IT DOES: Antibacterial, antifungal, treats oily or blemished skin, and soothes eczema and psoriasis. Neem has also been shown to help with diabetes-related skin conditions.

WHAT TO TRY: Alaffia Neem Oil, $6.95,



WHAT IT IS: A cactus native to the Sonoran Desert and loaded with super-antioxidants, known as betalains, that protect it from the harsh, dry, desert climate.

WHAT IT DOES: It protects your skin from dryness, too. The juice and seed oil also reduce inflammation and speed up cell turnover.

WHAT TO TRY: Sia Botanics Prickly Pear Rescue Cream, $22,



WHAT IT IS: The pungent golden spice is a staple of ayurvedic medicine and skin care.

WHAT IT DOES: Turmeric extract is loaded with tetra-hydrocurcuminoids (thC), colorless compounds with antioxidant and skin-lightening properties. Calms irritation, inflammation and rosacea; reduces dryness; and stimulates circulation.

WHAT TO TRY: Pratima Rosacea Therapy Lotion, $32, pratimaskincare.comDr. Alkaitis Organic Enzyme exfoliating mask, $55,


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