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.
BEE PROPOLIS AND ROYAL JELLY
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 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, ceciliawongskincare.com
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 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 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, alaffia.com
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, siabotanics.com
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.