Hot Ingredients

By Rona Berg / June 20, 2012

ALOE

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, nourishusda.com; Nardo’s Natural Face Cleanser & Exfoliant, $23.99, nardosnatural.com

 

 

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

 

BLACK CURRANT

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

 

 

CHERRY

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, dahlia-naturals.com; Ilike Organic Skincare Sour Cherry Gel Mask, $40, dermstore.com

 

COCONUT

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, oneloveorganics.com; Osea Anti-Aging Body Balm, $38, oseamalibu.com

 

NEEM

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

 

PRICKLY PEAR

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

 

TURMERIC

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, alkaitis.com

 

Rona Berg

Rona Berg

Editor-In-Chief at Organic Spa Magazine
Longtime journalist, author and current editor-in-chief of Organic Spa Media, Rona Berg is the former Editorial Director of ELLE and Deputy Style Editor for the New York Times Magazine, and she has contributed to and been quoted in dozens of publications. She co-chairs the Personal Care Committee of the non-profit Green Spa Network, is a Charter Advisory Board Member of the Nutritional Aesthetics Alliance, best-selling author of Beauty: The New Basics and Fast Beauty (Workman Publishing), and is a frequent speaker and guest on radio and television and at conferences around the globe.
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