Not long ago, there was a very simple idea behind what skincare products were supposed to do: help you look and feel more beautiful. But as technology and research become more sophisticated, and the need for targeted and therapeutic skincare grows, there’s a new shift from beautification to include beauty therapy, as more natural brands are launching products that soothe inflamed and irritated skin, atopic dermatitis, extreme itchiness, eczema, rosacea and more.
The new and highly effective Dr. Hauschka Med skincare line, developed for treatment of extremely dry, itchy, flaky skin, is based on the biodynamic Ice Plant, which thrives in extremely arid regions of South Africa, surviving due to its ability to store water in its leaves. The line also includes Acute Care Potentilla, which calms redness and extreme irritation with the help of the Potentilla plant. dr.hauschka-med.de/english/
Kerstin Florian Certified Organic Facial Oil Collection
These luscious new face oils—Rejuvenating Anti-Stress, Rehydrating Neroli, Clarifying Lavender—are USDA-certified organic, and feature an aromatherapeutic blend of geranium, melissa, lavender and neroli, along with skin-nourishing sea buckthorn, argan, jojoba, meadowfoam and more. For extra hydration, layer them with Kerstin Florian’s Rejuvenating Moisture Balm and have them do double duty on cuticles and hair to soften dry ends.kerstinflorian.com
Transitioning into fall, it can be more important than ever to exfoliate with a little extra oomph, and to look for products like these to help even out skin tone and get rid of flaky skin.
Acure Organics Radical Resurfacing Treatment
A potent blend of herbal botanicals like chlorella growth factor, lemon probiotics, chamomile, argan oil and butterfly bush meristem cell cultures will relieve blotchiness and hyperpigmentation; brighten, smooth and soften the skin and beat blotchiness. acureorganics.com
MyChelle Perfect C Pro Speed Peel
This intensive 10 % L-Ascorbic Acid peel offers the results of a professional peel at home. Vitamin C, with L-Lactic Acid, willow bark extract and many other powerful botanicals will, after a one-minute application, brighten and rejuvenate the skin and reveal its radiance. Do a patch test first, since this is a powerful—and powerfully effective—product. mychelle.com
Eminence Calm Skin Chamomile Exfoliating Peel
Perfect even for sensitive and rosacea-prone skin, this light and lovely home peel from Eminence Organic Skin Care features lactic and mandelic acids to peel away top layers of dead skin cells—perfect as the seasons change—calendula to soothe redness and arnica to reduce inflammation and calm the skin. eminenceorganics.com
Deliciously Ella Rose, Lime & Cucumber Facial Wash
Neal’s Yard Remedies, the iconic English brand, has just launched its first product collaboration, Deliciously Ella, with food blogger and cookbook author Ella Woodward (deliciouslyella.com). After overhauling her diet with plant-based and gluten-free foods, Mills recovered from the rare and painful POTS (Postural Tachycardia Syndrome). This refreshing face wash, good for all skin types, is almost good enough to eat! us.nyrorganic.com
Jurlique Activating Water Essence
It’s hard to slot the new Jurlique Activating Water Essence into a category, since it does so many wonderful things for the skin. It softens and hydrates, while enhancing the performance and penetration of your moisturizer. With extracts of marshmallow root, calendula, neem, horsetail, lavender and more, all you do is put a few drops into your hand and gently press into your face, neck and decollete, for skin that is immediately softer and more supple.jurlique.com
Himalaya Botanique Complete Care Toothpaste
Free of fluoride, SLS, gluten and carrageenan, this tasty new toothpaste comes in six flavors and features Ayurvedic staple botanicals, neem and triphala, as well as thyme leaf oil and a range of other fruit and vegetable extracts to keep teeth bright and, with continued use, helps to remove plaque. The Whitening Toothpastes contain papain and bromelain, enzymes that remove stains.himalayausa.com
Weak and Thinning Hair? Try Black Currant
According to Pina LoGiudice, ND LAc, author of The Little Book of Healthy Beauty, black currant fruits and juice, commonly consumed in many parts of the world, are known to be rich in a flavonoid called anthocyanoside, and also contain gamma linolenic acid (GLA). GLA can help balance hormones, strengthen cell membranes, and lower inflammation, too. GLA helps strengthen hair: it decreases breakage by preventing the hormonal imbalances that weaken and thin your hair.
A typical supplemental dose of black currant is 500 mg twice a day. You can also eat black currants, but the supplemental oil is made from its seeds, so it would be difficult to achieve the same dosage with only the food.