Today, 7/10/2018, we share advice from Dr. Oz on skin-smoothing solutions that are all-natural. In recent years there has been a surge of interest in organic ingredients in various products but we still have a ways to go when it comes to first aid items. When products make contact with your skin it pays to be extra mindful of what you’re applying, especially since your skin absorbs all the ingredients you use (the good and the bad).
There are five key ingredients to look for and a handful of additives worth leaving behind:
Organic Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has been used around the world for ages as an effective conditioning tool, thanks to its makeup of medium chain fatty acids and vitamin E. Whether you apply a coconut oil hair mask, use a scoop to remove your makeup, or treat it as a moisturizer for your body, this magic ingredient absorbs quickly and leaves you soft to the touch.
Organic Calendula Oil
While you might not have heard of calendula, you have likely heard of marigold flowers. This genus of plants has been used to treat various skin conditions since the Greek and Roman times. Calendula oil has antiviral properties, making it a particularly informed choice for clearing up rashes, blemishes, and wounds.
Organic Aloe Vera
Aloe vera often referred to as “the plant of immortality”, has been used to cure a variety of skin woes for centuries. Soothing, calming, and known to speed up recovery times, it’s no wonder that this ingredient is often prescribed to those of us who have spent too much time basking in the sun. Along with providing sunburn relief, aloe vera may also promote a healthy scalp, reduce and fade acne marks, and function as a moisturizer as well.
Organic Olive Oil
Like coconut oil, olive oil is an age-old beauty product with countless uses for your hair and your skin. High in vitamin E and polyphenols, this antioxidant-rich ingredient is often used as a cleanser, moisturizer, and treatment to keep your skin soft and supple and fight off acne-causing bacteria.
An active ingredient found in many skin care products due to its antibacterial and antiseptic properties, Arnica Montana is often used to treat skin infections, eczema, stretch marks, and other skin conditions. This flowering plant can also be used as a scalp massage treatment which may be beneficial in treating hair loss and dandruff.
Additives to Avoid
Ingredients like parabens, petrolatum, alcohol, sulfates, formaldehyde, and fragrances are often found in commercial products. These additives can irritate and strip the skin of moisture, clog pores, or potentially even mimic hormones that may impact the way your endocrine system functions. When shopping for first aid anti-itch creams and other products, do your research and scrutinize the label to make sure you know what you’re applying to your face, hair, and body. Look for products without unnecessary additives like PROcure, which is made up of one percent maximum strength hydrocortisone cream, has no petroleum, parabens, or alcohol, and includes skin-loving ingredients like organic coconut oil, olive oil, and calendula oil instead.
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