There are so many skincare ingredients out there that, over the years, have been proven to actually cause more harm than good for the skin. With the majority of these ingredients being chemical-based compounds, it’s hardly surprising that more and more people have been veering toward natural skincare instead.
However, going completely natural with DIY skincare products isn’t the best move either. Not only will you struggle to give your skin the consistency and stability that it needs but, let’s face it, DIY skincare requires a significant chunk of time! If you’re a busy millennial professional, then this simply isn’t realistic.
So, what should you do if you want to give your skin the best possible care while also keeping things natural? Follow these six natural skincare tips from Introstem and your skin will soon look better than ever!
1. Seek Out Products Containing Natural Antioxidants
There aren’t many universal ingredients that just about everyone would benefit from. After all, each person has their own unique skin type and skin concerns. The skincare ingredients that you use should cater to this.
However, antioxidants are one of those ingredients that just about everybody should be taking advantage of. These potent compounds, which are abundant in the natural world, are capable of doing so much for the skin. They keep the skin feeling protected from environmental and oxidative damage while also repairing the look of any existing areas of damage. Be it from pollution, UV rays, or anything else, antioxidants are the best way to restore the look of radiance and health to a lackluster complexion.
With that said, more and more antioxidants these days are synthetically produced. If you’re going down the natural skincare route, the easiest way to ensure that the antioxidants you’re using come from nature is to seek out products that contain botanical extracts. Each one will offer its own distinct range of antioxidants. Products that combine multiple botanical extracts will ensure that your skin will receive a full spectrum of antioxidants.
The Introstem Hydro Stem Cell Drops does this brilliantly. This serum is brimming with numerous antioxidant-rich plant extracts. Green tea is one, with its catechins proven to help with everything from the appearance of wrinkles to the visibility of hyperpigmentation. In this serum, it’s combined with grape stem cells, our signature ingredient at Introstem. This extract is another one that has multiple studies backing up its antioxidant prowess, which is why you’ll find it in each and every Introstem product. With this formula also containing calendula, comfrey, gotu kola, aloe vera, and avocado extracts, it’s one of the best antioxidant-rich serums around!
2. Prioritize Beauty Sleep
When it comes to natural skincare, many people focus on topical ingredients and products. However, your lifestyle choices greatly influence your appearance too. You could use the very best natural skincare products in the world, but they won’t be able to help much if you’re also making poor lifestyle choices for your skin.
Other than diet and hydration, one of the most important lifestyle aspects to consider if you want to give your complexion a boost is how much sleep you’re getting each night. The time during which you sleep is when your skin works hard to heal and regenerate. This is when it starts to repair all of the damage that it has experienced over the course of the day. It’s also when the majority of new collagen and elastin fibers are produced. These are the proteins that give your skin its structure and smoothness.
A lack of quality sleep interferes with these natural processes. Ideally, you should be sleeping for seven to nine hours a night, depending on your age and lifestyle. This is the optimum amount for ensuring that your skin has plenty of time to work on itself while you snooze.
Of course, a good evening skincare routine can also help to leave your skin cells feeling boosted before you drift off. One way to enhance this even further is by treating your skin to an overnight mask. The Introstem Lumi-Cell Overnight Mask is perfect for this. It’s packed with a long list of natural ingredients, including lavender, bilberry, pomegranate, chokeberry, and acai berry, making it ideal for targeting a variety of visible skin concerns.
3. Moisturize With Plant Oils and Butters
Everyone’s skin needs to be moisturized. Not only does this help to improve your skin’s hydration levels, but it also keeps the skin feeling better protected from the outside world. A moisturizer provides the skin with an additional barrier that helps to keep harmful impurities away.
When it comes to choosing natural skincare ingredients to moisturize with, plant oils and butters will always come out on top. Many people assume that these ingredients can only be used on dry skin. However, the truth is, they’re fantastic at moisturizing all skin types, so long as you choose the right oils/butters for your skin’s needs.
For example, if you have oily skin, you should always opt for non-comedogenic plant oils. This means that they’ll hydrate and moisturize your skin without clogging up your pores. Some of the best plant oils for this are jojoba oil, rosehip oil, and sunflower seed oil.
Meanwhile, if you have dry skin, you can safely use heavier plant oils and butters. Shea butter would always be a good choice, with this natural ingredient loaded with fatty acids that will keep your skin feeling super-soft and supple. You’ll find the ingredient in Introstem’s Stem Cell Night Repair. This night cream combines shea butter with sunflower seed oil, jojoba seed oil, and hemp seed oil. All of these ingredients will leave your skin glowing!
4. Hydrate With Seaweed Extract
Moisturizing focuses on the outermost layer of your skin, but keeping those deeper layers feeling hydrated is vital as well. The best ingredients for doing so are humectants. These compounds have moisture-binding properties that will have your skin cells feeling deeply quenched. They’ll immediately give your complexion a radiant plumpness while smoothing away the look of creases and imperfections.
Sodium hyaluronate, or hyaluronic acid, is known for being one of the best ingredients in the industry. Technically, it’s a natural ingredient that the human body produces on its own. With that said, the sodium hyaluronate used in skincare products is synthetically produced, albeit in a way that mimics the ingredient in its natural form.
If you’d prefer to rely on humectants that are entirely natural instead, a good alternative would be seaweed extract. Research confirms that seaweed is exceptionally hydrating when applied to the skin. It also soothes the feeling of inflammation while reducing the visible signs of aging. It’s no surprise that many consider it to be a miracle ingredient!
If you would like to try hydrating with seaweed, check out the Introstem Hydro Transforming Mask. This incredibly hydrating face mask also contains honey, which is another natural humectant. Many of the other ingredients in this formula, from cucumber fruit extract to safflower seed oil, will contribute to skin hydration levels too. This makes this mask perfect for a thirsty complexion!
5. Look for Cleansers Containing Naturally-Derived Surfactants
Cleansing is one of the most important steps of any skincare routine. This makes it vital for you to pick a cleanser that’s capable of removing all impurities from the surface of your skin. However, with many of the cleansers out there containing harsh chemical surfactants, keeping things natural can be difficult. It doesn’t help that many of the most popular cleansing agents used in skincare products can sometimes cause more harm than good. They damage and strip away the skin’s natural protective barrier. This can cause a number of problems in the long run.
The solution is to look for cleansers that make use of naturally-derived surfactants. Rather than using formulas containing harsh surfactants, opt for cleansers that are formulated with coconut-derived cleansing agents instead. Ingredients such as sodium cocoyl isethionate may not be completely natural. However, they’re much gentler than the majority of other surfactants that are used in cleansers. In addition to cleansing the skin, they also have a moisturizing effect. This is something that most other cleansing agents fail to offer.
The Introstem Stem Cell Mousse Cleanser is a product that contains coconut-derived surfactants. It’s also brimming with several other natural skincare ingredients, from argan oil to chamomile extract to moringa seed oil. It’s a superstar at gently but thoroughly cleansing the skin, leaving the face looking beautifully refreshed after every use.
6. Make the Most of Naturally-Derived Alpha-Hydroxy Acids
Exfoliation is another key aspect of any skincare routine. It’s the best way to remove dead skin cells, sebum, and dirt from within your pores. Not only will this help to prevent the appearance of congestion and breakouts, but it will also leave your skin looking brighter and feeling smoother. As a result, it’s something that everyone should be doing once or twice a week.
When it comes to natural exfoliants, most people tend to go with scrubs. After all, it doesn’t get more natural than salt or sugar!
Unfortunately, many of those natural exfoliating agents can be a little too harsh on delicate facial skin. They’re great for the body but too abrasive for the face, resulting in micro-tears in the skin. This is why so many experts recommend chemical exfoliation instead. As you can imagine, this can initially seem off-putting to those who are trying to keep things natural.
However, most of the chemical exfoliating agents used in skincare are actually naturally derived as well. From glycolic acid, which comes from sugar cane, to mandelic acid, which is obtained from almonds, all of these acids have natural sources. This means that they can easily be integrated into a natural skincare routine.
If you’ve never tried chemically exfoliating before, the Introstem Stem Cell Facial Peeling would be a great place to start. Not only does it chemically exfoliate the skin with almond-derived mandelic acid, but it also provides some gentle physical exfoliation with bamboo powder. These ingredients are combined with a number of other natural compounds, including grape stem cells, green tea extract, and coconut oil.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to keep your skincare routine as natural as possible. However, it’s also essential to understand the power that synthetic ingredients can have as well. In fact, many are capable of enhancing the effects of natural ingredients. This means that some of the most effective skincare products around are formulas that combine the best of nature and science.
This is precisely what we do at Introstem. We bring together some of the most potent natural ingredients out there, blending these with carefully chosen lab-produced compounds to create exceptional skincare formulas that are capable of truly transforming the complexion. Our products really do offer the best of both worlds for your skin.