With the growing desire of wanting to know what exactly goes into the products we use – whether this is what we eat, drink, or apply on our bodies – conscious consumerism is on the rise. An article by The Goods by Vox posits that natural and clean beauty products are quickly becoming the preferred option because of this concern. Plant-based beauty in the form of products containing botanicals are always a sound choice as these have been used for thousands of years. Reverting to these traditional ingredients does not only push for natural personal care, but sustainability on a large scale as well.
Here are some of the best botanicals for your hair and skin:
Before there was shampoo as we know it today, our ancestors used botanicals for all sorts of hair needs – cleansing, scenting, conditioning, and colouring. Argan oil is a popular base of many of today’s beauty products, but it has been around for centuries and is endemic to Morocco. This miracle oil is loaded with vitamin E which helps with hair growth, moisturisation, and shine. Bustle noted Viva Naturals Organic Argan Oil as a product suited for purists, as it showcases this ingredient in its pure, cold-pressed, and sustainably harvested state. It can be applied on whatever area you are targeting, like your scalp, hair shafts, or tips. You can also apply it on your face!
Chamomile has long been viewed as a multipurpose cure-all ingredient used to treat illnesses and wounds. While it’s usually consumed as tea, it is naturally anti-inflammatory, making it a great product to treat ailments topically as well. Marie France Asia listed Arcona’s Chamomile Balm as a product ideal for those who are prone to irritation, as it works in both calming and cooling the skin. Since it doesn’t contain any additional chemicals besides other natural ingredients like shea butter and aloe vera, this mitigates potential averse reactions while also being suitable as a remedy for sunburns.
Balloon Vine Extract
Balloon vine extract is commonly used in homeopathy due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It naturally relieves itchy skin in the same way that cortisone does, therefore it usually finds its place in lotions and salves. A review of Snail White Whipp Soap by PrettyMe details how balloon vine extract is an important component in this product since it functions as an herbal treatment for skin conditions such as eczema. Aside from relieving and soothing irritation, it also moisturises even the most sensitive skin types, especially as it also complemented with other plant extracts to brighten complexion such as bearberry leaf, black currant seed oil, and sunflower oil concentrate.
Jojoba oil boasts multiple medicinal properties, and it is a noteworthy addition to beauty products since it mimics the oil that our skin produces, with a similar pH level. HuffPost’s featured Joyous Health Natural Volumizing Lavender Conditioner as a natural hair product to consider. This contains 100% natural jojoba oil, which is loaded with vitamins B, C, and E as well as zinc and copper to help strengthen the hair, minimise hair loss, cure dandruff, and boost hair thickness. Applying jojoba oil on your hair helps create a seal and locks in moisture, which prevents other harmful chemicals from stripping the hair of nutrients.
Natural is the way to go. You can also check out our post on ‘How to Use 5 Essential Oils for Skin & Hair Care’ for more information on some of the best plant-based oils, extracts, and botanicals.
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