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The 5 Best natural skincare ingredients for your daily routine

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Liz Thompson
Liz Thompson May, 14, 2019

Freelance writer, green beauty expert, coffee drinker, beach bum wannabe

Natural skincare ingredients seem to be cropping up everywhere, and for good reason! They play well with all skin types and they're as powerful as conventional ingredients. Plus, they make skin look — and feel — super healthy.

If you back those natural beauty blessings with scientific know-how, the result is clinically proven formulas you can feel good about. Oh, and your skin will love them, too.

5 Natural Skincare Ingredients for Your Day-to-Night Routine

Time to take the guesswork out of choosing natural ingredients. Everyone's skin is unique, but you can't go wrong when you introduce these five benefit-packed ingredients into your regular skincare routine.

1. Oats

Considered one of the most essential natural ingredients around, oats are high-powered multitaskers. In addition to being incredibly effective at moisturizing skin for a soft and smooth feel, oats help tone down the appearance of redness and irritation. They also have prebiotic properties, which support a balance of good bacteria on the skin microbiome.

Try using a cleanser that contains oats in the morning and at night to kiss dryness and redness goodbye. Not only do oats give instantly beautiful results — they can actually improve your skin's appearance over time!

2. Soy

Talk about a natural skincare rock star. Soy packs a big punch by improving skin texture and diminishing the appearance of fine lines and dullness. And the good news on this natural ingredient doesn't stop there: Studies show soy visibly decreases hyperpigmentation caused by UV damage. Dark spots begone! Take advantage of soy's beauty-related bounty by adding a facial serum or moisturizer made with soy to your daytime skincare routine for a luminous complexion. Better yet, add both! Pat the serum onto clean skin and give it a minute or two to soak in before applying moisturizer.

Green soybeans

3. Feverfew

OK, so this may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you're choosing natural skincare ingredients, but you won't be sorry you tried it. Feverfew is an herb with natural anti-inflammatory properties. And since most skin conditions come with a dose of inflammation, this ingredient works well on everything from acne and rosacea to sensitivity! Those anti-inflammatory benefits also come in handy if you're trying to ward off signs of premature aging.

Massage a night cream with feverfew onto clean skin before turning in and you can awaken to a calmer, more youthful appearance. For stubborn spots, try an ointment or balm made with feverfew to minimize signs of eczema, dermatitis and angry blemishes. Keep it in your daily rotation until the trouble area shows improvement.

4. Blackberry

Yes, they are delicious in your morning smoothie bowl. But these fruits also provide an abundance of beauty benefits! Blackberries are loaded with antioxidants and vitamins that give skin a supple, youthful appearance. Studies show the ingredient is also effective in lightening dark spots and discoloration.

An eye cream made with blackberry can help diminish lines and dark circles — and don't forget to dab some on as a spot treatment for areas of hyperpigmentation! You can also apply sunscreen that includes blackberry to boost your daily UV protection.

5. Kiwi

It may not be easy being green, but it's super easy to take advantage of this green guardian's benefits. Kiwi effectively locks in essential moisture for fresh, supple, youthful skin. As an added bonus, this fuzzy little fruit is packed with antioxidants and vitamins to diminish signs of aging.

Try using a peel-off facial mask with kiwi as part of your weekly self-care routine and get ready to show off plumped, perky skin! Feeling even more adventurous? You can take the benefits to the next level by applying a kiwi sleep mask to beautify skin while catching your nightly Zzzs.

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