As more and more beauty junkies lean towards the growing eco-beauty trend, products brandishing fruits, flowers, vegetables, and other natural skin care ingredients are now a common sight in beauty and skin care aisles everywhere. But amid all the constant buzz, bold claims of miraculous results, and Instagram-worthy packaging, finding the right product with the right ingredients for your skin concerns can be confusing—even for the most discerning skin care enthusiast.

But while you may have a soft spot for sparkly tubes and luxe jars (and let’s be honest, who hasn’t bought something just for their pretty packaging?), focusing on the ingredients is still the best way to make sure you’re getting the products that your skin needs. And if you’re wondering which ingredient will fade those dark spots or tame your overactive oil glands, then we’re here to help. Below is a list of the best natural skin care ingredients for all your skin concerns.

Fruit-Based Enzymes (Papaya, Pineapple) for Rough or Flaky Skin

Dull, rough, and flaky skin is often caused by buildup of dead skin cells, and that is where enzyme exfoliants come in. Fruit-based enzymes contain protein-dissolving properties, which allow them to break down the glue-like substance (made of keratin protein) that binds dead cells to the outer layers of your skin. They are particularly good for those with sensitive skin as fruit-based enzymes also have anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe irritation.  

Manuka Honey for Dryness

If you’ve been following our blog, then you already know about the many skin care wonders that manuka honey can do for your skin. One of its prime benefits—aside from its antioxidant and antibacterial properties—is providing the skin with much-needed moisture and hydration, leaving it suppler and more youthful-looking.

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Gotu Kola (Centella Asiatica) for Redness/Sensitivity

Prized since ancient times for its healing and spiritual benefits, gotu kola or centella asiatica is also known for its wide variety of skin care benefits. Aside from its antioxidant and anti-aging properties, this “miracle worker” is also known for its ability to improve circulation, speed up the healing process, and treat broken capillaries and varicose veins that may otherwise cause redness and blemishes on the skin. It also contains anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe acne, burns and scratches, and even eczema.

Hyaluronic Acid for Oiliness

Don’t let the science-y name throw you off: Hyaluronic acid is one of the natural skin care ingredients that can be found in the most common food we eat. Think oranges, bananas, potatoes, and dark green, leafy vegetables. Hyaluronic acid is a humectant that works by attracting moisture from the air and into your skin. But if you’re reading this and thinking moisture is the last thing your skin needs, think again. While it’s a common skin care myth, the fact is, even oily skin needs to be kept hydrated as stripping it of its natural moisture can actually cause your sebaceous glands to produce more oil. And what makes hyaluronic acid great for oily skin is that it holds up to 1000 times its weight in water and delivers moisture to your skin without adding more oil and grease.

Tea Tree Oil for Large Pores and Acne

Large pores are often the result of having oily skin and, when left unaddressed, can also lead to other skin problems like blackheads and pimples. As one of the most popular natural skin care ingredients, tea tree oil has been found to effectively clean pores by going deep below the surface and flushing away bacteria that cause inflammation and swelling, making pores appear larger and more noticeable. And if you do get a breakout, fret not! Tea tree oil is also a popular acne fix—thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties!

Kaolin Clay for Oiliness

Whether you have an overactive sebaceous gland or just want to tone down your skin’s midday grease and shine, kaolin clay is a must-have in your skin care routine. Clay has been used for centuries for its cleansing benefits, but it’s also known for its ability to absorb excess oil, draw out pore-clogging debris, and slough away dead skin cells.

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Green Tea for Premature Aging

Free radicals are one of the major culprits behind premature aging, and arming your skin with antioxidants is the best way to neutralize their effects. Green tea is known as a skin care powerhouse because it delivers a wide range of skin benefits—whether that’s calming acne breakouts, soothing tired eyes, or preventing skin cancer. It owes its powerful anti-aging effect to polyphenols, a type of flavonoids that act as an antioxidant and are thought to influence and encourage cell repair and regeneration.

Sea Buckthorn for Pigmentation and Other Blemishes

Sea buckthorn oil is rich in linoleic and alpha-linolenic acids, which have been found to lighten dark spots when applied topically. It’s also rich in vitamin C, which not only helps refine the appearance of hyperpigmentation but also boosts collagen production and cell regeneration. Need proof? A 2013 study involving people with melasma has found sea buckthorn extract to help reduce the levels of melanin and improve the condition of the subjects.

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Natural skin care ingredients are a great way to give your skin all the love and nourishment it needs as they have been shown to be just as potent and effective as their synthetic counterparts. However, it’s also important to remember that what works for someone may not deliver the same results you desire. After all, as powerful as natural healing is, certain conditions may require a more medical approach.