6 Natural Beauty Ingredients You Need In Your Skincare Routine
Tiger Grass: Soothes Irritation
Native to Asia, Centella asiatica, sometimes called tiger grass, has been used for centuries to treat wounds. And the botanical does seem to have an instant calming effect on the skin.
Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Re.Pair Serum
If you struggle with rosacea, eczema, sensitive skin, or acne, try Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Re.Pair Serum ($48; sephora.com) to help reduce irritation.
Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment SPF 30
For a higher dose of hydration, follow with Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment SPF 30 ($52; sephora.com), which has a green tint to help cancel out any ruddiness.
L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Cicacream
If fine lines and brown spots are your concern, consider L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Cicacream ($18; target.com), a lightweight lotion you apply after cleansing and before moisturizing. It packs the power of a heavy-hitting anti-ager, thanks to retinol—but not the punch, thanks to soothing tiger grass.
If your skin is super reactive, look for this botanical, also referred to as a marigold. A member of the sunflower family, calendula is known for its ability to help protect even the most fragile skin from dryness.
Weleda Baby Calendula Face Cream
Weleda Baby Calendula Face Cream ($10, target.com) is formulated for babies, but, dermatologists agree, because it’s free of synthetic preservatives, fragrance, and colorants, it works wonders on adult sensitive skin too.
Jurlique Calendula Redness Rescue Soothing Moisturising Cream
For stubborn dry patches or redness caused by harsh conditions (a weekend on the slopes, for example), reach for Jurlique Calendula Redness Rescue Soothing Moisturising Cream ($36; jurlique.com), which also has nourishing avocado and safflower oils to soothe and soften.
Jurlique Calendula Redness Rescue Restorative Treatment Serum
If you prefer a gel, try Jurlique Calendula Redness Rescue Restorative Treatment Serum ($54; jurlique.com) morning and night. Instead of rubbing, press it into skin for better absorption.
This bright, trumpet-shaped flower contains alpha hydroxy acids to gently exfoliate, and its seeds contain a reported natural firming ingredient.
Kiehl’s Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Firming Mask
To hydrate and firm your skin while you sleep (yes, please), swap your go-to night cream for an overnight mask—a more potent anti-aging formula—a few times a week. Kiehl’s Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Firming Mask ($54; available March 15 at kiehls.com) is ideal for anyone who wants to tighten and tone skin without needles, thanks to hibiscus seed extract, which helps aid long-term lifting. To make for a spa-like experience, the mask has bitter orange and juniper essential oils—ahhh. After cleansing, massage the velvety cream into skin, working from your neck to your forehead. (It absorbs quickly, so you don’t have to worry about getting residue on your pillowcase.) Clock your shut-eye, then rinse in the a.m.
Kangaroo Paw Flower: Softens Fine Lines
Native to—you guessed it—Australia, the kangaroo paw is known for its distinct shape (six claw-like, usually green or yellow flowers, coated in a velvety hair, that mimic a kangaroo paw) and its ability to regenerate even in poor environments, like burned soil. Turns out it has a similar effect when you use it in beauty products: It helps plump the skin, making fine lines appear smoother and lax skin appear a bit tighter.
Clarins Extra-Firming Day Cream
Clarins Extra-Firming Day Cream ($87; clarinsusa.com), also available with SPF 15 and for dry skin, contains the heavy lifter kangaroo paw flower extract along with date extract to brighten pesky dark spots and help prevent hyper-pigmentation, as well as red seaweed to help protect the skin from environmental aggressors, like pollution.
Juniper: Controls Oil
If you’re on the oily or acne-prone side, put down the aggressive scrubs, which can disrupt the skin’s barrier and lead to irritation. Instead, pick up a cleanser laced with nature’s oil regulator—juniper.
Tata Harper Clarifying Cleanser
With its peppery, piney scent and antibacterial and astringent properties, the Macedonian juniper in Tata Harper Clarifying Cleanser ($68; tataharperskincare.com) helps control sebum production so you’re not an oil slick come lunchtime. In addition to juniper, the formula has prickly pear flower enzymes to gently exfoliate and mint extract for a cooling sensation. Rub it onto dry skin morning or night or both—the green gel will transform into a white foam—then rinse. Instead of feeling squeaky-clean, which signals over-drying, skin feels refreshed and looks matte. Each recyclable glass bottle is numbered; enter your number on the website to find out when your product was made if you’re curious to know how fresh it is.
Echinacea GreenEnvy: Protects
Echinacea is a flower praised for its anti-aging benefits. After discovering a new, reportedly more powerful variant—Echinacea GreenEnvy—plantsman Mark Veeder patented it, then created the skin-care line Farmacy to make the most of the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich ingredient.
Farmacy Invincible Root Cell Anti-Aging Serum
For a daily dose of Echinacea GreenEnvy plus hyaluronic acid, warm one drop of Farmacy Invincible Root Cell Anti-Aging Serum ($65; sephora.com) in hands and press into skin morning and night before your moisturizer. You’ll help seal in water, smooth lines, and even out skin tone.
Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask
Veeder worked with beekeepers in upstate New York to add hives so bees could more readily pollinate his echinacea plants—and used the honey, too, in products like Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask ($56; sephora.com), a weekly treatment that warms on contact to hydrate and clear skin and leave it glowing. Apply to clean skin with circular motions, then leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing.