When it comes to skin-care the latest is not always the greatest—often it’s the tried and true you should stick with to see real results. But, that doesn’t mean we can’t get excited about ingredients we haven’t heard of before. And, there are plenty. But we’re here to tell you about a few that aren’t as weird as snail mucus. Instead, they’re being used by major brands and and have some research to back up their skin-saving effects. Here are 6 natural skin-care ingredients you might not have heard of:
To no-one’s surprise, Kangaroo flower is native to Australia and is actually just a flower that is shaped like a kangaroo paw. It’s a flower that is able to regenerate itself really well, which is why scientists were interested in it when it comes to skin care to begin with. The extract from the flower works on your skin by reinforcing the link between young cells and improves the quality of the protective layer. For you, that means skin that is able to regenerate much more effectively. The ingredient is the star of Clarins Extra Firming Range, which aims to firm and smooth your complexion.
#TeamE7 Pick: Clarins Extra Firming Day Cream, $88
Squalane isn’t necessarily a new ingredient, or even one that you haven’t heard of, but it is definitely one that is gaining popularity. This is thanks in large part to the brand Biossance (you may remember them from our recent post on essential skin care products) which uses the ingredient as the foundation for pretty much everything it offers—most of which have been selling out on Sephora.com, and recently launched at Sephora Canada. What do you need to know? It’s an oil that is super hydrating and absorbs very quickly, but is also non-comedogenic, so it won’t cause you to break out. Squalane was originally found in the livers of sharks, but more and more brands are looking for more sustainable and less cruel ways to derive the ingredient. Biossance’s is 100% plant-derived.
#TeamE7 Pick: Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil, $90
The Blue Tansy oil, which comes from a plant in the chamomile family, native to North Africa, is often used in aromatherapy, but is making it’s way to skin care as a more prevalent ingredient. It’s bright blue in colour, predictably, and has strong antioxidant properties, meaning it can fight inflammation and can help balance the skin. Those with sensitive skin might want to take note. Plus, its herbaceous smell is the perfect way to get ready for bed.
#TeamE7 Pick: VERDURA naturalternatives’ Blue Fairy Concentrate, $96
This extract is used in the latest launch from LIERAC Laboratories, in its Lift Integral collection. It’s from the mahogany in Senegal, which measures up to 35 meters tall and the bark is rich in polyphenols. The LIERAC team found that the ingredient stimulates the production of collagen, increases elasticity and improves tone.
#TeamE7 Pick: LIERAC Laboratories Life Integral Serum, $105, lierac.ca (not available until mid March 2018)
You’re probably already aware of why fermented foods are good for your gut health, but the fermentation trend is making its way to your skin care as well. In Fresh’s Black Tea Kombucha Faical Treatment Essence, the ingredient specifically fights the negative effects of pollution which accelerate the signs of aging. Kombucha protects the skin from free-radical formation.
#TeamE7 Pick: Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence, $85
Lanolin is a substance derived from sheep’s wool. Basically, it’s a wax that on sheep, hydrates and protects the wool, and on human skin softens and moisturizes. Lanolips, an Australian-based company which is new to Sephora Canada, uses medical grade lanolin in its cult-favourite products. Try the Multipurpose Superbalm on everything from your lips to hands and feel the formula lock in moisture.
P.S. Learn more about the founder of Lanolips, Kirsten Carriol in our #FounderFiles feature HERE and get her guide to Sydney HERE.
#TeamE7 Pick: Lano Multipurpose Super Balm, $23
(Story by Contributing Editor, Alexandra Donaldson)