Your Summer Skincare Affair: 6 Essential Ingredients to Keep your Skin Healthy



The heat is on this season! But with all the stretch marks from working out for that beach body, and scars collected from your adventurous lifestyle, your skin not only needs protection from the harmful rays of the sun, it also needs to be nourished with the best skincare ingredients.
Here are six natural ingredients you’d want to see in your bottles of skin essentials:

Vitamin A

Retinal, retinol, and retinoic acids (the three active forms of Vitamin A) are important for cell growth and production. They improve skin tone and texture and increase elasticity. Lack of Vitamin A will dry your skin. And with the higher than normal temperatures of the weather this season, you better have this on your bottle.

Vitamin E

A popular component of skincare products, Vitamin E is known for its anti-aging properties. Aside from that, it also works as a skin moisturizer, giving you smooth and supple skin. With all the activities you’ll do under the sun, make sure your skin is well-supplied with Vitamin E.

Rosemary

The fun and fearless female will need the medicinal properties of this popular herb. Rosemary reduces pain (analgesic) and swelling (anti-inflammatory) and blocks the sensation of pain (anti-nociceptive) as well. Play sports uninhibited in the sun and don’t let skin contact worry you from having a great time.

Lavender

For the urban wanderer, lavender will provide you much-needed relief from the smoke of the city. It works as an anti-pollutant by preventing bacteria growth. Soothing and calming, lavender oil can also help your skin from the stresses of the metro and even acts as a natural insect repellant.

Calendula

Calendula is a flower from the daisy family, commonly known as marigolds. Any active adventurer should put this on top of their list as it restores skin cells, heals damaged skin, minor cuts and wounds, and even clears these of bacteria. Feel free to use this when you do your outdoor sports and other recreational activities.

Chamomile

If you’re worried of your complexion after hours basking under the sun, chamomile may just do the trick. Its anti-inflammatory properties help lighten your complexion, giving you the glow you need. Feel refreshed as it cleanses, exfoliates, and moisturizes sensitive skin from hours of sun exposure.

Luckily, there’s one bottle that has all these ingredients. Bio-Oil, which prides itself as the top scar and stretch marks brand in 17 countries, is made of PurCellin Oil and a combination of plant extracts and vitamins. With all five ingredients in an oil-based concoction, it is oxygen-free – retaining the essential ingredients’ potency and maximizing their effects.
Bio-Oil is available at Mercury Drug, Watsons, and other leading drugstores nationwide.

Sources:
New study evaluates effectiveness of vitamins for the treatment of sun-damaged skin, American Academy of Dermatology, 2010, www.aad.org/media/news-releases/new-study-evaluates-effectiveness-of-vitamins-for-the-treatment-of-sun-damaged-skin
Stallings, Allison F., and Lupo, Mary A. “Practical uses of botanicals in skin care.” The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology. vol. 2, no. 1, Jan. 2009, pp. 36–40.
Tabassum, Nahida, and Hamdani Mariya. “Plants used to treat skin diseases.” Pharmacognosy Reviews. vol. 8, no. 15, Jan.-Jun. 2009, pp. 52-60.
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