We have heard all the impressive benefits of natural ingredients for your skin, from being high in antioxidants to those that help calm and soothe irritated skin. But did you know that there are some truly impressive ones that you probably didn’t realize is inside your skincare products (yes, go on and have a look at the list of ingredients) like aloe vera, green tea and sea buckthorn or known as vitamin tree.
Green Tea - The Superhero for Everything!
Whether you are tea connoisseur who sips a cup of green tea anytime, anywhere or a matcha enthusiast who can’t seem to get through the day without an afternoon pick-me-up, this natural ingredient is one that you would want to apply on your skin! Green tea is well known for its powerful antioxidant properties that help prevent and reverse premature signs of aging by improving skin elasticity and shielding it against external environmental stress, damage and oxidation which can lead to dull, dehydrated and tired-looking complexion.
The major active ingredient in green tea, EGCG or Epigallocatechin Gallate, is what makes it so special. This active ingredient helps protect the skin against damage by stimulating skin cell regeneration and repair to fight wrinkles and fine lines. In addition, being an ‘overachieving’ ingredient, green tea can also help maintain the skin’s moisture balance by reducing excess sebum, inflammation while providing soothing, cooling effects when applied topically. As such, green tea is generally safe to use for all skin types including oily, acne-prone skin.
Start your skincare routine with a refreshing green tea cleanser to keep skin troubles like acne and blackheads at bay! Oh and also to maintain fresh, clarified complexion all day! SOME BY MI Bye Bye Blackhead 30 Days Miracle Green Tea Tox Bubble Cleanser is a unique, gel-to-foam cleanser that contains 16 different types of tea ingredients including green tea, as well as naturally sourced BHA. Together, these ingredients help gently exfoliate and melt away impurities, unclog pores and leave a refreshing, cooling sensation after rinsing.
ISNTREE Green Tea Fresh Toner and ISNTREE Green Tea Fresh Emulsion are made with green tea leaves from Jeju Island which contain amino acids, antioxidants and minerals that help clarify complexion and improve skin barrier. This duo work by replenishing hydration, leaving smooth, non-greasy finish that absorbs well into the skin.
Green tea is just as good for your skin and overall health as it does in your favourite mug. Its potent detoxifying, soothing properties make it an excellent ingredient to incorporate into your routine in any season!
Aloe Vera – The Overachieving, All Year Round Skin Saver!
With the warmer, sunnier months around the corner, we definitely feel the heat turning up here! If your obsessive love for aloe vera suddenly starts to kick in again, well, you’re not alone! From healing surprise sunburns, alleviating painful irritation and boosting your skin’s hydration, aloe vera is one of our favourite skin superhero! Aloe vera has been used for centuries throughout history for its effective healing properties and in skincare, it has been hailed as a holy grail ingredient for all skin concerns such as acne treatment, damage repair and improving skin texture. Apart from that. Aloe vera is also excellent when applied on hair, thanks to its rich minerals and natural plant enzymes to moisturise and repair dry, brittle, weak hair.
Since aloe vera is made of about 99% water, it makes an excellent hydrating agent that gives additional benefits such as soothing itchiness, irritation and strengthening skin barrier especially when coupled with other calming ingredients such as panthenol or allantoin. Aloe vera is also considered safe to use on all skin types, especially oily, acne-prone, troubled skin as it does not clog pores and contains BHA to keep the skin clarified and smooth.
Did you know that aloe vera pairs well with numerous other ingredients such as green tea, centella asiatica, and allantoin? When paired with ingredients like those, the soothing, cooling and calming effects of aloe vera is boosted! Relieve dehydrated, irritated and heated skin with KLAIRS Rich Moist Soothing Serum. As it name goes, this serum provides your skin with comfortable, lightweight, yet long lasting relief for dehydrated and angry skin. It also gives an instant cooling sensation when applied, with a fast absorbing texture that gives a dewy complexion. This serum can be used on all skin types and it also helps alleviate inflammation by stimulating skin cell turnover thanks to its centella asiatica content!
Our top pick for aloe vera products is THE FACE SHOP Jeju Aloe Vera Fresh Soothing Gel which is formulated with 99% Jeju aloe vera leaf, highly concentrated with skin-loving minerals and powerful soothing properties that eliminate redness, irritation and calm angry, troubled skin. This multifunctional gel can be used from top to toe as a mask pack, after-sun care or as a hydrating moisturizer that keeps your hair and skin silky smooth and fresh!
With its gentle, hydrating and refreshing formulation that can be used on all skin types, it is no surprise that aloe vera remains one of the most popular beauty ingredients especially with after-sun care. A handy tip to enhance the skin-soothing and cooling benefits of aloe vera- pop it inside the fridge for a while and apply liberally over your skin. Trust us, this feels just as good as taking a cold bath after a hot day out in the sun!
Sea Buckthorn – Since when did Vitamins Grow on Trees?
This final ingredient may sound like some mythical sea creature found in the depths of the ocean, but sea buckthorn is actually a small shrub growing in the Himalayan region. This shrub’s berries, leaves and seeds are packed with skin-loving nutrients which are then extracted and added to your skincare products! Sea buckthorn goes by several names such as Hippophae Rhamnoides or Vitamin Tree. Sea Buckthorn’s use dates back to more than 1000 years ago where it has been used in traditional Chinese medicine as a remedy to boost immunity, controlling blood pressure and improve blood circulation. In skincare, it is topically applied to promote skin cell turnover, improve elasticity and firmness, as well as treat and reduce inflammation caused by irritation or various skin concerns such as eczema, psoriasis and rosacea; making it ideal to use on all skin types including sensitive skin.
Sea Buckthorn is rich in powerful antioxidants that can also help repair and prevent premature aging signs such as early fine lines, loss of firmness and elasticity by increasing collagen production. Say goodbye to uneven, dull-looking skin tone and texture! Among the powerful antioxidants contained in Sea Buckthorn are Vitamin A, C and E – more than 10 times the amount of vitamin C than that an orange to be exact! No wonder it is called the ‘Vitamin Tree’ in case you were wondering how it got its unique name!
Tell us what’s better than applying a mask sheet on a relaxing day? We’ll wait! BY WISHTREND Natural Vitamin 21.5% Enhancing Sheet Mask is loaded with 21.5% natural vitamin complex derived from sea buckthorn. This mask sheet is rich in Vitamin C and E to brighten and whiten your skin for a luminous, healthy-looking glow. We know that the synergistic effect of Vitamin C and E is our skin craves the most and especially because of the calming, moisturizing nature of this mask sheet, it is one that you wouldn’t want to miss!
Nourish your skin with I’M FROM Vitamin Tree Water Gel, a smooth, hydrating gel moisturized packed with 68% of sea buckthorn leaf water from Mout Taebaek in South Korea to calm, cool and replenish hydration. Its high concentration of vitamins give your skin a radiant, dewy finish by improving skin elasticity, smooth out uneven texture while brightening complexion to make it appear lively. This gel moisturizer penetrates quickly and is the perfect moisturizer for hotter, summer days!
Although not as highly raved as green tea, aloe vera or centella asiatica, sea buckthorn remains an ingredient that is on our ‘must-have’ especially as the weather gets warmer and our skin is prone to irritation, redness or dehydration. An excellent ingredient with additional anti aging benefits for your skin, it helps maintain optimal moisture balance of your skin without leaving greasy or sticky residue which makes it perfect to use during the day or at night!
Alright skincare-enthusiasts, we hope this has answered your questions about what is on our summer skincare essential list! These ingredients have in common soothing, calming and hydrating properties that will help your skin smooth its way through the warmer months!