You can't just get away with picking up cheap, random creams and make up wipes. It's time to find out what ingredients can actually soothe your skin!
Have you ever wondered why you can leave a honey jar open and it still stays fresh? It’s not only tasty but also naturally anti-bacterial. "Apart from protecting skin from bacteria, honey can also fight free radicals, which are attacking our skin and causing ageing" explains Nutritionist, Cassandra Barns.
"Oatmeal has both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties as it is packed with vitamins, lipids and minerals. This powerful ingredient also helps to locks in moisture and normalize skin’s pH" adds Shona Wilkinson, Nutritionist at Superfooduk.com.
"Honey and oats have been prized through the ages for their skin care benefits. Honey is healing, softening and anti-bacterial whilst oats are very soothing to itchy and easily irritated skin and provide gentle exfoliation", says Margaret Weeds at Odylique.co.uk.
Try... Odylique’s Honey & Oat Cleansing Bar (£6.50, www.odylique.co.uk). For the most sensitive skin, this soap bar is hand-made with organic ingredients, including extra virgin olive oil and nourishing butters. Being naturally rich in moisturising glycerine, means it is extremely gentle and non-drying.
Plantolin - New Kid on the block
"Platolin is a patent-protected active plant extract, scientifically proven to soothe, renew and protect. This key ingredient is derived from the Australian indigenous plant, centipeda cunninghamii, and is internationally patent protected for its novel active compounds that provide a natural synergy of anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant activity. Plantolin extract is used in Australia on wounds to speed up the healing process and stimulate tissues regeneration" says Sonja Dymalovski, Skincare Expert at What Skin Needs.
Dr Roger Henderson, GP with a special interest in Dermatology adds, "Long used by Australian Aborigines as a traditional healer for skin problems and wounds this medicinal plant has no adverse effects from prolonged use. With exclusively natural ingredients I am happy to recommend it to soothe and calm irritated skin."
Try... Skin Balm, What Skin Needs (www.whatskinneeds.co.uk, £9.99), which is designed to provide effective solutions to skin problems including irritation from warm and cold weather, cracked skin, dry skin, and skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis. Supported by a blend of natural extracts and essential oils including not only Plantolin but also aloe vera, olive oil, myrrh, lavender oil, tea tree oil and geranium oil.
Coconut - Celebrities Favourite
"Coconut oil is a great massage oil as well as an intensive moisturizer for all skin types. Easily absorbed into the deeper layers of the skin, it conditions, moisturizes and softens the skin. It also has anti-bacterial, antioxidant and anti-microbial properties, which can help to treat acne and eczema" explains Katie Torode, Janjira skincare expert.
"One of the main components, Lauric acid offers great anti-inflammatory properties and reduces irritation. Used by the polyphenols as a natural sunblock, coconut oil can help stop a dry skin flare up" adds Barns.
Try... Janjira Therapy Massage Candle (£32.00, www.janjira.co.uk), which is made of Soybean Oil and Coconut Oil, thus allowing you to pour the soothing oil in to your hands and body to make skin feel nourished and supple.
Aloe - Vera Green Power
Aloe vera has a long history in traditional medicine – the first written record of its use is over 3000 years ago! "It contains over 200 natural active constituents that may support our skin in a variety of ways. These include polysaccharides, anthraquinones, vitamins and minerals, amino acids and phenolic compounds such as flavonoids. Aloe vera contains two hormones: Auxin and Gibberellins, which can provide wound healing, new cells growth and anti-inflammatory properties" explains Shona Wilkinson, Nutritionist at Superfooduk.com. Products with Aloe Vera soothe and moisturises skin without giving it a greasy feel, so they are perfect to be used under make up.
Try... What Skin Needs Soothing Skin Gel (www.whatskinneeds.co.uk, £9.99). Enriched with plant extracts and Vitamin E, this light, non-greasy formula nourishes and protects the skin. This high-potency formulation is designed to deliver essential nutrients and to replenish lost moisture.