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“High Point, NC, dermotologist Zoe Draelos, MD says that plant stem cells are used to create the highest-quality pure ingredients that go into cosmetic products”.

New Beauty, Winter Spring 2016, pg 117

“It’s not necessarily the origin of an ingredient, but the concentration and purity of it that makes it work better” – Charles Crutchfield III, MD

One of my favorite magazines is New Beauty Magazine. They are actually the reason I got into beauty blogging in the first place. Sometimes they have such interesting articles that I feel compelled to share some of their suggestions and guidelines with you.

This post provides a quick overview of one of their articles that features certain organic/natural ingredients that can replace your usual skincare regimen.

Think of it as holistic health or holistic skincare.

The Article

This article I speak of came from their Winter-Spring 2016 Issue, Volume 12. Beginning on page 112 to 117, it’s titled “The Power of Plants”, complete with beautiful photography by Gregor Halenda.

“As we take a holistic, back-to-basics approach to beauty, a common thread throughout is potent products with plants-based ingredients that nurture skin while reversing signs of aging and tackling hard-to-treat problems. Using modern technologies and extraction processes, these ingredients are just as powerful and effective as their synthetic counterparts” (115).

Alternative Ingredients

For example…

…according to the article, instead of using Witch-Hazel (the distilled “hydrosol” version) as a way to perfect skin, use mint. Mint, those of the Mentha family, are natural plants that can stimulate and act as an antimicrobial to the skin.

None of the suggestions below are, in my opinion, “better” options. But for those of you who want organic options based on your lifestyle or just to do fun “homemade” recipes, this can help guide you.

Synthetic Ingredient Organic Alternative Ingredient Product Examples
 Vitamin E (lab produced)  Soy

  • Acts as an anti-inflammatory
  • Collagen stimulator
  • Natural Antioxidant
Lancome Energie de Vie Cleansing Oil

  • 62.00 CAD
 Retinol  Echinacea (Daisy)

  • Rich in cichoric acid – an antioxidant that fights against breakdown in collagen
Farmacy Invincible Root Cell Anti-Aging Serum

  • 65.00 USD
 Hyaluronic Acid  Algae

  • a natural emollient (moisturizer)
  • plumps face for an even skin tone
Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist

  • 48.00 USD
 Vitamin K  Horse Chestnut

  • the dark circle eliminator
  • gives natural radiance to help even skin tone
Mila Moursi Firming Body Lotion

  • 135.00 USD
 Niacin (Vitamin B)  Aloe Vera

  • Reverses sun-damage by its wound healing properties
  • Has a cooling effect on inflamed skin
Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster

  • 31.00 CAD
 L-Ascorbic Acid  Baebob

  • rich in vitamins that help the skin
  • Rich in antioxidants such as Vitamin C, which gives skin radiance
Tammy Fender Restorative Radiance Masque

  • 235.00 USD
 Hydrocortisone  Chamomile 

  • helps heal irritated skin
  • calming and protects skin from environmental damage
  • can help with under eye problems
Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops E+ Chamomile

  • 48.00 USD
 DNA Repair Enzymes   Tea Leaf 

  • tea leaves help defend against damage due to the high level of antioxidants
  • the polyphenols found in green tea acts as a sun block
Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Serum

  • 100.00 CAD per oz
 Hydroquinone  Licorice

  • brightens skin by interrupting enzyme activity that create melanin (be wary of this during summer, however)
  • cam act as an anti-inflammatory
Skin Inc Licorice Serum

  • 45.00 USD

So there are plenty of vegan, organic options out there that can help you moisturize, exfoliate, cleanse, and revitalize your skin.

And remember…

“A plant-based diet of minimally processed plant-based foods offers a myriad of benefits such as clearer skin, good digestive health and weight loss”

“Plants are rich in anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that stop the inflammation caused by too much acid in our bodies”. (117)

Monica Klausnercofounder of Veestro meal delivery

I am a holistic blogger and foodie who also enjoy working with technology. Call me crazy but I enjoy researching and telling the world what I found out. Follow me to learn about the latest in Beauty and Holistic Wellness, as well as updates on fun new foods you too can make. Best wishes to all my bloggers and foodies!

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