Seven natural ingredients to add to your Grooming regime
Article by Mr. Porter
We dive into the cosmetic benefits of botanical ingredients, and the products that make the most of them.
Just as the world adopts a greener, cleaner approach to eating, so, too, have men reconsidered their once chemical-laden grooming regimens. The prevailing logic is this: if a plant-based diet is good for your body, then the same approach should be just as beneficial for the skin. So, the kinds of things you once expected to find only in an upscale salad bar or an artisanal tea bag have now found their way into your moisturiser.
An all-natural approach to skincare might be dismissed by the icy-faced Botox brigade, but clinical evidence in support of botanical-based skincare isn’t so much emerging from its chrysalis as beating its new butterfly wings. Below, we have highlighted seven natural ingredients that should make their way on to your bathroom shelf and, indeed, your face this year.
Oils have become a viable substitute for conventional cream-based moisturisers, and few are more nourishing than argan oil, the “liquid gold” from the kernels of the argan tree in the UNESCO-protected Moroccan woodlands. The oil is rich in fatty acids (oleic, palmitic and linoleic) and vitamin E, making it a brilliant all-rounder for dehydrated hair, skin and nails.
This is a relatively new “superfood” sourced from the enormous trees that bloom once a year in the inhospitably arid African savannah. When ingested, baobab helps boost immune function, digestive health and energy levels. Used topically, its high levels of antioxidants, especially vitamin C and fatty acids, make it ideal for improving elasticity, healing damaged skin and correcting the complexion, so this is something of a natural anti-ageing wonder.
Peppermint extract is an analgesic and antiseptic, instantly recognisable on account of the ice-cold slap in the face you get the moment it comes into contact with your skin. Its ability to relieve minor skin irritations makes it a popular ingredient, though this is largely due to the numbing effect from its main component, menthol.
When the dried flower heads of the camomile plant are brewed into a tea and ingested, they reduce cramps, discomfort and stress. As a skincare ingredient, camomile boasts similar soothing properties. Its antioxidants and flavonoids (protective molecules) make it ideal for freshly shorn jawlines, cranky complexions and skin that is routinely exposed to environmental stressors.