Which Natural Miracle Ingredients Are Worth the Hype?

By Rose Griesgraber

Every year there seems to be a new substance that claims it will solve all your skin woes. Whether it’s an ingredient that can be found in your pantry or in the most expensive skin products money can buy, it’s best not to jump on the bandwagon of any one ingredient. Nothing is a true fountain of youth, but within a well balanced routine one of these substances may prove to be exactly what you were missing. 

Honey

For years I’ve seen natural beauty blogs and gurus encouraging honey facials. They claim that the sweet substance is anti bacterial, anti acne, moisturizing, and anti aging. Honey is chock full anti antioxidants and all the nutrients needed to help baby bees grow, so using it as skin care makes sense. Certain kinds of honey, such as that made from pollination of New Zealand Manuka bushes, actually have such potent properties that they are used medicinally. Doctors treat infections and help speed the healing of wounds with Manuka honey. It seems that the hype around honey is to be believed! Organic, raw honey is said to be the best for your skin and the easiest to work with.


Apple Cider Vinegar

This is one ingredient I have tested and can give first hand knowledge of. Like honey, apple cider vinegar has exfoliating and antibacterial properties. However, it is an extremely irritating substance - many, including myself, find it too harsh to use on the skin, even when watered down. Using too high of a concentration can lead to redness, burns, and actually worsen what you sought to cure. If you want to try is, start with a very low concentration and go up depending upon how your skin feels. Use the apple cider vinegar solution as a toner at night. 

Rosehip Oil

Essential and raw oils have gained a lot of popularity in recent years - one of the current queens of this trend is Rosehip oil. Like other organic ingredients, the draw of this oil is that it contains a natural mixture of good compounds - antioxidants, vitamins, and essential fatty acids - to help moisturize and replenish your skin. The hesitancy to use rosehip oil is usually due to the idea of putting oil on your face. If you have oily or combination skin, or are prone to acne, and oil based moisturizer may sound like a death sentence for your complexion. BUT, rosehip oil is a dry oil that as been shown to not clog pores - in fact it helps reduce your skin’s oil production and treat acne. I may be a bit biased because I use rosehip oil on the daily, but that only means my experience backs up what I’ve read elsewhere. 


Hopefully this mini-guide helps you evaluate which miracle ingredients are your next faves and which are total snake oil! 


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