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10 Natural Ingredients to Look For in Your Lotion

If you are avoiding harmful toxins that can be found in some of the products made by large manufacturers who have less than ethical practices, there are natural ingredients everywhere that can offer you soft, amazing skin.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil, aside from being a wonderful addition to a healthy diet, is also amazing for your skin. Among its skin-soothing properties is coconut oil’s ability to strengthen the skin’s subdermal tissues, exfoliation of dead skin cells, and the ability to protect skin from UV light (to some degree) for a good start.

Tea Tree

This strong-smelling oil is found in many plants that are native to Australia. It has been used on that continent for many decades on the skin and has become valued worldwide because of its amazing healing properties. Valued especially for treating skin problems, it is naturally antifungal, antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antiviral. It is highly valued for inflammatory skin problems including acne and may be able to help fight fungal issues like ringworm.


There has been a lot of attention recently given to CBD lotions and ointments for multiple common problems. The Phyto-cannabinoids that are the active ingredients in CBD products is able to solve a lot of commonly experienced problems that involve the skin.

CBD contains substances that can help retain moisture in the skin, making it appear smoother and healthier. At the same time, it is a useful lotion for acne-prone skin, as it deeply penetrates inflamed skin without clogging pores, and it slows down oil production.

The cold-pressed hemp seed oil contains linoleic and alpha-linolenic fatty acids and other antioxidants which are great for the skin.


Honey has been used to make skin beautiful since the ancient Egyptians, and eating honey provides an abundance of enzymes, vitamins, and especially nutritious skin-boosting acids to make the skin look great from the inside out.

Sea Salt

Sea salts bear the properties of the waters they came from, full of useful sodium, magnesium, calcium, and potassium that helps to balance and restore the skin to a healthy state. When added to scrubs, tonics, and masks, sea salt is a natural skincare product that can calm acne flare-ups, soothe the skin with anti-inflammatory properties, and balance the oil production of the skin.


Avocados are rich in antioxidant vitamins A, D, and E, and they are able to penetrate into the skin. This is great for sunburns, encouraging collagen production in aging skin, and for the treatment of “age spots”.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera plants produce both the gel it is most known for, and also for a latex that comes from the more fibrous part of the plant. The plant contains an amazing amount (over 75 kinds) of potentially beneficial compounds and substances, including vitamins, anti-inflammatory substances, minerals, amino acids, saccharides, fatty acids, enzymes, lignin, and even salicylic acid. Aloe can be used for a staggering number of skin issues, the most popular of which is for burns (including but not limited to sunburn).

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba is a polyunsaturated wax, which is a unique substance. As a wax, it is great for the skin, protecting it and moisturizing it, as well as unclogging hair follicles and healing minor irritations. As an oil, it is great for minor burns, to lessen the appearance of scars and wrinkles, as well as a treatment for acne, dermatitis, sores, and psoriasis.

Shea Nut Butter

Shea Nut Butter has been used in Africa for centuries as a skin and hair treatment. Shea butter contains a huge number of beneficial substances, including stearic, palmitic, oleic, and linolenic fatty acids, and vitamins A, E, and F (which are all antioxidants). It is non-comedogenic, absorbs easily into the skin without leaving a greasy film, and both fight inflammation and promotes healthy skin cell growth.

Almond Oil

Almond oil has some great properties for the skin. It’s anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiviral, so it combats inflammation and infection. It is well known as a good carrier oil for other essential oils, and it works to help soothe acne, skin rashes, and dry patches.