Thanks to our global marketplace, we now have access to thousands of natural raw materials, such as plant oils, extracts, powdered minerals, marine ingredients, essential oils and vitamins. It’s empowering to have the knowhow to create your own customised skincare, based on what your unique skin needs most.
Expert skin therapist, Jess Arnaudin shows us how to detox our beauty routines in her new book, Plant-Based Beauty.
Top 10 Favourite Plant-Based Ingredients
ALMOND FLOUR (OR RICE BRAN POWDER)
Both act as a gentle facial scrub to remove impurities and microtoxins from the pores. Rice bran is a by-product of rice milling and contains beneficial antioxidants. Skin looks bright and firm after using both these velvety-soft exfoliating ingredients. I love that they are customizable (you can add a small scoop to any cleanser or mask), extremely gentle even for the most reactive skin, and effectively decongest skin without causing any unnecessary inflammation.
CARROT SEED OIL
Carrot seed oil is rich in antioxidants to offset free radical skin damage caused by pollution and environmental aggressors. It is a natural source of SPF to protect skin from UV damage and is very high in beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E.
Enzymes found in fruits like papaya, pineapple, tart cherries and
mango are both antiinflammatory and exfoliating. They break down the keratinized bonds between skin cells – a gentle chemical process that removes excess cell buildup to reveal healthy, fresh skin. Fruit enzymes are often activated by heat, so use an enzyme mask in a steamy shower or with a warm washcloth used as a compress. Enzymes also boost the absorption of all other skincare products.
An important tool in any DIY skincare enthusiast’s beauty pantry,
glycerine is soluble in water and provides gentle cleansing properties without stripping skin of moisture. Distilled from vegetable oils, this clear, odourless ingredient behaves like a powerful humectant, drawing moisture from the air to the skin’s surface like a magnet. Always check the label to ensure it’s not blended with other, synthetic ingredients.
HYDROSOL FLORAL WATERS
There’s something transformative about the soft, subtle scent of
floral hydrosols. They boost moisture in the skin and are a simple
way to squeeze self-care into a busy day. These mists contain
antioxidants and micronutrients to cool and reduce redness, and
most importantly, prepare skin to fully absorb the benefits from oils, balms and creams.
Jojoba oil is a go-to multipurpose oil because it closely mimics your skin’s own natural sebum production. Even though it’s referred to as an oil, it’s actually more of a liquid wax (it’s extracted from a desert shrub) and is absorbed quickly without feeling greasy or clogging skin.
PUMPKIN SEED OIL
Densely packed with phytonutrients, essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals that seal in hydration, this oil leaves
skin feeling plump, radiant and buttery soft. Its versatility makes it a true star. All skin types, even breakout-prone, can use it generously: it contains zinc, which can soothe irritation and keep skin looking clear and healthy.
RED RASPBERRY SEED OIL
Consider this your daytime, summertime, anytime oil of choice. Specifically for sun-exposed skin, red raspberry seed oil provides
the first layer of UV protection (in addition to wearing a clean
mineral SPF) and is an excellent anti-inflammatory due to its high
levels of linoleic acid, an essential building block for strengthening the skin’s barrier.
ROSEHIP SEED OIL
This is the oil to turn to when addressing excess melanin
hyperpigmentation caused by the sun, hormones or post-acne marks. Omegas, carotenoids, lycopene and vitamin E are just a few of the nutrients you’ll absorb from rosehip; the key is to look for oils extracted from both the fruit and the seed. It’s also important, as with all plant oils, to source ones that are minimally processed and cold-pressed.
WHITE KAOLIN CLAY POWDER
This detoxifies and draws impurities from the pores while also soothing inflammation and calming hyper-reactive skin. I often use it with clients after a peel or steam. It soothes and nourishes like magic. Keep a white clay mask damp by using a wet washcloth as a facial compress. You never want the clay to fully dry and crack on the skin.
More plant-based beauty tips and tricks in Jess Arnaudin’s Plant-Based Beauty