Natural Skin Care Products - Which ingredients are best?

Natural skin care products are all the rage right now, but do you know what to look for?  What's the difference between coconut oil and olive oil?  If you have oily skin, can you use an oil?  If you like making your own beauty products, do you know the best oils to use for your skin type?  Wonder no more, my friends.  Here's a list of several natural skin care ingredients and their uses.  
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Ingredients in Natural Skin Care Products  

Argan oil is one of my favorite oils for my hair because it smooths it without making it oily.  It's high in vitamin E, so it's used often in shampoos, conditioners, hair products, and lotions.  It's great for dry skin, psoriasis, and eczema.  
Coconut oil is naturally antifungal and an antibiotic, so it's great for acne-prone skin.  It can also help reduce flakes on the scalp because it can kill fungus and nourish the scalp.  Since it's hard at room temperature, it's often used to harden a DIY beauty recipe.  Its high fat and vitamin E concentration is an excellent way to nourish your hair and skin.  I have oily skin, so I can only use coconut oil on my face in the winter or my face gets too oily.  Some people with oily skin can't use it at all on their face, but those with dry or normal skin generally love it as a facial moisturizer.  
Shea butter is an excellent moisturizer for your skin and hair, and it's one of my favorite natural skin care products.  It is high in fats that you skin loves, and it's high in vitamins A and E.  It's also said to be an anti-inflammatory and helps heal burns and cuts.  
Cocoa butter is high in antioxidants, which can reduce free radicals in your skin.  It's high in fatty acids to nourish the skin.  It's often used to make lip balms and lotions because it's thick, yet it melts when you touch it.  
Olive oil is a great oil for sensitive skin.  It's high in four different antioxidants, so many people use it for its antiaging properties.  Although it's an oil, it doesn't clog pores, so most people with oily skin or acne prone skin generally tolerate olive oil well.  
Honey is naturally antibacterial, so it's great for acne-prone skin.  It's nourishing, so it's a great ingredient for a mask whether you have oily skin, dry skin, or anything in between.  It can also open up your pores so you can get them cleaned out, which makes them appear smaller.  
Soy and vitamin C can help reduce age spots.  Citrus fruits, which are high in vitamin C, are great for fading brown spots.  
Chamomile, oatmeal, cucumber, and aloe vera are all soothing.  They are great for those who suffer from redness or rosacea.  
Green tea is very high in antioxidants, especially those that can slow down damage from the sun. 

How to Read Labels on Natural Skin Care Products 

The FDA doesn't regular the words "natural" or "all natural", so a company can make that claim when there isn't anything natural about the product.  They can also advertise that a product contains a natural ingredient when it only has a few drops in the entire bottle.  
Natural products aren't always better.  Poison ivy is definitely natural, but it causes a rash in nearly everyone.  You can be allergic to natural products just like you can be allergic to synthetic ingredients.  
Follow directions for essential oils closely.  Using too many, or not diluting them, can cause a serious reaction on your skin.  Your skin could be inflamed, irritated, or red after using them.  
When shopping for natural skin care products, go to brands that you trust like RMS Beauty, Seventh Generation, or 100% Pure.  

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