The Benefits of Using Natural Skincare Ingredients in Your Daily Routine

  • August 18, 2023
  • 6 Minutes

Last updated on 10/04/2023 by Souhela Ferrah

Most people use, on average, 5-10 different skin products every day to help them keep healthy and young-looking skin. But most of us are not even sure what those store-bought products contain. Many have added ingredients to help stabilize the formula and even synthetic fragrances that can severely irritate the skin. There are plenty of reasons to use natural skincare instead of regular products, like avoiding those harmful synthetic chemicals, and, plus; it can be an eco-friendly option.

Today, more and more people are opting for natural skincare products to reduce the potential harm synthetic compounds can have on their skin, but it can be challenging to research, find and buy those products. This article explores the advantages of embracing natural ingredients in your daily skincare routine, understanding their benefits, and providing practical tips on incorporating them effectively.

What is Natural Skin Care?

Natural skincare ingredients are derived from botanical extracts, essential oils, and herbal remedies, harnessing the power of nature to enhance skin health and vitality. They are carefully selected for their beneficial properties and are free from synthetic chemicals, fragrances, and additives. Whenever you buy a natural skin care product, you should do a bit of research on the company beforehand. Brands like Fields of Yarrow grow and harvest their own organic ingredients without pesticides, and they select only the highest quality plants and flowers to guarantee the potency and quality of our products.

Image of natural ingredients inside of a marble pot used for skincare


How Do I Know Where The Ingredients Come From?

We often read about the importance of natural and organic products, but how can you, as consumers, know where the ingredient comes from? How can you know if it’s organic or synthetic? Ingredients in skin care products can have three sources:

  • Naturally occurring: Ingredients in these products are used in their natural, unprocessed state. For example, raw honey and crushed flowers.
  • Nature-identical: Ingredients in nature-identical products are produced in a lab and are chemically identical to those in nature. An example is sorbic acid.
  • Synthetic: This term sits on the far end of the spectrum and includes ingredients created and processed in a lab. An example of this is parabens, which are common preservatives found in non natural skincare products.

By identifying these sources, you can make a more informed decision regarding the products you buy. One way to achieve this goal, is to pay attention to the packaging for indications of ingredient claims like ‘free from parabens,’ ‘SLS-free,’ or ‘mineral oil–free.

Benefits of Natural Skin Care

Natural ingredients offer a wealth of benefits for the skin due to their unique composition and compatibility with the skin’s biological processes. A review of the Main Benefits and Applicability of Plant Extracts in skincare products reported the main benefits of plant extracts used in skincare. These benefits (that we will list in this article) are attributed mainly to the fact that natural skincare ingredients include:

  • vitamins
  • antioxidants
  • essential oils
  • hydrocolloids
  • proteins
  • terpenoids
  • bioactive compounds

1. Nourishing and Moisturizing Benefits

Natural skincare ingredients such as shea butter, jojoba oil, coconut oil, and aloe vera possess nourishing properties that replenish and moisturize the skin. They help to restore the skin’s natural lipid barrier, preventing moisture loss and keeping the skin supple, soft, and hydrated.

2. Gentle and Non-Irritating solutions for Sensitive Skin

Many synthetic ingredients and harsh chemicals in conventional skincare products can cause irritation and sensitivity, particularly for delicate skin. The trick resides in one simple fact: skincare is an ongoing experience. There’s no such thing as applying a product only once, or every now and then. Due to the continuity of a treatment, these harsh chemicals will ultimately make more harm than good, on sensitive skins.

On the other hand, natural ingredients are typically gentler and milder, making them ideal for continued usage in individuals with sensitive skin. Ingredients like chamomile, calendula, and oatmeal are known for their soothing and calming properties, helping to reduce redness and inflammation.

3. Rich in Antioxidants for Anti-Aging Benefits

Natural skincare ingredients are often rich in antioxidants that help combat free radicals, unstable molecules that damage the skin and accelerate aging. Antioxidants such as vitamin C, green tea extract, pomegranate, and rosehip oil help neutralize free radicals, reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. They also promote collagen production, improving skin elasticity and firmness.

closeup texture of natural ingredients used as skincare products
image of a flower dripping oil
image of natural ingredients mixed into an organic compound in a chemical glass

4. Effective in Addressing Specific Skin Concerns

Natural ingredients in skincare offer targeted solutions for various skin concerns. For example, tea tree oil is renowned for its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, effectively combating acne and reducing blemishes. Witch hazel acts as a natural astringent, tightening pores and reducing excess oil production, while ingredients like vitamin C and licorice root extract help fade hyperpigmentation and even out skin tone.

Choosing Natural Skincare Products

When selecting natural skincare products, look for those that are labeled as

  • Organic: Companies can have their skincare products certified organic, which usually gives you enough certainty that all the ingredients are derived from organic sources.
  • Green: Green products are usually produced to limit environmental impact, but this is an unregulated term generally referring to ecological impact and sustainability.
  • Clean: This is another unregulated term that describes products that typically focus on being nontoxic.
  • Vegan: These products are created without animal by-products.
  • Cruelty-free: It means that the finished product hasn’t been tested on animals.

It’s also important to note that while vegan products are almost always cruelty-free, cruelty-free products are not always vegan. An example would be an organic lip balm that contains beeswax.

  • Fair-trade: this regulated descriptor focuses on sourcing, ensuring that ingredients are sourced ethically regarding the planet, people, or environment.

According to the authors, and I totally validate this with my own experience in the field, plant extracts and natural skin care ingredients are safer and can even be more cost-effective than their synthetic counterparts. They can have many different applications to treat a plethora of skin conditions.

DIY Skincare Recipes Using Natural Ingredients:

Embrace your inner mixologist by creating homemade skincare products using natural ingredients. There is a vast array of resources available, including one that we found on The Healthline that suggests the following DIY Skin care recipes. With a few ingredients we all have around the house, plus your creativity, you can start taking care of your skin naturally at home.

oatmeal as natural skincare ingredient

Clarifying Oatmeal Mask

This mask regulates the skin’s pH with apple cider vinegar while removing excess oil and buildup with ground oats.


  • 3 tbsp. ground oats
  • 1/4 tsp. apple cider
  • 1/4 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 tbsp. brown sugar


  1. Combine the ground oats and apple cider into a smooth paste.
  2. Add the lemon juice and brown sugar, stirring until even.
  3. Apply to freshly cleansed skin for 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Rub in circular motions.
  5. Rinse off with warm water.
tea as natural skincare ingredient<br />

Tea Leaves Face Toner

This toner isn’t only natural but also helps fight acne.


  • 1 tsp. peppermint tea leaves
  • 4 tsp. white tea leaves
  • 1/2 cup boiled distilled water
  • 2 drops of lavender oil


  1. Combine all ingredients in a French press.
  2. Let the mixture steep for 10 minutes.
  3. Pour into a glass container to cool.
  4. Combine mixture with aloe vera until it fills a 4-oz. spray bottle.
  5. Spritz on your face after cleansing, and store in the refrigerator.
sugar as natural skincare ingredient

Sugar Face Scrub

This homemade exfoliant nourishes skin while also sloughing off dead skin cells.


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp. honey
  • 2 tbsp. oil of your choice


  1. Combine honey and brown sugar in a small bowl, and stir until it forms a thick paste.
  2. Add the oil and mix well.
  3. Spread the paste over clean skin.
  4. Leave it on for 5–10 minutes.
  5. Rinse with warm water.


Are natural skincare products suitable for all skin types?
Yes, natural skincare products are generally suitable for all skin types. However, it's important to choose products that are specifically formulated for your skin type to ensure the best results. For example, individuals with oily skin may benefit from ingredients like tea tree oil or witch hazel, while those with dry skin may benefit from ingredients like shea butter or jojoba oil.

Are natural skincare products effective in treating acne?
Yes, natural skincare products can be effective in treating acne. Ingredients like tea tree oil, witch hazel, salicylic acid (derived from willow bark), and niacinamide (vitamin B3) have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce acne breakouts. Additionally, natural exfoliants like fruit enzymes or gentle scrubs can help unclog pores and prevent further breakouts.

Can natural skincare products help with anti-aging?
Yes, natural skincare products can help with anti-aging concerns. Many natural ingredients are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that can help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. Look for ingredients like rosehip oil, pomegranate extract, vitamin C, and green tea extract, which are known for their anti-aging properties.

Are natural skincare products better for the environment?
Natural skincare products are often considered more environmentally friendly compared to products containing synthetic ingredients. Many natural skincare brands prioritize sustainable sourcing, organic farming practices, and biodegradable packaging. Additionally, they may avoid using harmful chemicals that can pollute waterways and harm ecosystems.

Do natural skincare products have a shorter shelf life?
Natural skincare products may have a shorter shelf life compared to products that contain synthetic preservatives. However, many natural brands use natural preservatives like grapefruit seed extract, vitamin E, or essential oils to extend the shelf life of their products. It's important to check the expiration date and follow the recommended usage instructions to ensure product freshness and efficacy.

Are natural skincare products tested on animals?
Fields of Yarrow's products are not tested on animals. We are a Cruelty Free Brand. Many natural skincare brands are cruelty free and do not test their products on animals. Look for certifications such as Leaping Bunny or PETA's Cruelty-Free logo to ensure that the products you choose are not tested on animals.

Can natural skincare products be made at home?
While some more complicated and professionally made formulas, like the one we prepare, need very high standards in the preparation process from the field to the bottle, yes, some natural skincare products can be made at home using ingredients readily available in your kitchen or local stores. DIY recipes for face masks, scrubs, and moisturizers using ingredients like honey, yogurt, avocado, or coconut oil can be found online. However, it's important to be careful and do the appropriate research before trying homemade skincare products.

About the Author

Souhela Ferrah
Souhela Ferrah

Researcher, mom and founder of Fields of Yarrow

Growing up in the south of France, Souhela Ferrah was surrounded by flower fields. As the daughter of a pharmacist, and with her educational background as chemist, she grew up with a strong affinity with nature and understood its power very well. Thanks to her family, her hometown and her travels around the world, she found inspiration in natural healers, herbalists and nature itself. And this was enough to motivate her to start the awarded honest skincare brand, Fields of Yarrow.
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