THE ABC OF NATURAL INGREDIENTS TO TREAT ANY SKIN PROBLEM

Do you have any of these skin problems or concerns?

Ageing Skin, Wrinkles, Fine Lines, Age Spots, Pigmentation, Eczema, Dry Skin, Sensitive Skin,
Clogged Pores, Acne, Irritated Skin, Diabetic Skin, Red Skin, Cracked Skin, Dull Skin, Stretch Marks,
Uneven Skin Tone, Keratosis Pilaris, Bumpy skin, Dehydrated Skin, Eczema, Psoriasis

We know that searching for the right skincare is like choosing a car. Considerations such as age, mileage, convenience, type and wear and tear all come into consideration. At times it can be overwhelming. That's why we wanted to put a list together of natural ingredients to look for when you are purchasing skincare.

At Plunkett's we know quality ingredients. We ensure that the best ingredients are used in each and every one of our products. When you use Plunkett's your skin is getting both the right nutrients and the perfect quantity. We all know the benefits of swallowing vitamins but not everyone is aware that it's just as important for your skin to have the vitamins it needs on the outside too. However you are welcome to use it as a skincare shopping guide because we want you to have the skin of your dreams. 


Here is a crash course on common skin problems, the vitamins your skin needs and how to boost its supply naturally.

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Skin Problems:

Natural Ingredient: 
Why It Works

Find It In:
Fine lines,   
Ageing skin,   
Clogged pores,   
Skin discolouration
Vitamin A is great for boosting collagen, unclogging pores and minimising skin discolouration and fine lines.

Look for retinol, retinyl palmitate and retinaldehyde. Retinol is the most common but can irritate some skin types, while retinaldehyde is the most active and works well on most skin.

Redness, Irritated skin, Inflamed skin, Pigmentation, Ageing skin

Vitamin B (niacinamide) protects skin’s immune cells, strengthens the skin’s outer layers, helps to control pigmentation, improves elasticity and moisturises your skin.

Vitamin B5 acts as an anti-inflammatory agent which is great for redness and irritated skin.

Dull skin,
Ageing skin,
Pigmentation, Cracked lips
Vitamin C works on collagen production and pigmentation. Look for formulations containing oil-soluble absorbic acid, because it’s highly stable and acts as an antioxidant, collagen booster and moisturiser.

Ageing skin,    
Dull skin,
Acne

Dimethyl Lauramine Oleate is derived from Safflower Oil.

The high content of linoliec acid in safflower oil makes it ideal for boosting the quality and appearance of your skin as well as providing a moisture barrier to prevent water loss from the skin. The linoleic acid can combine with sebum to unclog the pores and reduce blackheads, as well as acne, which is a result of sebum build-up under the skin. Furthermore, linoleic acid stimulates the regeneration of new skin cells, meaning that it helps to clear up scars and other blemishes from the surface of the skin, leaving you looking younger and more attractive!

Pigmentation,

Dull skin,
Stretch marks,    
Ageing skin,    
Pores,    
Fine lines

The eight forms of Vitamin E in skin act as potent antioxidants, helping to prevent skin cancer and regulate pigmentation. A good topical antioxidant should contain all eight – the alpha, beta, gamma and delta tocopherols, and corresponding tocotrienols.

Vitamin E is derived from wheat germ and acts as an anti-inflammatory, increases healing, increases enzyme activity, prevents free radical damage and reduces UV damage. What's not to love about nature's secret weapon.
 

Ageing skin,    
Dry skin,    
Eczema

Vitamin F is the collective name for the skin’s own essential fatty acids, which keeps skin supple. Boosting your natural supply will keep skin nourished for longer.

Dull skin,    
Ageing skin,    
Sensitive skin,
Acne,    
Inflamed skin,   Pigmentation, Age Spots,
Wounds,
Bruising,
Stretch marks,
Warts

Studies show that Grape Seed Oil and its extract are great as an anti-inflammatory, anti-histamine, anti-ageing, anti-allergic, antimicrobial, and improves the production of collagen.

Grape seed oil is beneficial in the treatment of a number of health issues which include: arthritis, dermatitis, acne, wrinkles, dry and itchy skin, age spots, sun burn, chapped lips, wounds, bruising, stretch marks, varicose veins, premature ageing, warts and diabetes. Studies also suggest that its free radical scavenging activity may strengthen the immune system and reduce the risk of developing cancer.

Cracked skin,

Dry skin

Honey is an awesome ingredient for your skin. With anti-bacterial, healing and natural humectant properties it's a wonder why we aren't just slapping it on our skin straight from the jar. Well no that wouldn't be ideal and would be very sticky so luckily for you we have honey as one of our active ingredients in a range of our products.

Extra dry skin,

Cracked skin

Our skin contains a natural wax, this wax helps kill germs and creates a protective barrier for locking-in moisture. Your skin recognises Jojoba oil as similar to its own. As a result skin pores remain open allowing jojoba to penetrate beyond the top layer. It is in these deeper layers where cell regeneration and cell synthesis occurs, and jojoba also ‘carries’ other important nutrients deep into these layers.

Poor nail growth,

Peeling skin,
Broken skin

Keratin is a protein that occurs naturally in your hair, nails and skin. Keratin is responsible for keeping skin cells functioning well. Over the last few years some high profile medical research has shown that keratin protein plays a really important role in healing and skin cell renewal.

Acne,    
Ageing skin,    
Pigmentation,   Uneven skin tone

Lactic acid is derived from (sour) milk. It works by gently breaking down the skin cells, causing them to shed and reveal the newer, shinier, healthier skin underneath. This is perfect for reducing fine lines, improving skin tone and texture, fading pigmentation, acne scars and evening out the colour of your skin and controlling and preventing oiliness and breakouts.

The consistent use also helps stimulate/improve collagen production, which means firmer skin and less wrinkles.

Hot skin,
Itchy skin,

Diabetes,
Inflamed skin

Menthol or mint is derived from peppermint oil. Menthol has anaesthetic properties and is widely used to relieve minor irritations. Menthol is great for cooling, soothing and relieves itching.


Ageing skin,   
Hyperpigmentation,

Dark Spots

Niacinamde Glucosamine is derived from sugar and is an effective ingredients in reducing hyperpigmentation and improving skin rejuvenation. It regulates the production of melanin as well as reducing the appearance of brown marks.

Ageing skin,    
Dry skin,    
Redness

There are many great uses for Essential Oils, including helping to combat ageing of the skin. This benefit is what most people want, especially women who want to age slower and look younger on a consistent basis.

Look for essential oils such as sweet almond oil, ylang ylang, orange, palmarosa, bergamot and lavender all have nourishing and anti-ageing benefits.

Alison Frendin From Fitly PT says:

"Essential oils contain the healing properties of plants. They can benefit the skin in ways such as cleansing, moisturising, improving tone and texture, promoting healthy skin cells, improving vitality, reduce scarring, some can act as a natural sun screen, tissue regeneration, reduce redness and help recover from burns, dryness, fight fungal infections, eczema, & prevent ageing and the breakdown of collagen"

Wrinkles,

Ageing skin

Peptides are tiny proteins in your skin. When peptides are applied topically to the skin they can send a signal to collagen to prompt the formation of new collagen, and voila, you have the appearance of youthful, supple skin!
Wrinkles,

Dehydrated skin,
Scars,
Dry skin

Rosehip Oil anti-ageing benefits come from the antioxidants and the oil’s ability to penetrate into deeper layers of skin. The vitamin C antioxidants in rosehip oil stimulate collagen production. It also helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles. The oil can penetrate due to the vitamin A, which has small enough molecules to go deeper into the skin.
Vitamin A improves the skin’s moisture levels, reduces wrinkles and fine lines, hydrates the skin and reduces scar tissue.

Burns,

Dermatitis,
Dry skin,    
Irritated skin,    
Inflamed skin

Shea Butter is extracted from the nut of the African Shea tree and is great for soothing, healing and protecting. Clinical trials show efficacy in treating dryness, dermatitis, burns and irritation.
Red, irritated skin

Athletes foot,


Thyme possesses amazing anti-bacterial properties. It is effective in fighting the bacteria that causes skin acne. Thyme also helps in maintaining skin health by eliminating the bacteria that is responsible for causing various skin problems. It's gentle on your skin and can be used for all skin types. The anti-fungal properties of thyme make it beneficial for the treatment of athlete’s foot.

Extra dry skin,

Keratosis Pilaris,
Bumpy skin,    
Eczema,    
Psoriasis,    
Sensitive skin

Urea is a natural component in our skin. Therefore it is readily absorbed by the skin enabling moisture retention.

One of Urea’s many benefits, is that it helps to accelerate the skin's cellular renewal process. It strengthens the barrier function of the skin, helping to keep it youthful and healthy.

Urea works actively to remove dead skin cells,   improving cellular turnover in the epidermis. This is really useful in helping to reduce cycles of inflammation and flare-ups, making it the perfect choice for sensitive skin conditions.

Dry skin,

Sensitive skin

Vegetable Glycerine is a natural ingredient that your entire body craves all year round. When used with other natural oils and ingredients, it can seal in moisture on the top layer of our skin while the other oils work their way deep into our cells to provide long-lasting moisture. You do have to be careful when seeking out glycerol as there are non-vegetable varieties, derived from petroleum or animal fat, that can be seriously drying.

Inflamed skin,
Psoriasis,    
Eczema,    
Smelly feet

Witches Hazel has significant antibacterial and antiseptic qualities, which reduce bacteria on the skin. It also has the ability to shrink blood vessels and tighten skin making it an excellent choice for treating cuts, scrapes and other wounds that lead to minor bleeding particularly on your heels.

  

Peeling skin,
Dry skin,    
Cracked skin
Xanthan Gum from corn sugar is probably the most boring thing on this list. It is used as a binder, stabiliser and but most importantly helps as a skin conditioner which nourishes the skin.

Ageing skin,   
Broken skin,    
Wounds,
Diabetic Skin


Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil protects your wounds from infections caused by bacteria, viruses and fungi. It also helps to speed up the healing process of wounds. It is extremely effective in maintaining moisture and oil balance of the skin and keeps the skin looking hydrated, smooth, and young.

Pigmentation,

Rosacea,
Psoriasis,    
Eczema,    
Wounds,
Sun damage

Zinc and Zinc Oxide's major role in skin care is that of a handy man. It’s there when skin needs to fix something. Which is most of the time.

Zinc Oxide offers broad-spectrum protection against damaging UVA and UVB rays. Zinc is an essential skin nutrient, it has natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help speed wound healing to help skin recover.