There has been an enormous growth in sophisticated, plant-based skin care products and a virtual movement by indie skin care formulators that are making magic with nature’s assets, leaving behind cheap lab-produced shortcuts and opting for the real thing. When distilled, pressed and extracted for their essence, these ingredients make powerful friends with your skin.

Here are a few of the latest skin superstars you should be on the lookout for:

Argan Kernel Oil

Rich in collagen-building zinc, iodine and copper, algae and kelp extracts are effective in eye, face and body skin care products to combat dryness and increase elasticity. Apply a mineral-rich seaweed face mask once a week to clarify skin.

Carrot Seed Oil

Carrot seed oil is distilled from the tiny, dry seeds of the wild carrot plant commonly known as Queen Anne’s Lace. An underappreciated essential oil, it leads the way in plant extracts that deliver Vitamin A which is excellent for skin repair and collagen production.

Green Coffee Extract

One of the most potent forms of natural antioxidants comes from green, unroasted, cold-pressed coffee beans. With more than ten times the antioxidant power of green tea, green coffee’s high levels of polyphenols, chlorogenic acid and ferulic acid actively fight free radicals. These antioxidants allow skin to reduce free radical damage, heal scar tissue and promote rapid cell regeneration, making green coffee extract a great ingredient to target dull skin. Look for green coffee extract as a superstar ingredient in anti-aging eye and face serums.

Reishi Mushroom Extract

Proving what’s good for the inside is also good for the outside, this anti-aging ingredient is showing up in skin care — mostly face serums — because of its high concentration of polysaccharides and antioxidants. When smoothed on the skin, this medicinal mushroom extract treats puffiness and inflammation while stealthily increasing cell regeneration.

Rose Oil

Rose oil is blooming with essential fatty acids that when applied topically, help skin cells absorb and retain moisture, leaving the surface hydrated, healthy and smooth. Look for it in moisturizers, serums and eye treatments to plump delicate skin and smooth fine lines.


Turmeric has finally made its way into indie skin care products and is now used in a variety of skin care solutions. It’s most effective as a treatment face mask that can be left on long enough for the skin to absorb its healing and brightening benefits.


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