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What’s New In Natural Ingredients

By: Kris Campbell
Posted: May 1, 2014, from the May 2014 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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Licorice has been in the skin care industry for a long time. It is mostly thought of in the sense of helping with pigmentation. According to the National Cancer Institute, it has: “potential anti-inflammatory, antioxidant ... activities.” Licochalcone is a molecule contained in licorice root extract that helps control oil production, and is antibacterial, as well as anti-inflammatory.

Licochalcone has also been compared to benzoyl peroxide (BPO) when the ingredient is used in specific amounts within a skin care product. BPO is sometimes very harsh to the skin, especially sensitive skin. This particular type of licorice root can kill Propionibacterium acnes and also help with inflammation. BPO has neither of these functions.


Daisy is a beautiful flower that has shown momentum in skin care products to help fight premature pigmentation, as well as discoloration from existing sun damage. Many brighteners can be harsh on the skin by inducing peel-like side effects that can cause inflammation and also possible increased pigmentation to certain skin types. Daisy extract is a great natural choice to even out skin tone with no downtime and lighter, brighter results.5

Do your homework

Sensitive and health-challenged skin types are really benefiting from more natural choices with calming, anti-aging results that often aren’t harmful. Although natural sounds good to most these days, it is also important to consider reactions, such as allergies to certain plants, flowers and fruits. Consider having a Physician’s Desk Reference (PDR) on hand to look for potential reactions from certain ingredients if a client is on a medication. It is also important to advise clients to consult with their physicians before trying a treatment or product that they believe might cause a bad reaction.

With the increased focus on more natural ingredients, new results are being discovered from plant sources. Many ingredients that were used to treat one skin disorder have now been given new life in helping to fight another condition. Many natural alternatives offer one or more of the following properties: anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antibacterial, UV protection, brightening, antiglycation and antioxidant.