Pedro Catalá from TWELVE BEAUTY is one of our contributing natural skincare experts. Today Pedro shares his top ten natural skincare ingredients to look for in your products this Summer.....
Our skin changes season to season and so too should our skincare. Long winters, fluctuating temperatures in the Spring and overexposure to Sun in the Summer can play havoc on our skin if we don’t take the right measures to ensure it remains as healthy as possible.
Whilst the sun has lots of benefits for our health and wellbeing and is necessary to ensure adequate vitamin D production, it can also be dangerous to the health of our skin always ensure the skin is protected from the sun between the hours where it is at its most potent; from 11am and 4pm, especially when living in urban areas as the pollution makes the suns effects more dangerous.
Here is my list of the top ten vital skincare ingredients to soothe, comfort and protect your complexion for an endless summer!
Rhubarb: Rich in polyphenols (antioxidants) speeds up the production of melanin helping to achieve the perfect tan.
Karanja oil: one of my favourite exotic oils, rich in fatty acids and vitamin E, this oil helps regenerate the skin.
Shea butter: the seeds contain around 50% of essential fatty acids rich in vitamins A, B, E and F so is the perfect remedy to repair sun burnt skin.
Zinc oxide: Natural mineral all round skin protector, also known to block UVA and UVB rays.
Honey: Helps to keep the right level of hydration, keeping the skin smooth, elastic and super fresh. You will find it on the ingredients list written as “mel”.
Buddleja: protects skin cells from UV damage and avoids collagen and elastin breakage.
Carrot oil: rich in pectins, natural sugars and essential fatty acids that helps to maintain your tan.
Propolis: a natural sunscreen booster. Hyaluronic acid (high molecular weight): Forms a thin transparent viscoelastic film helping to preserve the characteristics of youthful and healthy skin, suppleness, elasticity and tone.
Cupuaçu butter: an Amazonian fruit with a multitude of benefits. A great moisturiser and very refreshing that encourages skin elasticity and regenerates the skin barrier due to its high content of vitamins A, B1, B2, B3 and C. Excellent as an after sun without that undesirable greasy feeling. To top it off, it also detoxes the skin - so handy after all those long summer days!
Pedro Catalá is a pharmacist, cosmetologist and the founder of TWELVE BEAUTY. Inspired by the concept of using plants as medicine, especially in skincare, during his 4 years studying a postgraduate diploma in the department of botany at the University of Valencia, Catalá went on to complete his Masters Degree in the Science and Technology of Cosmetics, providing him with the knowledge to create his own revolutionary range of products that form the TWELVE BEAUTY brand.