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Going natural: the science of bringing nature into skincare

Mother Nature certainly offers a feast of natural oils, waxes and extracts able to gently and effectively cleanse, nourish and protect our skin. Botanical extracts, particularly pure essential oils, also offer a wealth of natural (non-synthetic) fragrance options that smell amazing and can offer mood boosting benefits as well.

The use of these ingredients in skincare is not new. Natural ingredients have been used in skincare and medicine for thousands of years. Cleopatra is said to have used Rosewater for its healing and beautifying purposes, while in Ancient Greece, dried herbs and flowers were added to baths to cleanse and detoxify skin. Honey, milk, olive and safflower oils, pomegranate and green tea can also be found in countless ancient beauty treatments, used across the world for a variety of benefits.

Modern times have seen vast breakthroughs in skin science and innovations in skincare formulations, with emphasis on both formulation efficacy and safety foremost. Proactive formulations which can delay skin's signs of ageing, inhibit acne formation or pigmentation, boost glow and support a secure barrier against environmental and sun damage are just some of the driving trends in skincare today. Formulation safety and stability remains a steadfast focus, with consumers demanding products that are kind on application, “clean” and effective - all with a rea-sonable shelf life.

Natio’s approach is to combine the best of nature and science to make formulations that are safe, stable and achieve results.

What’s more, science is continuing to unlock new plant-based compounds with scope to do more for skin than ever before. Plants which have traditionally been used to aid skin healing , repair and rejuvenation have been put under the microscope for evermore intensive analysis, while new plant species continue to be discovered and explored. Clearly, the potential for growth and innovation in natural and botanical ingredients for skincare is promising and exciting.

Botanical plant and flower essences, pure essential oils and cold-pressed oils are used throughout all Natio skincare formulations, ensuring all skin types are catered for.

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Some favourites include:

Rosewater: Mother Nature’s remarkably multi-tasking skincare elixir, rosewater has the capacity to remedy almost all common skincare concerns. It can balance surface oils, hydrate and provides skin a hypercharged nutrient boost.
Found in: Natio Rosewater Hydration range

Rosehip: Extremely rich in Vitamin C, Rosehip Oil can improve skin cell structure and promote natural lift. The multi-tasking ingredient moisturises, brightens and can also help to even out skin tone.
Found in: Natio Ageless Range

Evening Primrose Oil: Extracted from Evening Primrose Flower, this oil is widely used in skincare and medicine as a natural cure for many complaints. In skin, it is linked to improvements in moisture levels, elasticity, firmness and the way skin responds to stressors. The oil is rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids and can help in acne control and cell regeneration, making this ingredient a real skin-saviour.
Found in: Natio Evening Primrose Moisturisng Face Lotion, Ageless Firming Night Cream

Pomegranate: High in antioxidants, Pomegranate has multiple benefits for skin, including helping to fight free radicals. This term is used to describe atoms in the environment (which can be caused by pollution or sun) that attach themselves to skin, causing damage such as collagen loss and wrinkles, Skincare containing natural antioxidants and vitamins, like Pomegranate, can help to defend against free radical damage and protect the complexion.
Found in: Natio Wellness Range