With clean beauty becoming more and more popular, we often hear so much about what not to put on our skin and what ingredients are toxic for us. It’s about time we focus on the good stuff, am I right?! Here are the best plant-based ingredients you want to see in your skincare products.

Mint

Mint, also known as “menthe,” is a cooling herb that soothes the skin. Mint is highly effective in relieving bug bites and soothing acne. Mint is naturally potent in salicylic acid, which is great for banishing blemishes, reducing oil, and calming inflammation. Salicylic acid is also known for brightening.

Try this mint face wash.

Amla

Amla is a fruit, also called the Indian gooseberry. Amla is a popular beauty ingredient in Ayurveda and other eastern practices. Amla has very high levels of vitamin C and polyphenols—plantbased antioxidants that slow down aging and repair sun damage.

Try this pure Amla oil at night before bed.

Avocado

We love to eat avocado for healthy fats, and it turns out our skin can benefit from these healthy fats too. Avocado is very hydrating and relieves irritated skin. Avocado’s omega-3 fatty acids strengthen the cell membrane of the epidermis.

Check out this DIY avocado mask for hydrated skin.

Cucumber

Surprise, surprise—cucumber! Of course, cucumbers provide mega hydration, but they are also full of flavonoids and antioxidants that help reduce swelling, redness, and irritation on the skin. The best part is that your skin can receive these benefits whether you consume cucumber or apply it to your skin topically.

Try this cucumber mask to soothe dry, irritated skin.

Rose

Rose is known for its antiseptic and antioxidant properties and most recently for being a skin-calming adaptogen. Not only does rose help the skin, but it can also relieve both the body and the mind.

Check out the benefits of rose water.

Algae

Algae (spirulina and chlorella) is high in antioxidants to help prevent our cells from aging. Spirulina is particularly beneficial for reducing inflammation and boosting immunity. Chlorella is also high in antioxidants and helps fight inflammation, while also detoxifying the skin and the body of heavy metals.

Try this marine algae active firming cream.

Carrot

While this one may not appear in your skincare products, we had to add it to the list. Eating carrots is better for your skin than many products on the market. Carrots are high in beta-carotene, which provides antioxidants to protect the skin from environmental stressors, and helps smooth out the skin tone. A small carrot alone delivers nearly 300% of your daily vitamin A, as well as a healthy dose of vitamin C. Be sure to incorporate carrots into your diet every single day for your most radiant skin.

Kate Wilke is a 200-RYT yoga instructor, meditation teacher, and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. She teaches and works with clients in Nashville, TN. She believes in self-care in the form of colorful, healthy cooking, daily walks with her dog, and a glass of red wine. Follow her on Instagram — @meditatekate