13 Natural Serums and Oils That Are as Potent as Their Synthetic Counterparts

BY Dermstore Editors · April 13, 2016

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Considering making some swaps in favor of more natural and organic beauty products? You’ve come to the right place. But before you do, it doesn’t hurt to know the facts and myths surrounding this burgeoning beauty category. The more informed you are, the more comfortable you feel about making this important decision.

“Natural and organic products are a great way of avoiding the content of toxic pesticides and preservatives and a variety of chemicals that we may or may not understand,” says Alan M. Dattner, M.D., founder of HolisticDermatology.com and author of the book Radiant Skin from the Inside Out. “Plus, organic products are generally higher quality and produced by smaller houses with a little bit more personal care.”

However, a lot of people make the switch to these products thinking they won’t cause skin irritation or result in negative reactions, and that’s just not the case. Depending on your skin’s individualized biochemistry, Dr. Dattner recommends trying out any new product on a small area of skin and letting it sit for a few hours before determining if there’s any hypersensitivity reaction. “Just because something is natural, doesn’t mean it’s non-irritating,” he says. “Poison ivy is natural, but certainly not non-irritating.”

When it comes to natural and organic skin care, there are a wide range of available ingredients, so most of your selection process will come down to your specific needs. Some of the most common ingredients, though, are antioxidants. “Vitamin A precursors, the carotenoids, are crucial to skin growth and differentiation as vitamin A, and important in free radical quenching,” says Dr. Dattner. “And vitamin C and bioflavonoids also protect against free radical damage.” Like most dermatologists, he also recommends finding products that have a zinc-based sunscreen. And if you don’t know where to start, talk with your dermatologist about your specific skin concerns.

But don’t just limit your skin care regimen to the cosmetics aisle. Be sure to fill your plate with plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables. “Green leafy vegetables have magnesium, and if grown in well-cared-for soil, a wide variety of organically bound minerals,” says Dr. Dattner. “For example, zinc present in vegetables participates in over 200 enzymes in the body, many of which involve the skin.”

Ready to give natural and organic skin care a shot? Start with DermStore’s top natural oils and serums below.

1. Eminence Stone Crop Serum 

Best for: Pigmented Skin
Key Ingredients: Coenzyme Q10Vitamin AEssential OilsVitamin CVitamin E, Green TeaAntioxidants

Why we love it: This gentle moisturizing serum is formulated with Stone Crop, a supple plant that naturally reduces pigmentation in the skin for a healthy, uniform complexion. It also supplies vitamins and nutrients to the skin and helps reduce water loss in the skin; assist in cellular repair for healthier skin; firm and tighten the epidermis; and provide antioxidant protection against damaging free radicals.

2. Dremu Oil

Best for: Aging Skin, Acne, Free Radical Damage
Key Ingredient: 100% Emu Oil

Featuring 100% emu oil, this all-around elixir can solve a slew of skin problems: it can smooth the under-eye area, soothe dry skin and lips, calm redness, treat blemishes, stimulate collagen production, reduces wrinkles and plump the lips. Odorless and non-comedogenic, emu oil is extremely gentle, beneficial, and safe for all skin types.

3. Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster

Best for: Pigmented SkinFree Radical Damage
Ingredient: Aloe Vera, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E, Green TeaVitamin C, Alpha Hydroxy AcidsAntioxidants,

This serum is formulated to boost a brighter and younger-looking complexion. Vitamin C improves the skin’s resiliency by stimulating collagen production for a smooth appearance without fine lines and wrinkles. Sodium hyaluronate delivers continuous moisture while green tea soothes and protects against free-radical damage.

4. Dr.Hauschka Clarifying Day Oil

Best for: Acne-Prone Skin
Key Ingredients: Apricot Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Calendula, Essential Oils and Antioxidants

This lightweight treatment oil helps regulate sebum levels and refine pores. Soothing calendula oil calms inflammation as antioxidants fend off free radicals. Also aids in softening the appearance of hyperpigmentation and is ideal for normal to oily skin types.

5. 100% Pure Vitamin C Serum

A potent dose of vitamin C, this paraben-free serum protects skin from UV damage and encourages collagen synthesis for a firmer and more radiant complexion. Its unique formulation helps with hyperpigmentation and free radical damage with evening primrose, witch hazel and flaxseed.

6. Juice Beauty STEM CELLULAR Collection Booster Serum

Best for: Aging Skin, Free Radical Damage
Key Ingredients: Plant Stem Cells, Essential Oils, Vitamin E, Jojoba, Vitamin CPanthenol, Shea Butter, Aloe Vera

Infused with Juice Beauty’s proprietary blend of fruit stem cells, Vitamin C and resveratrol-rich grapeseed, this lightweight gel deeply hydrates, evens skin tone and gently plumps the skin, giving you a softer, more luminous complexion.

7. One Love Organics Love Springs Eternal Youth Preservation Serum 

Best for: Aging Skin, Free Radical Damage
Key Ingredients: Algae, Blue Seakale, Plant Stem Cells, Essential Oils, Antioxidants, Vitamin E, Green Tea

With a luxuriously lightweight formula, this antioxidant-rich serum harnesses the power of botanicals and marine nutrients to naturally hydrate and reverse visible signs of aging.

8. Indie Lee Squalane Facial Oil

Best for: Aging Skin, Dryness and Dehydration
Key Ingredient:
 100% Olive-Derived Squalane Oil

Rich in omega fatty acids, this lightweight oil features a multitasking formula derived from olives and delivers numerous benefits to your skin. It hydrates your skin and promotes firmness and elasticity while reducing inflammation and neutralizing free radicals.

9. Tammy Fender Quintessential Serum

Best for: Aging Skin, Sensitive Skin
Key Ingredients:
Essential Oils, Evening Primrose Oil, Chamomile

This highly concentrated face treatment that protects and nourishes skin. Evening primrose oil repairs damaged skin without causing irritation or dryness. Chamomile stimulates circulation, calms sun burns, and is great for treating tired and puffy eyes.

10. Jurlique Skin Balancing Face Oil

Best for: Aging Skin, Dryness and Dehydration
Key Ingredients: Shea Butter, Jojoba, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Essential Oils

Jurlique Skin Balancing Face Oil is a sheer, rapidly absorbing facial oil formulated to combat wrinkles, improve texture and enhance cells’ moisture content. A highly effective blend of evening primrose and macadamia seed oils intensely hydrate and soften your skin. Rose hip and safflower oils work in tandem to diminish fine lines while shea butter, avocado and jojoba oils increase smoothness.

11. suki Care Balancing Facial Oil

Best for: Aging Skin, Sensitive Skin

Key Ingredients: Antioxidants, Essential Oils, Olive Oil, Jojoba, Vitamin E, Lavender, Calendula, Grape Seed Oil

This facial oil deeply nourishes and hydrates for a clear, refreshed complexion. Antiseptic borage and lavender extracts calm inflammation and prevent blemishes and flare-ups as organic calendula extract speeds healing. Jojoba and grape seed oils promote elasticity and prevent dryness without leaving behind a greasy texture or causing excess oil production.

12. REN Radiance Perfecting Serum

Best for: Pigmented Skin
Ingredient:Vitamin C, Lactic Acid, Hyaluronic Acid

This serum boosts skin’s energy cycle, visibly improving tone and texture. A potent trio of glabridin, tyrosinase inhibitors and vitamin C regulate skin pigmentation, reducing age spots and hyperpigmentation. Hydrating hyaluronic acid ensures a supple, plump appearance while glycogen and magnesium boost luminosity.

13. M. Steves RHSO Power-Packed Anti-Aging Serum

Best for:Aging SkinPigmented SkinFree Radical Damage
Key Ingredients: Antioxidants, Copper Peptide, Peptides, Hyaluronic Acid

Designed for every skin type, including oily and acne-prone, this serum features rose hip seed oil, which boasts 20% more essential fatty acids and a higher concentration of antioxidants than most essential oils. It quickly improves the condition and texture of your skin, visibly reducing the look of fine lines and dark spots while firming and smoothing for a more youthful appearance. It also works wonders with all kinds of skin concerns, including rosacea, acne, acne scars and hyperpigmentation.

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