How to nourish skin with natural botanical extracts

Skin care can be a minefield for many. With more of us paying attention to what we put both in and on our bodies, reading the ingredients listed in many products can feel like it requires a Ph.D. in chemistry. We might be aware that parabens are something we want to avoid or that ingredients such as Aloe Vera or Jojoba are natural extracts and probably better for us. We can guess that something bright pink probably contains added colourants but how much do we really know about the rest of what goes into the creams and lotions we put on our face?

Often what passes for fragrance in skin care is, in fact, additives put in to preserve the product’s shelf life. We may think if something is paraben-free that it contains no preservatives, but if it contains phthalates, chemicals used in manufacturing to help stabilise plastics, it can be as bad for us. Much has been written about the endocrine-disrupting properties of parabens; the endocrine system being the part of the body that controls the production and secretion of hormones. However, phthalates are also linked to endocrine disruption; the effects of which can have long term implications for our overall well-being. Even products listed as containing natural extracts can be deceptive as concentrations are often small and accompanied by ingredients that are not 100% natural.

Natural essential oils, in the right combination, don’t require the addition of fragrance or stabilisers. Containing natural preservatives, they are already stable in their concentrated form. They also provide a natural fragrance that emits no pollutants into the atmosphere. Identified as having antioxidant properties that neutralise free radicals on the skin, they provide rich nutrients to support the skin’s natural functions and help reduce the signs of ageing. Individually, they have been used for thousands of years to protect and soothe the skin.

griffin + row have harnessed these natural properties in their Nourish moisturising cream. Containing a blend of 18 different botanical extracts, it is lightweight with anti-inflammatory properties to deliver moisture while soothing sensitive skin. It contains Aloe Vera leaf juice, along with Jojoba oil, but in higher concentrations than found in other creams to help maintain its lightweight feel. These are joined by a wide range of other extracts from Rosehip oil, with its regenerative properties, to Lavender, known to be anti-bacterial. Macadamia and Sweet Orange oils are light and non-greasy and similar to the oils produced by the skin itself, while the natural emollient Shea Nut butter helps keep skin moist and creates a barrier to protect against the effects of pollution.

Almost all essential oils have antioxidant properties to a greater or lesser degree. These help to protect the skin against the damage caused by oxidative stress, the natural chemical reaction to the metabolisation of oxygen by the body’s cells. Antioxidants work to remove the toxins that are the byproduct of this process which contribute and to the signs of ageing. Nourish also contains griffin + row’s centess+complexTM, a blend of the purest extracts at high concentrations, selected for their regenerative properties that help cell renewal. This essential, which appears in all their products, is key to their simplified regime designed to support, not smother, the skin. Grapefruit seed extract, which has antimicrobial properties to help ensure the cream’s shelf life, is the only preservative in Nourish and is, of course, 100% natural.

To get the best from Nourish, griffin + row recommend using it as the last step in a regime that cleanses, exfoliates and hydrates to keep skin healthy. As healthy skin functions the same way regardless of age, they don’t have specific products for skin types or age groups. Instead, they focus on using the world’s best ingredients formulated to support the skin’s natural functions, which means Nourish, the lighter of their two moisturisers, can be used as an eye cream, day cream and night cream. Tying in with their philosophy of providing a skin care regimen that is “affordable, time efficient and easy to apply,” this all in one moisturiser is easily absorbed and suitable for most skin types. However, they also offer a richer cream for those in need of greater moisture levels or who prefer added moisture at night.

As with all of griffin + row’s products, Nourish is made from packaging designed to support a sustainable lifestyle and is free from animal testing. So not only does it nourish the skin, it nourishes the environment it originates from.