In the quest for effective anti-ageing ingredients, skincare companies are discovering Mother Nature’s incredible treasure chest.

Bilberry seed

This extract provides a natural form of lactic acid, so when it is applied topically, it is extremely hydrating, has skin-lightening effects, and improves skin tone and texture. Find it in: La Mav Vit-C Advanced Nightly Repair Nectar;


A natural anti-inflammatory and rejuvenator that encourages the growth of new skin cells, this is highly successful in healing sensitive or flaky skin, and balancing oily and dry skin types. Find it in: Raw Gaia MSM Beauty Cream;

Noni seed oil

Noni seeds are especially rich in linoleic acid, which is highly effective in protecting and nourishing skin, and maintaining hydration levels. Find it in: Defy Face Lifting Night Cream;


This flavonoid pigment is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, providing excellent free-radical protection; it is effective in treating eczema, dermatitis, and signs of ageing. Find it in: Korres Quercetin and Oak Anti-wrinkle Cream; 1800 705 800

Sesame seed oil

This provides a protective barrier to repel environmental damage, and is brimming with vitamin E, proteins and amino acids that are excellent for alleviating dryness. Find it in: Sukin Purely Ageless Daily Facial Moisturiser;


This seaweed is abundant in amino acids and minerals, and is fantastic for boosting elasticity, reducing inflammation, and protecting against free radical damage. Find it in: Belle Oceanic Mineral Hydra Mask;

Rice bran oil

Long used in Japanese skincare but a relatively recent discovery elsewhere, this is very high in fatty acids, making it highly beneficial for mature and sensitive skin. Find it in: Morgan Annie Latte Lip Scrub;

Baobab oil

Rich in vitamins C, A, D and E, this light oil from baobab tree fruit has incredible anti-ageing and rejuvenating properties; excellent for dry or damaged skin and hair. Find it in: REMEDICa Richesse de l'Afrique Pure Baobab Oil;

Canadian willowherb

Used for centuries as a skin soother, clinical research now shows that this plant has strong anti-inflammatory properties; works wonders in reducing eczema symptoms. Find it in: Derma E Pink Grapefruit Hand and Body Lotion;

Cypress oil

This has great antiseptic, antibacterial, and wound-healing properties, due to its camphene. Studies show it improves varicose veins, acne scars, and congested skin. Find it in: Phyts Crème Absolue;

Tamanu oil

This flowering Polynesian tree produces a naturally antibacterial and anti-inflammatory oil which speeds tissue healing, rejuvenates mature skin, and fights sun damage. Find it in: Monoi Australia Tamanu Oil;


This Indian herb is rich in vitamin E, emollients and fatty acids that aid skin repair, restore elasticity, and lighten scars and pigmentation. It is very beneficial for psoriasis. Find it in: Ayurda Cucumber and Basil Cleanser;

Pumpkin seed oil

A light oil that is high in beta-carotene, this fights free radical formation, preserves skin’s natural collagen, and has been shown to successfully reduce the appearance of stretch marks, scars, and fine lines. Find it in: EVOHE 3.6.9 Omega Serum;

Macadamia nut oil

Macadamia nuts are high in fat, calcium, iron, phosphorus and B-vitamins, making the oil highly effective for diminishing wrinkles, fine lines and dry skin or hair. Find it in: Macadamia Natural Healing Oil Treatment;

Acacia gum

This comes from the African acacia tree and is increasingly popular in skincare, given its super-firming action on the skin. It has anti-inflammatory properties and can also successfully plump up fine lines and wrinkles. Find it in: Botani Rescue Eye Treatment;