I don’t know about you, but I made the switch to natural face creams a few years back. I had some false starts. It seemed like some of the natural products didn’t work as well as traditional ones, so I started doing some research.

What I found was surprising. Many face creams that claim to be natural still have ingredients that can be harmful to your skin. I also found that the big brand cosmetics, due to cost, often only use a small amount of natural ingredients.

So the trick is to know what ingredients are most effective in a natural face cream and then choose face creams that have enough of those ingredients.

Lets face it, we all want beautiful, younger looking skin and we want it as safely and naturally as possible. Below is a list of natural ingredients that promote your skin’s natural beauty. Everything on the list serves at least two purposes for the health of your skin.

Olive and Avocado oil – These two are listed together because they are both such excellent moisturizers. They also feed your skin important vitamins and are high in antioxidants.

Shea Butter – This substance is not only great at healing damaged skin, it also has been proven to have a natural SPF effect.

Manuka Honey – This particular honey come from New Zealand and has incredible anti bacterial properties. It aides the healing of skin so effectively that medical doctors are starting to use it both during and after surgery.

Cynergy TK – Containing a functional keratin; face creams that include this penetrate deeper into the skin and heal from the inside out.

Phytessence Wakame – Derived from Japanese sea kelp, this substance stimulates the body’s natural hydration and leaves your skin looking younger with fewer lines. It also is high in antioxidants and important vitamins.

Now that you know what ingredients should be included in your face creams, lets look at how much will make a difference in the health of your skin.

Any good natural face cream will have at least 50% active ingredients. If the label does not specify percentages, then just make sure the natural ingredients are in the top 2/3 of the ingredients list on the back of the package.

Do yourself a favor and shop around for the right natural face cream. Sometimes the best face creams are only advertised on the web, so don’t forget to use your browser when you do your shopping.

Just remember to be careful and only buy products that list their ingredients right on their web page. You can check out my web site for more information on natural alternatives to skin care.

Mae Mathews is a passionate advocate for natural skin care and a researcher of skin care products. Visit her site now to at http://www.absolutely-clear-skin.com/ to discover which skin care products she recommends after extensive comparisons.