Long before they were added to beauty products, various roots, oils and extracts were used to heal, rejuvenate and protect. It's no wonder more of these so-called "secret" ingredients are popping up in cleansers, creams and shampoos. Find the cure to your beauty ailments by choosing products with ingredients that match the diagnosis.
Napoleon Perdis Marshmallow Foaming Makeup Remover
This foaming makeup remover for face, lips and eyes is concocted from soothing marshmallow extract so as not to strip the skin of essential oils. Store the bottle in the fridge for a cooling cleanse. $25 at Saks Fifth Avenue.
Origins Ginger Souffle Whipped Body Cream
Light yet super-hydrating, this efficient moisturizer is made with a potent dose of ginger, traditionally used in Asia for its ability to increase energy and warm the body. This ginger mixture is balanced with cooling, skin-nourishing olive oil and hydrating grape seed oil. $26 at www.origins.com.
Shu Uemura Green Tea Cleansing Beauty Oil Premium
This cleanser and makeup remover has been a beauty must-have since it was introduced in 1960. The newest formula uses green tea extract, best known for its anti-aging, anti-oxidant properties. Soothing and incredibly softening, this skin-saving oil removes pesky dirt while maintaining the skin's natural moisture levels. $30 for 150 milliliters, $72 for 450 milliliters at www.shuuemura-usa.com.
Queen Helene Ginseng and Tea Tree Hot Oil Treatment
This bargain conditioning formula combines the anti-bacterial benefits of tea tree oil and strengthening and conditioning elements of ginseng root. In three minutes this fresh-scented hot oil will make brittle hair soft and shiny. $5.29 at Sally Beauty. Visit www.sallybeauty.com for store locations.
Yes to Carrots C The Difference
This toning, exfoliating mask for dry and sensitive skin is made with Dead Sea mud (to detoxify) and anti-oxidant beta carotenes (found in orange fruits and vegetables like melons, carrots and pumpkins). A potent vitamin C mixture, the mask aims to reduce skin damage caused by exposure to sun and pollutants. $14.99 at Walgreens.
Jojoba was used by American Indians for its healing properties, and this jojoba-concentrated shampoo works wonders for thick, dry, brittle hair. The jojoba restores, moisturizes and protects. Additional ingredients like coconut oil cleanse the scalp, and cornflower acts as an emollient. $22 at Bloomingdale's.
Oatmeal Exfoliant Ginger Almond soap
The almond aroma in this oversized soap bar is mouthwatering. But its combination of vegetable, palm, olive and coconut oils makes for a better cleanser than a meal. The plethora of moisturizing properties is balanced with oatmeal, which dries out skin and is excellent for combating acne. $2.99 at Trader Joe's. Visit www.traderjoes.com for store locations.