Treat yourself! These natural luxury skincare products really DO work, and are great for all skin types and needs
What makes a beauty product the best of the best? Obviously, ingredients count. While very simple ones, like rose water, chamomile and coffee can be very effective indeed, they’re not quite a luxe as caviar, gold and precious gems. Additionally, to make a beauty product that’s really beyond the norm, cutting-edge technology and stunning packaging are both musts.
While it may seem a bit decadent to include things like gold and pearl dust in cosmetics, they do have proven benefits: for example, gold is such a powerful anti-inflammatory ingredient that it has been used in the treatment of arthritis. And pearl, high in calcium and micro-nutrients, has been used both internally and externally for centuries by Asia’s most beautiful women.
Here, we’ve listed our picks of some of the most seriously luxurious natural skincare products that we think deserve a glittering five stars for their ingredients, technology and design.
Natural Luxury Skincare Products That Really Work
This serum is cult favourite, and of all the natural luxury skincare products here, it’s one of our favourites – with good reason! It’s packed with luxurious ingredients including 16 super nutrients and bio-actives designed to boost collagen synthesis, lift and firm the skin and reduce fine lines.
Designed for all skin types, the formula contains a new ground-breaking ingredient hailed as nature’s equivalent of retinol – but suitable for sensitive skin – called Bakuchiol. It’s made from ground Indian Babchi seeds, which have been traditionally used for centuries to heal cuts. Here, this wonder ingredient is added to repair the signs of ageing in the skin, and to prevent further damage.
Price: Around $95
Made from active marine ingredients to hydrate, protect and rejuvenate, One Ocean Beauty’s products are all natural, made sustainably, vegan-friendly, and are clinically proven to work. (To see the results from clinical trials, just visit their website and go to the specific product.)
One of their best products is their potent ‘Revitalizing Sea Serum,’ which is formulated with Blue Biotechnology. This tech is actually nature-based. It draws on the fact that marine microorganisms, such as kelp and algae, live in extreme ocean environments. Consequently, they develop unique survival properties to protect themselves against UV radiation, pollution and physical damage. These properties are extracted from these microorganisms, and are brought to One Ocean’s customers via this incredible serum.
But that’s not all: the serum also contains hydrating Brown Kelp from the French coast, and high-performance Hexapeptides that improve elasticity, amongst other ‘super-ingredients’ that are guaranteed to make a difference to your complexion over time.
Price: Around $114
Subtle Energies is a specialist in luxurious natural skincare, and supplies to many top spas around the world. Their rich, creamy Mogra Rejuvenating Gold Cream blend contains rare and exotic ingredients well known for delivering results.
Mogra stimulates cell renewal and promotes collagen production, while Indian rose deeply hydrates the skin, softening and restoring balance, whilst making this product smell simply divine.
But the most luxurious ingredient here is 24K gold, known as a powerful anti-ageing and anti-inflammatory ingredient, crucial in reviving vitality in the skin.
These exquisite ingredients blend with the ancient Indian healing power of Ayurveda to make a real difference to the health of your skin. Of course, they come housed in – you guessed it – an elegant gold canister.
Price: Around $110
Of all the luxurious natural skincare brands, Ambuja may be one of the most indulgent.
It’s produced in Germany utilising high tech molecular biochemistry along with the purest most potent botanicals. Ambuja products are based on either lotus water or green coconut water, and are all made without preservatives, parabens, synthetic fragrances, colorants, sulfates, mineral oils, silicone. Of course, they never test on animals.
Two highly renowned products within the Ambuja Empire Collection are Urban Foam, a cleanser packed with antioxidants, and Overnight Eye Cream, which not only protects but also prevents collagen breakdown while providing natural elasticity.
But their star product is probably their Wanderlust Elixir, an age-defying cream which leaves skin smoother and with fewer visible wrinkles.
The packaging the brand uses is also wonderful, and evokes both high-tech pod budding open to reveal the treasure within.
Price: Around $60
UMA Oils’ 100% organic formulae are wonderful, no matter which product you choose. But one of our favourites has to be their Absolute Anti-Aging cleanser.
It smells like a dream, thanks to the rich Rose and Frankincense oils, Turmeric and Honey ingredients, and naturally exfoliating Oats are also included here to eliminate dry, flaky skin and dissolve the day’s makeup and grime.
I love how my skin looks all fresh and dewy after using this – and due to the fact that its contents are so natural you can practically eat it, this cleanser works on even the most sensitive of skins.
When it comes to summertime skin, there’s nothing more luxurious than a gorgeous glow, but given the dangers of the sun, it’s best to find a bit of cosmetic help. Given all the carrot-toned tanners and glitter-filled lotions on the market, it’s no easy task to find products that can achieve a more natural effect, so thank goodness for the release of the new Ren Rose Gold Perfect Dry Oil.
The latest addition to the award-winning Moroccan Rose range, this oil is every bit as rich and heavenly scented as the rest of the line. Formulated with 100% naturally derived actives harvested in the Atlas Mountains, rare ingredients such as rose Damascena oil leaves skin sublimely soft, nourished and healthy, while Omega 6 Linoleic Acid and Cranberry Seed Oil work to soothe and protect, defending your body against oxidative stress after UV radiation exposure.
And the best part? The stunning golden glass bottle, which looks more like it should be hosting perfume than oil.
Get an instant lift with this super-luxurious skin enhancement. Housed in a glamorous, glittery coppery box, this easy-to-use syringe releases a cream that perfects the skin and freezes in place, leaving your skin lifted and smooth, thanks to an ultra-powerful tri-peptide and micro-algae complex with a concentrated cocktail of minerals, carbohydrates, micronized silica and amino acid. The instant tightening is so strong, it feels a bit like a little facelift!
Inspired by the beauty factors derived from the Mother of Pearl, Onsen’s Timeless Pearl Collection features products that are developed and based on the extracts of pearls which are known to suspend the process of aging, bringing rich vitality to the skin, improving metabolism, supporting miniaturization and protecting against damaging environmental factors. No nasty chemicals are added to any of their anti-ageing formulae.
Price: A whopping $299.00!
Housed in a heavy brown glass jar with a cream and gold label, this honey polish is part mask, part cleanser, part cream. The sterling silver here revitalizes and comforts skin whilst Dead Sea mud cleanses, and humanely collected raw honey and botanical oils moisturise.
To use it, gently scrub the face with the emulsion to dissolve impurities. Leave it on the face for a few minutes to draw in moisture and infuse the skin with minerals and active enzymes that awaken a clear, supple and glowing complexion. You can then rinse it off, but we also like to use this as a mask, leaving it on for ten minutes before rinsing.
The secret ingredient here is the leaf sap of the South African plant Bulbine frutescens. It contains two powerful compounds that have been scientifically proven to slow the rate of collagen breakdown in the dermis and increase collagen production – without triggering the body’s natural immune response that would interfere with the process and lead to low quality collagen overload.
Comprised of all natural ingredients scientifically selected for their efficiency, this is a highly effective cream that is formulated in compliance with a number of industry standards. XYZ Smart Collagen is a certified organic, natural product made using sustainably grown, raw materials. It is vegan friendly, contains no artificial ingredients, and no mineral, palm or palm kernel oils.
Looking to prevent and even reverse the signs of phyto-ageing, like brown spots, fine lines and sagging? This is the serum for you! Created by Britain’s Organic Pharmacy, this strong natural luxury skincare concoction contains Rosehip, Grapeseed, Alphalipoic acid, DMAE, Carrot and Grapefruit.
Apparently, this combination of ingredients makes this serum 50 times stronger than using the potent antioxidant Rosehip oil alone. Over time, you’ll see the product reverses sun damage, lifts and tones the skin and reduces wrinkles – but its everyday job is to mop up free radicals.
A lighter version of this is their Face Gel, which can be used during the day, whilst the serum is best used at night.
Price: Around $50
Tata Harper’s 100% natural and non-toxic skincare products are handcrafted by the eponymous owner and her team at the label’s Vermont laboratory. Using only the freshest ingredients sourced from around the world – including Tata’s own gardens – this range is designed to improve skin vitality and radiance.
All of her products are effective, safe, natural and luxuriously packaged. But if you’re not sure where to start with Tata Harper’s comprehensive skincare range, why not try this 7-step starter regimen?
It uses 100% natural ingredients to deliver dramatic results. It reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, minimising pores and restoring moisture balance. The regimen includes everything from a Regenerating Cleanser and Rejuvenating Serum to a Restorative Eye Cream and Resurfacing Mask.
This great natural luxury skincare starter kit lets you to try several products in the range to discover what works best for you.
LUXE Botanics is one of our favourite brands – they’ve even won an Eluxe Award! This is a targeted skincare line that features botanical oils from around the globe. Each oil is chosen for its molecular structure – it should mimic, balance and protect our skin. There’s Marula nut oil from Kenya, Camu Camu berry extract from Brazil, and Kigelia africana fruit extract from Malawi to choose from
All deliver antioxidant protection, prevent transepidermal water loss and provide antibacterial benefits, too. Only the highest grade, nutrient dense, organic and wild harvested oils are sourced through Fairtrade alliances to support local communities, while safeguarding the environment.
We particularly love the wild harvested and cold pressed Marula oil range, which offers essential fatty acids and antioxidants that mimic the natural lipid barrier of the skin and are effortlessly absorbed. You’ll notice a more supple appearance and youthful radiance immediately.
Price: from $90
Cleopatra, the last Queen of Egypt and Wu Zetian, the only woman in Chinese history to ever attain the title of Empress, were both famed for their use of Pearl Powder to maintain and achieve their youthful, beautiful skin.
Highly evered during ancient times, modern science has confirmed what our ancestors believed: that pearl powder stimulates new skin cells, increases collagen levels that help to firm and smooth the skin and improve the skin’s radiance.
Containing calcium, protein and vitamins and acting as a high source of amino acid, Pearl Powder will help speed your skin’s healing processes. It will also enhance its elasticity and help maintain a perfect luminosity. Its antimicrobial properties are also known to remove blotches, acne, acne scarring, dry patches and rosacea and address sun damage.
Other benefits include:
- Anti-ageing; smoothes fine lines and wrinkles
- Develops a radiant and more youthful appearance
- Can help prevent the development of melanin (which causes age spots, freckles and dark patches on the skin)
To use, you’ll need to ingest this! Just sprinkle a bit in a smoothie, and voila!
Price: Around $35 for a small pot.
Susanne Kaufmann’s eponymous, natural luxury skincare range is hand-finished in Austria’s Bregenz Forest Mountains. Formulated to address specific skin concerns, each product is packed with organic, energy-rich oils and locally sourced active plant ingredients – including Chamomile, Sage and St. John’s Wort, recognized for their nourishing, regenerative effects.
We particularly love the Nutrient Concentrate. It’s perfect for sensitive, reddened, environmentally damaged skin – and who doesn’t have a bit of that, these days? It contains effective essences of Marigold, Camomile and Thistle Oil for their soothing action. Aloe Vera moisturizes dryness and leaves skin feeling fresh, and Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide) is there to repair tissue and improve circulation.
Just use a dab of this tincture daily. A few droplets are enough, and this bottle could well last a year, if you keep it in a cool, dry place.
Hyaluronic Acid is the ideal natural luxury skincare ingredient. It’s essential to good skin care: after all, that’s what dermal fillers are made of!
This moisture boosting serum acts almost as well as fillers, since it smoothes wrinkles and fine lines and replenishes dry, thirsty skin. Hyaluronic Acid is actually nature’s most powerful moisture magnet, and this serum delivers an intense moisture boost that swiftly plumps for a more youthful, dewy glow. In fact, Hyaluronic Acid attracts up to 1,000 X its weight in water, strengthening the skin’s moisture barrier for visibly improved firmness and elasticity.
A synergy of three molecular weights of Hyaluronic Acid and three organic Seaweeds work together to guarantee immediate, long-lasting hydration. Age-defying seaweed extracts boost skin with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. This high performance serum absorbs instantly, leaving a velvety-soft, luminous finish.
Looking for more Natural Luxury Skincare brands? Check out our article on bespoke beauty brands here.
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