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More of us than ever are ditching lab-made chemicals for plant extracts in our beauty products – here are our top natural ingredients that should feature in your cabinet

Once upon a time, the back of our shampoo bottles read like a foreign language, but recently ingredients such as coconut oil, aloe vera and lavender have been cropping up in popular cosmetics.

Natural ingredients, defined by trichologist Sally- Ann Tarver as ‘herbs, essential oils, plant oils, plant or animal-based proteins which are not chemically synthesised’, are big news, with 37 per cent more of us buying more natural and organic cosmetics than the previous year, and 49 per cent favouring products with an easy-to-understand ingredients list.

So why the buzz? There’s no doubt certain natural ingredients are in vogue – Google searches for activated charcoal rose by 350 per cent in the past year. But this is no fad: we’re realising natural products can be as effective as synthetic – with fewer side effects. ‘Synthetic ingredients and natural ingredients both work, therefore I believe that there is no need to put the former on to your skin,’ says Jo Chidley, the founder of natural brand Beauty Kitchen. What’s more, products made with natural ingredients are tested in the same way as synthetic formulations, to comply with European Cosmetic Directives. This coincides with a growing scepticism around ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulphate, or SLS, linked to skin barrier damage. Here are a few of our favourite chemical-free alternatives.

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Clean up your act with our special Cleaner Beauty issue! Inside, you’ll find our guide to the best results-driven natural ingredients for glowing skin and glossy hair, and the lowdown on this year’s hot trend, ocean beauty. We explore the rise of adult allergies and Myleene Klass talks female empowerment, body confidence and fitness for real women. Plus, how to reboot your motivation, meat-free bank holiday feasts, and we investigate the impact of the sugar tax. Find out more in the brand new issue of Healthy!