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Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 27, Ubtan, the Indian beauty mask
Ubtan, the beauty mask for face and body that makes the skin shine, fights dark spots and wrinkles, relieves redness, irritation and acne.
The beauty remedy we will talk about today tastes of spices and flowers, we’ll propose you a mask for face and body of the Indian tradition. This mask, called ubtan, is a true regenerating cuddle well known and appreciated by Indian women from ancient times to the present. And given its benefits, this beauty mask has been studied also by science, which has dedicated studies and research to it. Even the cosmetic industry has become interested in ubtan, in fact, several precious cosmetics are prod...
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 26, the divine lemon balm
We see baths, toners and masks based on lemon balm, the plant that soothes irritated skin, that helps heal wounds and boils and that acts as an anti-aging and elasticizing agent.
In Crete there is a cave that goes down to the depths of the earth, you can reach it by foot or on the back of a donkey on a steep path. Once inside, only the light from the lamps illuminates the stalactites and stalagmites that accompany the visitor on a path that leads him to the origin of the myth. The legend says that Zeus, the king of the Olympians, was born in this cave. Rhea, in fact, to save the child from the fury of his father Cronos, who was afraid of being ousted, decided to give bir...
Ice cream, a food that can replace a meal or just a sin of gluttony?
Ice cream is good for the mood, it is fresh and tasty but it should be taken into account that it is very caloric, contains little protein and zero fiber and could worsen acne.
Einstein loved ice cream. Unfortunately, his ice cream ended up inexorably on his shirt or even on the floor. In fact, as the astronaut Charles Pete Conrad told in an interview with Oriana Fallaci reported in the book If the sun dies, the great scientist loved to eat ice cream, especially strawberry ice cream, while walking or even jumping. Ice cream has always been the joy of children and adults, we eat it to cheer us up, to celebrate important occasion, to refresh ourselves and sometimes even ...
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 27, one thousand and one nights
DIY cosmetics, simple and fascinating inspired by the one thousand and one nights of ancient Persia, to help in case of wrinkles, dull skin but also acne, irritations and burns.
Once upon a time, in Persia, there was a sultan named Shahriyar, who, in order to take revenge on the betrayal of his wife, used to marry a girl every day and then to kill her. There was no escape for the unlucky girl. But here came a very beautiful and intelligent girl named Sharazad, the daughter of the grand vizier. The sultan married Sharazad and she, in order to save herself, adopted a skillful trick. Every night he told the sultan a compelling story and interrupted it before the finale wit...
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 24, the flowers of Aphrodite
Myrtle, calendula and dittany, the plants sacred to Aphrodite are fantastic allies of beauty, useful in case of wrinkles, skin spots but also acne or irritation.
The myth tells that Aphrodite was born from the sea foam. The goddess of love and beauty emerged on a shell of mother of pearl in the waves and was carried by the spring wind, Zephyrus, to the shores of the island of Cyprus. When the goddess set foot on the ground, immediately around her, green and delicate grass, lush plants and wonderful flowers sprouted. And are precisely the flowers, symbol on the earth of beauty, and the plants that are all linked in various legends to the figure of Aphrodi...
Marigold infused oil
Remedy in case of sunburn, dermatitis, eczema, acne and wounds, softens the skin and makes it toned, useful in case of wrinkles since it has an antioxidant action.
Now it is the time of marigold, scientific name Calendula officinalis, that, with its wonderful yellow flowers that look like many suns, makes its appearance in gardens, fields and vegetable gardens. Marigold is not only beautiful to admire but it is also an indispensable ingredient for the beauty and health of the skin. There are several herbal preparations based on marigold, today we see how to make and use marigold oil. Marigold infused oil, properties - Marigold flower extract shows anti-i...
Naturally beautiful, steam baths for a luminous face skin, against acne and blackheads
Rose, rosemary or mint steam baths, find out the best herbs to help you in case of acne, blackheads but also more mature or irritated skin.
Acne, blackheads but also dull skin, even in these cases nature can be really helpful. How? With the steam baths for the face to which you can add aromatic herbs and essential oils to give anti inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. Today we talk about how to prepare steam baths at home and which herbs you can use for a clean, bright and toned skin. Steam baths for the face, properties - Steam baths help to open pores and free them from accumulations of sebum, make up, polluti...
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 23, rose skin
The fragrance of the rose relaxes, counteracts anxiety but its extracts are also useful in fighting wrinkles, rashes, blemishes and skin irritations. Let's find out how to take advantage of these benefits by preparing a rose scrub.
The ancient Egyptians used rose petals to make heady scents. It is said that Cleopatra soaked the sails of Marco Antonio's ship with rose-water so that the scent could announce his return from battle. Roses have always been a symbol of beauty, their petals wrapped one in the other fascinate who stops to observe them and their scent relaxes and calms anxiety, as observed by scientific studies (Barati et al, Nephrourol Mon., 2016). So, let's try to let ourselves be inebriated by the power of the r...
Natural cosmetics, what to do against stress acne
Little tips about diet, lifestyle and skincare to counteract stress acne.
Stress, anxiety and worries, in these cases it is very easy to bring nervously the hands to the face and rub and irritate the skin, the cupboard in the kitchen is full of snacks and milk chocolate and we tend to stay on the sofa for a long time. Unluckily, the consequences of all of this are often the pimples and you may have passed the 30 years of age and you can find yourself fighting against … acne, even and especially in a so difficult period like that we are living, where it is easy to be u...
Natural cosmetic, little and simple home remedies against dull skin
Carrot, green tea, rooibos and sugar, here are the allies for a luminous skin, able to counteract dull skin but also wrinkles and acne!.
Tiredness, anxiety and insomnia, here are some causes of a dull skin. But there are some very effective remedies for a bright skin, without dark spots and that looks rejuvenated. And these remedies come directly ... from the kitchen! Let’s see how to prepare at home with the ingredients that are available or that can be easily found at the supermarket powerful beauty cosmetics, suitable both for young skin and mature skin with wrinkles. Carrot – Rinse two carrots and remove the ending parts. B...
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 22, the beauty masks that come from the garden
Masks for face and hair, let us be inspired by the wisdom of the ancients to make powerful DIY beauty cosmetics, with the ingredients that we can find in the garden or at the supermarket, against hair loss, for strong and healthy hair, for radiant and hydrated skin.
Scientific studies have been dedicated to the topic, do you know that taking care of your beauty helps to counteract sadness and depression and to support good health (Kawai et al, Nihon Ronen Igakkai Zasshi, 2016)? It is not necessary to always have lotions with rare ingredients or expensive creams to feel and look better, but often small gestures and attentions, simple and self-created cosmetics with the available ingredients can be equally effective, sometimes even more! Moreover, the ancient...
Slow Cosmetique, the beauty of grapefruit
Grapefruit peel is a powerful source of antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial substances, useful both for acne-prone skin, with blackheads and enlarged pores and for more mature and wrinkled skin.
Taking care of your beauty is relaxing and rewarding. It is a gesture of love for yourself. But it is not necessary to use only very expensive lotions, creams or serums full of ingredients, whose name is sometimes so long and complex that you do not know what you are dealing with. In addition to this, there is no guarantee that cosmetics like these are also really beneficial for the skin, containing substances that can be aggressive or irritating. Very often, in fact, the ingredients that can be...
Slow cosmetique, soy as a beauty cosmetic
Anti-aging, anti-dark spot and plumping action, the skin appears brighter, helps to counteract wrinkles.
Have you tried to read an INCI of a cream or shampoo? There are often so many ingredients that you really don't know where to start. That's why for some years now we have dedicated various articles to the principles of slow cosmetique, the movement born in Belgium with the purpose of bringing awareness to consumers about the real needs of the skin, often not taken into consideration by traditional cosmetics. Few ingredients but simple and beneficial for the skin, this is the basis of the slow co...
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 21, the celestial water by Caterina Sforza
Tonic for the face with an anti-aging and anti-acne action.
History gives us a woman with a strong and determined character, who, at the age of only 21 and at the seventh month of pregnancy, crossed Rome on horseback to occupy, on behalf of her husband Girolamo Riario who instead had preferred to wait for the events fearful of the situation, Castel Sant’Angelo. We are talking about Caterina Sforza, born in Milan in 1463, a character of great culture and talent. It is said that Caterina Sforza was in contact with several physicians and herbalists of the t...
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 21, Ra's tears and the power of royal jelly
Royal jelly is antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, helps in the case of dull skin, wrinkles but also acne, wounds and itching.
An ancient Egyptian legend tells that when the god Ra, the god of sun, cried, his tears turned into bees. And the bees built the hives and went from flower to flower. And that’s how honey was born, from Ra's tears. For the Egyptians therefore honey and bees were considered sacred, a gift from a god, and several papyri also describe the uses of honey and other products connected to it such as beeswax and, precisely, royal jelly, for applications in the medical field and cosmetic. And today, we dr...
Anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and analgesic, useful in case of back pain, stiff neck and arthritis, counteracts acne and skin irritations, can be used to soothe cough and nasal congestion.
Copaiba oil is obtained by steam distillation of the resin of trees of the Copaifera species, belonging to the Fabaceae family. The oil that is obtained, available in herbalist’s shops and online, is arousing much interest among scientists and researchers thanks to its beneficial properties, which we will discuss in this post. Copaiba oil, properties - As shown by scientific studies, copaiba oil is anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, antimicrobial, healing and analgesic (Guimaraes-Santos et al...
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 20, from the heart of Australia the remedy against acne, cold sores and wounds
Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial, useful in case of acne, cold sores, warts, wounds and insect bites, helpful to treat sore throat and inflammation of the oral cavity.
Among palms, ferns and trees that rise up imposingly towards the sky and gurgling streams, winds the Australian rain forest, which is also the habitat of a plant that is considered very interesting by science, the lemon myrtle. The lemon myrtle, scientific name Backhousia citriodora, is a plant of the Myrtaceae family and owes its name to the leaves that smell like lemon. Local people have known this plant for centuries and used it thanks to its healing and cosmetic properties for the skin. And ...
Slow cosmetique, brewer’s yeast as a beauty cosmetic
Antioxidant, anti-aging, moisturizing, healing and able to rebalance the bacterial flora of the skin in case of acne.
Simple but effective cosmetics to take care of the real needs of the skin, this is the goal of the slow cosmetique, a movement born in Belgium a few years ago. And what could be simpler than the ingredients found in the fridge of your kitchen? Like, for example, brewer’s yeast... Brewer's yeast, what it is and how you can use it - When we talk about brewer's yeast we mean a fungus, in particular Saccharomyces cerevisiae. This fungus is the main yeast of the alcoholic fermentation of wine and b...
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 19, the precious kukui oil of Hawaii
Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and moisturizing, promotes wound healing, soothes irritation, calms itching and nourishes dry skin, useful in case of acne, psoriasis and also on babies.
According to the Hawaiian tradition, Kamapua'a is the demigod of fertility with the ability to transform into a tree, but not just any tree, but in kukui nut tree or candlenut, scientific name Aleurites moluccanus of the Euphorbiaceae family, a symbol of peace and protection. Kukui nut tree is also the official tree of Hawaii and with its fruits, similar to nuts, wonderful necklaces are created by locals. These fruits, however, not only have an ornamental role but are also used to obtain a truly...
Antibacterial, absorbent and anti-inflammatory properties, useful in case of acne, blackheads but also muscle and joint pain.
The use of clay for medicinal and cosmetic purposes dates back to a long time ago, the first traces, in fact, date back to ancient Mesopotamia while in Egypt the pharaohs used clay as an anti-inflammatory and antiseptic agent. There are different types and colors of clays based on the minerals they contain, some better known, such as kaolin or green clay, others less known and studied but not less beneficial, as is the case with the blue clay, about which we will talk in this post. Blue clay, ...
Powerful antioxidant, healing, anti-inflammatory and soothing action, useful in case of irritated, sensitive skin, wrinkles, stretch marks and scars left by acne.
Red and a bit magic, but no, it's not a real dragon blood. This resin is so named solely for its color but, in fact, it is the secretion of plants of different species, including Croton, the most studied, dracaena, pterocarpus and daemonorops, coming from tropical and subtropical areas. The blood of dragon is a known remedy since ancient times, Dioscorides, a Greek physician of the first century after Christ, wrote of this and in recent years even science has been very interested in dragon blood...
Desert date oil
Antioxidant, moisturizing, antibacterial and healing, useful in the case of acne, irritated skin but also dry skin, dry and damaged hair.
The desert date, Balanites Roxburghii, is a typical tree of Africa and of several regions of the Middle East belonging to the Zygophyllaceae family. From the cold pressing of the seeds of its fruits we obtain an oil with interesting cosmetic properties that we will see in detail in the next paragraphs. Desert date oil, properties for the beauty of the skin - Desert date oil is healing, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant thanks to the substances contained in it such as flavonoids,...
Slow Cosmetique, rhassoul, the clay that washes
Antibacterial and regenerating, helps to regulate sebum production, cleans skin and hair, counteracts dandruff, oily hair and skin, acne.
How many of us read the INCI, that is the list of ingredients, of a shampoo, a soap or a face mask? In many cases it is a long label, with a lot of terms often not easily understandable by non-experts. The point is that, especially when we are dealing with cleaning products for skin and hair, it is important to understand the used substances. In fact, aggressive surfactants are often inserted, which remove all traces of sebum and attack the skin barrier, but we can find also perfumes, silicones ...
Chamomile floral water, gold for your beauty
Anti-inflammatory, soothing and healing, useful in the case of acne, erythema, dry and delicate skin, red and swollen eyes, diaper irritation, excellent aftershave thanks to the tonic and calming action, antispasmodic and relaxing properties helpful in case of insomnia and headache.
During the steam distillation process of the chamomile flowers to extract the essential oil, a truly beneficial cosmetic product is also obtained, the chamomile floral water. The plant that undergoes this process can be either the common chamomile, or Matricaria chamomilla, or the Roman chamomile, Anthemis nobilis, both from the Asteraceae family. Now let's understand the properties and applications of chamomile floral water, which you can easily buy in herbalist's shops or in specialized natura...
Castile soap, a beauty product you wouldn't think of
Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antimicrobial and healing, useful in case of sensitive skin, eczema, pimples, small wounds or acne.
Castile soap is a soap made from olive oil and, together with Marseille soap and Aleppo soap, is one of the most popular and widespread natural soaps in the world. It takes its name from Castile, the Spanish region where it was produced for the first time from olive oil and barilla, an alkaline ash obtained from the burning of kali grass, a common plant in Spain. Nowadays Castile soap can be prepared by adding essential oils or other plant based oils such as coconut, sweet almonds or avocado oil...
Pumpkin seed oil, the oil that protects the beauty of the skin and fights hair loss
Vitamins, zinc and fatty acids, regenerates the skin and fights the processes of aging and wrinkles, healing and anti-inflammatory, useful in case of acne and sunburn, on the basis of scientific research it helps to counteract hair loss.
Pumpkin is a powerful source of health, not only because of its pulp, but also because of its seeds. Pumpkin seeds, in particular, can be eaten as a snack or added to culinary preparations, to give a tasty and healthy note to bread, pasta or soups. But from the pumpkin seeds, through cold pressing, an oil is also obtained, with a strong smell, dark color and interesting properties that make it an excellent product both for nutrition and in the cosmetic field. In today's post we will deal with th...
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 14, at the court of Cleopatra
Here is another beauty secret of Cleopatra, the fenugreek seed mask, which helps with acne, makes the skin radiant, blemish-free, fresh and elastic, also useful for hair in case of itching or dandruff.
Around her figure myths and legends were born, about her Plutarch, a Greek biographer and writer who lived between the first and second century AD, wrote that she was famous for her irresistible charm and presence, in modern times unforgettable movies have been dedicated to her. We are talking about Cleopatra, queen of Egypt, one of the most fascinating characters that history has handed down to us and the result often of a perfect mix between reality and fantasy. One thing seems certain, Cleopa...
Blackcurrant seed oil, an exceptional oil for the beauty of the skin
Useful both for topical applications and as a supplement by mouth, helpful in case of dry skin, flaking skin, redness, itching, skin allergies, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis and acne, able to stimulate the immune system and to lower cholesterol.
From the cold pressing of the seeds of the black currant, scientific name Ribes nigrum, an oil is extracted characterized by exceptional properties. Blackcurrant oil, properties and topical use - Black currant oil is particularly rich in both omega 6 fatty acids, such as linoleic acid, present in a percentage of 47%, and gamma linolenic, 12%, and omega 3, such as alpha linolenic acid, 14%. Not only that, this oil also contains vitamin C and antioxidant substances, such as anthocyanins and flav...
Marshmallow root, cosmetic use
Emollient, soothing and regenerating, useful in case of sensitive or dry skin, itching, sunburns, burns, pimples, acne, eczema and dermatitis.
Marshmallow plant, scientific name althaea officinalis, is a plant of the Malvaceae family, much appreciated in herbal medicine and cosmetics for its emollient, soothing and calming properties. Internally, the althea is used in case of respiratory problems, while externally it is useful for treating irritations and other skin disorders such as pimples, eczema, dermatitis or sunburn. In this post we will deal with the use of althea in cosmetics. Althea, beauty properties - The roots of the alth...
Slow cosmetique, the beauty of grapes
Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action, useful in case of wrinkles and acne both in the form of a mask prepared with the whole fruit and as a serum obtained from the oil of grape seeds, grapeseed oil can also be used against hair loss and dandruff.
Slow cosmetique is a movement born in Belgium a few years ago with the aim to help the consumers make an informed choice of cosmetic products, such as face creams, lotions, serums and shampoos, and understand what are really beneficial and respectful, both for the skin and the Planet. In our posts dedicated to this fascinating topic we propose each time recipes to realize 100% natural cosmetics, made with few, powerful and safe ingredients, which can often be found in the pantry of your home. To...
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