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Slow Cosmetique, face masks and fruit scrubs
Bananas, kiwis, apples and avocados, when the fruit is too ripe to be eaten it should not be thrown away, but used to prepare beneficial beauty masks and scrubs, to counteract the aging processes, signs of fatigue, acne, blackheads and greasy skin.
What to do with that overripe kiwi that nobody wants to eat? Or with that banana forgotten in the cupboard? Do not throw these fruits away, in fact, you can use them as a base ingredient for fantastic beauty masks or scrubs. Banana, revitalizing mask - Banana is a precious source of antioxidants, such as flavonoids, carotenoids, phenols and vitamin E, useful to counteract the aging processes, wrinkles and dull complexion (Khoozani et al, J Food Sci Technol, 2019). Cocoa, another ingredient in ...
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 46, the almond tree and the myth of Acamante and Phyllis
Sweet almond oil counteracts stretch marks and ground almonds ca be an amazing skin peeling, here you can find small recipes inspired by almonds for your daily beauty.
A Greek myth tells that Acamante, son of Theseus, while traveling to the city of Troy together with the Greek army, stopped off in Thrace. It was there that Achamante met Phyllis, a Thracian princess. The two fell in love but Acamante soon had to leave to fight a war that would last ten years and ended only thanks to the trick of the astute Ulysses to give the Trojans a wooden horse that actually had Greek soldiers inside. After the war, all the heroes returned to their homes, all except Acamant...
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 45, the massage of eternal youth
Small gestures to include in our daily beauty routine to restore tone, freshness and elasticity to the skin.
It was the fifteenth century. A Japanese woman, Hino Tomiko, the wife of one of the generals who ruled Japan and under whose reign even the tea ceremony was born and spread, demanded that a powerful treatment be devised just for her beauty. Hino Tomiko wanted to remove the signs of aging and have an always young, luminous and elastic skin. Thus, a special facial massage was created from the ancient wisdom of the samurai, which, with skillful touches, was aimed at oxygenating the tissues and main...
Slow cosmetique, how to clean the skin without attacking it
Small ideas to clean the skin without attacking it but respecting its natural balance and avoiding a worsening of acne, blackheads, greasy skin and dull skin.
The skin is the largest organ we have, it is the connection between our body and the outside, it protects us. However, sometimes we forget that the skin is also very delicate and it often happens to mistreat it with very aggressive products when it comes to cleaning it. Whenever we act on the skin we modify it, even using simple water can temporarily alter the protective barrier of the skin (Gfatter et al, Dermatology, 1997). However, there are products that more than others alter the balance of...
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 44, the legend of King Laurin and of the Rose Garden
Let's see some simple and effective recipes to prepare a moisturizing lip balm and a face mask at home using the anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties of rose petals, useful for all skin types, young, mature or dull.
It is said that a long time ago, in the mountains, lived King Laurin. His kingdom was prosperous and his people extracted gold, silver and precious stones from the rocks. Around the castle the king could admire every day a splendid rose garden surrounded, it is said, by a golden thread. That garden was the king's pride and made all the surrounding rock glow pink. One day, a king from the neighboring kingdom threw a party for his daughter's wedding but did not invite King Laurin. Laurin, however,...
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 40, the lavender that made Julius Caesar fall in love
Lavender is antimicrobial, healing and capable of regenerating the skin, thanks to its calming action it relaxes and removes stress, useful for counteracting insomnia.
Often the most important discoveries arise by chance, from an unexpected event, an error or an accident. Like the one we’ll tell you about today. We are in France, in 1910, the perfume and cosmetic laboratories are in great ferment and compete to invent and put on the market synthetic products and fragrances. Science prevails and nature and traditions must give way to industrial progress. And it is precisely here that in one of these laboratories an explosion develops, at the expense of Renè Mau...
Slow cosmetique, how to firm up the cheeks with face gymnastics
It tightens the cheeks, fights sagging cheeks, plumps the features, the skin is more toned and luminous since it improves blood circulation and therefore tissue oxygenation.
Slow Cosmetique is a movement born in Belgium a few years ago with the aim of bringing the skin and its needs back to the center. According to Slow Cosmetique, for skin health and to combat wrinkles, acne and dull complexion, it is good to choose cosmetics containing few natural ingredients, such as plant based oils or essential oils, capable of bringing nourishment to the skin. But facial gymnastics also plays an important role. In fact, by practicing some specific movements every day to activa...
Baheda, the Indian powder that strengthens hair and brightens the skin
Strengthens the hair, stimulates regrowth, gives brightness to the hair, fights photoaging of the skin, wrinkles and dark spots, brightens the complexion, fights acne, blackheads and enlarged pores.
Baheda, also called bibhitaki, scientific name Terminalia bellerica, is a typical plant of Asia whose fruits are used and appreciated in Ayurveda. Baheda is part, together with amla and haritaki, of the Indian remedy Triphala. However, Baheda can also be used alone for the beauty and health of skin and hair, but let's try to understand better. Baheda, properties - Baheda is a tonic for the hair, in fact it acts by strengthening them if damaged by the heat, giving them shine and strength (Priya...
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 31, the garden of the Hesperides
The beauty ritual we see today comes from Morocco and is inspired by the myth of the Hesperides garden. The treatment consists of several steps but it is very simple and can be performed at home to dedicate to yourself a fantastic evening cuddle, useful against wrinkles, skin blemishes, tissue aging but also acne and irritation.
In the west, where the sun sets, there is the garden of the Hesperides. A sacred garden, a gift from Zeus to Era for their wedding. The myth tells that guarding the garden were the Hesperides, three nymphs, who had to protect a very special tree, which, instead of fruits, had golden apples. But the nymphs could do nothing against the cunning of Hercules, who, in the eleventh of his labors, had to steal three gold apples from that garden. Hercules proposed to Atlas, the titan that, not far from t...
Floral waters, the essence of plants on the skin
Floral waters capture the essence of the plant and, unlike essential oils, are more delicate and can be applied directly on the skin making it brighter and more elastic, contrasting wrinkles, redness or acne, depending on the plant from which they are obtained.
Floral waters, waters of beauty! A small spray and here we are wrapped in the essence of rose, or lavender or why not orange or lemon balm. The skin becomes luminous and the amazing scent, which can be sweet, but also fresh, citrusy or relaxing, remains in the nostrils. Floral waters are excellent cosmetics, to be sprayed on the face after normal cleaning and before applying serums, oils or creams. But let's understand how they are produced, their properties and how to use them. Floral waters,...
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 25, the secrets of the pharaohs
What is more simple and magical than the cosmetics of the ancient Egyptians, worthy of the pharaohs and their queens? Let's discover the properties, preparation and uses of jasmine and rose floral waters and myrrh serum oil against wrinkles, dull skin, stress and headache caused by nervousness.
For the ancient Egyptians body care was a ritual. Preserving beauty and finding happiness was not only a form of respect for oneself but also for the gods. In fact, the ancient Egyptians thought that, on the threshold of the afterlife, the god Osiris asked two questions, the first was if the person had given happiness to others, the second if he had found happiness on earth. This is how every action, even the simplest, at least for us, such as moisturizing the skin or applying a perfume, became ...
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 22, the beauty treasures of Polynesia
Coconut, pineapple and hibiscus, we discover the beauty treatments of Polynesian women for radiant skin and healthy hair, against wrinkles, dull skin, irritations and dandruff.
To travel you don't always need to take planes, trains or cars. Sometimes, just close your eyes and feel the scents of faraway lands, which taste of sun, sea and breeze. Like the sweet smell of pineapple, the exotic scent of coconut and the sour note of hibiscus that speak to us of the breathtaking landscapes of Polynesia, where the sea water seems crystal and the nature pulsing of life and colors merges with the sky. Polynesians love to take care of their beauty with the fruits that the earth o...
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...
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...
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 18, the facial massage of the goddess Isis
Facial massage with stones to give more tone and brightness to the skin, able to counteract the signs of aging and dark circles.
According to an ancient Egyptian legend, Isis, the bride of the god Osiris and mother of Horus, the falcon-headed deity, had the habits to look for rose quartz stones in the Nile and to pass them on the face and around the eyes. In this way, in fact, according to the legend, she took care of her divine beauty by fighting time and wrinkles and showing always a bright skin. Stone massage has gained much fame over the centuries and in different parts of the world, becoming a fundamental technique o...
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 17, Inca cosmetics, real beauty jewels
Antioxidant, counteracts skin aging, brightens the skin and reduces wrinkles, blemishes and scars, regenerates and restores tone to the tissues.
When, in July 1911, a professor from the University of Yale, Hiram Bingham, stood before the spectacular ruins of a city in the Peruvian Andes, he thought he had found the legendary lost city of the Incas, called Vilcabamba. In front of Bingham, however, there was not Vilcabamba but Machu Picchu, which still fascinates travelers with its ancient walls and the mysteries that speak of secret rooms and hidden treasures. But the Incas are not only mysterious cities that contain gold and silver, in f...
Natural cosmetics, the beauty remedies in the world, the anti-wrinkle tea that comes from Africa
Antioxidants that counteract aging processes, the damages caused by UV rays and wrinkles, able to make the skin smooth and soft.
On the southern coast of South Africa grows a bush with flowers that smell of honey, this is honeybush, scientific name Cyclopia of the Fabaceae family, and from its leaves a wonderful anti-wrinkle remedy is obtained. This remedy has been used for centuries by African women to take care of their skin! However, the use of honeybush against wrinkles does not only come from tradition but can also count on a solid scientific basis, let’s see better. Honeybush, properties demonstrated by science - ...
Wild fennel, herbal tea and cosmetics
Digestive, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and antioxidant action, useful in case of stomach ache, cramps, intestinal swelling, cough, it is possible to use fennel seeds also as an exfoliating scrub ingredient for the skin.
Fennel, scientific name Feoniculum vulgare, is an aromatic plant of the Apiaceae family. There are two variants of fennel, the first, of which we will speak in the post, is wild fennel, a spontaneous variety, while the second is the sweet or cultivated fennel. Fennel, properties - Compared to sweet fennel, the wild one shows a stronger antioxidant activity thanks to a higher quantity of phenolic and flavonoid compounds (Faudale et al, J Agric Food Chem, 2008). The main active ingredient of wil...
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 13, the wisdom of India
Simple remedies of the ancient Indian tradition to treat acne, impure skin, oily skin, dull skin due to pollution, insect bites and irritations.
How many creams rich in ingredients we apply on our skin every day, often without reading the INCI, the label that, by law, must contain the substances that make up a cosmetic product. However, it is possible to resort to ancient traditions and realize that, often, in just a few steps and with a few simple ingredients we can create very powerful cosmetics. Today we let us be inspired by the wisdom of Indian women who have always taken care of their beauty with what the earth offers them, herbs, ...
Orange flower water
Soothing, antiseptic and calming, useful in case of acne, couperose, dry and dull skin, excellent moisturizing eye contour, able to make the hair scented and luminous.
Through steam distillation of the flowers of bitter orange, citrus aurantium of the Rutaceae family, two very interesting products are obtained, the essential oil, called neroli essential oil and characterized by a fascinating fragrance, and a special water, the orange flower or orange blossom water. Both, essential oil and water, are used for cooking to aromatize desserts, just a few drops are needed, but they are also powerful cosmetics. Orange blossom water, cosmetic properties - Orange blo...
Slow cosmetics, yogurt and milk for a luminous and soft skin
Lactic acid fights wrinkles, makes the skin elastic and moisturized, acts as a mild exfoliating agent, able to inhibit the production of melanin, therefore reduces skin blemishes, dark skin spots and fights acne.
Let’s learn to pamper our skin! There is a movement, called Slow Cosmetique, born in Belgium and that has the aim to bring back our attention to the actions we take to take care of our beauty and also to the products we apply on the skin. The idea of Slow Cosmetique is that sometimes our cosmetics really have too many ingredients, and not all of them are beneficial, in fact they are often the cause of so many problems such as acne, blackheads, wrinkles, gray and dull skin. But we can make some s...
Natural cosmetics Part 5, the kitchen is the best beauty shop
Little beauty cosmetics that you can make at home by using all the ingredients you can find in a kitchen, against eye bags, dull skin or oily skin.
SOS dull skin? Or did you wake up this morning with eye bags and you are looking for a fast and efficient remedy? And what about if you have finished the face powder and you have an important date? The solution is often your kitchen that may become an amazing beauty shop by letting you prepare by yourself natural cosmetics without taking care of INCI or irritant substances. Let’s see some ideas. Cacao and rice starch – The cocoa powder you bought to prepare the cake or the pudding may be reall...
Carrot seed essential oil
Antiseptic, antifungal and antioxidant action, ideal to treat acne, eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis but also wrinkles, sunburns and dull skin, able to regenerate the tissues, helpful in case of itching of the scalp and brittle hair.
From steam distillation of the seeds of wild carrot, Daucus carota, a very special essential oil is obtained with nourishing, disinfectant and regenerating properties for skin and hair. Moreover, the carrot seed essential oil has also a deep purifying and draining action, helpful against water retention, toxin accumulations and cellulite. Let’s see in detail the properties and the possible uses. Acne and dermatitis – Carrot essential oils is antifungal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. It has...
Beauty cosmetics? Now they are supplements, Part 2 zinc and astaxanthin
Supplements of astaxanthin, a carotenoid, are useful to protect the skin against aging and sun damages, able to improve hydration levels and elasticity, act as anti wrinkles, zinc is taken through diet and is a powerful agent able to protect the skin and accelerate wound healing, useful in case of acne.
Against wrinkles, acne and dull skin we can do a lot not only with face and body creams and natural remedies but also with diet and supplements. The scientists (Vollmer et al, Int J Mol Sci, Oct 2018) are focusing their attention now on the protective and repairing effects on the skin of some substances that act from the inside once they are introduced in the body through diet or supplements. In the previous post we have seen the benefits, if some precautions are used, of collagen and beta carot...
Naturally beautiful Part 4, how to remove the pollution from the skin
How to protect the skin from pollution damages like spots, dull skin and acne using natural cosmetics.
We live in very polluted cities, especially in the cold period, due to cars and exhaust gas, heating and industrial fumes, and this can affect health but also the appearance of our skin. It has been shown that pollution, by depositing on the epidermis, can cause skin inflammation, worsen acne and oxidative stress by increasing free radicals and triggering skin aging processes (Puri et al, Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol., Jul-Aug 2017). The skin may appear dull, with spots and sensitive, in ac...
Naturally beautiful Part 2, the cosmetics against wind and cold
Shea butter and argan oil should always be present in the beauty routine against wind and cold weather, humidity and temperature changes in order to protect hair and skin in a natural way, authentic treasures of beauty.
Not just sun and sea, a problem for skin and hair may be also wind, cold weather and temperature changes, pollution, dry indoor air and outdoor humidity with the result that in Autumn and Winter our skin may become grey, dull, dry, with redness and wounds and the hair may appear brittle and less luminous. How can we protect hair and skin in this period of the year? The cosmetic products are really helpful but, instead of purchasing creams, serums or hair masks, that too often contain chemical s...
Naturally beautiful Part 1, The Autumn Cosmetic
Apples and chestnuts are Autumn fruits, they aren’t just yummy and healthy but also useful ingredients for beauty products thanks to their content in malic acid and tannins, for an antioxidant, exfoliating and astringent action.
Autumn brings the first cold days but also the marvelous colors of nature that becomes deep red, bright orange and light yellow. But this period of the year brings also amazing ingredients to take care of your beauty in a natural way, simple but effective. And you don’t have to be worried about INCI, the label that, by law, should list all the substances used in a cosmetic product, because you have full control of all the ingredients. Let’s see how to take advantage from the gifts of Autumn in o...
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