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Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 51, Aphrodite's beauty mask
Antioxidant and anti-aging, it fights premature aging, mild exfoliating action and therefore helps the skin to renew itself, radiant complexion, anti-inflammatory and healing action, also helpful in case of oily and acne-prone skin.
Near what was once the mythical city of Troy stands a mountain, Mount Ida, a mountain sacred to the gods and goddesses. On this mountain the goddesses Hera, Athena and Aphrodite competed for the golden apple in a beauty contest that would then lead to the Trojan War, and always on the slopes of this mountain Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, loved walking with his son Aeneas picking juicy ruby red fruits that the goddess adored. Well, these fruits were raspberries and the scientific nam...
Glycolic acid, the anti-aging and anti-acne treatment that comes from sugar
If used carefully and without exaggerating, glycolic acid reduces wrinkles, regenerates the skin, fights blemishes but also acne, scars left by boils and inflammation.
It is obtained from sugar and is considered a precious beauty ally, both for mature and young acne-prone skin. Glycolic acid is certainly a very useful and interesting product to combat wrinkles, spots, boils and acne scars, as shown by scientific research, however it must be used carefully, as we will see better below, to avoid incurring side effects. Glycolic acid, properties against wrinkles and photo-aging - Glycolic acid is a natural substance belonging to the group of alpha hydroxy ac...
Slow cosmetique, not only in salads, the properties of cucumber for skin and eyes
The cucumber counteracts puffy eyes and eye bags and decongests the area. Not only that, cucumber is useful in case of acne, regulates sebum production and soothes inflammation, but it is also helpful in case of sunburn, skin irritation and mature skin with wrinkles and blemishes.
Nature has a solution for everything! Slow cosmetique, the movement born in Belgium with the aim to focus the attention back on the skin, is well aware of this. The basic idea is that a few simple and natural ingredients can give the skin, eye area and hair what they need. Small tricks are enough, such as not throwing away the leftover piece of cucumber when you have prepared the salad. Have you ever thought that cucumber can become a real beauty treasure? Let's see all the uses to make cucumber...
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 ...
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 34, the Taj Mahal and the beauty traditions of Indian women
Chickpea flour absorbs excess sebum, counteracts skin inflammations and removes impurities, not only that, it acts by illuminating the skin and counteracting dark spots.
For its construction, Emperor Shah Jahan spared no expense as it was the symbol on earth of his love for his beloved wife Arjumand Banu Begum. We are talking about the wonderful Taj Mahal, described as a tear drop on the cheek of time. It is said that more than 1000 elephants and buffaloes were used to carry jasper, jade, turquoise, lapis lazuli and sapphires that were then expertly embedded in the white marble giving life to minarets, domes and portals. In all, it took 22 years to erect what la...
Essential oils, the best allies for a soft, healthy and rejuvenated skin
Skin spots, wrinkles, dull skin but also rosacea, dermatitis, eczema, blackheads, greasy skin and acne, every type of skin has its own essential oil.
Essential oils can become valid allies for our beauty. They can be used, indeed, in case of acne-prone skin, sensitive skin but also mature skin, wrinkles and even dark skin spots. In this article we will see, based on the type of skin, the best essential oils to use to meet all needs. However, it is important to never apply pure essential oils to the skin but always add them to a carrier oil. You can thus create powerful serums to be applied morning and evening on the face after spraying a flor...
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 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...
Petitgrain essential oil
Anti inflammatory and antimicrobial, useful in case of acne and oily skin but also excessive sweating, anti stress remedy, able to counteract anxiety and insomnia and able to improve concentration.
What an amazing and generous plant is the bitter orange! Indeed, from bitter orange, scientific name citrus aurantium, three different types of essential oils and a floral water are obtained, all products well appreciated both in cosmetics and aromatherapy. From the peel of the fruits of this plant the bitter orange essential oil is extracted, from the flowers the well known neroli essential oil is obtained but also leaves and branches are important! In fact, through steam distillation of leaves...
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, ...
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 ...
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 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, ...
Cypress essential oil
Antiseptic, antiviral and calming action, useful in case of cough, cold sores, cellulite, varicose veins, acne, oily skin and blackheads, relieves stress and anxiety, helps to fight pollen allergy.
Through steam distillation of branches and cones of cypressus, scientific name Cupressus sempervirens of the Cupressaceae family, an essential oil is obtained with interesting antimicrobial, antiviral and relaxing properties, which we will investigate in detail. But, before this, there are some recommendations. The cypress essential oil should only be used externally, it should not be ingested. Not only that, avoid using this essential oil in pregnancy and in children under the age of 6. Acne,...
Refreshing and disinfectant, it balances sebum production, helps with acne but also sunburned skin and in case of dandruff, useful for tired and heavy legs and to fight menopausal hot flashes.
The peppermint, scientific name Mentha piperita of the Lamiaceae family, is an aromatic herb widely used in cooking to give more flavor to salads and vegetables but also to prepare digestive and scented herbal teas. In addition to this, through steam distillation of the mint, a hydrolat, or floral water, is produced with very interesting properties for the well-being of the body and the beauty of the skin and hair. Indeed, mint hydrolat could be considered a real "must" to take with you on vacat...
Citronella essential oil
Antiseptic and astringent action, useful in the case of acne, greasy skin and hair, disinfectant and deodorant able to fight excessive sweating and bad smells, calming and against insomnia, fights cramps and stomach ache, helps against headache, action against candida and anti-mosquito remedy.
Citronella, scientific name Cymbopogon nardus of the Poaceae family, is the classic anti mosquito remedy of summer. But its essential oil, obtained through steam distillation from this herb, is also much more. In fact, it is antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and antispasmodic, it purifies and disinfects and also improves the mood. Let's see in detail the properties of this essential oil, which should not be used neither in pregnancy nor on children under 6 years. Skin and hair -...
Witch hazel water
Astringent, calming, soothing, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, excellent tonic for acne-prone skin, oily skin and blackheads but it is also useful in case of sunburn, eczema, dermatitis and aftershave.
Witch hazel water is obtained from the steam distillation of the aerial parts of the witch hazel, scientific name hamamelis virginiana of the Hamamelidaceae family, a plant native to America and Canada but widely cultivated also in Europe. Witch hazel water, properties - This floral water is an excellent tonic for the face, it is astringent, antiseptic, calming, refreshing, decongestant and anti-inflammatory thanks to the tannins, which are antioxidant substances, and to the essential oils con...
Hazelnut oil, amazing beauty oil
Moisturizing and astringent action, useful in case of oily skin and acne prone skin, protects the skin from UV ray damages and aging.
From cold pressing of hazelnuts, the fruits of hazel tree, scientific name Corylus avellana, an oil is extracted with interesting healthy properties and suitable both for cooking, as a dressing, and for cosmetic use. In this post we’ll speak about the use of hazelnut oil as a beauty oil. This oil has a composition similar to that of extra virgin olive oil, contains indeed high quantities of oleic acid, about 75%, linoleic acid, 9%, and smaller quantities of palmitic acid and stearic acid. In com...
Naturally beautiful Part 6, green, white and black tea, the liquid cosmetics
Green tea, white tea and black tea aren’t just healthy drinks but also amazing cosmetics for skin, with an antioxidant action against wrinkles but also anti-inflammatory and sebum balancing properties useful in case of acne and oily skin, helpful in case of sunburns or if you want to prolong your tan.
A small leaf fell in a cup of boiling water of the Chinese Emperor Shen Nung that, delighted by the incredible aroma, decided that the new drink was heaven-sent. In this way, according to the legend, green tea was born. Nowadays green tea is one of the most studied and drunk drinks all over the world. Obtained from the leaves of Camellia sinensis, it is rich in polyphenols, that are powerful antioxidants that make it so healthy. The leaves, from which green tea is obtained, aren’t oxidized durin...
Powerful purifying action on the liver, prebiotic effect for the intestinal health, useful especially in case of skin problems such as acne, pimples, blackheads and eczema, improves skin texture.
Burdock, scientific name Arctium lappa, is a plant belonging to the Asteraceae family whose root is used as a powerful natural remedy. The use of burdock as a medicinal plant has a great tradition, in fact already in ancient China this plant was used to treat colds while it even appears in the herbology volume The Compendium of Materia Medica written by Li Shizhen in 1578 during the Ming dynasty. Properties - Science has become very interested in burdock and, as often happens, research has con...
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 10, camellia oil
Beauty oil with an anti-inflammatory and soothing action, useful in case of acne and sensitive skin, anti aging, moisturizing and nourishing properties to treat mature skin and with wrinkles, helpful as a body oil to counteract stretch marks, cracked skin and calluses, apply on the scalp to prevent dandruff, itching and seborrheic dermatitis and against split ends.
It is said that the women of the Japanese island Ooshima have always a fresh and young skin and wonderful hair. Their secret of beauty? The camellia oil, obtained though cold pressing of the seeds of the plant camellia japonica, called also common camellia, of the Theaceae family. Camellia is very appreciated for its ornamental role thanks to its flowers that bloom between January and March, characterized by an intense color from red to purple and rose. Camellia oil is an amazing product for ski...
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...
Naturally beautiful Part 3, the beauty masks of December
The face masks prepared with dates and pomegranate seeds are a source of powerful antioxidants and nourishing substances for the skin, that will become more luminous and healthier, we’ll see also some variants for mature skin and acne prone skin.
Nourishing and hydrating the skin, protecting and healing it with only natural ingredients, powerful sources of beauty, antioxidants and anti-aging substances that make the skin luminous and toned, this is what we hope to help you do with these posts dedicated to natural cosmetics. The articles about INCI of cosmetics allow us to understand that often the so called beauty products in fact may cause irritations, rashes, acne or wrinkles, and this effect isn’t related to the price of the cosmetic....
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 4, rice water
Rice water has been used for centuries by Oriental women for the beauty of skin and hair.
The skin is our interface with the outside world, it helps us feel consistency and temperature of what is surrounding us and it also protects us. And we must protect it, too. In the posts dedicated to the INCI of cosmetics we are learning that, unfortunately, creams, serums and lotions often contain too many ingredients and not all beneficial. Indeed, some of them are harmful, irritating and sometimes even carcinogenic as the famous formaldehyde, we dedicated a post about the topic last week. Th...
INCI of cosmetics, you know what you are applying on skin Part 2, the silicones
How to understand the ingredients of a cosmetic product by reading the INCI, the list of all the substances used in the cream, serum, lotion or conditioner, in this post we will see the silicones, smoothing substances that don’t have any real benefit for skin and hair.
INCI is the list of all the ingredients of a cosmetic products and, by law in several countries in the world, should be reported on the label of the pack of creams, shampoos, serum, lip gloss and conditioners. It is not easy to read the INCI because the names are reported in Latin or English and often are not very clear for non-expert people. But it is really important to learn the substances in a cosmetic, that may be irritating, comedogenic, dangerous or beneficial. In the previous post we hav...
INCI of cosmetics, you know what you are applying on skin Part 1, mineral oils
Let’s see how to read the labels of cosmetics, called INCI, that, by law, should report the used ingredients, we start with a product, the mineral oils, that isn’t beneficial at all for skin and, on the contrary, suffocates it and causes acne, oily skin and blemishes.
In order to know what you are applying on skin and hair you have a really powerful tool, INCI, that means International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients, and is the detailed list of the ingredients of creams, lotions, shampoos or conditioners that, by law, should be reported on the packs of beauty cosmetics in countries such as UE, United States, Russia, Canada, Brazil and South Africa. INCI is also your best friend in order to be conscious about the substances you are applying on your skin....
Slow Cosmetique, How to treat skin imperfections Part 1, acne and blackheads
How to act in case of pimples and black heads without irritating skin with too strong products, on the contrary, it is important to preserve the skin balance and to teach how to produce less sebum, for a healthier and more luminous skin.
Slow Cosmetique is a movement, born in Belgium some years ago, with the aim to focus the attention on the skin, its real needs and the ingredients that we apply on it. In general, the slow cosmetique tries to avoid a lot of useless products and, on the contrary, prefers a few ingredients but really efficient. In previous posts we have seen how to clean the face, to nourish it, how to make the hair silky and glossy and how to tone the muscles of face. Today we will see what to do in case of imper...
Slow Cosmetique, How to hydrate your face skin Part 1, the plant based oils
Plant based oils able to moisturize, protect and nourish the facial skin, that can be with acne, or with wrinkles, dry or irritated, the benefits are in any case.
This is another chapter dedicated to Slow Cosmetique, the movement born in Belgium that focuses the attention on the wellbeing of the skin and the ingredients of the cosmetics going beyond the brands of creams, serum and soap that often are very expensive but not really beneficial. On the contrary, some cosmetics may cause irritations, pimples and eczema because they use comedogenic ingredients that aren’t tolerated by skin. Today we will see how to hydrate facial skin, in a safe, cheap and effi...
Slow Cosmetique, How to clean your face Part 2, the clay
Clay for a correct morning cleansing of the face, removes impurities, bacteria and sebum and makes the skin luminous.
As we have already seen in a previous post, the Slow Cosmetique is a movement that focuses the attention on the conscious choice of the products that we apply on the body and that considers very important also the time that we dedicate ourselves. The cleansing of the face is a very important moment that should take place in the morning and in the evening without using aggressive products, however, most of the soaps that can be found on the market are aggressive because they affect the hydrolipid...
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