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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, dark circles and wrinkles around the eyes
Tea, cucumber and plant based oils to counteract dark circles, bags under the eyes and wrinkles in the area around the eyes.
The area around the eyes is not rich in sebaceous glands and collagen like the rest of the body and the skin appears thinner. That’s why it is easier for wrinkles and lines to form and to see the subcutaneous network of capillaries making the area darker. Moreover, this part tends to accumulate fluids forming bags under the eyes. So how can wrinkles, eye bags and dark circles be countered? Let's see the main natural remedies! Tea for eye contour - Tea, both green and black, contains caffeine a...
Naturally beautiful Part 7, fighting wrinkles with gotu kola
Anti wrinkle, stimulates collagen production, helpful to prevent stretch marks and skin spots caused by damages of solar radiation.
Today we are talking about a powerful natural cosmetic, useful to fight wrinkles, signs of fatigue and skin damages caused by solar radiation, the centella asiatica. Centella asiatica, also known as gotu kola, Indian pennywort, Asiatic pennywort or Mandookparni, is a plant of the Apiaceae family. Native to Asia, the gotu kola is widely known and also used in the West thanks to its remarkable cosmetic properties proven by scientific studies. So, why don’t we try to take advantage of the centella ...
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...
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...
Cloudberry seed oil
Antioxidant, emollient and anti-inflammatory action, useful in case of sensitive skin, but also mature with wrinkles and itchy scalp, counteracts the damage of aging and smog.
Cloudberry, also called Nordic berry or lakka in Finnish, scientific name Rubus chamaemorus, is a herbaceous plant of the Rosaceae family that includes also the rose and fruit trees such as apple, pear, cherry and almond trees. The cloudberry is found in the Nordic countries, in America and Canada and from its seeds, through a cold pressing process, an oil is obtained which is considered a powerful cosmetic for the beauty of the skin of face, neck and eye area. Cloudberry oil, what science say...
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...
Slow cosmetique, the beauty remedies of winter
Remedies and diet to protect the skin from the cold, to avoid dehydration, redness and irritation.
With cold, the skin changes, dehydration increases and the skin barrier tends to deteriorate (Weistenhoefer et al, J Toxicol Environ Health A, 2016). Therefore, in winter the consequences may be dry and dehydrated skin and more skin irritations. As for wrinkles, crow's feet and untoned skin, these conditions are not connected to seasonal changes as they are the result of slow skin aging, working over the years and certainly not in months (Fanian et al, Clin Interv Aging , 2013). However, wrinkle...
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...
Beeswax, a true beauty cosmetic
Healing, antimicrobial, moisturizing and nourishing, useful in case of dermatitis, eczema, irritation, wounds but also wrinkles.
Beeswax is, as the name suggests, a natural wax produced by worker bees. Then, honey bees use this wax to build honeycomb cells where honey is stored. When beekeepers extract honey they also obtain the wax that is used for the production of candles, modeling waxes, polishing products but also for cosmetics. Used in cosmetics, in fact, beeswax is able to give to the product its precious properties that are the topic of the article of today. Beeswax in beauty products - Beeswax is used as an emu...
Antioxidants and omega 3 with a powerful anti-inflammatory action, useful in case of dry or mature skin with wrinkles, even in case of skin allergies, dermatitis and psoriasis.
The camelina, scientific name camelina sativa of the Brassicaceae family, also known as false flax, is cultivated above all for its seeds from which, through cold pressing, a powerful oil is extracted, very beneficial both for internal use, thanks to its anti cholesterol action (Karvonen et al, Metabolsim, 2002), and external use. In this post we will focus on the cosmetic uses of the product. Camelina oil, properties of beauty - Camelina oil is a source of omega 3 fatty acids such as alpha li...
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 - ...
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...
Useful in case of wrinkles, it helps to counteract premature aging, treatment in the case of psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, chapped, irritated or dry skin, dry and brittle hair, split ends.
Shorea robusta is a tree of the Dipterocarpaceae family, also known as sal it is native to the Indian subcontinent. From its seeds a butter is extracted, the sal butter in fact, largely known in cosmetics as a stable ingredient, which does not go rancid easily and with emollient and antioxidant properties. But let's better understand the characteristics of sal butter, what this butter can do for our beauty and the possible applications. Sal butter, composition and properties - Sal butter bring...
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...
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...
Antioxidant, source of vitamins and mineral salts, it strengthens the immune system, helps lower cholesterol and blood sugar, promotes the synthesis of collagen and hyaluronic acid by fighting wrinkles.
The auricularia auricula judae, also known as wood ear or jelly ear, is an edible mushroom characterized by a particular ear-like elongated shape. This fungus grows on tree trunks, especially elder, and has been used since ancient times in China as a food and herbal remedy (Balakrishnan et al, International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Jan 2015). From the auricularia fungus a supplement is obtained with important medicinal properties, useful for the well-being of the organism...
Acmella, the natural botox
Powerful anti-wrinkle action, relaxes the contractions of the muscles of the face and strengthens the collagen, also useful in the case of psoriasis, itching and wounds, finally it is a diuretic and helps against hypertension.
Acmella oleracea, also known as Spilanthes acmella, family of Asteraceae, is a plant native to the Brazilian forest that is attracting much interest in the field of cosmetics. In fact, acmella is considered a natural botox and is increasingly used in anti-wrinkle creams. But let's understand better. Acmella, anti wrinkle remedy - The acmella extract contains an active ingredient, called spilanthol, able to act on wrinkles, both the expression lines and the deepest wrinkles. In fact, this subst...
Evening primrose oil, for oral use and topical applications
Strengthens and regenerates the skin, fights wrinkles but also inflammation, useful in case of burned skin, eczema, acne and dermatitis, even atopic dermatitis, other beneficial effects are on eye health and the cardiovascular system by lowering triglycerides and cholesterol.
Through cold pressing of the seeds of the plant oenothera biennis, known as evening primrose and belonging to the Onagraceae family, a powerful beauty oil is obtained. This oil is suitable for very sensitive skin and eye contour. You can find evening primrose oil in herbalist’s and chemist’s shops, both for oral use in the form of pearls and for topical applications in bottles. But let’s see better the properties. Evening primrose oil, its beauty properties - This product is soothing and prote...
Highly moisturizing and antioxidant, excellent product for sunburned or dry skin, with wrinkles, it also helps to soothe and treat dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis, makes hair soft.
In the local language cupuacu means fruit of the gods and, given the incredible beauty properties of its butter, also demonstrated by science, this name is not exaggerated! Cupuacu, scientific name Theobroma grandiflorum, is a tree related to cocoa and native to the tropical rain forests. Through cold pressing of its fruits a butter, precisely the cupuacu butter, is obtained, which is one of the new ingredients used in the cosmetic field for the beauty of skin and hair. Cupuacu butter, propert...
Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 12, the gold of the Maya
Useful in case of wounds, ulcers, psoriasis, acne but also mature skin with wrinkles, high healing and anti-inflammatory power.
Not a real precious metal but certainly gold for the skin, we talk about the Mimosa tenuiflora, or skin tree or Tepezcohuite, an evergreen plant belonging to the Fabaceae family, native to Central and South America and known as a source of beauty since the times of the ancient Maya. Mimosa tenuiflora, properties for health and beauty, what science says - In fact, in the bark of this tree there are active ingredients useful to treat skin lesions and with a high healing power. But it is not just...
Slow cosmetique, scrubs for face, body and lips
The scrub makes the lips more plumped, rosy and smooth, the skin of the body appears velvety and the treatments like moisturizing or solar creams penetrate better in depth, the face is rejuvenated, the skin spots are attenuated.
A few simple and natural ingredients to give to the skin just what it needs, this is the slow cosmetique, a movement born in Belgium but that is growing all over the world. Today we speak about scrubs, beauty treatments that are able to remove the superficial layer of dead cells. Scientific studies (Rajan et al, Dermatol Surg, May 2002) have observed that microabrasions of scrub alter the skin barrier, which then responds by increasing tissue hydration levels over the next 24 hours even though t...
Curry leaves, health and beauty
Vitamins and mineral salts, powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory substances, anticancer, protect the heart, fight high blood sugar levels and lower cholesterol, useful for the beauty of skin and hair by counteracting acne, wrinkles but also gray hair and hair loss.
Curry leaves … no, we are not speaking about the famous spice to season rice and sauces but about real leaves of a plant called curry, scientific name Murraya koenigii. The plant belongs to the Rutaceae family, the same as bergamot, oranges, lemons and rue, and is native to India where it is a very appreciated culinary ingredient but also the basis of various Ayurveda medicinal remedies. Nowadays you can buy curry leaves in well-stocked and online herbalists’s shops. But let's have a look at the...
Soy oil, powerful anti-wrinkle
Antioxidant and rejuvenating properties, fights wrinkles and stretch marks, soothes sunburned skin and helps prevent sunburn.
Soybean seed oil is a plant based oil that is obtained from soybean seeds, scientific name Glycine Max, through cold pressing or through chemical solvents. The cold pressing method is more expensive and the yield is lower, however, the product is of a higher quality, in particular from the point of view of the contained substances such as soy lecithin. The cold-pressed soybean oil, which we will discuss in this post, can be applied externally on the skin to bring important benefits. Soybean oi...
Peanut oil, external use for skin beauty
Moisturizing and antioxidant, protects the skin from UV damage and degeneration, useful in case of wrinkles, sunburns, eczema, dry and dehydrated skin, helpful even in case of dandruff, in its refined form does not cause problems for those who are allergic.
Peanut oil, also known as groundnut oil or arachis oil, is obtained from the seeds of the Arachis hypogaea plant of the Fabaceae family. This product can be obtained either through cold pressing or by extraction with chemical solvents and refining. The obtained oil is widely used in cooking, for frying but also to prepare tasty sauces such as mayonnaise. But the use of peanut oil does not stop there, in fact, this plant based oil can also become a beauty ally! Peanut oil, cosmetic properties -...
Kokum butter, the amazing beauty butter for skin and hair
Anti-inflammatory, soothing, rejuvenating and regenerating properties, useful in case of sunburn but also acne, irritation and wrinkles, ideal for dry, brittle hair and split ends, helpful to fight dry and chapped skin such as that of lips, hands, elbows or heels.
Garcinia indica, also known as kokum, is a plant of the Clusiaceae family. Garcinia indica fruits are orange-size berries that contain, inside, about 5 - 8 seeds. It is from these seeds that kokum butter is extracted. This butter has a fat content very similar to cocoa butter and for this reason it is often used in the confectionery industry to prepare chocolate. The cosmetic properties of kokum butter - But these characteristics make kokum butter also an excellent and very versatile cosmetic ...
Melissa, beauty water
Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral and relaxing action, it makes the skin elastic, useful as a tonic for the face, fights excess of sebum, acne, wrinkles and sunburns, aftershave, remedy in case of migraines, insomnia and herpes.
Lemon balm, melissa officinalis, is a plant of the Lamiaceae family that includes also lavender, mint and rosemary. Obtained through steam distillation, the lemon balm water has a very pleasant scent, that reminds that of lemon. Lemon balm water, properties and uses - This beauty water has a relaxing, calming and anxiolytic action, thanks to the properties of lemon balm on the nervous system (Scholey et al, Nutrients, Nov 2014). It therefore can be sprayed on the face before going to sleep to ...
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