We keep searching for newer, exotic oils, herbs, seed and fruit in order to include them in the daily beauty routines. We firmly believe that a plant with an unpronounceable name will work wonders for our hair and the scalp. Meanwhile, the well-known and valued around the world ingredients are at our fingertips! Cosmetics based on such components break efficiency records and due to their easy accessibility – they are inexpensive and will not ruin your budget. What are the best ingredients used for skin and hair care that are definitely worth knowing?
Bladderwrack – properties
It is a “water inhabitant” – most often saltwater. It grows off the coast all over the world. It is one of the first, most valuable sources of iodine. Women especially love it, because bladderwrack helps control body weight.
It also has rejuvenating properties (antioxidant and anti-ageing), it is the second strongest anti-ageing product after white tea. What’s more, it prevents degradation of the most valuable components of human skin, i.e. collagen and elastin.
Hempseed oil – properties
Hemp is known all over the world. Unfortunately, not because of its conditioning and beautifying properties but due to the narcotic tendencies. However, it is worth knowing, that hempseed oil does not harm nor it makes you addicted, but on the contrary: it helps and does not get the skin used to its effects. What’s more, it has no comedogenic properties and is well absorbed. More than half of the fatty acids it contains belong to the omega-6 group, and 25% are omega-3 fatty acids. The oil perfectly nourishes the skin, prevents it from drying out, heals any changes and irritations.
Marine Algae – properties
Single-celled, aquatic life forms that grow in colonies all over the sea and ocean. They acquire energy in the photosynthesis process and accumulate a lot of active substances, which include calcium, zinc, bromine, manganese, magnesium and copper and lots of vitamins. Algae also abound in proteins, lipids and polysaccharides.
Their remarkable rejuvenating and conditioning properties can be proven by the fact that the most expensive cream in the world (LaMer) has based its composition on marine algae subjected to a secret formula of exposure and stimulation with sound waves.
Milk thistle – properties
It is a valuable wealth of flavonoids and polyunsaturated fatty acids, bonded with 18 to 22 carbon atoms. The oil obtained from milk thistle sweeps away free radicals from the body very effectively. It is used as a cosmetic product for body massage and (more often) it is a component of anti-ageing creams. It contains silymarin, a mixture of flavonolignans that help get rid of toxins from the body. They protect the skin from the attack of free radicals and have a strong antioxidant effect. Also, they perfectly regenerate the epidermis.
Nettle – properties
Nettle is a species that occurs all over the world and in many climatic zones. Its regenerating, strengthening and healing properties are well known. Nettle extract is used in hair care cosmetics and nail strengthening products. Nettle is … a weed that perfectly takes care of the skin and weak hair. It will take care not only of the entire length of the strands but also efficiently cleanse the scalp from any toxins and cosmetics debris. Moreover, nettle shampoo is perfect for washing away oils after hair oiling. It prevents the appearance of dandruff and makes the strands become soft and shiny. In addition, nettle extract is a wealth of active minerals (silicon, iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, phosphorus and chlorophyll, formic acid, folic acid, lecithin, serotonin, tannins). Nettle helps strengthen the body, increases its natural resistance, regenerates and has anti-inflammatory and antiallergic properties. Hardly anyone knows that nettle extract supports the biodynamic effects of other cosmetics – it is worth taking it in the form of supplementation or drink infusions of its leaves every day.
Rose hydrolate and rose oil – properties
Rose hydrolate is a side effect of plant distillation – it is formed during the production of the essential rose oil. It turns out that rose water (hydrolate) retains all valuable ingredients with antiseptic, rejuvenating and moisturizing properties. Rose hydrolate is one of the best tolerated by the skin – it immediately tones and soothes it, improves skin tone, calms and reduces wrinkles.
Furthermore, rose oil is even more powerful – it is the perfect elixir of youth, sweeping away free radicals and making fine lines appear less visible. Rose oil prevents the formation of new wrinkles and cares for firmness and elasticity of the skin. It is delicate, suitable for mature skin, capillary skin and sensitive skin.
When buying natural cosmetics, it is impossible to omit natural oils. They are a great way to preserve the youth of the skin and beautiful, thick hair. The latter benefit most from special oils blends (properly matched to specific porosity), whilst the skin will be especially fond of argan oil, jojoba oil and shea butter.