Every now and then, there’s a supposedly revolutionary breakthrough in the beauty industry, with a bizarre ingredient being added to products, claiming to produce miraculous effects. The latest one is activated charcoal, the ability of which to absorb impurities is yet unproven;…nonetheless, it’s become a bit of a rage. Here’s a list of some unusual beauty ingredients that definitely have a host of benefits.
Creams, shampoos, gels, face packs and bath salts — they all have been making use of these algae because of their rich blend of minerals and vitamins. Seaweed is very effective as a moisturiser, and it soothes the skin. In massage creams, it is used to restore the skin’s elasticity and suppleness. While in all these uses, the seaweed is frozen and then crushed into a fine green paste to be added to products, it can also be ground or powdered. The latter method is used when making soaps, creams, sprays and powders. It is always used in limited quantities.
It’s used in numerous forms, each of which has different benefits. Coffee fruit has abundant antioxidants, while Coffea arabica is used in lipsticks to make them smooth and easily spreadable. Extracts of the coffee fruit are used in cleansers and creams that make the skin smoother by helping fend off free radicals. Green coffee bean extract has astringent qualities that repair damage caused by UV radiation. The antioxidant quality regenerates new skin cells, fights free radicals caused by pollution and the harsh sun which causes wrinkles, fine lines and age spots associated with ageing. And for the easiest fix at home, just mix ground coffee and egg whites for a rejuvenating face pack.
Who knew the prickly plant would offer so many benefits? Cactus flowers are known to have strong antioxidant properties that prevent fine lines and wrinkles. They also help to maintain natural moisture of the skin. Expect to see them in moisturisers, face washes, body butters and even lip balm.
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