Archives for September 2008

Rainforest fruit is a natural moisturiser

Cupuaçu fruit has long been a primary food source in the Amazonian rainforest for both indigenous tribes and animals alike but for dermatologists and cosmetic scientists it offers a highly effective ingredient for natural skin care and hair care.

The Cupuaçu tree is native to the Amazon, most notably to the northern region of Brazil. It is a small to medium sized tree – at least by rainforest standards.

A fully grown tree can reach up to 20 metres in height putting it at the lower levels of the rainforest canopy. [Read more…]

The legend of the dragon fruit

When you look at a dragon fruit the origins of its common name may appear obvious.But despite the fact that they are now grown in suitable climates all over the world – dragon fruit are actually native to Central and South America.

Not necessarily the land of dragons you may think. Pitaya or Pitahaya, as they were always known in their native land, are one of the most widely distributed members of the cactaceae family.

Genus Hylocereus has three species of dragon fruit and there is one additional species in the genus Selenicereus. [Read more…]

An ancient beauty treatment that works

Argan oil has been used as a natural beauty treatment by generations of Berber women in the mountains of Southern Morroco.

Berber women may not be able to identify just what it is about argan oil that makes such a difference to their hair and skin.

They are unlikely to talk to you about the high levels of wrinkle reducing tocopherol (vitamin E) and unsaturated fatty acids in the rich golden oil they have smeared on their skin for hundreds of years. [Read more…]

Tomatoes reduce skin ageing

Most women – and increasing numbers of men – worry about skin ageing and nothing worries women more than the damage caused by the sun.  Age spots, premature wrinkles, sagging skin – we love the sun we just hate what it does to us.

Look at any women’s magazine or visit any skin care forum online and questions about reversing or preventing sun damage take up a lot of copy space.

Increasingly women are demanding natural solutions to skin aging and a familiar and much loved kitchen ingredient could be the answer – the tomato.Or to be more precise – tomato paste. [Read more…]

Exotic fruit with anti ageing properties

The pitaya – or dragon fruit as it is commonly known – is a stunningly beautiful fruit with an intense colour, intriguing shape and delicious taste.

As if that weren’t enough dragon fruit also have gorgeous flowers which waft heady perfume into the night air.

But for cosmetic scientists it is the anti ageing and skin firming properties of this exotic wonder fruit that offer such interesting possibilities. [Read more…]