Natural beauty with healing powers

Famed for its skin saving anti wrinkle properties and beautiful in its natural form, Echinacea is a superb natural active in any skin care range.

Echinacea also has a lovely marketing story to tell with many centuries of use in herbalistic remedies and medicinal potions.

The consumer is familiar with Echinacea in its alternative medicine guise as an antioxidant booster and guard against the common cold. [Read more…]

Micro algae fights skin ageing

Spirulina platensis – the most commonly found micro algae in Cuba – has been shown to offer high protection against free radicals according to a research study at the University of Havana.

The study which was carried out in November 2007 discovered that the high vitamin E and carotene content of the algae can stimulate the immune system and help in the prevention of cancer and premature skin ageing.

The research group has produced a line of cosmetic products based on their findings using hydroalcoholic extracts of Spirulina platensis which is being marketed throughout South America and parts of Europe. [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…]

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…]

Exfoliation the natural way

Exfoliants are essential to any skin care regime – regular exfoliation ensures that the surface layer of the skin is renewed and looks fresher and younger.

Naturally based scrubs are increasingly popular with women looking for a gentle but effective form of exfoliation for both face and body.

Between the ages of 15-25, skin cells renew themselves approximately every 20 days. Renewal rates decline dramatically from the thirties onwards and the duration of skin cell exchange increases to about 28 days. [Read more…]