Cosmetics are becoming increasingly attentive to the environment, with Green ingredients that make eco-friendly products at the forefront and performing
Nowadays, more and more attention is paid to the composition of the products that are purchased and there is greater awareness of the environment. Less sls, petrolatum, paraffin, dyes and preservatives, purer and more "clean" products, not only for the environment but also for our skin. Learning to recognize the key ingredients and their benefits can be useful to juggle the choice of the next face cream or, why not, to dedicate yourself to some easy DIY recipes, for guaranteed results.
Oils, key ingredients of every DIY recipe
First of all the ingredients we find the oils, because they are versatile and there are many types that can be used in the most disparate ways. Face, body, nails and hair, there are heavier and lighter ones and each one has specific properties. The three most commonly used are olive oil, sweet almond oil and coconut oil.
The first needs no introduction, it is widely used in our kitchen but is also an excellent remedy for very dry skin. It is in fact highly moisturizing and emollient and is a powerful antioxidant. It also has a soothing action and can be used on the skin, pure or to prepare scrubs and hair, for nourishing and restructuring packs. Better to avoid it instead on the skin of the face because it could be too rich, while it is a cure-all on the nails, together with a few drops of lemon.
Sweet almond oil, on the other hand, is known for its emollient but, above all, elasticizing properties, which make it a real ideal treatment to fight, reduce and prevent stretch marks. It is also antioxidant and anti-wrinkle because it naturally contains vitamins E, A, D and can be applied on the body, on the hair or in very small quantities on the face, because it could be comedogenic and favor the appearance of some imperfections, especially on normal, combination and oily skin. .
Coconut oil, on the other hand, used in oriental cuisine, is perfect for applying to the hair, because the auric acid present inside the kidney is particularly similar to the proteins of which they are made. It is a panacea for curly, dry, brittle and treated hair, to make wraps or to nourish the ends by applying a few drops once drying is complete. Those with particularly dry skin also use it to remove make-up in case of very intense eye makeup, but in this case be careful to wash it off with a foaming cleanser so as not to leave residues on the skin, otherwise it could favor the onset of comedones, blackheads and millet grains.
There are also many other oils used in cosmetics, such as wheat germ for hair, jojoba oil, rose hip and Argan for the face, excellent antioxidants, illuminating and anti-wrinkles or even castor oil, reinforcing and excellent if applied on nails or eyelashes in the evening, with a clean mascara brush, to strengthen and lengthen them.
The aloe gel, moisturizing and soothing
Another widely used and safe DIY ingredient is aloe gel. It is light, quickly absorbed, moisturizing and soothing. It is a great ally in summer, to be applied to the skin after sun exposure to keep it hydrated, give relief, freshness and regenerate it. It is also used to create hair wraps or as styling treatments, especially for curly or wavy hair, to give natural support and definition.
Essential oils, to perfume naturally, but not only
Essential oils are pure and concentrated extracts of plants and can be used alone in small quantities or added to other ingredients, to perfume them but not only. They are excellent for relaxing massages, they can also be taken orally or inhaled and their properties are many. One of the most functional essential oils used in cosmetics is Tea Tree essential oil. It has antibiotic, antibacterial and antiviral properties and on the skin it can help fight fungi, mycosis, irritation, herpes or small superficial wounds. But, above all, it is used in cosmetics to fight acne or, pure, on a single imperfection to eradicate it.
Other highly used essential oils are chamomile, soothing and calming redness, rose for dry skin and an anti-aging effect as well as an intense fragrance, lavender excellent for insect bites, calming, relaxing and soothing, bitter orange and birch for anti-cellulite treatments, lemon, sage, rosemary to stimulate hair growth, disinfect and purify the skin.
Shea butter and cocoa butter, moisturizing and nourishing
In addition to oils, butters are also widely used in cosmetics, for their consistency and because they are very nourishing. The most famous are that of karate and cocoa, emollients and perfect for deeply moisturizing and nourishing the skin of the body, leaving it silky. The first is rich in nourishing substances, antioxidants and vitamins and is excellent for dry and brittle hair, also because it has a light natural protection factor that makes it also suitable for keeping hair healthy during sun exposure. The large amount of unsaponifiable components, then, creates a protective film on the skin that allows hydration to remain constant and leaving it soft and elastic.
Cocoa butter is used like shea butter, but is often used in anti-cellulite and reducing treatments, thanks to the theobromine and caffeine contained within, to be used in combination with essential oils. Also excellent on the hair for restorative and restructuring packs or on the lips, as a moisturizing, emollient and nourishing conditioner.
There are many other natural and functional ingredients that can be found in a good eco-friendly cosmetic, for example hyaluronic acid, panthenol, coenzyme Q10 or even vitamin E, but in case you are not an expert or do not have all the suitable equipment we advise against using them. They are in fact functional ingredients that must be managed and combined with others in order to be well balanced, while the ingredients we have talked about can be easily used even pure, without any risk.