Fermented beauty products | happening or hype?

Fermented beauty products | happening or hype?

Fermented (probiotic-rich) foods provide large quantities of friendly bacteria which nourish the gut. Thanks to a Korean trend, fermented skincare is now engulfing the Western world. But is there any truth to the hype around fermented beauty products? Gut bacteria influence immune responses. And to keep the gut healthy, people are turning back the clock and reverting to foods from past eras. They are rediscovering fermented foods. When eaten, the microorganisms in some fermented foods help fight illness and disease, and may significantly improve a person’s health. In recent years, thanks to a…Read more …
Chemical peels | part 3 | facial rejuvenation

Chemical peels | part 3 | facial rejuvenation

Chemical peels dissolve the glue between cells, shed dead skin, and remove the damaged outer layer of the epidermis. But like all the treatments in our facial rejuvenation series, there are risks involved. In the old days, if you weren’t happy with the look of your skin, you could go to the doctor for a one-off, medical-grade, deep peel. The disadvantages of these procedures included red, inflamed skin and weeping wounds, plus staying indoors - often for months - until the skin recovered from the aggressive resurfacing treatments. Today, deep peels are much…Read more …
Turmeric and curcumin | powerful anti-inflammatory | potent antioxidant

Turmeric and curcumin | powerful anti-inflammatory | potent antioxidant

Used for centuries in Indian cooking and Eastern medicine, the West is now touting TURMERIC as a new superfood due to its therapeutic properties. Colourful plant foods are said to be good for our health due to their phytochemical properties. So it’s not surprising that turmeric, the richly coloured, golden-orange spice, has been found to have a range of health-promoting benefits. Turmeric has several compounds with medicinal properties, the most important being the yellow pigment, curcumin. Curcumin provides the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a potent…Read more …
Health-conscience consumers demand natural ingredients for skincare

Health-conscience consumers demand natural ingredients for skincare

Growing environmental awareness and healthy lifestyles are fuelling demand in natural ingredients for skincare - and this trend is particularly strong among the all-important Millennials. They may be locked out of the housing market, but Millennials are not shy when it comes to using their credit cards on personal items. In fact, they spend more than any other generation on cosmetics and personal care products. However, they are no pushovers. Millennials won’t be flogged products they perceive to be harmful to their health or may damage the environment. They are demanding personal care…Read more …
5-step guide to becoming a skincare manufacturer

5-step guide to becoming a skincare manufacturer

You want to get started in the cosmetics industry by becoming a cosmetics and skincare manufacturer. Fantastic! Our 5-step guide will help you on your way. Selecting ingredients and developing formulas To create really superb skin and haircare products, you need high quality ingredients. But before you start ordering your raw materials, you need to make a few decisions. Who is your target market (young, 20-30s, 40-50s, mature, babies, men)? What category will you start with (dry skin, oily skin, anti-ageing, brightening, sensitive)? What type of products do you intend on developing (creams,…Read more …
Cosmetic clay | natural wonder

Cosmetic clay | natural wonder

Used in beauty regimes since antiquity, clay is a cosmetic natural wonder. Rich in minerals and with countless beneficial properties for the skin and hair, it’s not surprising that clay is enjoying a revival in the beauty industry. Cosmetic clays come in various colours and textures, each differing in mineral content and the benefits they provide. However, it is safe to say that all clays are rich in minerals and offer varying degrees of absorbency, which is excellent for cleansing the skin and drawing out excess oil, dirt and toxins. Clay is also slightly…Read more …