Glowing skin is a result of proper skincare. Now, if we really want our skin to stay soft and velvety, an inevitable step in the beauty routine is scrubbing.
A fitting comparison would be neglecting our own home. If we are reckless and leave the dust to settle for too long, we must apply cleaning products to the furniture and start scrubbing the dirt off.
If we don’t scrub our body at all or we do it rarely, we are simply playing the game wrong. Our skin won’t be over joyous – it requires commitment, not a miracle.
At OWN SKIN, we strongly believe that the best foundation you can wear is glowing, healthy skin. We want to help you achieve this, so we have created an all-natural, vegan range of scrubs and are now sharing some of the beauty secrets hidden in our ingredients.
Fresh Ground Coffee – Do you prefer it strong?
Coffee is an integral part of our daily rituals and many of us claim that we cannot get our engines running without it. The reason for this lies precisely in its power to refresh the body from within and fuel it with the necessary amount of energy.
Curiously, coffee has this exact same beneficial effect on our skin. In fact, it is very rich in antioxidants, so it calms inflammatory processes. When used in a scrub, it reaches deep into the pores cleansing them from accumulated impurities. Additionally, coffee improves circulation, so we feel and look fresh.
Using a coffee scrub is primarily effective on dry skin. The antioxidant composition helps with skin refreshment, hydration and coffee serves as a natural ‘‘oiling agent’’. One of the biggest health tips we need to revise: If our body gets enough antioxidants from food or cosmetics, it is easier to get rid of negative and harmful bacteria inside the body.
According to recent predictions, our skin might become a coffeeholic too! And it certainly smells like fresh ground heaven, so why fight it?
Cocoa Butter – Guilty Pleasure
Our darling cocoa – loved and craved by so many all over the globe. Since it is also the main ingredient in our chocolate, we should learn a little more about it before indulging in another late-night overeating session.
Cocoa butter is an edible fat found naturally in the cocoa bean, the fruit of the cocoa plant. At room temperature, it is firm and has a creamy, light yellow colour. The butter is obtained from cocoa beans. The grains are cleaned, roasted, peeled and ground to produce liquid cocoa. This fluid is then subjected to high pressure to obtain fat from it.
Since the butter is a rich source of vitamins and antioxidants, it is a great, harmless product for our skin. A study conducted in 2008 found that cocoa butter contains natural components called polyphenols that stimulate collagen synthesis, so it significantly increases skin elasticity.
Usually found as an irreplaceable ingredient in top quality cosmetics, cocoa butter is known as an extremely effective skin softener and moisturizer. This excellent skin protector offers a good supply of vitamin E as well. Cocoa butter creates a thin surface layer that preserves the skin from UVA and UVB harmful rays and other negative external influences.
Since it has all the nutrients that our skin needs - dopamine, tryptophan, zinc, omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids, cocoa butter rejuvenates, smoothes out wrinkles and restores radiance. It absorbs extremely quickly and leaves no greasy residue, which is a summer favourite.
Neroli Oil – Magical Aromas of Healing
Known as one of the most potent antidepressants, the ‘‘Citrus Aurantium var. Amara’’ (Latin) is obtained by the steam distillation of bitter orange blossoms.
It was named after Ani Maria de la Tremolle, princess of Neroli (a place near Rome). Due to her love for the bitter orange blossoms, she asked for an essential oil to be made for her perfume. This oil is extremely appreciated in aromatherapy because it has remarkable effects on the body and soul.
Its active ingredients include linalool, linalyl-acetate, limonene, beta-pinene, geranyl-acetate, neryl-acetate and alpha-terpineol. When applied topically to the skin, neroli oil stimulates the regeneration of epithelial cells and the surrounding tissue.
It is also one of the very few oils that can freely be used during pregnancy where its benefits are dualistic: it helps maintain the expecting mother calm and collected during a very stressful and busy period (BONUS) and helps prevent stretch marks. Neroli oil also helps with varicose veins, and it helps remove wrinkles and scars.
Furthermore, this highly prized perfume oil promotes skin regeneration and can reduce the visibility of acne and pimple scars. Known for its characteristic floral scent, neroli oil promotes health and joy.
Last, but not least – this traditional secret is also a well-known aphrodisiac, acting as a tonic to the nervous system.
Lesson learned: sleep, scrub, smile and repeat...... often.