It's time for DETOX. This Monday we are talking about skincare detox.
The skin is the largest organ of the human body and is responsible for many functions in our body and is the first mechanism of the body's defense and protection (from ultraviolet (UV) radiation, from microorganisms, etc.). The skin also through its small openings (pores) is the path of entry of various substances into the body, which means that every substance we put on the skin has a certain potential to enter the body and have some effect in it - positive or negative. Therefore, it is very important to know what we put on our skin, what products and ingredients, in order to avoid those substances that can be harmful to our body and overall health. As the term 'detox' is well known to all, we all more or less focus and practice detox of the organism which implies a healthier diet, higher fluid intake throughout the day, more food rich in fiber, antioxidants, etc., but few people think about the detox from the ''outside'' - the detox of the skincare products we use.
Once you have decided to eat healthier, consume a minimum of 2 l of water a day, engage in some physical activity, it is time for skincare detox to make this whole detox story complete. What did we actually mean when we mentioned SKINCARE DETOX?
There are a lot of cosmetic products on the market today, but choosing natural cosmetics is the only right way. But what does 'NATURAL COSMETICS' really mean?
Natural cosmetics have become a real trend in the last few years and we hear the expression "natural" cosmetics from all sides. A product is defined as natural if it consists mainly of any plant, mineral or animal ingredients. Since our skin can absorb up to 60% of what we apply to it, the cosmetics we use also affect us and our health. Natural cosmetics use only natural raw ingredients that are produced to provide the skin benefits such as protecting the skin from drying out, keep it hydrated, provide deep care, etc. They are gentle on the skin and give the skin long-term benefits.
Antioxidants have a very important task - to protect the skin by limiting the production of free radicals, which are the main actor in skin damage. With daily use, antioxidants can reduce hyperpigmentation, help reduce the visible signs of aging, and help soothe inflammation in the skin. Some antioxidants have essential effects on the skin such as hydration and increased moisture retention which is ultimately the key to revitalizing skin without shine and restoring that natural glow. Free radicals in the skin can cause irritation and damage to cells, especially the fibers that build the middle layer of the skin (collagen and elastin), which leads to the loss of firm skin structure, skin loses elasticity and goes through a premature aging process.
Some of the best antioxidants for our skin are:
- vitamin C
- vitamin E
- coenzyme Q10
- antioxidants such as tannins and flavones in herbal extracts (rose water, algae, turmeric, ginger, aloe vera, linden, mint, oats...)
Matcha (green tea leaf powder)
Matcha powder is also a powerful antioxidant that prevents skin damage and smoothes and hydrates it. It has anti-inflammatory effects and is very rich in vitamins, amino acids and minerals necessary for healthy looking skin.
For all lovers of citrus scents, we recommend our natural Matcha BABE body scrub, which contains matcha powder in its composition.
Coffee is one of the biggest sources of antioxidants. In addition to antioxidant effects, coffee contains potassium, niacin, magnesium and vitamin E, which keep skin cells hydrated, fight acne and wrinkles, have anti-inflammatory effects, protect against UV damage…
- Hydrates and refreshes the skin
- Helps fight cellulite
- Stimulates circulation
- Reduces stretch marks, wrinkles and scars
- Reduces swelling, puffiness and redness
- It has antibacterial properties
You can read more about the benefits of coffee in cosmetic products on our BLOG (Read more).
To get healthy and smooth skin, we recommend our Coffee BABE sugar and coffee based body scrub. A great choice for all skin types. In addition to coffee, it also contains shea butter, jojoba oil, almond oil and wheat germ oil.
OILS AND BUTTERS
The oils that are often used in cosmetics are esters of fatty acids, some of which are necessary for our body. Oils contain lipids that make up the surface layer of the skin and that is why oils and butters are ideal for skin care. When used in cosmetics, they have two roles:
- nourishes the skin - the skin's metabolism uses these oils and butters
- protects the skin - retains moisture in the skin, which prevents the skin from drying out and the appearance of dry scales (flaking of the skin)
Oils and butters are one of the most natural ways to maintain youthful, hydrated and nourished skin. Although it sounds contradictory, but a good choice of oil is necessary for oily skin. Such skin is actually dehydrated on the inside, and the oil has a role in stabilizing and regulating the production of sebum on the skin - the skin then becomes less oily! Such oils have a light texture and are quickly absorbed into the skin (jojoba oil, grape seed oil, tea tree oil ...). In addition, the opinion that oils and butters leave a greasy mark on the skin is not entirely correct because there are oils that are quickly absorbed into the skin and thus nourish it, hydrate it and restore its elasticity. They penetrate deeper into the skin and don't stay on its surface like mineral oils and synthetic compounds that remain on the surface of the skin and have a higher potential for clogging pores.
Oils and butters are suitable for all skin types.
Cosmetic products often consist of a number of chemicals, each of which has a specific effect on our skin. This action can be favorable or unfavorable, and the problem arises right here. For most ingredients of cosmetic products it is still not fully known how they work and more importantly - what impact they have on health. This should additionally take into account the fact that women put various products on their skin from an early age and never actually stop. The average woman uses 9 to 15 care products a day, which means she puts about 500 chemicals on her skin a day. This means decades and decades of using the product, and thus many ingredients for which it is not known what chronic effect they have on the body.
You probably know how the incidence of malignant diseases in the population has increased, and it has been proven that a significant factor in this is lifestyle. Smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, lack of physical activity, excessive intake of animal fats and many other life habits can increase the risk of disease. However, it is assumed that the development of the disease involves many substances with which we come into daily contact, and this category includes cosmetic products. Numerous researches are being conducted on this topic, and precisely because of them, some ingredients that were an integral part of many cosmetic products ten years ago are now banned. Research is still ongoing, which means that new chemicals that have a detrimental effect on an individual's health will certainly be discovered over time.
OBRATITE POZORNOST NA OVE SASTOJKE:
Mineral oils, silicones, sulfates, parabens, paraffin, PEG.. All of them are classified under the so-called "harmful" ingredients. They have certain function in cosmetics product such as emollients, thickeners, preservatives .. They are added to the product to increase their durability and they prevent the growth of fungi, bacteria and viruses. But they don't have any benefit on our skin - they don't nourish our skin, don't hydrate it.
They are often used because they are a much cheaper choice than oils and butters, and thus the production of such products is cheap.
Mineral oil-based substances are derived from petroleum and are actually processed petroleum products. Mineral oil is obtained by filtering the oil until a clear oil is obtained. Silicones, which are often found in creams and hair products, are also obtained from the oil. They are cheap which is the positive side, and they actually make the skin/hair soft. But do they make a long-term benefit to the skin? Not. They only create a protective layer on the skin, but as soon as we remove that layer, they no longer do any benefit to the skin. They do not nourish it, they don't give the long-term benefits that the skin seeks.
All La PIEL products are formulated without such ingredients, but contain only the best and highest quality ingredients. Oils and butters form the base of most products, and in order to enrich the products and provide additional benefits to the skin (smoothing the skin, anti-aging, reducing hyperpigmentation, restoring elasticity, improving skin structure and tone...) we added vitamins that are good antioxidants, powerful ingredients in facial skin care such as niacinamide, peptide, ceramide, hyaluronic acid, retinol, collagen, etc. Check out the innovative face collection, with powerful and the world's best skincare ingredients.
La PIEL LAB collection contains:
- 17 oils and butters
- 22 herbal extracts
- 10 active ingredients
Before buying a product, check the declarations/INCI and take a big step for your health.