The Blushed Ingredients
Skincare is an extremely important part of most people’s morning and night routines. From moisturiser to cleanser, we each have our own specific routine suited to our skin type and needs. The ingredients within the products we use are a significant factor to what the results are, and organic ingredients are becoming increasingly popular due to their benefits on the skin and the planet.
In support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I have picked out some key pink natural ingredients to look out for and introduce into your skincare routine.
Not only is pink grapefruit a healthy addition to your breakfast - aiding in digestion, lower blood pressure and weight loss - it’s also a potent ingredient that can be utilised within your skincare routine. Rich in beta-carotene, the fruit is high in antioxidants which fight the free radicals in your body that cause discolouration, wrinkles and dull complexions. Vitamin A and C are highly present which benefits the skin when used both topically and through consumption. So, whether you use a homemade, organic pink grapefruit mask or have a grapefruit for breakfast, your skin will improve either way.
The pink grapefruit gets its beautiful pink colour due to lycopene, a carotene which reduces inflammation and prevents cell damage from the sun. It’s a natural source of salicylic acid, which has impressive astringent and exfoliating properties. While keeping pore clean and healing breakouts, the natural acid removes dead skin to leave a more even and radiant complexion.
The rose benefits go far beyond a pretty bouquet and a floral aroma, it is one of the most valuable natural ingredients in skincare. The forms of rose and its benefits come in several forms; Rosehip oil, Rose oil and Rosewater.
Both rosehip and rose oil are extracted from the flower itself. Packed with vitamins A, C, D and E, they nourish, brighten and protect the skin to help counteract redness for a more even-toned complexion. They also contain essential fatty acids that when applied topically to the skin, encourages cells to retain water which minimises the appearance of aging. Like the cherry blossom, products instilled with rose oil are active with anti-inflammatory properties.
Rose water is a by-product from the creation of rose oil. Due to this, it contains similar properties such as hydrating, anti-inflammatory and calming benefits. Rose water is a lot lighter than the other two, known for its ability to refresh the skin instantly. It is also a natural astringent – toning the skin and reducing the appearance of pores for a supple, purified and flawless complexion.
Mario Badescu has created a facial spray using rosewater; lightly refreshing the skin whilst boosting hydration and relieving dehydrated, tight complexions. Because of the lightweight properties its perfect to mist over your skin for a hydration boost throughout the day.
The blossoms of the Sakura tree (Japanese Cherry) are not only extremely beautiful but is an effective ingredient that has been utilised within the skincare industry. To the Japanese the Sakura Tree holds a special significance within their culture, symbolising the rebirth of nature and purity.
Being rich in essential fatty acids; it repairs the skin’s natural defences to promote smooth, supple skin while cleansing of toxins to leave an enhanced, healthy complexion. Additionally, cherry blossom contains anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe irritation and redness, while also offering brightening capabilities that lighten hyperpigmentation by inhibiting the production of melanin.
Known for its antioxidant levels and soothing properties, Rituals have created a product line called ‘The Ritual of Sakura’ where they use a combination of Cherry Blossom and Rice Milk extract, an organic component, to leave the skin with a natural healthy glow.
Pitaya, or more commonly known as dragon fruit is full of skincare benefits. With its high nutritional content and exotic appearance, it's being used increasingly within the wellness industry. Like several of the ingredients previously mentioned, the dragon fruit is a rich source of antioxidants and vitamins, helping to even skin tone and slow down the ageing process. This results in tighter, fuller skin devoid of wrinkles and fine lines.
The dragon fruit is a source of Vitamin B3 which is effective in moisturising and brightening the skin tone. It’s also rich in Vitamin C, and product that is great for overcoming inflammation in acne and therefore is an effective treatment for acne prone skin. When combined with Vitamin E, it is also proven to protect your skin against UV rays and soothe sunburn.
Pomegranate is known as a superfood. Packed with powerful antioxidant and vitamins, the delicious fruit has been shown to be a cure-all for just about any illness. Now, it is being increasingly associated with skincare products due to its newfound skincare benefits.
Pomegranate is useful in hydrating the skin; containing both punicic and oleic acid, these help to moisturise the skin over a long duration allowing the skin to fully absorb all the natural benefits. Keratinocyte, the cells found in the outer layer of our skin, are naturally stimulated by the oil produced by the pomegranate seeds. This process reduces the signs of skin damage, acne and dark spots, leaving the skin with a natural, healthy glow. Much like the pink grapefruit, the antioxidants found in pomegranate work together to promote collagen production and plump the skin.
Pink clay, also known as Kaolin clay comprises a unique composition of Kaolinite, Iron, Illite, Montmorillonite and Calcite. Well known for its purifying and cleansing properties, it’s used to clean and purify the skin, removing dead skin cells and revealing an overall refreshed appearance. Like all clays, it helps to detoxify the skin by drawing impurities from pores, removing toxins and pollutants from the skin. However, pink clay is one of the mildest clays available meaning it's perfect for dry, sensitive skin. It cleanses the skin without removing too much of the natural oil, undisturbing the natural balance of your skin.