Thus, 2022 promises to be the year of natural beauty, with a focus on superfoods, but also and above all on the age-old ingredients that are used in many of our cosmetics. Prickly pear, rice and flax are among the natural ingredients offered to us this year. Let’s find out why.
The pandemic has sounded the death knell for complex product formulas and endless beauty routines, paving the way for a more authentic, natural approach and preventative skincare. Beauty is now more minimalist, focusing on a few powerful actives instead of multiple layers of creams, serums and other products, where it is sometimes difficult to decipher each ingredient. As such, it’s no wonder that, with few exceptions, it’s been grandma’s age-old remedies that have been all the rage on TikTok — Gen Z’s favorite social network — throughout the ages. year 2021, with a craze for ingredients with multiple virtues that we owe. to Mother Nature.
While we are talking at the start of the year of retinol, considered one of the most effective anti-aging active ingredients, many plant-based ingredients hold their own alongside this active form of vitamin A. Today, more and more cosmetic brands are turning to natural active ingredients with many and varied powers.
Here are 3 of these ingredients that are expected to dominate skincare this year
The prickly pear and its anti-aging properties
While retinol is now considered a wonder ingredient for fighting the signs of aging — one of the top three most popular actives in the world according to recent Skincare Hero research — an active known to all may soon steal the show, or almost. A more natural alternative, prickly pear is also an anti-aging ally of choice. Present in Mexico and the Maghreb, prickly pear seed oil is now recognized worldwide for its anti-aging properties, giving rise today to many cosmetics formulated with this natural ingredient.
Rich in vitamin E, polyunsaturated fatty acids and sterols, prickly pear seed oil not only reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but also improves skin tone and fights premature aging. And to top it off, it is believed to have healing properties. While it is found in the form of vegetable oil, there are more and more cosmetics based on prickly pear, including creams and masks for the skin and hair.
The Many Benefits of Rice
Star of social networks in 2021, rice is today an exceptional ingredient in cosmetics, sublimating dull skin, combination to oily skin, as well as mature skin. In fact, TikTokers have been coming up with hacks and challenges throughout 2021 to highlight the many virtues of rice, using hashtags like #ricewaterhairchallenge (75 million views) and #ricewaterforskin (3.6 million views). ). If rice-based cosmetics already existed, it did not take long to see many others emerge, from rice powder masks to rice bran vegetable oils, including exfoliants, mattifying powders, etc. Indeed, the virtues of this kitchen essential are many and varied.
Used for centuries in Asia to enhance women’s skin and hair, rice powder is known for its strong absorbency and mattifying power, while rice water, rich in antioxidants, fights the signs of aging while improving skin firmness and deeply hydrating it. And as if that weren’t enough, rice is also an excellent ally for the hair, making it stronger and shinier. Properties now highlighted in a multitude of beauty brand products in the cosmetics department.
Linen to soothe and nourish
If the environmental qualities of linen have allowed it to make a comeback in the world of fashion in 2021, its benefits for the skin are perhaps less known. And yet, the powers of its flowers and seeds make it an indispensable ally for sensitive, dry and mature skin. And it is clear that cosmetics brands have also taken off by offering a wide choice of creams, serums and oils based on this soon-to-be-essential ingredient.
The most sensitive skin will appreciate the soothing, anti-inflammatory and emollient powers of linen which, as a bonus, has regenerating and restorative properties. But flax is also everywhere in the moisturizing department since it has nourishing properties while improving the elasticity and tone of the skin. Like prickly pear and rice, flax is also a great choice for mature skin because it helps delay sagging and sagging skin. And, like its sisters, it is not left out when it comes to boosting hair that lacks strength and thickness.
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This story was published via AFP Relax News.