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Kourtney Kardashian’s new favorite beauty ingredient

Among all the spices used in cosmetics, we tend to think about coffee, pepper or black cumin. Whilst going through my twitter feed I came across this Tweet from Kourtney Kardashian.

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I decided to have a look at her blog to see  what she was on about. Turns out it was a good idea. Most of us tend to overlook this spice, we probably only know about its cooking  benefits but Nutmeg is more than that and I am gonna tell you why.

The Golden spice

Nutmeg (also known as Myristica fragrans),  is coming from an evergreen tree indigenous to the Banda Islands in the Moluccas (or Spice Islands) of Indonesia.

The Banda Islands became really popular destination during the Elizabethan times because people believed that Nutmeg could ward off plague. Very quickly Europeans explorers started travelling to Asia to find more of it. Thanks to its therapeutic properties, Nutmeg was used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine.  Quickly its price skyrocketed.

Health benefits of Nutmeg essential oil

Below are the benefits of Nutmeg essential oil according to Mercola:

  • Address bad breath — Nutmeg oil, when used as a gargle, helps address bad breath. It can also help eliminate toxins from your gut that may contribute to foul-smelling breath.
  • Massage oil — When used as one, nutmeg essential oil can help relieve muscle pain, swelling, inflammation, and even promote circulation. Oil of nutmeg can also be used as a natural painkiller and treat menstrual discomfort.
  • Sleeping aid — Nutmeg oil has a sedative and calming effect. stimulates the release of serotonin, which the brain changes to melatonin (sleep inducer).
  • Stimulant — Nutmeg oil can help remove exhaustion and treat anxiety-related symptoms. It can also enhance your concentration.
  • Detoxification agent — This oil helps remove toxins from your liver and kidneys, as well as helps dissolve kidney stones and uric acid.
  • Flavoring agent — To replace ground nutmeg, which can leave food particles in food and beverages, nutmeg oil has been used as a natural flavoring extract.

DIY beauty recipes

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Thanks to  KRISTIN COLLINS JACKSON and CRUNCHY BETTY, you now have 3 easy to make recipes to boost your beauty.

Acne exfoliating cleanser

  • 60 g of raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda
  • 2 drops of clove oil
  • 1 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1-2 drops of Lemon Juice or Apple Cider Vinegar (optional)

Mix the baking soda into the raw honey and add your clove oil to make the paste spreadable. I use lemon juice to break up my mixture even more and give any dark spots leftover from acne some extra help. Next add a teaspoon of nutmeg and massage into your skin for at least 2 minutes. Your face will feel warm and slightly tingly because the nutmeg is getting deep into your pores, treating the deeper layers of your skin. Rinse with lukewarm water and prepare to fend off anyone with a sweet tooth: Your face will smell delicious for the next few hours.

Spot treatment

  • 1 table spoon of cinnamon
  • 1 table spoon of nutmeg
  • 1 table spoon of raw honey
  • Few drops of lemon juice

Mix everything together and add the lemon juice at the end. Then apply it onto your skin.

Microdermabrasion and Exfoliator ( Recipe from Crunchy Betty, have a look at her blog)

  • 1/2 table spoon of nutmeg
  • 1 table spoon of whole milk or coconut milk
  • 1 bowl

Combine the nutmeg and milk in the small bowl, stirring well. Starting with a clean face, massage the nutmeg/milk mixture lightly over your face in small circles, always moving upwards. If you’re brave and don’t mind getting a little messy, do this on your decolletage, as well. It would make for a very glowing, soft neck and chest.

After you’ve exfoliated for 5-10 minutes, rinse well with warm water and pat dry.

When I’ve done this, I haven’t wanted to add any moisturizer on top for a few hours. My skin just feels too perfect to add anything to it. But you could tone and moisturize directly after, if you don’t have time to wait a few hours (say, before going to sleep or putting on makeup).

 

Could Gold become your new beauty routine eldorado?

golden-handGold always fascinated us and served many purposes throughout history. Some attributed magical properties to it and nowadays gold is considered as a revolutionary cosmetic ingredient. Cosmetic brands incorporating gold in their products are quick to mention Cleopatra’s beauty routine or the use of gold in rheumatoid arthritis treatment as an evidence of the amazing properties of gold. However the dermatologist community is divided on the real impact of gold in cosmetics and its potential toxicity.

Gold in skin care products can be found flaked or liquefied (in moisturizers, eye creams lip balm, facial…), but fairly recently cosmetics brands have been using golden nanoparticles for their yet to be proven benefits.

THE TOP 10 BENEFITS OF GOLDEN NANOPARTICLES:

1. Reduces wrinkles and spots

The golden nanoparticles activate the basal cells of the skin and boost their elasticity, the wrinkles are reduced, and every skin marks will disappear. You will look definitely younger.

2. Stimulates the skin cells:

The golden ions stimulate the cells, veins and nerves improving your blood circulation and metabolism of your skin cells. The skin cells will secrete more waste and your skin will look healthier.

3. Anti-aging:

Gold reduces the dryness of the skin preventing premature aging.

4. Lightens the Complexion:

Rumour has it Cleopatra was using gold mask as part of her beauty routine to keep her skin beautiful, glowing and youthful.

5. Slows down collagen depletion:

Collagen is responsible for your skin elasticity, smoothness and flexibility. However as we grow old we produce less and less collagen. Gold can slow down the depletion of collagen in your skin cells.

6. Your new ally against the sun damages:

Gold reduces the production of melanin. The impact of sun exposition is reduced.

7. Treats allergies:

Thanks to its antioxidant properties, gold helps to reduce acne or other skin allergies whilst improving blood circulation.

8. Reduces inflammation:

Gold’s anti-bacterial and anti- inflammation properties helps oxygen to penetrate the skin and fosters cells renewal. It will leave your skin rejuvenated.

9. Improve skin elasticity:

Gold can breakdown elasticity and restore your skin elasticity.

10. Glowing Skin:

Gold helps in improving the blood circulation, hence it helps hydrate and maintain the skin’s moisture level. The small particles of gold get absorbed into the skin imparting a rich glow. This makes the skin healthy, fresh and radiant.

 RISKS & TOXICITY

Tatsiana Mironava, PhD,* from Stony Brook University, who found that size (45 nm are more toxic than the smaller nanoparticles of 13 nm), concentration and duration of application plays an important part in the toxicity of the material, with the wrong choice leading to a disruption of cell movement, cell replication and collagen contraction. In addition, at the wrong concentration, the gold nanoparticles inhibited the ability of pre-adipocytes to differentiate into mature adipocytes (adipogenesis). […] It is clear, however, that the decreased cell migration and decreased ability to contract collagen impact skin healing. “If your skin is wounded, collagen fibers in pre-adipocytes must contract or pull the wound closed. Therefore, wound healing is suppressed with toxic levels of the gold nanoparticles.”

It is fair to assume that impacting skin healing could have the opposite effect than the one expected and could foster wrinkles formation and skin aging. More studies need to be done in order to fully assess the dangers and benefits of golden nanoparticles.

Reversible Effect and Future

“The important thing to note, according to Mironava, is that the effects of the gold nanoparticles are reversible at certain concentrations.”

Down bellow a list of some of the products using Gold:

Kinka 24K Gold Mask -Kinka Japan – 39.74€

1. Kinka 24K Gold Mask

One of the best ways to use gold to keep skin tight, firm and youthful, is as a facial mask, which puts a sheet of flat thin gold on your face to provide golden skin. These gold facial masks are made with genuine 24-karat gold leaf, leaving your skin moisturized and elasticized. More importantly, while you wear one, you get to feel like a burnished deity!

24k Eye Serum – L’Core Paris – 401€

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Created by nature perfected by human L’core cosmetics combines Nanotechnology with the best conductors such as diamonds and 24 k gold to bring your skin to perfection. L’core cosmetics are a breakthrough in the skincare industry that offers a natural selection and a non- surgical solution to face lifts, eye-lifts and skin rejuvenation. Eliminates the needs for going under the knife or injections, with all natural certified organic ingredients.

24K GOLD BODY OIL SHIMMER – Luxury Gold Cosmetics – 39.9€

Gold shimmer dry oil

Illumination is a unique glittering dry, oil with a mild fragrance. Upon application, a subtile veil of Gold adorns your body in a luxurious embrace of refined gold particles. An extravagant touch on the skin or shine to the hair.

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Karim Bangoura

Karim Bangoura
Digital marketing executive with 4 years of work experience within world leading fragrance houses.

Waterless beauty routine, less is more

According to a Mintel report, by 2025, 1.8 billion people will be living in countries of regions with absolute water scarcity. By 2030, the world will only have 60% of the water that it needs if current water usage doesn’t change.  Some brands are already looking into alternatives in order to limit their dependence on water.

But before we go any further, just a quick reminder on how our skin works.  In order to protect itself the skin secretes Sebum, an oily /waxy matter which purpose is to make the skin waterproof and to protect it from drying out.  As we are getting older we produce less and less sebum and our skin becomes more sensitive to the cold, sun or pollution. Most of the cosmetics available on the market are water based formulation. Water fosters the penetration of the actives in the skin and is a cheap solvent for cosmetics formulations. However water does not fix dehydration issues for the deeper layer of the skin.

What are the benefits of waterless cosmetics?

No more preservatives

One of the big problem with water based formulation is the high content of water which makes the products highly sensitive to bacteria. For these products preservatives are necessary. In some cases, preservatives can cause some irritation or allergic reactions.  As you take the water out you do not need preservatives anymore and you can keep them longer.

More concentrated formula

The water can be replaced by glycerin, hyaluronic acid or some botanical extracts allowing higher dosages of active ingredients. In some case it can even reach 100%. These water less formulas offer long term skin protection and better solubility for Vitamin C or Retinol.

Better for the environment

Less is more. As the formulas are more concentrated, consumers don’t need to use a lot.  Therefore brands can sell their products in smaller packaging and reduce their impact on the environment.

Better suitability to all kind of skin type

Waterless products are more efficient at protecting the skin than water based products. Without preservatives and water, the risk of irritations or allergic reactions is significantly reduced.

These waterless cosmetics created the buzz in Korea and later on in the US.

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Whamisa

Organic Flowers Ferment Water Cream

Korean brand Whamisa offers a range of ‘water’-free skincare products using botanical extracts instead of traditional purified water. It uses a natural fermentation process to distill and preserve the potency of select natural ingredients.

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New in Italy from Zuccari under the [aloevera]2 brand is Extremely Delicate Aloe Shower Gel, said to be the “first shower gel in the world formulated without added water” – which is replaced with pure double-concentrate, non-pasteurized and non-carbon filtered aloe vera juice extracted using the “reversosmose” process. It contains prebiotics and probiotics, claimed to balance the bacterial flora; and the patented AJDA (hyaluronic acid from aloe), is said to maintain hydration.

One Love Organics

Skin Savior Multi-Tasking Wonder Balm

Skin Savior removes dirt and makeup without stripping the skin, moisturizes, illuminates and even turns mineral powder into a glowing foundation treatment. With an antioxidant-rich blend of organic coconut oil, mango butter, jojoba and chia, this citrus and vanilla treat is the perfect solution for just about any of your skin’s needs.

 

LJH TeaTree 90 Essence

 

Formulated with 90% natural tea tree extract, you can feel its power of revitalization as Tea Tree 90 Essence alleviates uneven skin tone, minimizes redness, refreshes the skin, and improves overall complexion. With over 800x more Vitamin C than an apple, your skin will thank you for the invigorating treatment that leaves it rejuvenated and radiant.