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The Secret to Glowing Skin is Organic

Statistics released in 2017 concluded that the global organic market value was worth $11.5 billion and is expected to expand at a rate of 11.1% over the course of 2018 to 2026. It seems the ‘less is more’ camp is steadily gaining momentum, with more people than ever before opting for natural products over chemical cosmetics for their skin. Food has increasingly become a part of skin care with things like the use of avocado as a face mask, application of aloe vera to clear blemishes and even the drinking of green tea to decrease sebum in the skin and reduce inflammation levels.

Why You Should Consider Going Natural

Opting to use natural skin care products may be the gift you can give to your skin. Basically, natural and organic products have no added synthetic compounds mixed into them. This gives you a number of benefits, the first being the fragrance. The scent of natural products is different from artificially created scents. For instance, if you use natural rose cream, manufacturers use actual rose petals to make the natural product so the scent it will have will be authentic. Natural products will also make your skin softer as they lack the drying agents added to chemical products. Because of all these advantages and the growing interest in natural skin care, it is predicted that 2019 will see significant growth in this sector. There will be increased use of elderberries and red radishes to color cosmetics for instance.

The Use of Activated Charcoal

When most of us think of charcoal, we associate it with burning wood and fire. However, in the field of natural beauty, activated charcoal is one of the top rated natural supplements. After obtaining charcoal by burning a mass of carbon, it can be activated by being placed in a furnace and passing oxygen or steam through it. The use of activated charcoal is widespread, most notably as a teeth whitener with many toothpaste manufacturers now including charcoal in their products. It can also be used in a face mask and functions to bind oil and dirt to the mask which helps clear pimples. In this way, it cleans our pores of the toxins and pollutants that affect our complexion.

Going Natural is Also Going Plastic-Free

Perhaps one of the greatest impacts the natural beauty trend will have will be the push against the use of plastic to package cosmetics. This has been driven by the statistics showing that 8 million pieces of plastic pollution find their way into our oceans every day. More and more people are trying to bring this number down by opting to eliminate plastics from their skincare routine. This will see the increased production of biodegradable packaging and refillable containers.

As we try to remove toxins from our bodies and reduce our carbon footprint by producing less synthetic products, the trend towards natural beauty and skin care is only expected to gain momentum.

Article by Cindy Gasman

You might have heard of beauty brand ambassador in social media by now.

Brands recruiting beauty enthusiasts to sample and evaluate a variety of great beauty products.

Who is an AMBASSADOR?

An AMBASSADOR is a CELEBRATED BEAUTY INFLUENCER with these credentials:
  • An Influential YouTube Beauty Guru, Beauty Obsessed Blogger or Instagram Superstar
  • A well-known Beauty Personality with passionately devoted followers and a robust media presence
  • Your fans are obsessed with your mad artistic skills posting drool-worthy Instagrams and gorgeous flat lay photos
  • As a Beauty Junkie
  • You are keenly enthusiastic about beauty tools

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If you are wondering how to become a brand ambassador, it is essential that you are well versed on the role and the responsibilities that such a job entails. With the increasing influence of the internet and social media, the role of a brand ambassador has evolved, and there are now even more opportunities

Here’s a five-step guide to becoming a successful brand ambassador:
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  5. Conduct yourself in a professional manner.

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How often do you detox your skin from daily pollution?

If you let your pores get clogged they will get enlarge and blackhead will form. Take action asap. Try the detox mask.

This intense treatment masque created with powerful healing clays purifies and tightens pores, fights inflammation, heals blemishes, lighten the skin and detoxifies skin with an anti-oxidant rich blend of raw cacao, healing bamboo charcoal, and exotic salts and spices. Its toning action stimulates the skin by bringing fresh blood to skin cells.

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Do you get skin irritation, eczema or redness? 

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Try the Fabulous Blue Balm 100% organic and vegan blue balm is a magic skin healer. The balm is a very deep blue color, great for irritated sensitive skin. Blue Tansy is a natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory agent, so helps take the sting out of burns, grazes or allergic flare-ups. 

Excellent to calm inflammations, acne, eczema, rosacea, dermatitis and other skin irritations.

The Fabulous blue balm helps to quickly neutralize any redness or inflammation, whilst replenishing, strengthening and protecting for a healthy, contented complexion. Blue Tansy Essential Oil is one of the best essential oils to have in your natural medicine chest.  

As one of the most powerful anti-histaminic / anti-inflammatory oils, it is the perfect choice for spot treatment of any inflammatory issues, as well as being one of the best choices for your bath and body products geared toward healing skin and preventing, or treating, inflammation.  As one of the blue oils, it may be used as a more cost-effective source of chamazulene.  

Blue Tansy is also well known for its antihistaminic activity, where it is said to modulate histaminic response, and many aromatherapists carry this oil for contact irritation/reactions. 

With its warm, sweet, floral notes Blue Tansy essential oil is a great addition to any blend designed for a soft, exotic, appeal where it will smooth out the sweetness, giving the blend a deeper floral impact.

With Blue Chamomile essential oil has a high content of azulene, the active organic compound of chamomile, which bears a blue color. Azulene has anti-inflammatory, skin healing properties. This oil is most suitable for an ingredient for skin care products. Blue chamomile is derived from the German chamomile plant, which is an upright growing annual. There are German chamomile plants that were the breed for a high azulene content to use in the manufacturing of medicinal chamomile products. 

Supercharged with botanical actives to assist in calming inflammation, acne, eczema, rosacea, dermatitis, and other skin irritations to promote a more radiant, youthful complexion.

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LOVE IS IN THE AIR!

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I’m Fabulous Cosmetics New 100% organic face cleanser, exfoliator and mask for an ultra soft skin with harsh chemicals and toxic ingredients.

As we age the natural cellular turn over of our cells slows dramatically down. Our complexion loses its dewy freshness. We look a bit dull and mottled. 

By supporting the natural exfoliation process of your skin with a smart exfoliant such as I’m Fabulous Magic Exfoliating Masque, you are boosting collagen production, clarifying plugged pores, facilitating the creation of fresh new plump and juicy skin cells, and detoxifying congested complexions. Fennel seeds provide gentle but effective exfoliation and smell amazing!

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 If there were only one skin care protocol that all complexion conscious people should adopt and maintain….it is hands down regular skin exfoliation.

From acne to aging, all skin conditions are drastically improved with daily and weekly exfoliating. I’m Fabulous Magic Exfoliating Masque wonder masque doubles as a masque and a scrub. The smell is very therapeutic and refreshing! Smell SO good!

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Fabulous velvety, hydrating, and natural with a satin finish. Gives great coverage without a heavy makeup look. Supernatural looking. Smooth out wrinkles and fine lines.

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Free of Titanium Dioxide, Dimethicone, Talc, Mica Frosts and Bismuth Oxychloride. Those ‘fillers’ tend to really dry out and irritate skin. They fill and permanently stretch the walls of pores, and slowly suffocate the skin.

Non-nano Zinc Oxide SPF not only protect skin cells from being broken down by damaging solar rays but also work as an anti-inflammatory agent to help moisturize and trap hydration in the skin.

BENEFITS:

  • SACRED CLAY or Pyrophyllite. Sacred clay is an incredible detoxifying agent and, due to its small particle size and expansive mineral content, it is said to be the strongest detoxifying agent of all the clays. Containing silica and nearly 10% electrolyte content, Sacred Clay is packed with free ions. These ions function as antioxidants that scavenge and absorb harmful free radicals. They also help to detoxify the mouth and gum tissues while delivering nutrients where they’re most needed. Sacred Clay can be taken both internally and externally to draw impurities from the body and blood. This special pyrophyllite clay is 100% naturally occurring from a single deposit near the region of Crater Lake Oregon.
  • CANADIAN GLACIAL CLAY is superior to other clays, it is also the only kind of clay desirable and recommended for ingestion. It feels great going on, improving the circulation, detoxifying, exfoliating away dead skin cells while it tightens up wrinkles, leaving the skin feeling soft, smooth and super alive.
  • CHAGA contains MELANIN which gives us healthy skin, absorbs UV rays, and convert UV into Vitamin D in our bodies. BETULINIC ACID is being studied for use as a chemotherapy agent to reduce tumors without any side effects or causing damage to healthy cells.
  • PURPLE CARROT ROOT has the vitamin A and beta-carotene of ordinary carrots—evident in its orange center—it’s also rich in anthocyanins.
  • PURSLANE FLOWER is known as the edible plant that heals a wide variety of external and internal ailments. It contains two times higher levels of antioxidants than cranberries and grape seed extract.
  • SEA BUCKTHORN FRUIT helps reverse negative effects of sun radiation, reduce skin irritation and inflammation, combat skin aging effects, prevents the development of sunburn.
  • WHOLE COFFEE FRUIT delivers superb anti-aging benefits including a visible reduction in fine lines and wrinkles and a dramatic reduction and evening of irregular skin tones.
  • TITANIUM DIOXIDE FREE so that the color is true, not pastel, and in photography, there is no ‘white face’ effect.
  • MICA FREE to avoid any irritation from micro cuts in the skin, so that fine lines are not illuminated by the mica frost, and to avoid the shiny look.

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Ingredients: *Jojoba oil, * Rosehip oil, Zinc Oxide, Arrowroot, Pyrophyllite Clay, Canadian Glacial Clay, Aquiterra Clay, Kaolinite, Bentonite Clay, Rhassoul Clay, Yellow Clay, Siberian Chaga*, Iron Oxides + I’m Fabulous Cosmetics Signature Fermented Blend: Purple Carrot Root*, Purslane Flower*, Sea Buckthorn Fruit*, Whole Coffee Fruit*, Alaskan Blueberry*, Cocoa Seed*, Amla Fruit*, Marigold Flower*, Arnica*.

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I’m Fabulous Cosmetics has added fabulous ingredients like Prickly pear cactus seed oil into their Luxurious Organic Serum. Prickly pear cactus, or Opuntia ficus-indica (L.) Mill., is also referred to as barbary fig and is a member of the Cactaceae family. The parts of the plant include pads (also called leaves or cladodes) covered with spines, fruits (or tunas), seeds, flowers, and stems/trunks.

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  • Prickly Pear Seed Oil: Prevents Wrinkles. Prickly Pear Oil has an extensive Vitamin E content, 895mg/kg (150% more than Argan oil). Vitamin E is a free radical scavenger and increases cell renewal. The high fatty acid content plumps the skin, reducing wrinkles and adding firmness, as well as intercepting free radical damage.

The fruits range in color and can be green, yellow, orange, or red. The flowers of the prickly pear cactus can also range in color, even among the same species. Flowers can either be yellow, red, or purple.

Most of the plant parts benefit humans and animals both internally and externally and have been used throughout the world. For instance, in traditional medicine, Opuntia ficus indica has been used for the treatment of burns.

The Aztecs extracted the milky juice from the plant and mixed it with honey and egg yolk to provide an ointment to treat burns. Prickly pear cactus has been used for wounds, edema, hyperlipidemia, obesity and catarrhal gastritis.

In Mexican traditional medicine, prickly pear cactus (nopal) is used for the treatment of diabetes and high cholesterol. Alcoholic extracts have been indicated for anti-inflammatory, hypoglycemic, and antiviral purposes. The Chinese dressed abscesses with the fleshy pad of the plant.

The American Indians used the fruit for food and also made syrup from it to treat a whooping cough and asthma.

Only recently, research has begun to show just how much the seeds of the prickly pear can so greatly benefit skin. Within the edible part of each prickly pear fruit there are numerous seeds. The seed amount can vary from 30% to 40% on a dry weight basis. These seeds contain oil, and it is this nutrient-rich oil that is extracted and then used on the skin. Today, oil can be pressed from the seeds and then used as a carrier oil or ingredient in cosmetics and skincare applications.

Anatomy of the Skin’s Epidermis

The epidermis, or outermost layer of human skin, is covered and protected by a layer of lipids and sweat known as the acid mantle. The lipid portion of the acid mantle is made up of sebum from sebaceous glands as well as lipids from the stratum corneum (the outermost layer of the epidermis) The sweat of the acid mantle is that secreted by sweat glands. The acid mantle has an acidic pH. The pH is the measurement of acidity or alkalinity of a body fluid. With a pH between 4 and 6.5, the skin is protected from bacterial and fungal infection as well as water loss. The acid mantle also supports the barrier function of the stratum corneum. If the acid mantle loses its acidity, the skin becomes susceptible to damage and infection as well as irritation and sensitivity.

The stratum corneum has a brick-and-mortar type design. Corneocytes are the cells that form the brick-like layer. The mortar is made up of a complex of intercellular lipids that holds the moisture in between the corneocytes. The stratum corneum maintains the water level of the skin below and controls and reduces what is known as transepidermal water loss (TEWL). TEWL is the natural moisture flow out from deeper skin layers to be lost eventually by evaporation from the skin surface. With the brick-and-mortar design, the cells in the stratum corneum (the corneocytes) form a water-retaining barrier embedded in a lipid matrix.

The principal lipids that make up the mortar of the stratum corneum include ceramides (approximately 40-50%), cholesterol (20-25%), and fatty acids (10-25%). It is this mortar of lipids that serves to prevent water loss through the stratum corneum. These lipids and the natural moisturizing factor (NMF) of the stratum corneum are crucial in maintaining the water level of the skin as well as reducing TEWL. The NMF, which is housed within the corneocytes, is composed of free amino acids and their derivatives, urocanic acid, inorganic salts, sugars, lactic acid, and urea. NMF components are highly efficient humectants that attract and bind water from the atmosphere, drawing it into the corneocytes. These compounds are responsible for keeping the skin moist and pliable by attracting and holding water. They can hold large amounts of water in the skin cells and are also capable of absorbing water from the atmosphere and/or products applied to the skin. The lipids serve to prevent water loss from occurring in the NMF.

The Stratum Corneum Skin Barrier Function – Normal versus Dry Skin

Fatty acids in the skin lubricate, soften, and protect skin and prevent moisture loss from the skin. Both essential and non-essential fatty acids play separate and critical roles in proper skin function. The two types of essential fatty acids (EFAs) are linoleic acid and alpha-linoleic acid. EFAs are called essential because they are absolutely essential in our bodies, but our bodies cannot synthesize them. We must, therefore, consume them in our diets or apply them to our skin. All other fatty acids found in the skin simply are referred to as fatty acids. These include palmitic acid, oleic acid, myristic acid, stearic acid, and others. Non-essential fatty acids can be produced by the body, although they can still be ingested from some of the food that we eat or applied to the skin.

Components of Vegetable/Herbal/Nut/Seed Oils and Their Effect on Skin

A deficiency in stratum corneum lipids may contribute to dehydrated skin or xerosis (an abnormal dryness of the skin or mucus membranes). Factors that may cause such condition include age, low humidity in the environment, cold or heat exposure (e.g. sunburn, wind burn, or frostbite), diet, genetics, and indoor heating. Factors that can break down the protective lipid layer and increase TEWL include taking long, hot showers in the wintertime, using harsh detergents or solvents, excessive hand washing, and applying irritating chemicals. When the skin barrier breaks down, one may notice dry, itchy, flaky, rough, and dull skin and can even develop fissures and cracks. Whether a person has healthy, supple skin or suffers from common skin disorders, maintenance of a healthy skin barrier is vital. A daily skin regimen must be followed regularly to maintain the health of the skin.

One exceptional way to help maintain the health of the skin is to apply vegetable/herbal/nut/seed oils onto the skin. These oils, along with creams, lotions, ointments, butters, and balms soften and smooth the skin surface, maintain skin’s tone and elasticity, prevent TEWL, and support the lipid matrix. Vegetable and seed oils, beeswax, squalene, lanolin, and shea butter supply nutrients to and have a hydrating effect on the skin. They are called occlusive substances and form a barrier on the surface of the skin helping to reduce TEWL. Thus, vegetable oils are highly biocompatible to the skin and maintain the health of the stratum corneum.

Vegetable oils can be used to dilute and carry essential oils onto skin. They can also be therapeutic substances, in that they contain the following chemical components: 1.) essential and non-essential fatty acids, 2.) fat-soluble vitamins, 3.) sterols/phytosterols, and 4.) polyphenols/phenolic compounds.

Component 1 – Essential and Non-Essential Fatty Acids: Vegetable oils contain varying amounts of EFAs and non-essential fatty acids. When EFAs are deficient in the skin, the integrity of the skin suffers. A deficiency can cause a disruption in the epidermic homeostasis which affects the barrier function of the skin. This can then lead to TEWL which can then lead to skin disorders such as dryness, scaliness, redness, dermatitis, and other signs of inflammation. Diet, age, and certain diseases like diabetes contribute to an EFA deficiency. The EFAs present in vegetable oils help restore the skin barrier and treat inflammatory disorders of the skin including dermatitis, psoriasis, and eczema. They help wounds heal and help in the prevention of wrinkles.

As mentioned earlier, linoleic acid (LA) is one of the two types of EFAs. LA, the most abundant polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) is present in the epidermis. PUFAs are fatty acids with two or more carbon double bonds. They include omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. They are very unstable and readily oxidize when exposed to oxygen and light. When tocopherols such as Vitamin E are present in a PUFA-rich vegetable oil, the oil’s lipids become more stable. Linoleic acid, an omega 6 fatty acid, is an essential fatty acid in the skin that is required for the formation and maintenance of the cutaneous barrier to water loss. If the water content of the stratum corneum (commonly caused by a breakdown or assault to the skin barrier) falls below 10% the natural functions of it are impaired and the skin becomes dry (dehydrated), scaly, and less pliable, all the signs of xerosis. The most common areas individuals experience xerosis are on the arms and legs. Linoleic acid is crucial to the proper growth and development of the epidermis. It also is required for synthesis of the important long-chain ceramides necessary to protect against dry skin. Vegetable oils rich in linoleic acid include: safflower, sunflower/not high oleic acid version, flax seed, hemp seed, wheatgerm, walnut, and sesame oil. Macadamia nut and sea buckthorn oils are all rich in palmitic acid. The other type of essential fatty acid found in vegetable oils is known as alpha-linoleic acid (ALA). It reduces inflammation when applied topically and can reduce acne.

Component 2 – Fat-soluble Vitamins: Vitamin E, or tocopherols, is a potent antioxidant found in vegetable oils. Antioxidants prevent free radicals from causing cell damage. Skin is susceptible to aging from free radicals because the free radicals damage the collagen (the main component in connective skin tissue) and elastin fibers in the skin. Tocopherols function as free radical scavengers. Vitamin E helps heal, repair, and regenerate skin. There are several types of tocopherols including alpha (α), beta (β), gamma (γ), and delta (δ) tocopherols. Vegetable oils are also a good source of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, and K. As stated above, when tocopherols such as Vitamin E are present in a PUFA-rich vegetable oil, the oil’s lipids become more stable.

Component 3 – Sterols/Phytosterols: Phytosterols are components found in vegetable oils that resemble cholesterol components. Like cholesterol, phytosterols have a water-binding capacity that may help maintain a healthy skin barrier function. When phytosterols are applied topically on the skin, anti-aging benefits may occur. They not only stop the slow-down of collagen production caused by sun damage, but they can also encourage new collagen production.

Component 4 – Polyphenols/Phenolic compounds: Polyphenols are found in vegetable oils and are a large class of chemical compounds known as phenolic compounds. Whether ingested or applied topically, they provide the body with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, and oxidative stress prevention. Polyphenols prevent skin damage from sunlight’s UV rays and can ameliorate adverse skin reactions following UV exposure including skin damage, erythema (redness or rash resulting from capillary congestion), and lipid peroxidation (oxidative deterioration of lipids).

Components of Opuntia ficus indica Seed Oil

Image Credit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opuntia#/media/File:Prickly_Pear_Closeup.jpg

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Cactus pear oil was examined in a 2002 study conducted by Mohamed Fawzy Ramadan and Jorg-Thomas Morsel where total lipids were found to be 98.8g/kg dry weight. In the study it was found that the fatty acid profile of seed oil evinces the lipids as a good source of the essential linoleic acid and oleic acids, wherein the ratio of linoleic to oleic was about 3:1. Linoleic was the dominating fatty acid, followed by palmitic and oleic acid, respectively. Ramadan and Morsel suggested that the levels of total lipids may depend on fruit cultivar, degree of ripeness, and fruit processing and storage conditions. As for fat-soluble vitamins, Ramadan and Morsel found a Vitamin E level of 0.04% of total lipids in the seed oil. γ-tocopherol was the main form of Vitamin E found, followed by α-tocopherol. Vitamin A in the form of β-carotene accounted for less than 0.42g/kg in seed oil. Vitamin K1 was also present at 0.05% of total lipids. Also, hi levels of sterols were estimated for the seed oil, which made up 9.33g/kg of seed oil. β-Sitosterol was the sterol marker, which comprised 72% of the total sterol content in the seed oil. The next major component was campesterol. Stigmasterol, lanosterol, ∆5-avenasterol, and ∆7-avenasterol were also found.  The study concluded that prickly pear seed oil, as well as prickly pear pulp oil is a rich source of fatty acids, fat-soluble vitamins, and sterols. Much of the research conducted in the years following this study referred back to and compared their data and results with those of Ramadan and Morsel.

Other studies also found prickly pear seed oil to be exceptionally rich in fatty acids, particularly in linoleic acid. One study measured between 61.4 – 68.9% linoleic, 12.38 – 16.51% oleic, and 11.44 – 15.89% palmitic acid. In yet another study, of the total fatty acids present in the seed oil, 70.3% consisted of linoleic, followed by 16.7% oleic. With regard to its lipid profile, Opuntia seed oil was considered exceptionally rich and comparable with grape seed oil. One other study examined and compared the seed oils of two species of prickly pear which were Opuntia ficus indica and Opuntia dilenii. It found exceptional linoleic acid levels of 58.79 and 79.83%, respectively. There was also a study that tested four different colored fruits and the seed oils of each. Red, orange, yellow, and green fully ripened fruits were picked in August and then tested. The level of linoleic acid in one color of fruit did not necessarily mean relatively similar levels of other fatty acids. For example, while linoleic levels ranged from greatest to least as 63.1% for orange, 62.1% for yellow, 61.8% for green, and 58.7% for red, oleic levels ranged from greatest to least as 24.3% for red, 20.9% for yellow, 16.3% for green, and 15.2% for orange.

A 2014 study found that the prickly pear seed contained 403 mg/kg of Vitamin E mostly in the form of γ-tocopherol. Some studies considered the tocopherols in the seed oil to be capable of making the seed oil quite stable. One of these is the study mentioned above where the seed oils of Opuntia ficus indica and Opuntia dilenii were compared. Although the levels of γ-tocopherol found in the two seed oils were only 1.23% and 0.29% of the total lipids respectively, the study still stated, “High levels of Vitamin E, detected in the oils, may contribute to great stability toward oxidation.”

A German study focused on topical treatments containing phytosterols. The results indicated that phytosterols not only stopped the slow-down of collagen production, but they actually encouraged new collagen production. Thus, the researchers suggested that phytosterols can reverse the effects of aging and may be useful additions to anti-aging products. In the study mentioned earlier that compared the seed oils of Opuntia ficus indica and Opuntia dilenii, the sterolic fraction was composed of β-sitosterol 21.93% and 2.80%, campesterol 3.75% and 0.51%, stigmasterol 1.64% and 0%, and fucosterol 0% and 0.27% respectively. The sterol marker, β-sitosterol, accounted for 80.27% and 78.21% of the total sterol content in Opuntia ficus indica and Opuntia dilenii seed oils. These numbers were similar to those found in the Ramadan and Morsel study.

Polyphenols are abundant in the cactus pear. The growing interest in polyphenols results from their antioxidant potential which is involved in health benefits such as the prevention of inflammation, cardiovascular dysregulation, and neurodegenerative diseases. Polyphenols are free radical scavenging and have also proven anticancer activity. All parts of the cactus plant are rich in members of the polyphenol family such as various flavonoids and phenolic acids. Prickly pear seeds contain high amounts ranging from 48 (red) to 89 (orange) mg/100 g and include feruloyl derivatives, tannins, and sinapoyl diglucoside. In the study that examined the four different colored cactus fruits, the phenolic profile of the seeds displayed a high complexity, with more than 20 compounds detected at 330 nm after liquid chromatography separation. Among them, three isomers of feruloyl-sucrose were firmly identified and so was sinapoyl-diglycoside. High correlations were found between phenolic content in the defatted seed extracts and their antioxidant activity. The seed extract of the orange fruit showed significantly higher values for all of the detected phenolic compounds. The samples presenting the highest antioxidant activities also had the highest phenolics, tannins and flavonoids content. Indeed, the seed extract of the orange fruits presented better activities, while the extract from the red one showed lower ones.

One other thing to note about prickly pear seeds is that although cactus pears carry an average of 150-300 seeds each, only a tiny amount of oil can be extracted from each seed. This, in turn, makes the cost of prickly pear seed oil extremely high. At about $2,000 per liter (approximately 34 US fluid ounces), prickly pear seed oil is the most expensive carrier oil on the market. According to Karim Anegay, who heads the cactus program at the Economic Promotion Office in Morocco, 8 tonnes of cactus pears are needed to produce just 1 liter of seed oil.

Conclusion

After researching the components of prickly pear seed oil, it is quite easy to see why it is gaining such popularity in the cosmetics and food industries. With large amounts of linoleic acid, Vitamin E, phytosterols, and polyphenols, prickly pear seed oil stimulates healthy cell production and turnover, provides protection, and helps skin retain moisture. These components make the oil an extremely rich and skin-nourishing oil. It soothes, hydrates, and reduces inflammation that can damage collagen, and it can prevent skin aging and wrinkles. The only disadvantage I can see is the cost to extract, press, and bottle the oil. However, after the research I conducted, I realize that prickly pear seed oil’s cost may be worth every drop.


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COFFEE BENEFITS ON THE SKIN:

  • Skin Exfoliation. Coffee grounds work great as a face scrub because their texture helps exfoliate the skin and remove dead skin cells. …
  • Skin Softening. …
  • Cellulite Reduction. …
  • Treating Dark Circles and Puffy Eyes. …
  • Anti-Oxidation. …
  • Skin Tightening. …
  • Skin Brightening. …
  • Anti-Inflammation.

Caffeine also has several properties that are good for your skin, doing everything from diminishing under-eye circles, reducing inflammation and redness, and doing away with cellulite. If you want to reap the benefits of coffee for skin, add it to your skin care routine and find out how your complexion improves.

ANTI-INFLAMMATION

Caffeine has anti-inflammatory properties that make it a great way to get rid of any redness and swelling on your face and skin. It works so well that a study has even shown that its performance is already comparable to that of aspirin when it comes to minimizing puffiness, at least on rats. Another experiment that involved testing the effectiveness of coffee as an added ingredient to anti-inflammatory creams yielded significant positive results, proving once again the benefits of coffee on the skin.

SKIN SOFTENING

Easier and cheaper than a salon facial treatment is a coffee-cocoa face pack, which can quickly be made even in the comforts of your home. Simply mix two spoons each of cocoa powder and ground coffee, then add to three spoons of milk and a spoonful of honey. If your skin is oily, you may want to use yogurt instead of milk. This mixture can then be applied directly on your face. After about 30 minutes or so, you can wash off the face pack with clean water. The benefits of this face pack include softer, healthier, and hydrated skin. It can also tighten your pores.

CELLULITE REDUCTION

Another one of the great benefits of coffee on the skin is reducing cellulite. This is so because the caffeine in coffee dehydrates your fatty cells, causing the cellulite to appear diminished and making your skin look much smoother. In fact, studies have shown that skin creams which listed caffeine as an ingredient are up to 17% more effective when it comes to cellulite reduction. To make your own body scrub, just mix together coffee, pure aloe vera gel, and vitamin E oil in a 2:1:1 ratio, then apply the mixture and massage onto your skin. Make sure that the coffee you use is finely ground to achieve the best results.

TREATING DARK CIRCLES AND PUFFY EYES

Yet another advantage of coffee is its ability to reduce the appearance of puffiness and dark under-eye circles. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, caffeine can minimize the accumulation of blood under your eyes, therefore preventing dark circles. It is so effective that almost every product marketed as a way to erase dark circles has a certain amount of caffeine in its formula. However, take note that dark circles and under-eye puffiness can be caused by a number of factors, including dehydration, sleep deprivation, and allergies. Although it can remedy excessive blood flow, caffeine cannot remove dark circles that are caused by hereditary factors.

SKIN EXFOLIATION

Coffee grounds work great as a face scrub because their texture helps exfoliate the skin and remove dead skin cells. The benefits include a smoother and cleaner face, and as an added benefit, the coffee also helps prevent dryness on your face. To use, simply make a scrub out of half a cup each of brown sugar and ground coffee, along with a quarter cup of olive oil. Mix well until it turns into a fine paste and applies it directly to your face, massaging in circular motions. When you’re done, rinse thoroughly and apply moisturizer for best results.

ANTI-OXIDATION

Coffee is very rich in antioxidants and surprisingly has a far higher content than even fruits and vegetables. This makes it a great remedy for skin damage caused by UV rays from exposure to the sun. Research has proven that applying coffee on the skin provides a layer of protection from harmful radiation. It does this by inhibiting a certain protein enzyme, thereby reducing the risk of getting skin cancer. Moreover, coffee’s diuretic properties make it great for treating a condition called Rosaceae, relieving the discomfort caused by redness and irritation due to sun damage.

SKIN TIGHTENING

Adding to the long list of benefits of coffee on the skin is its properties that allow for skin tightening. Caffeine is great for minimizing the appearance of fine lines around the face, and can also diminish puffiness in certain areas of the face. It is not a surprise that once again, coffee is added as an ingredient to many anti-aging beauty products that aim to tighten skin and reduce fine lines. Most importantly, caffeine has been shown to hinder the development of cancer cells in the body.

SKIN BRIGHTENING

The key to having beautiful skin is to have healthy skin, and the best way to achieve this is to make sure that you are protected from viruses, fungi, and bacteria that can harm your face and affect your skin. To give yourself a radiant glow, mix coffee grounds and Epson salt in warm filter water and use this to wash your face. Afterward, use the same coffee grounds to massage and exfoliate your face, rinsing again with the same coffee water.

ANTI-INFLAMMATION

Caffeine has anti-inflammatory properties that make it a great way to get rid of any redness and swelling on your face and skin. It works so well that a study has even shown that its performance is already comparable to that of aspirin when it comes to minimizing puffiness, at least on rats. Another experiment that involved testing the effectiveness of coffee as an added ingredient to anti-inflammatory creams yielded significant positive results, proving once again the benefits of coffee on skin.

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BENEFITS OF COCOA ON THE SKIN:

  • High in antioxidants Cacao blocks harmful free radicals in the body. …
  • Cacao has a good amount of vitamin C and magnesium, which helps in protecting the skin and keeping it healthy.
  • Cacao contains omega 6 fatty acids, which helps in cellular healing.

The supportive properties found in cocoa are not just abundant internally, they also provide many of the same effects externally. Just as the antioxidants help stop the premature breakdown of cells in plants, it does the same for your skin. The use of raw cocoa on the skin help to protect skin from free radicals and help combat acne.These properties help to soften, clear and detoxify your skin. It can also increase the elasticity of your skin, which helps with fine lines, wrinkles and reduces the appearance of scars.

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