This is the main ingredient group to explore in the making of truly sustainable skincare products in your kitchen. In Asia, food and beauty products are often interchangeable, and roughly half the ingredients in most dishes are used in a traditional beauty regimen. The reason why we should use food for our skincare products is obviously for safety because food ingredients are far more regulated than cosmetic ingredients. In addition, they are biodegradable and both our bodies and the Earth know how to process them.
Grains, Beans and Seeds
Grains, beans, and seeds make great exfoliants, face washes, masks, and can be used as fillers or thickeners. They are usually easily sourced in grocery shops too. The following are found to be effective when applied topically:
Almond (Prunus dulcis)
Both the Indian and the Chinese traditions recognise the mild bleaching effects of almond meal In the United States, almond meal is widely used as an exfoliant.
Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are not only an excellent source of many nutrients. Some raw fruits and vegetables can be used for home spa treatments, while dried versions can be made into tincture and infused oil, which can then be used to make creams and lotions. Some can also be used as colorants for make-up products when freeze-dried.
This substance has excellent soothing, healing, and moisturising properties and also helps slough off dead skin cells.
Herbs, Botanical Extracts, and Spices
Plants, flowers, and marine extracts contain phytochemicals that can be beneficial to our skin. In homemade products, we can control the amount of these useful extracts to make them truly effective. Plants, flowers, and marine extracts make great tincture and infused oils which can be used in creams and lotions.
Arrowroot or kuzu (Maranta arundinacea):
A plant harvested from rugged mountains, it soothes and heals irritated skin thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. It is odourless and has deodorising qualities too.
Other Edible Ingredients
Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate):
Helps draw out toxins as the body attempts to balance the percentage of saline content between the water and skin. Add to a hot bath.