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.
These are the seeds of the tree Bixa orellana, commonly called the lipstick tree, and are used to colour food as well as cosmetics. They are also known to reduce the signs of wrinkles and blemishes as well as to tighten the pores when topically applied. They have a bright chilli orange colour and are used traditionally in Vietnamese noodle soup, Bun Bo, without making it spicy.