Properties and Benefits:
In this article we are going to talk about avocado, coconut and honey, the crown jewels of natural cosmetic ingredients. They can be found in many cosmetic products for both the skin and hair. Let’s break down their benefits, so you can choose your favourite.
Originating from the avocado tree, this natural fruit from North America was originally used not only as food, but also to protect the skin against wind and to help hair growth. Now, you can find it in many skincare products, helping to:
- Utilise antioxidant properties
Commonly found in cosmetic products as coconut oil, it is famous for its many functions:
- Moisturising skin and hair
- Anti-ageing properties
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Stabilising pH
- Accelerating tanning
Honey, another of our favourite ingredients when it comes to natural cosmetics, is not only great for your health, but it's also great for your skin and hair. Here are the main properties of this top 10 ingredient:
- Preventing hair loss
- Reducing itching, swelling and redness
The above ingredients can be used in a wide variety of formats, the most common being:
- Facial and hair masks
- Shower gels
- Lip balms
- Eye contours
- Haircare products
Is it for your skin type?
One of the components of avocado is linoleic and linolenic acid, which help you to have healthy, blemish-free skin. These components will be your best friends if you are focused on curing skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, dermatitis or dry skin. It is also a great addition to an anti-ageing routine.
As this emollient ingredient is rich in triglycerides (fatty acids), dry skin that is not prone to blackheads or congested pores will benefit most from using cosmetic coconut oils.
Oily, combination or acne-prone skin types must be aware that coconut is a comedogenic ingredient, i.e. it can cause pore congestion. This doesn't mean that these skin types have to stay away from coconut as a cosmetic ingredient, but it should be used with lauric acid for best results.
This ingredient contains vitamins and natural enzymes that, when used as a mask, make it an ideal treatment for oily skin. And if that wasn't enough, it can also be a great cleanser that helps eliminate toxins, making it ideal for acne-prone skin. Plus, it also has amazing anti-ageing benefits for more mature skin.
How does it work? A little bit of science:
Avocado is high in vitamin E, which gives it those famous antioxidant properties that help delay ageing and slow down free radical damage.
It also has regenerating, nourishing and moisturising properties, thanks to fatty acids, leaving skin soft and nourished.
The benefits of coconut come from every single super component in this ingredient, such as unsaturated fatty acids like linoleic acid (omega 6), monounsaturated fatty acids like oleic acid, saturated fatty acids like lauric acid, palmitic acid, myristic acid and caprylic acid.
When it is an extra virgin oil, the presence of saturated fatty acids makes coconut oil semi-solid, although it melts at a temperature of around 25 degrees.
Plus on top of all the above fatty acids, coconut oil also contains vitamin E and vitamin K.
The reason why honey works so well as a cosmetic ingredient can be attributed to its numerous mineral salts, amino acids and vitamins A, B and C. With all of its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and super-moisturising properties, your skin and hair will feel reborn. Your skin will give special thanks to its high fructose levels, which help retain water from the outermost layers of the skin.
How do we find them on beauty labels?
- Persea Gratissima Oil
- Persea Gratissima Fruit Extract
- Persea Gratissima Extract
- Cocos Nucifera
- Cocos Nucifera Oil
- Mel Extract
Which products can they be in?
- Avocado can be found in many anti-ageing cosmetics, as well as hair products, due to its vitamin A, B, D and E content.
- Coconut is popular in cosmetics thanks to all of its properties, and its ability to penetrate into the deepest layers of the skin, helping to keep your skin smooth and firm. That's why it's easy to find this ingredient in many products for the face, body and hair. No surprise that it’s one of our favourites!
- Nowadays honey is an essential ingredient in many cosmetic lines that tend to use it for (deep breath) facial creams, hand creams, moisturising milks, masks, lip balms, soaps and shower gels, shampoos, lotions...
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Works well with…
- Avocado works well with olive oil.
- Honey combined with lemon will maximise its antibacterial and antioxidant benefits.
- Combine honey with coconut or jojoba oil to create a perfect cleanser for makeup removal.