Everywhere you look products are being labeled certified organic and 100% natural. But as we have seen and reviewed on this Web site, not all natural cosmetics are safe or in fact actually natural. So, lets go one step further and examine natural cosmetics that are not only safe, but are also nutritional.
Nutritional cosmetics, also known as nutricosmetics are becoming increasingly popular. A recent study by cosmetic industry analysts indicate that the nurticosmetic market was around $1.5 billion in 2008 and is continuing to grow.
Consumers are more health conscious than they were 10 years ago, and are also realizing the effect certain products and lifestyles can have on the environment. As healthy, environmental friendly consumers attempt to reduce their individual carbon footprint the organic product market is rapidly growing.
That is not to say the original benefits are being sacrificed for environmental friendly products. In fact, brands are successfully combing the two aspects to form natural, nutritional cosmetics.
Personal care product lines made from organic food based ingredients are appearing left and right. And the majority of their potential benefits are based on their antioxidant properties. Here is a short list of popular antioxidants that can be found in nutritional cosmetics:
- Green Tea
- Coenzyme Q10 – reduces wrinkles
- Superoxide Dismutase
- Olive Fruits and Olive Oil – reduce oxidative stress and UV induced skin sensitivity
The organic food based or botanical ingredients are known to have the following types of benefits:
- Skin moisturizer
- Extracellular matrix support for firmer skin
- Antioxidant benefits
- Healthier complexion
Two ingredients have been studied and reported to support a healthier appearing complexion:
- Soy – both protein and isoflavones are commonly used in topical skin care products. However, little work has been done to examine the benefits of dietary soy for skin health.
As nutritional cosmetics become more popular further human clinical trails are needed to report accurately and evaluate all claims to nutritional cosmetics. However, until then, the list above should help guide you to a better understanding of proven nutritional cosmetics via provided skin health benefits from their dietary ingredients.