by Liz W
As the new decade approaches, top ten lists of all the biggest trends seen over the last ten years are popping up in news rooms and all over the internet; but no matter where you look; in fashion, pop-culture, beauty care, and so on, the one trend that spread like a weed in every category was “going green.”
Advances in green beauty products this decade began with science on one side and nature on the other; but as time went on, the lines were blurred, and the clean-cut chemists have been busy shoveling the farm into the lab ever since. With absurd claims like, “Chemical Free!” (Um, isn’t everything essentially a chemical?) being slapped on product labels, the green movement came with lots of legal issues and gray areas; but the collision of nature and science also caused an explosion of new discoveries in botanical skin care.
Humans have known for centuries about the power packed inside plants, and it has made quite a comeback after being ignored for some time. New formulas, involving fruit enzymes and essential oils, are sprouting up in drug and department store beauty aisles as a new way of thinking about chemicals blooms.
The same trustworthy ingredients we’re familiar with are still being used, but the source may have changed. For instance, most people have heard of salicylic acid, but many people don’t know that it’s found in strawberries, lemons and other fruits. So instead of synthesizing this acid under a microscope, it is just extracted right from the fruit. Other yummy examples include licorice, which is finding its way into a lot of redness-reducing products for its anti-inflammatory properties, and sugar cane, which is sweetening up skin softeners with its natural glycolic acid content.
Thank goodness that the relationship between farmers and scientists is blossoming the way it is so we can get the best of both worlds in one bottle. NIA 24 is a brand dedicated to mixing up highly advanced skin care with a healthy dose of nature in each tube. They have a full line of products containing fruit enzymes and acids that work wonders at preventing and healing sun-damaged and aging skin.
Now, I am not saying spread your brand new mulberry face cream on your toast, but before you dispose of that lemon peel, maybe blend a little zest with some olive oil and sugar, and Ta-Dah!, you’ve created your very own body scrub!