Green Beauty: B is for Bamboo... And The Beauty Lobby.
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Bamboo in Skincare
After exploring the benefits of algae, I'd like to move on to Bamboo. The green beauty ingredient, which contains 70% natural silica, keeps popping up in skincare and beauty. While Georgette Klinger ground it up to be used as a gentle exfoliator for the skin, its mattifying properties can also help with balancing oily skin and reducing pore size.
Bamboo charcoal, which is made by burning aged bamboo plants, has a number of medicinal properties. It is majorly absorptive, clarifying, purifying, and detoxifying for the skin. It is also great for treating infections, including acne, while withdrawing the impurities from your pores.
The Klog shared that bamboo-containing skincare products are fab for skin-regeneration and strengthening. Plus, they contain anti-aging flavonoids and amino acids that provide the skin with antioxidants. They recommend trying a bamboo product if you suffer from acne, because it will help fortify your skin's barrier and keep acne-causing bacteria out. (A faulty skin barrier is a commonly cited cause of skin eruptions.)
1. It’s MATTIFYING
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Erborian's PR rep sent me this bamboo mattifying lotion which goes on like a toner but works more like a lotion. It's great for oily skin types — you can even see the powdery silica collecting at the bottom. It provides balancing hydration — because dehydrated skin produces more sebum — leaving combo and oily skin types with matte, shine-free finishes. The bi-phase effect means that the water hydrates first and then the powder absorbs remaining shine, making it a great investment for the warm summer months.
My only complaint with the luxurious French-Korean hybrid line is that it's not as clean as some others. While it does not contain sulfates or parabens, it’s not totally natural... although their results are pretty great. I have used their cult-favorite Erborian 3-in-1 Ginseng BB Cream ($39) in the past and loved it. My boyfriend Tom calls their Yuzu lotion — which is jam-packed with vitamin C — a “glass of water for the skin.” Study up on the EWG's lukewarm take on Erborian's ingredients here.
2. It’s CLARIFYING.
This mask is fun because it dries on your face and peels off like a giant Bioré strip. Be extremely careful to re-wet and rise off any that is touching your eyebrows — I gave one of mine an accidental waxing.
You apply it like any face mask, massaging it into the face before allowing it to dry for 15-20 minutes. While applied, this organic K-Beauty gem absorbs excess oil, toxins, and impurities from the pores of your face. It is made using sensitive skin-friendly ingredients, such as hydrating aloe vera and bacteria-fighting tea tree oil, which are both sensitive skin-soothers.
Once you've removed the mask — which you should gently pull off, never rip (ouch!) — rinse away any residual product. Your skin will be left cleansed, toned, and ready for moisturizer.
I like this mask because it is organic, cruelty-free, paraben-free, mineral oil-free, artificial color-free, and lauryl/laureth sulfate-free. It's also economical; you get 5 masks for $12. The peel-off option is another perk; my charcoal mask by Amareta is amazing but is so hard to rinse off that I don’t use it as much as I’d like. It always ends up under my nails! (I still recommend it — your skin will feel so soft!)
3. It’s FIRMING.
Eminence Organics Bamboo Firming Fluid ($55) — normally $58!
I am intrigued by this luxury green skincare line. It has celebrity fans that include Alicia Keys, Katherine Heigl, Julie Dern, Lea Michele, Emma Slater, and Crystal Smith. They are also one of the most environmentally responsible companies, relying on organic, Biodynamic ingredients. This means that the ingredients they use are farmed responsibly. The company as a whole espouses a holistic view of the universe that accounts for the wellness of humans, plants, and animals, as members of a shared ecosystem. This earth-friendly world view dictates their ethical business practices.
The Bamboo Firming Fluid is a best-seller, with a rating of 4.5 on Amazon. It's won a variety of different awards — including Dermascope's Aesthetician's Award for Best Firming Serum Award of 2018, and Natural Health UK's Best Skin Serum of 2017.
In addition to antioxidant-, vitamin-, mineral-, and protein-packed bamboo, this natural retinol alternative contains coconut oil, coconut water, a natural retinol alternative complex, a patented form of green apple stem cells called PhytoCellTec (for anti-aging), and soothing Tahitian Monoi. And the feedback from consumers speaks for itself.
The serum smooths, tightens, improves elasticity, and firms while reducing the visible signs of age. Reviewers noticed results in as little as one week! I definitely plan to try.
There are two other natural beauty ingredients beginning with 'B' that I'd like to briefly mention.
When I think of blueberries, I immediately think of antioxidants. They're jam-packed with them! As you probably know, antioxidants reverse the effects of cell oxidation (i.e. aging), making them a valid anti-aging ingredient to look for in your green beauty products.
Try: Brooklyn Botany Blueberry Scrub ($14) — usually $25!
(2) Bladderwrack Seaweed:
I already touched on the importance of this ingredient when mentioning The Seaweed Bath Co. in my A is for Algae post. Still, I really do love the line. With summer coming up, we can all use a little extra sun protection and skin-smoothing detoxification.
Try: The Seaweed Bath Co. Firming Detox Cream ($11)
Do you use bamboo in your beauty regimen? Tell me in the comments below!
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