A closer look at our Cucumber Toner

June 1, 2010 at 12:17 pm Leave a comment

Let’s take a closer look at the key Ingredients in our Cucumber Aloe Toner, and their properties, benefits and history!

Aloe Vera (INCI- Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract)
Aloe Vera is a species of succulent plant that most likely originated in northern Africa. Aloe vera grows in tropical climates and is widely distributed in Africa, Asia and other tropical areas. Aloe has been used topically for centuries for healing burns, sunburns, wounds, psoriasis and more.

Benefits:
• Rejuvenating
• Healing
• Soothing
• Moisturizing
• It promotes tightening of the skin

Rosewater (INCI-Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Distillate)
A natural product of the water distillation of Rose Otto petals (Rosa damascena). Rose Hydrosol has a toning, hydrating and balancing effect on the body and spirit. While very fragrant, hydrosols are also used for their therapeutic properties, as they contain water soluble molecules from the plant material.

Benefits:
• Has skin softening, soothing and healing properties
• Acts as a humectant (see Glossary below)
• It can be used for all skin types including combination skin
• It helps to regulate sebum
• Its antibacterial properties can be helpful in the prevention of acne
• It is a good choice for anti-aging and anti-wrinkle formulations
• It is also known for its ability to help cool sunburn
• Has light astringent properties

Fun facts:
• Rose water was first produced by Muslim chemists in the medieval Islamic world through the distillation of roses, for use in the drinking and perfumery industries.
• Rose water was also used during Victorian times to soothe the skin.
• Emotionally, Rose Damascena Hydrosol is both invigorating yet calming
• Roses are the flower of romance and Moroccan. Rose Hydrosol is said to be an aphrodisiac.

Glycerine
Glycerin is a neutral, sweet-tasting, colourless/odourless thick liquid produced from fats and oils. It can be dissolved into water or alcohol, but not oils. Many things will dissolve into glycerin easier than they do into water or alcohol making glycerin a good solvent. It is a natural by-product in the soap making process. Commercial manufacturers remove glycerin (*we don’t!) to be used in more expensive lotions and creams but an amount remains in every soap bar made.

We use vegetable glycerin. Vegetable glycerin is a humectant (see glossary below) and is used for its ability of absorbing moisture from the air. It is used in skin care products for its emollient and water-retaining properties.

Benefits:
• Enhances the moisturizing qualities of skincare products because it helps retain moisture in the skin.
• Good for people with oily skin
• Attracts and holds moisture in the skin

Cucumber Extract (INCI – Cucumis sativus (Cucumber) Extract)
Cucumber is a natural anti-inflammatory and has an extremely soothing effect on the skin. Cucumber is from the same family as aloe and has strong moisturizing capabilities. Cucumber also has a slight bleaching action which aids in removing dead skin cells. In Cosmetics, cucumber extract is used in a number of products such as Facial Toners, Cleansers, lotions, gels, soaps etc. A natural astringent, it is great for toning and tightening the skin.

Benefits:
• Can be used to treat tired skin, wrinkles etc
• An excellent skin-soother and skin-conditioning ingredient, wonderful for treating itchy skin
• Performs as an astringent while imparting a cool sensation to soothe the skin
• Can help reduce puffiness of the skin
• Has skin tightening properties
• Acts as a humectant
• Contains high amounts of amino acids and organic acids that are beneficial to the skin
• Removes impurities, reduces oiliness, refines pores

Glossary of Terms
Humectant – a substance used primarily in foods and cosmetic products to help retain moisture. It attracts water molecules from the air, and bind them to the skin.

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