My children have had their paints out A LOT over the last few weeks! They’re always fascinated by the unique colours they can make by blending and mixing their paints together. Admittedly, it always ends up in a murky shade of brown, but there are brief moments beforehand where some wonderful shades are created! It got me thinking about how formulating skincare is also a form of art, blending different coloured oils, butters, clays and powders to produce something unique. It’s so exciting to work with ingredients that offer some of the most amazing hues that nature has to offer. There really is no need for artificial colours in skincare. Here are our Meadow highlights:
Sea Buckthorn Oil ????
We absolutely adore the vibrant orange colour of our cold-pressed, organic Sea Buckthorn oil. The colour is due to carotenoids, which are the yellow, orange and red plant pigments found in many fruits and vegetables. Not only do they make our Hydration Boost Moisturising Balm a beautiful, rich, golden colour, but carotenoids are also extremely beneficial to the skin. They have powerful anti-ageing and skin repair properties that can minimise the effects of sun exposure, stimulate collagen and improve skin tone and brightness!
Blue Yarrow Oil ????
The stunning organic essential oil that is Blue Yarrow has a deep, inky colour due to the high levels of chamazulene, which is produced when the flower tops are steam distilled. We use it in our Calm and Soothe Face Mask formulation because chamazulene has wonderful soothing and ant- inflammatory properties. The deep blue of the yarrow blended with the yellowy tones of the cucumber and broccoli oils gives our mask a delicate sage green colour that I absolutely love!
Hibiscus powder ????
The distinctive purple colour of hibiscus powder makes it such a joy to use in our Gently Resurfacing Facial Exfoliant. But of course, we haven’t added it just because of its colour! Hibiscus is bursting with skincare benefits. Its rich in antioxidants called anthocyanosides, which are found abundantly in purple, blue and red plants, berries and vegetables. Not only do they protect against free radical damage, but they also have astringent properties to help reduce the appearance of large pores. They also have an anti-inflammatory effect and can help to soothe inflamed skin, making hibiscus suitable for sensitive and delicate skin types. When the exfoliant is untouched it looks almost brown, due to the hibiscus powder being mixed with colloidal oat and apricot powder, but once you add water or cleansing balm, the rich purple colour appears as if by magic!
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