Skincare trends – charcoal and ferments / bio actives

This year, it seemed to us that the trend for skincare was a focus on quality formulations and hydration. That hasn’t changed.

The surprise is the quiet rise of bio active or probiotic skincare formulations and the increasing use of charcoal in masks and cleansers.

What do we mean by bio active ingredients?

Bio active can mean many things. For some ; it means natural or organic ingredients. For others it means that skincare formulations given that label have been designed to break down more easily and with less synthetic ingredients.

Other people take a different approach ; probiotic = skin loving bacteria – the positive side of bacterial action on skin. So in the same way people drink probiotic yoghurt drinks or kombucha ; we can use good bacteria to ferment natural ingredients to make it more absorbable and beneficial for the body.

Why bother?

Fermentation breaks down natural ingredients into enzymes and proteins which releases more energy and are biologically closer in structure or are precursors to enzymes and neurotransmitters in the body. This makes them more beneficial for several reasons :

  • It breaks proteins into smaller peptide chains for easier absorption in the body
  • Carbohydrates and fats – while not losing all their structure are partly converted into easier digestible sugars. This works with enzymes and transmitters used in metabolic processes to create better energy burning and release mechanisms in the body.’
  • Enzymes formed in the fermentation process are existent in actual neurotransmitters such as tryptophan for serotonin and are also often precursors to similar or other signaling processes.
  • Micro proteins or peptides broken down from milk and oats form amides similar in structure to proteins existent on the skin layer
  • Simply put ; they absorb better, help the body stay in better balance when properly researched and formulated and make you feel good.

Why Charcoal ?

Charcoal has been used for many years for removing toxins.

It can adsorb lead acetate, strychnine, DDT, many drugs (including cocaine, iodine, penicillin, aspirin, phenobarbital), and inorganic substances (chlorine, lead, and mercury). Activated charcoal powder is basically charcoal heated and ground to very fine dust.

Activated charcoal powder can adsorb thousands of times its own weight in gases, heavy metals, poisons, and other chemicals; thus it renders them ineffective and harmless. As this absorption ability is one of the major benefits of activated charcoal, this substance is routinely used in hospitals and by physicians. It is even used for toxins as powerful as snake venom and scorpion  / venomous spider bites and stings.  Placed on skin , it can draw out impurities and toxins and has become so popular for both men and womens skincare recently  – you can’t miss it in stores.


Feel free to try it.



Wednesday watch: Helen Mirren shuts down a sexist interviewer — Of Means and Ends

I am the worst at dealing with sexism and gender discrimination but this is a reminder that it happens and can happen to anyone.

See where Parkinson’s eyes rest and – it just says it all.

This week’s pick goes back to a 1975 interview in which a young, inexperienced Helen Mirren deftly shuts down a sexist interviewer. As a reminder that we still have work to do, Mirren noted that when he interviewed her in 2006, he started off once again by asking about her breasts.

via Wednesday watch: Helen Mirren shuts down a sexist interviewer — Of Means and Ends

Daily Prompt: Stylish

via Daily Prompt: Stylish

Last year I followed one set of phrases for my fashion ethic.

‘frump chic ‘ sometimes known as ‘frumpcore’.

Entirely comfort driven.

Be Stylish?

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Think cardigans, old textured fabrics, warm nights, old oversized clothes.

Wearing just about anything you would like to wear – more about you.

Much less so about the guys next door.\

You know what , who cares; style in fact has never felt so good.