The beauty industry remains in the constant search for alternatives to curb the impact that its activities have on the pollution of the planet. Part of the initiatives to this end is upcycled cosmetics.
The trend is oriented towards sustainability, based on the creation of products using natural ingredients or by-products obtained responsibly as raw material.
Thus, ecology makes its way into the area of personal care, with different brands added to “creative recycling” and promoting users to adhere to these alternatives.
Objectives of upcycled cosmetics
Upcycled cosmetics are just as effective as conventional ones. The difference lies in the manufacturing method. This innovative mechanism consists of recovering waste and materials so that they have a second life.
The main source of ingredients is the food industry. The purpose is to obtain the cosmetic actives generated in processes of this area, which used to be wasted because they were considered useless.
With technology it is possible to offer new substances, whose added value is to protect the environment. The upcycled modality has good acceptance, considering that food waste has innumerable flattering ingredients in skin care.
Upcycled cosmetics cover the following variety:
- Facial serums.
- Body lotions.
Brands such as Natana ®, Symrise ® and Keracol Limited ® take advantage of creative recycling.
Useful ingredients in upcycled cosmetics
It is common for those who have not yet tried upcycled cosmetics to doubt the capacity of the products, but the actives used respect the same quality standards as conventional brands. Among the ingredients they take advantage of, rice starch stands out, ideal for making powders.
The oil and proteins from salmon that are not sold serve to revitalize skin cells. Some organic dyes are prepared with blackcurrant pulp.
Coffee grounds work as exfoliants or mixtures in the manufacture of creams for the eye contour. These are antioxidant and protective substances against ultraviolet (UV) rays. Other benefits are obtained in derivatives and concentrates of different foods.
The polyphenols obtained from the waste of olive oil protect the skin from oxidative damage and promote the production of collagen.
The fruit of this tree is related to collagen synthesis and wrinkle smoothing. They also attribute the ability to strengthen the skin to retain water; hence its inclusion in Upcycled.
Creams that help you fade dark circles and minimize the appearance of bags under your eyes may contain avocado-derived polyphenols.
These strains are usually used in the creation of fragrances for perfumes. After this work it is possible to recycle them and extract moisturizing and anti-aging actives from them.