Food grade ingredients are getting more and more popular in skincare products today. What we put in our bodies is just as important as what we put on bodies. As we become more conscious on what we put on our skin it is important to understand what ingredients we should look for and what ingredients we don’t want in our skincare.
What is Food Grade Ingredients?
What does it mean if a company has food-grade ingredients? Usually, this means that a company has sought out non-toxic, natural ingredients for skincare. (Keep in mind having food-grade ingredients does not mean that the product is edible or will taste good.) This means that a company has gone the extra step of getting ingredients that are naturally sourced and usually things you can find in your kitchen. Extracting the ingredients of certain foods that work well for your skin and pairing them with others making a potent concoction that is beneficial for you and the environment. Let’s start with ingredients that are really good for your skin!
Citrus and You- Looking for Vitamin C
This is an easy one we see Vitamin C or Ascorbic Acid in our products a lot. Vitamin C is one of the most powerful bioactive natural ingredients. It helps brighten your skin, fade dark marks, and give your skin an all-over glow. Food grade ingredients with a lot of Vitamin C are of course fruits. We usually attribute vitamin C to citrus fruits because they usually have the highest concentration. Oranges are notoriously known for being jam-packed with vitamin C. Grapefruit extract is also widely used for its concentration of vitamin C. Lemons also have a high concentration of Vitamin C but can be harmful to the skin. Unlike oranges lemons have a really high pH making them very acidic. If placed in your skincare at too high concentrations lemons can cause skin irritation, dryness and sun damage. Lemons can be detrimental if you have dry or sensitive skin. This is why you should NEVER do DIY skincare treatments at home with lemons. You might see some results the first few times and think that is okay but, in the long run, you are stripping your skin of its natural oils and making it more prone to UVA and sun damage. Which will eventually lead to premature aging and even aid in the development of skin cancer.
Apples or Oranges- The real heroes Antioxidants
Now we all hear about Vitamin C and how it is beneficial for our skin but we don’t hear enough about antioxidants. Antioxidants are compounds that inhibit oxidation. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that can produce free radicals, thereby leading to chain reactions that may damage the cells of organisms. Antioxidants are substances that can prevent or slow damage to cells caused by free radicals. They are sometimes called “free-radical scavengers.” Antioxidants fight free radicals which may slow down the production of wrinkles, and stop premature aging. I think we can all agree that we would prefer to age slower and look youthful with healthier skin for as long as possible. Vitamin C is actually an antioxidant, one of the more well know antioxidants but fruits are packed with many different types of antioxidants that protect your skin from damage. We see antioxidants in oranges, apples, bananas, watermelons, cherries, blueberries, and all the fruits in between! If you see fruit in your skincare it means that there are naturally occurring antioxidants present helping to heal your skin.
Check out Tiger Lines our stretch mark and cellulite cream jam-packed with cherries. Over time, cherries can rehydrate our skin and regenerate skin cells making them ideal for lightening dark spots and fighting premature aging.
Now that we have discussed antioxidants it is time to get into our more basic additives. I mean literally these are the ingredients with high pH values. The most simple and basic additive is Sodium Bicarbonate better known as baking soda. This little wonder is added to most natural skincare products on the market. Why? Baking soda is often used to regulate the pH of products. If a product is too acidic then baking soda is added to reduce the acidity and make the product less harsh. Baking soda can do the same thing for your skin on its own. It can help balance your pH levels. Balanced skin has fewer blemishes and can soothe skin irritation. We all were teens once and put baking soda on a zit before. I will tell you from my own experience, that’s not a good idea. Baking soda works well in products but not so great when it comes to DIY skincare treatments. Since the pH of baking soda is so basic you can easily damage your skin, especially your face by putting baking soda on your face.
When it comes to baking soda and lemons I advise you to leave it to the professionals. However, when it comes to fruits like bananas, blueberries and other sweet treats feel free to try out some DIY skincare. Let us know if you would like us to include some good DIY recipes in our blog!