This simple ingredient could turn your dry skin around.
Cotton has been harvested around the world for thousands of years - and is most commonly used in the clothing industry due to its undeniable breathability and softness.
However, the use of this material has evolved throughout the ages, making its way into households across Australia in the form of bedding, curtains, feminine products, cooking oil and plenty more.
But how is cotton being used in skin care products - and is it really beneficial to our skin? Beauty Expert and Burt’s Bees Senior Brand Manager, Nicola Quinn, says there’s a lot more to cotton that makes this beauty ingredient a secret weapon against dryness and sensitive skin.
Why is cotton being included in skincare?
There are several reasons why cotton may be included in skincare products, but one of the most prevalent is for its natural properties. Cotton extracts are a natural ingredient that are often formulated without chemical intervention, are hypoallergenic and have several benefits for our skin.
How is it incorporated into products?
Cotton has been used in skincare for several years for products like facial wipes, face masks, cotton balls and make-up remover pads. However, harvesting cotton fibres and utilising them as an ingredient within skincare is a somewhat newer concept. Cotton extracts, which includes cotton milk, cotton seed oil and cotton thistle, contain an abundance of benefits for our skin like vitamin E, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, which helps to support smooth skin, reduced inflammation and fights free radicals.
What’s the benefit to my skin?
Cotton extracts are beneficial to skin due to its softening and replenishing properties. Its fibres are most widely used due to their high concentrations of vitamin E and antioxidants, which have a soothing and calming effect on the skin. Cotton-based skincare products, including the Burt’s Bees Sensitive Range - are helpful in the maintenance of moisture within the skin, and is particularly beneficial for those with drier or dehydrated skin types.
Is it suitable for all skin types?
As a natural ingredient, cotton is suitable across all skin types - making it a practical option for many people that may be unsure of their skin type or are just beginning their skincare journey.
Cotton has been evolving throughout the skin care industry in the last few years, and has become recognised for its rich antioxidant and vitamin E properties - altering how cotton is viewed and used universally. As a natural extract with a handful of benefits, many are harnessing the goodness that cotton provides and soaking in the perks of glowing moisturised skin all year round.