Rummaging through your garbage may not be quite as luxe as purchasing pricey skincare in premium packaging that assumes double-duty as vanity candy, but it turns out your food waste may be just as much of a skin saviour.
Things like fruit peels, coffee grounds, nut shells and a whole host of other slimy scraps we wouldn’t think twice about binning, contain some serious skin-loving ingredients. Repurposing them could do a whole world of good for not just your skin, but also the environment.
Studies show that more than 35 million tonnes of food waste end up in landfills each year. This is significantly impacting climate change, with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization reporting that global food waste contributes 8% of total greenhouse gas emissions. So, to revolutionise your skincare regime AND your climate-conscious efforts, we’ve rounded up all the non-edible leftover ingredients that double as skincare. You’re welcome.
What if we were to tell you that you don’t have to bin the aftermath of your avocado toast breakfast? Avocado stones are loaded with flavonol and antioxidants and have bactericidal and fungicidal properties. Once ground, not only can they reduce the appearance of wrinkles, but they also increase collagen production.
You won't find any parabens in coffee grounds! And not only are they seriously effective exfoliators, they are also packed with antioxidant-rich caffeine which boosts blood flow. In addition to providing oxygen, increased facial blood flow also helps carry away waste products, including free radicals for some seriously smooth skin.
If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s the prodigious selfcare capabilities of argan oil. Turns out, argan shells, a natural by-product in the production of argan oil, are actually pretty effective too. Incredibly rich in nourishing antioxidant vitamin E, argan shells when ground into a fine powder can deliver crazy amounts of moisture to parched skin.
The beauty industry is no stranger to apricot oil on account of its softening and hydrating properties. Unfortunately, apricot stones are often disposed of despite the fact that they are rich in deeply-nourishing vitamin E.
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