Mint is used to make soaps, lotions, shampoos, masks, creams and other types of perfumery and cosmetic products. This medicinal plant has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, disinfectant and soothing properties. It smells great and also has many properties that make it an excellent beauty enhancing ingredient. Want to learn more? Read on.
The fresh aroma of mint is familiar to everyone, which is why the plant is often used in cooking, and many people enjoy brewing tea from it. Mint is also an ingredient in toothpastes, mouthwashes, painkillers and anti-cancer medications. The plant is also considered an essential part of various cosmetics.
For hair and scalp
Peppermint is a storehouse of micro and macro elements, vitamins and nutrients needed by the body and hair. The refreshing and toning effect we feel when using peppermint hair products is due to the main active ingredient – menthol, while the other components of this plant stimulate blood circulation, restore sebaceous gland function, soothe irritation and inflammation and tone. That is why peppermint is recommended for problematic scalp, excessively oily hair and in case of dandruff problems.
Peppermint present in hair cosmetics also copes with dryness and brittleness of damaged curls by moisturizing them and restoring their structure from within. Thanks to the regenerative properties of the plant moisture deficiency in the epidermal cells and hair follicles is replenished.
Mint can be used fresh or dried. It is used in tinctures, oils and decoctions for rinsing hair and the scent it gives during treatments improves the mood and refreshes.
Some information about the essential oil itself
Peppermint oil is multicomponent and contains over 2000 active substances, the most valuable of which are menthol, vetiverol, thymol, limonene, pinene and terpinene. And it is thanks to such a rich composition that peppermint oil is an irreplaceable helper in cosmetics.
Here is a list of its main properties:
- disinfects surfaces
- heals wounds and micro-cracks
- it promotes the elimination of toxic substances;
- normalizes cellular processes, improving metabolism and blood circulation in the dermis;
- strengthens brittle hair, closes scales and smooths curls;
- has a cooling effect and eliminates inflammatory symptoms;
- stops bacterial growth, relieves itching and irritation.
Contraindications to the use of mint
Like any medicinal plant, mint can negatively affect the human body. It is not recommended to use it in any form:
- people with high blood pressure;
- pregnant or breast-feeding women;
- people suffering from varicose veins;
- allergy sufferers allergic to this plant;
- people taking medications that cause drowsiness;
- people with chronic illnesses.
Due to its unique natural composition, peppermint is a valuable plant whose ingredients are all completely absorbed by the skin. It is a proven ingredient in facial cosmetics and can help fight imperfections
Composition of peppermint
Let’s take a closer look at the composition of this aromatic plant:
- menthol – the number 1 active ingredient, which acts as an anesthetic, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory;
- ascorbic acid – pure vitamin C, which gives the face a smooth and fresh look while deeply nourishing the dermis;
- carotene – is responsible for skin elasticity and has a toning effect. Thanks to it, mint has a rejuvenating effect;
- flavonoids – natural ingredients responsible for healthy looking skin. They simultaneously work in several directions: promote cell renewal, saturate the dermis with microelements, moisturize, prevent the formation of deep wrinkles, improve the state of natural collagen;
- tannins – support rapid absorption of other ingredients, fight acne, accelerate healing of the dermis;
- essential oils – are responsible not only for the characteristic pleasant smell, but also reduce inflammatory processes and oily sheen of the skin.