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Comment utiliser le coton ?

What Are the Beauty Benefits of Cotton According to Your Skin?

All over the world, white cotton bales evoke the idea of well-being. It is a natural fiber made of cellulose widely used in the textile industry but also in skin care. Find out about the beauty benefits of cotton for different skin types.

Cotton in Skin Care, Briefly Explained.

Native to Southern Africa, the cotton plant (Gossypium) is a shrub of the Malvaceae family. The plant fiber that surrounds the seeds of the cotton plant is none other than the famous cotton. Cultivated for centuries for the production of textiles (cotton, denim) and cotton oil, this fragile plant requires heat, irrigation, fertilizer, and protection against insects because it quickly exhausts the soil.

In skin care, cotton is generally used in the form of plant oil (Gossypium Herbaceum Seed Oil) and cell extract also called plant stem cells (Gossypium Arboreum Leaf Cell Extract). Both of these two compounds have softening beauty benefits.

Cotton Cell Extract for Sensitive Skin.

People with sensitive skin are typically prone to feelings of discomfort, especially on the face. These symptoms include redness, continuous tingling, tightness and itching, or even a slight burning sensation. 

The cotton extract calms irritation 

and increases the skin's tolerance level.

These are plant cells taken directly from the plant and multiplied in a controlled culture medium. Regarding their biological mechanisms, they act by decreasing the release of inflammation mediators, molecules synthesized by keratinocytes in response to external aggressions but which cause a sensation of irritation. They also limit the production of free radicals induced by UV rays which accelerate skin aging. Thanks to this double action, the skin, freed from the sensations of irritations and rather protected, can better defend itself against the daily aggressions and oxidations.

Cotton Stem Cells Against the Appearance of Wrinkles.

General cellular oxidation caused by repeated attacks by free radicals accelerates skin aging. Many situations can lead to the appearance of an excess of free radicals (induced lipid peroxidation) such as exposure to heavy metals and pollutant residues but also UV rays, smoking, stress…

This cotton extract limits the release of MDA (malondialdehyde) during lipid peroxidation induced by pollutant residues and heavy metals. MDA, naturally present in tissues, is a manifestation of oxidative stress. It is derived from the action of reactive oxygen derivatives on polyunsaturated fatty acids. Thus, by fighting against oxidative stress, native cotton cells limit skin aging and the appearance and accentuation of wrinkles.

Cottonseed Oil for Dry Skin.

Cotton oil is obtained from the cold pressing of cottonseed capsules. This plant oil is generally refined to eliminate the gossypol, a natural toxin that forms a protective layer around the seeds.

It is characterized by a high concentration of essential fatty acids, including omega-6 and omega-3. It also contains a significant number of sterols that are both soothing and calming. Regarding its beauty benefits, it nourishes the skin and prevents skin dryness caused by various environmental factors. In addition, it contributes to the maintenance of the skin's hydration which is essential to avoid itching, irritations and possible sensations of discomfort. 

In addition, cottonseed oil does not leave a greasy film on the surface of the skin after its application. It is silky and velvety to the touch and has almost no smell.

Sources :

  • ARSHIYA S. & al. Gossypium herbaceum Linn: An ethnopharmacological review. Journal of Pharmaceutical and Scientific Innovation (2012).

  • SHAHRAJABIAN M. H. & al. Considering white gold, cotton, for its fiber, seed oil, traditional and modern health benefits. Journal of Biological and Environmental Sciences (2020).


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