Looking for the best natural face scrub? We’ve got what you’re looking for and it’s SO much better than those old fashioned scrubs that are far too harsh on your skin.
Y natural’s 200 BUFF is an AWESOME natural skin polish. It’s gentle, yet beautifully effective and the fact that it contains extracts from Fucus brown seaweeds is part of the reason why this is so.
These seaweeds have many special properties. For example, bacteria grown on Fucus have the ability to attack and kill MRSA superbacterium (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, the golden staph bacterium that’s resistant to treatment by antibiotics). Incredible! But for Y natural as the makers of fabulous skincare, what gets us so excited is the fact that Fucus is so rich in mucilaginous polymers or ‘mucilage’.
Mucilage is gooey stuff made by a lot of plants, helping to store water and food, germinate seeds and other things useful for plant survival and reproduction.
Fucus is a particular rich source of mucilage and minerals and Fucus extracts have been found to have a variety of beneficial effects on human skin. At Y natural, we use Fucus extract in our 200 BUFF Marine Skin Polish because it works as a gentle, natural exfoliator, removing dead skin cells and generally helping your skin to look vibrant so you feel ready to face the world. We all want a glowing complexion, right?
But there’s also evidence to suggest that it has some anti-ageing properties, too: researchers in Japan found that applying Fucus extract to cheek skin resulted in a decrease of skin thickness and an increase in skin elasticity*. When you consider that skin gets thicker and less elastic as we age, this sounds rather promising.
If you’re curious and want to try Y natural’s seriously-divine natural exfoliator, please visit our 200 BUFF Marine Polish page. It’s GORGEOUS. Just use once a week if your skin tends to be dry, or twice per week if your skin tends to be oily or congested. It’s wonderful for people with a tendency to break out too. And here’s a sneaky tip: use after waxing or shaving to help avoid pesky ingrown hairs.
But before we go, since we’re talking about mucilage… Here’s an interesting fact for lovers of trivia. Or science. Or both, if you’re like us!
Mucilage is not only produced by plants… Let us introduce the supreme ruler of gooey stuff, the hagfish, one of nature’s little treats.
This primitive creature has survived mostly unchanged for over 300 million years, largely because of its ability to produce immense amounts of mucilaginous slime whenever threatened by predators. So much goo do they produce, indeed, that they periodically need to tie themselves in knots to wipe it off their own bodies to prevent it clogging their own gills. Here you’ll find a couple of videos of hagfish doing their thing. Incredible! At risk of spoiling the ending, the final result is hagfish 14, sharks nil… check out this article.
But wait, there’s more! Just a few days ago IFLS posted a story on hagfish, which is worth a read as well. Apparently, because hagfish slime threads are 100 times thinner than human hair but 10 times stronger than nylon, scientists are also exploring the potential of using it to make things like protective clothing, food packaging, bungee cords and bandages. Read more about the hagfish.
* “Treatment of human skin with an extract of Fucus vesiculosus changes its thickness and mechanical properties”, by Tsutomu Fujimura, Kazue Tsukahara, Shigeru Moriwaki, Takashi Kitahara, Tomohiko Sano, and Yoshinori Takema in Journal of Cosmetic Science.
Hagfish photograph credit: Christine Ortlepp. Reproduced with permission.