Bam­boo Trend

This hardy plant with eco-gor­geous prop­er­ties works just as well in a groom­ing regime as it does in the rain­for­est.

Good - - BEAUTY - Words and styling Pamela McIn­tosh. Pho­tog­ra­phy Bryce Car­leton

Why bam­boo is spring­ing up in bath­rooms

S trong as steel and one of the fastest-grow­ing plants around, bam­boo is more com­monly known as a res­i­dent of rain­forests and a prom­i­nent part of a panda’s diet. But now it’s sprung up in beauty and bath­rooms glob­ally, and for good rea­son – it has a long list of skin-health and heal­ing qual­i­ties. In­ter­ested about how it goes from its nat­u­ral state to a nur­tur­ing bath­room treat? Us too.

Bam­boo pow­der

No stranger to Asian beauty-lovers, finely ground bam­boo is prov­ing a pop­u­lar ad­di­tion to soaps, face masks, ex­fo­liants, and even Nude By Na­ture’s new­est foun­da­tion. The an­ti­sep­tic and as­trin­gent qual­i­ties get a tick for blem­ish-prone and oily skin.

Bam­boo ex­tract

De­rived from the edi­ble parts of the plant (the leaf and stalk), bam­boo ex­tract is very high in sil­ica – a min­eral that en­cour­ages healthy hair and nails. Used in OGX Bam­boo Fiber-full Sham­poo and Con­di­tioner to give hair volup­tuous body and full­ness. Bam­boo ex­tract can also be used in mas­cara and has been found to help for­tify eye­lashes.

Bam­boo beads

Bam­boo ex­tract in tiny bead form, per­fect to gen­tly ex­fo­li­ate the skin. Fea­tured in Sá­var’s Re­fin­ing Fa­cial Ex­fo­lia­tor and Nel­lie Tier’s Face Pol­ish for the gran­ule’s gen­tle, nat­u­ral, non-abra­sive prop­er­ties that care­fully pol­ish skin while keep­ing it hy­drated, healthy and soft.

Bam­boo char­coal

Stalks are ex­posed to in­tense heat with­out oxy­gen. This py­rol­y­sis process cre­ates a unique bam­boo char­coal called ‘white di­a­mond’, which car­ries high elec­tri­cal con­duc­tive prop­er­ties, used by lo­cal com­pany Bam­boo Char­coal in body-heal­ing sup­port fab­rics. A com­mon ad­di­tion to soaps and face masks to nour­ish skin; un­clogs pores and draws out tox­ins thanks to awe­some ab­sorp­tion prop­er­ties.

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