Onions in skincare? Yes, you’ve heard it right. Onions are not just a staple vegetable in the kitchen but are also an excellent source of beauty. It is not a familiar ingredient in skincare; however, the concept of formulating onions into skincare is not new as it has been known to treat scars for ages.
There is a multitude of goodness to unlayer from this Allium cepa! Onions have a fair share of vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, B6, potassium, etc. Onions have excellent quercetin content, a fantastic antioxidant to ward off free radicals. This quercetin is also found to inhibit inflammation in our bodies. It is no surprise that onions deliver numerous health benefits like fighting heart disease, regulating blood pressure, lowering the risk of cancer, boosting the immune system, and so on. You can see why onions are so much more than the flavors in our food and beyond the pungent smell.
What are the benefits of onion for the skin?
Onion is the most widely utilized vegetable, a no-brainer for adding taste to our dishes, and an essential for a healthy diet. Besides these aspects, it is also an intriguing skincare ingredient. So, let’s look at some of the benefits of onions for your skin.
Improves skin complexion
Onion is a way to go if you want glowing skin, as I do. It contains vitamin C, a holy grail of the skincare industry. It will help eliminate your lacklustre skin and give you a healthy, radiant glow! This vitamin also keeps you guarded against the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun and shields you from further skin damage.
Prevents acne breakouts
Onions are pleased with anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties that help combat acne-causing bacteria on the skin. It treats skin irritation and redness while the vitamin C content prompts collagen production to heal post-acne scars. Onion’s vitamins and anti-inflammatory properties have made it an excellent ingredient for acne-prone skin.
Averts premature signs of aging
The presence of quercetin in onions prevents free radical damage to skin cells and reverses the sign of aging. Free radicals damage the collagen, so antioxidants come into play by donating some of their electrons to neutralize the free radicals and prevent further chaos.
Vitamin C and E in onions have excellent antioxidants to prevent your skin from environmental damage and slow down the signs of aging.
Reduce dark spots and pigmentation
Exposure to harsh sun causes dark spots and patches in your skin, stimulating melanin production. This melanin is a pigment in your body that gives color to the skin and is produced to protect it from sun damage. Onions are great to treat these dark spots and lighten pigmentation as they are loaded with vitamins, especially vitamin C, to give your skin a brighter and clearer complexion.
Ways to incorporate onions in your skincare routine:
First and foremost- cleansing!
Cleansing is the first step of your skincare routine, so you can include an onion-infused cleanser like the Isntree Onion Newpair Cleansing Foam. This hypoallergenic cleansing foam helps cleanse and remove impurities from your skin without stripping and drying out the skin. It is formulated with Muan Red Onion Extract, loaded with antioxidants, thus protecting the skin from environmental damage. It also has ingredients like allantoin and panthenol to soothe and moisturize your skin.
It is suitable for all skin types and recommended for oily, combination, sensitive skin looking to fight acne and treat uneven skin texture. It has a firm foam that deeply cleanses impurities from your skin and does not have the smell of onion. Use this for the first step of your skincare routine.
Next is the treatment step. Add the Isntree Onion Newpair Essence Toner for this step. This essence toner consists of 75% Muan Red Onion Extract that targets blemishes and spots while leaving your skin moisturized. It is formulated with NoSCalm Complex, a mixture of Sodium heparin, Allantoin, Panthenol, and Heartleaf Houttuynia to soothe the skin, reduce irritation, hydrate, and strengthen the skin barrier. These are all great ingredients for sensitive skin. It also contains Tranexamic Acid, which aids in tackling hyperpigmentation. Not to forget the vitamin c derivatives content to even skin tone and boosts skin brightening effect.
The texture of this essence toner is quite watery and lightweight and sinks well into the skin, leaving your skin hydrated and slightly moisturized at the same time, without the greasiness. It has a tint of purple color from the onion concentration and is devoid of any onion smell! It is suitable for all skin types and is recommended for sensitive, dull, dehydrated skin and those who want to treat dark spots. You can use this as a toner and serum step for both AM and PM routines.
Moisturize and moisturize!
Incorporate an onion-formulated moisturizer like the Isntree Onion Newpair Gel Cream. It comprises 71% Muan Red Onion to target hyperpigmentation and scaring while leaving your skin calm and hydrated. Like the other product, it has NoSCalm Complex (Sodium heparin, Allantoin, Panthenol, and Heartleaf Houttuynia). Along with this, some of the other incredible skin-benefiting ingredients on the list are hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, tranexamic acid, and vitamin C derivative to hydrate, fade dark spots and enhance skin brightening.
It is a lightweight moisturizer with a gel-based texture that hydrates and lightly moisturizes the skin without the tacky, sticky feeling. It has slight purplish color and has no scent to it.
This Onion Newpair Gel Cream can be used as a spot treatment cream to tackle blemishes and dark spots. It is suitable for all skin types and recommended for oily, combination, and sensitive skin. Use this as a first-step moisturizer if you have dry skin. You can use this at the last step of your skincare routine.