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Cornstarch for hair and skin: everything you need to know about this magical ingredient!


02 October 2022

As well for your health as for your skin, cornstarch finds its interest not only in your kitchen, but also in cosmetics.

Corn starch has become a must-have ingredient for healthy skin and hair.

The composition of your hair

Hair is composed mainly of keratin, a fibrous protein synthesized by specialized cells called keratinocytes. It also contains water, fatty acids, melanin as well as vitamins and minerals.

In terms of structure, hair is composed of a stem and a root.

The hair shaft is the visible part of the hair and is made up of three main layers from the inside to the outside:

The medulla: this is the inner part of the hair shaft.

The cortex: rich in melanin, it is responsible for the color of the hair.

The cuticle: this is the protective layer that gives the hair its shine.

The hair root is the invisible part of the hair follicle, where it receives a blood supply that stimulates hair growth. Just above the root are the sebaceous glands that secrete sebum to lubricate the scalp.

What is cornstarch?

Maïzena is the starch coming from the corn cob. It comes in the form of a white powder that is considered a substitute for flour.

From a nutritional point of view, corn starch is a complex carbohydrate that is slowly broken down in the intestine to release glucose.

It therefore provides energy for a long time.

Moreover, cornstarch does not contain gluten, so it is perfectly adapted to intolerant people. It is also ideal for a slimming diet since it allows to reduce the caloric intake when it is consumed instead of normal flour.

Apart from carbohydrates, it is rich in lipids and minerals such as iron and potassium.

But what are the effects of cornstarch on your hair?

Cornstarch, cornstarch or cornstarch flour is a great ingredient for your hair!

Moisturizing properties: thanks to its hygroscopic properties, it will allow to nourish the hair by making it softer, shinier and especially silkier. It also acts on the blood microcirculation and also stimulates hair growth. It will therefore allow you to repair your dull or dehydrated hair because of the sun and external pollution. Thanks to these properties, cornstarch controls frizz and redefines curls while providing volume.

Sebo-regulating properties: cornstarch can absorb excess sebum from the scalp, thus regulating the hyperproduction of sebum characteristic of oily hair. A shampoo based on cornstarch will allow you to limit the secretion of sebum and to space your shampoos.

Detangling properties: cornstarch sheathes the hair and will therefore be able to detangle and facilitate hair styling. It is thus very effective to smooth your long hair.

And on the skin?

Rich in numerous antioxidants, cornstarch helps fight free radicals, which are responsible for skin aging and the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. It is therefore the perfect ingredient to prevent the first signs of aging.

On the other hand, it is rich in vitamins A and B, thus allowing to soothe the skin and to promote its healing on the one hand and to lighten it by attenuating the dark spots on the other hand.

YODI tips

Some tips to guide you:

  • Incorporate a cornstarch-based shampoo and facial cleanser into your skincare routine so you can enjoy its benefits regularly.
  • You can make hair and skin masks with cornstarch. In order to benefit from the effects of cornstarch, choose a well-known brand.

Here is a recipe for homemade cornstarch hair mask that you can easily make:

For one tablespoon of cornstarch add about 200 ml of coconut milk and let it heat on low heat while stirring, until you get a creamy texture. Once the preparation has cooled, simply add a few ingredients to boost the moisturizing effects.

We advise you to add a teaspoon of honey and some drops of aloe vera juice. Mix well to homogenize.

  • Apply to dry or slightly damp hair, from roots to ends.
  • Leave on for 20 minutes then rinse.
  • Repeat this procedure every two weeks for soft, shiny, healthy hair.

Yodi shampoos:

All our shampoos are formulated with corn starch which softens and strengthens your hair. Thanks to their composition rich in corn starch, our shampoos regulate the secretion of sebum, allowing you to space out your shampoos, thus improving the quality of your hair. Whether you are looking for nutrition, volume or shine, YODI shampoos are adapted to your needs.

The powder lathers instantly on contact with water like your regular shampoo but without greasing the scalp or damaging the hair. They are free of water, preservatives and sulfates.

Powder Shampoo - Dry and colored hair - Nutritive Argan

Formulated with argan oil, organic aloe vera and pea protein and enriched with prebiotic. Perfectly adapted to dry, curly, colored or highlighted hair. It is also ideal for sensitive scalps.

Your hair will be soft and frizz-free. It is softer, shinier and your color is preserved.

Powder Shampoo - Volume & Shine - Douceur de lait d'Amande

This shampoo is concentrated in organic almond milk and enriched with prebiotics. Especially suitable for fine hair lacking volume and dull hair. Ideal for sensitive scalps and/or oily roots.

This shampoo will give strength, volume and shine to your hair. Your scalp is protected.

Our powdered facial cleansers

Like all our products, Yodi facial cleansers are free of preservatives, silicones and sulfates. All you have to do is add a few drops of water and the powder will turn into a creamy, slightly foaming, but terribly effective veil. Your skin will then enjoy the benefits of cornstarch powder. Your skin will be clearer, cleaner and above all free of wrinkles and fine lines.

Face Powder Cleanser - Dull skin, lack of radiance - Vitamine C et fleurs d’Hibiscus

This cleanser is concentrated in natural Vitamine C et fleurs d’Hibiscus acids. It is also enriched with prebiotics. Perfectly suited to dull skin lacking radiance, it will lighten your complexion. The skin will be clearer, brighter and the pores will be tightened. It is ideal for normal to combination skin.

Facial cleansing powder - Combination and oily skin - Charbon purifiant

Concentrated in vegetable charcoal, zinc and jojoba oil, it also contains prebiotics. Perfectly suited to combination to oily skin prone to imperfections. This cleanser gently cleanses and mattifies your skin. Your skin is healthy and your imperfections are reduced.

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