One of the most exciting uses of Chios mastiha is that in the field of cosmetics. Beauty products based on the precious resin have gained in popularity in the recent years. Mastic is highly-coveted since antiquity because of its therapeutic and cosmetic properties, a claim that is supported by contemporary scientific research. Consequently, the interest for the precious chian resin is steadily and gradually growing. Numerous studies have showcased the beneficiary effects of mastic in oral hygiene and more specifically in the prevention of bacteria growth and dental plaque formation. It is used as an active ingredient in tooth pastes and mouth wash solutions to prevent caries growth and to freshen the breath.
Mastic oil possesses antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and therapeutic properties which are clinically tested. Cosmetics enhanced with mastic oil guarantee deep skin cleansing and anti-ageing benefits. At the same time, by controlling the amount of sebum secretion they reduce the effects of sebum excess production such as the shiny look of oily skins and have a positive effect on skin types prone to acne and black spots. Regular usage increases collagen production which smooths fine lines and wrinkles and enhances skin elasticity. By and large, cosmetics enriched with mastiha oil boost overall skin health and appearance.