Who doesn’t love receiving a big, beautiful bouquet of flowers? Flowers have long been associated with feelings of love and affection, but did you know that many of them have their own health and skincare uses? For centuries, people have used flowers in many different ways, from scenting their homes, to curing ailments and, of course, looking younger. Today, botanical or floral extracts are sought after for their skincare benefits and used in many different types of beauty products. Let’s discuss some of the most popular botanical skincare ingredients, and why you should look for them.
Lavender: This plant is famed for its healing and repairing properties. In fact, lavender essential oil was used as a healing agent in hospitals during World War 1. It is also well-known for its soothing and relaxing properties, making it a popular sleeping aid. Lavender’s powerful soothing and healing abilities make it ideal for treating sensitive or acne-prone skin.
Try: Elemis Herbal Lavender Repair Mask, a purifying and balancing mask that clears congested skin and calms irritation.
Rose: Probably one of the most popular flowers in skincare, rose has been treasured for centuries for its nourishing and anti-aging properties. Rose oil can be extremely nourishing and moisturizing, it also has anti-inflammatory properties as well as wonderful toning and astringent properties, making it ideal for use on mature skin.
Try: Aromatherapy Associates Renew Rose Body Cream, a deeply moisturizing, anti-aging and conditioning treat for your skin that will leave you smelling gorgeous.
Orchid: Exotic and mysterious, orchids are some of the most striking flowers around. Orchids have been used in their native countries in Asia for centuries, due to their protective and reparative properties. Orchids are packed with antioxidants and conditioning agents and they have also been shown to help achieve an evenly toned, radiant complexion.
Try: Lierac Premium Day and Night Cream. This rich and luxurious cream minimizes all of the visible signs of aging from wrinkles to an uneven complexion, thanks to anti-aging ingredients including black orchid.
Jasmine: Jasmine is one of the most popular flowers in the Middle East and the scent of blossoming Jasmine flowers can often be smelled as the sun begins to set. Jasmine has an uplifting and relaxing scent and can be a powerful sleep aid. It also has antiseptic properties as well as healing and renewing benefits, and works extremely well on dehydrated skin.
Try: The Organic Pharmacy Jasmine Night Conditioner, a regenerating, healing, and moisturizing oil that will have you waking up to glowing skin