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Nothing announces the beginning of spring season more eloquently than the blooming of flowers. The sight of colorful blossoms not only indicate the increase in temperature; it’s also a sign that new fashion trends are being launched elsewhere and that you should probably change up your skincare routine in response to the changing environment.
But flowers are more than just colorful markers for these changes. They also serve many practical purposes, not just by looking pretty, but also by helping people everywhere care for their skin. Yes, flowers can be used to make your skin more radiant and beautiful. Here are some of the flowers that are likely to end up as an ingredient in your favorite skincare products:
Also known as marigolds, calendulas have been utilized in the culinary scene and as medicinal herbs for a long time. Fresh flowers are added to salad or are dried to be used as a replacement for saffron. They also had a special place in many ancient Roman and Greek ceremonies. Traditionally, this flower is used to treat cramps and constipation. Its oil, on the other hand, is lauded as an anti-tumor agent and for its anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antibacterial properties. These make calendulas a potent treatment for skin conditions like dermatitis, eczema, and rosacea.
While chamomile is best known as an herb infusion, many people are also well aware that this humble flower has many medicinal benefits. It is known as an anti-inflammatory, but it is also being investigated for its potential anti-anxiety properties. In some traditions, the flower is incorporated in wound care and in treating cramps, insomnia, and ulcers. Those who want to include chamomile in their skincare routine can easily do so by using Belif’s The True Tincture of Chamomile, which is applied onto the face like a mask and rinsed off after 10 minutes.
Like the other flowers in this list, elderberry flowers have long been used in traditional medicine. It is sometimes used to improve respiratory health and help treat common flu, and its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties make it a potent skincare ingredient. It is said to soften skin and combat wrinkles and is commonly seen in toners and face creams.
Hibiscus flowers are abundant in alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), a chemical compound that is found in everything from cleansers to moisturizers. This substance is known for maintaining skin elasticity, speeding up cell turnover, and fighting signs of aging. Hibiscus flowers benefit not only the skin; in some cultures, they are also used to stimulate the growth of thicker, healthier hair. It serves as a conditioning emollient that retains moisture and protects damaged hair and skin.
While it’s also known for its lovely color, lavender is more often recognized for its distinct, uplifting fragrance. It’s a staple in the field of aromatherapy and is often credited for treating a range of ailments like fatigue, anxiety, and depression, among others. However, lavender is also known for speeding up cell renewal, so it’s used to minimize scars, burns, and even stretch marks. In addition, the flower is also said to have anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.
If you’re in need of intense hydration, then look for rose-based products. In addition to its highly moisturizing properties, the flower is also known for having anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant effects. In the past, roses are used to relieve stomach and chest pain and digestive problems, as well as promote wound healing.
Oil sourced from the majestic sunflower plant can be applied from head to toe. It contains high amounts of vitamin E, sterols, and squalene, and works to protect and restore sensitive skin. Sunflower oil is used to moisturize and cleanse skin and relieve sunburn and insect bites, among others.
Is your favorite flower in the list? Maybe you can incorporate it in your skincare kit when you pick up new products that will fit the season.
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