Whether it’s a get well soon gesture, or a way to express our love for others, the magic that grows in our gardens, in the form of flowers and herbs, undoubtedly have an almighty power. But it’s not just our spirits that beautiful bouquets can boost, they can also be very beneficial for tackling your skin troubles.
To protect their delicate selves from the dangers of bugs, bacteria and harsh sunlight, flowers contain anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties that help restore and nurture life. These compounds, which can be found in the petals, leaves or seeds, can also help to uplift, soften and strengthen your skin.
Here are some of our favourite flower and herb extracts that are sure to leave your skin feeling fabulous:
Ivy extract – increasing the skin temperature when applied to treated areas, the boosting of the blood flow reduces the appearance of those dreaded cellulite dimples
Chamomile extract – containing natural anti-inflammatories, chamomile is great for soothing and calming irritated skin and protects it from future damage
Grape seed oil – this can reduce fluid build-up and helps to smooth and firm the skin by increasing blood flow to the affected areas
Horse chestnut seed extract – this nourishing ingredient helps to cleanse and moisturise your skin, improving its tone and leaves you with a healthy natural glow
Arnica montana flower extract – with its anti-bacterial components, Arnica protects scars from dirt and bacteria that could otherwise slow their healing process
Allum cepa (onion) dry bulb – with its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, onion extract can also help to improve the appearance of scars and encourage the formation of skin collagen
Calendula flower extract – an all-time favourite in the skincare industry for the healing of wounds thanks to its high levels of carotenoids that also plump and thicken the skin.
Common Yarrow – Yarrow is one of the most useful wound herbs available, as it restricts bleeding and is antimicrobial and also relieves pain
Gotu Kola – scientifically proven to reduce cellulite by improving the elasticity and thickening the skin to get rid of any unwanted lumps and bumps
Embrace your inner hippy and say hoorah for the power of flowers!