Flowering plants are full of skincare benefits that go well beyond their fresh scents and bright colors. Now that the sun is finally out and flowers are in bloom all around us, we wanted to focus on a few of our favorite florals that pack some of the most potent benefits for our skin.
There’s a reason these flowers seem to last forever. Orchid oil (found in our Orchid + Blackcurrant Face Serum) is highly reparative, protective, and hydrating. Often used to reduce the look of fine lines, orchid extract also acts as a powerful antioxidant, which benefits all skin types. Especially if you live in dry or busy, polluted areas, natural products containing orchid are great for protecting your delicate skin against environmental factors while helping to regenerate and renew your complexion.
Yarrow is a natural astringent that works to shrink pores and promote skin healing, which makes it great for those with particularly oily or acne-prone skin. It's also an anti-inflammatory so it helps to treat and reduce redness. Because of its antiseptic properties, yarrow promotes and expedites healing, helping to reduce scarring from acne. Yarrow can do all of this while softening and soothing your skin, instead of drying it out. Our Blue Yarrow + Geranium Oil Cleanser (pictured above with a yarrow bloom) harnesses the power of yarrow to reach deep within pores, removing impurities, dissolving makeup, and leaving your skin hydrated, toned, and fresh.
Rose is super effective for soothing and calming your skin. Because rose is naturally anti-inflammatory and antiseptic, products containing rosewater or rose essential oil are great for acne prone or damaged skin. You can also depend on rosewater to balance your skin's pH levels. Everything that comes in contact with our skin, like our products, the sun, pollutants, etc., has an effect on our pH levels. Maintaining a healthy balance for your skin is important because when your pH levels are out of whack, your skin is less able to protect against bacteria and other common skin irritants. Spritz some Aloe + Rosewater Balance Mist over your face post cleansing to replenish, hydrate, and nourish, while restoring your skin to its optimum levels.
Calendula (also known as marigold) is valued for its skin brightening benefits. Because calendula extract can actually help promote collagen production in the skin, your skin cells regenerate faster, giving your skin its glow back and keeping it from looking dull. Calendula is also remedial for skin issues like blemishes, scars and eczema. Because it's rich in vitamin A and vitamin E, calendula is effective at fighting free radicals and making your skin soft and strong. For a deeply moisturizing and brightening skin treatment, lather on the Calendula + Lycopene Hydration Mask and rinse off after 15-20 minutes for glowing, hydrated skin.
We all know lavender is a popular aromatherapy ingredient for calming your nerves, but lavender is also highly beneficial when applied topically. Not only does it help soothe your complexion, it's also a strong anti-inflammatory and highly anti-bacterial, so it's great for helping detoxify your skin and calm breakouts. Lavender helps to relieve itchy, dry skin and decongest irritated skin through gentle hydration.
For your body, lavender helps to soothe tired muscles and increase circulation to keep cells healthy and renewed. We use lavender in several of our products because of all its versatile benefits, like the Lavender + Sea Salt Bath Soak, the Sweetgrass + Lavender Bar Soap, the Lavender + Frankincense Original Oil, the Lavender + Labdanum Body Oil, and more. So lather up, breathe in deep, and let the luxurious floral notes soothe you inside and out.
Also known as the everlasting flower, helichrysum got its nickname because of the flower's retention of its bright yellow color after being picked or dried. This nickname can also apply to the ways in which helichrysum can help your skin as helichrysum oil is ultra restorative, protective, and rejuvenating. Helichrysum works to reduce the appearance of age spots and discoloration and, since it's highly moisturizing, helps plump the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines. The Helichrysum + Violet Fortifying Face Oil is also high in gamma linilenic acids, making it highly anti-inflammatory and reparative.