Fragrant and beautiful, some of the most common flowers in nature offer more than beauty.
Flowers and their extracts have long been used to cure common beauty ailments.
Even in today’s complex and scientifically advanced world, where it would seem appropriate to use only modern ingredients, the simplistic restorative power of flowers remains unmatched.
Chamomile: Reduces redness, puffiness and inflammation.
Like the rose, chamomile acts equally by eliminating the reddish complexion and calming the skin while improving its elasticity. “Chamomile is a vasoconstrictor, so it strengthens the capillaries, in turn reducing skin redness. Charlene Florian, Vice President of Kerstin Florian International, adds: “There are two types of chamomile commonly used in skin care products: Roman chamomile and German chamomile. Both are good, but Roman chamomile has a higher concentration of azulene, which gives the flower its anti-inflammatory effect. ”
Pink: combats dryness, reduces redness and regenerates aging skin
Nicknamed the “queen of all flowers”, the rose is perfectly suited for mature skin due to s he hydrating properties and its ability to heal broken blood vessels that can cause persistent redness due to vitamin C – it is more tolerable and less severe than citrus-based vitamin C. Rose also does wonders for your emotional well-being, your health and your spirit. “It is one of the most powerful skin regenerators,” says Fender. “It has the power to really purify and preserve the skin.”
Hibiscus: revives the skin and acts as an exfoliant and an antioxidant
Commonly used in Ayurvedic practices and a key ingredient in Chinese medicine, the hibiscus flower effectively revives the skin because it is rich in anti-aging alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA) and amino acids. The beneficial effects of hibiscus on the skin are endless: it exfoliates, protects against premature aging, tones, firms, hydrates and controls oil production. It is sometimes used in anti-cellulite creams and serums. Hibiscus is also known for its capacity to regenerate the scalp and stimulate blood circulation. Indian women, known for their super thick, long and shiny hair, frequently use flower oil as an intense hair treatment.
Lotus: soothes dry skin
With a history spanning thousands of years, the lotus flower of Asian origin is considered a sacred plant. Soft and fragrant, this revitalizing cream rich in antioxidants is renowned for its ability to intensely hydrate dry and mature skin, while promoting a more elastic complexion, reducing brown spots and erasing wrinkles and fine lines. Filled with anti-aging enzymes, the plant root is rich in vitamins B and C and iron, all of which are beneficial for maintaining healthy skin.
Lavender: balances oil levels
In addition to acting as an antiseptic and antibacterial, lavender is renowned for its multiple benefits for the skin. A rather sweet essential oil, lavender helps normalize oily, sensitive and dry skin by balancing sebum production. It is also commonly used in spa treatments to relieve stress and tension, to promote relaxation and promote a good night’s sleep.
Orchid: retains moisture, fights free radicals and renews the skin
Used regularly in perfumes, orchid petals protect the skin from environmental stressors while by hydrating and regenerating it. A long-standing beauty food in Asia, due to its regenerative and protective properties, the orchid plant is now incorporated into more traditional beauty products. “The properties that Guerlain discovered in rare orchids are above all anti-aging properties, which act on all skin types”, explains Frédéric Bonté, scientific manager of Guerlain. “Some parts of orchids contain mucilage, which has a water-holding capacity. But a single species of orchid alone cannot make the skin more immune to aging. ”
Jasmine: Relieves congested and dry skin The jasmine
is appreciated not only for its intoxicating scent and uplifting powers, but also for its propensity to decongest pores and hydrate and soften the skin. “Most products that use jasmine contain jasmine wax, because high-quality jasmine flowers can be very expensive,” says Florian. “The wax also offers skin protection measures, too.” Jasmine, which usually flowers at night, is an essential ingredient in a plethora of body creams and lotions, mainly because it “has a warming effect and increases circulation,” says Fender.