Flower extracts for Skincare
I like to keep it as simple and natural as possible here at Reverse! Part of my ethos is to use techniques to harness our body’s own resources to get results while using natural non-abrasive products.
What is purer than the flowers that grow from mother nature herself? I have pulled together my top flowery picks, the blooms that pack the biggest skincare punch. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it!!
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Skincare Benefits of Rose
Roses are red, violets are blue……….and they have amazing skin benefits for you!
Roses are stunningly beautiful, and it feels special to receive a dozen or even a single rose but the power of this bloom doesn’t stop there. The rose is credited for its extraordinary anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities so it’s no surprise that the rose has become a beauty hero. It’s variety of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants allow it to moisturise dry skin whilst battling acne, redness and inflammation.
You can use rose water to help tone, balance pH, minimise redness and calm skin. It can help reduce the redness of irritated skin, aid in treatment of acne, dermatitis and eczema. It is a great cleanser and removes oil and dirt accumulated in clogged pores.
You can even drink rose water as a mood enhancer, to help relieve stress, improve mood and it has even been credited to help heal colds, flu and sore throats.
Skincare Benefits of Orchid
There is a bit of a beauty buzz going down in the world of skincare for the orchid flower. The orchid is known for being a long-lasting flower (unless I own one, then I manage to kill it in like 3 days).
Orchid extract has an amazing ability to fight free radicals that cause early ageing and is being promoted for battling against fine lines, regenerating the skin and retaining moisture (it acts as a humectant find out more about this in my previous blog post What is a Moisturiser?).
In China and Japan, these ancient plants are used in medicinal teas and antibacterial powders.
Scientists have discovered a certain cell in the roots of orchids that slows down the orchid’s ageing process, which in turn can be used to reverse the effects of ageing in the human cell. Certain effects such as firming the skin, reducing dark spots and soothing puffiness are only a few to mention.
Could the simple but beautiful orchid be our secret fountain of youth? (if so I’d better stop killing them off).
Skincare Benefits of Lavender
Lavender can not only liven up your knicker drawer, it can be used to speed up the healing process of wounds, cuts, burns, and sunburns because it improves the formation of scar tissues.
The anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties in lavender fight against pollutants and bacteria to prevent breakouts and its oil can also put a stop to itching if you suffer from eczema.
Lavender is also a relaxing aromatherapy staple, this beautiful purple plant has long been used to help de-stress the mind and create the kind of tranquil atmosphere that aids a good night sleep.
Skincare Benefits of Hibiscus
Hibiscus has a magical reputation for increasing skin elasticity (unfortunately, as our skin ages we lose the natural elasticity in our skin). With the ability to inhibit the activity of the enzyme elastase (responsible for breaking down our skin’s precious elastin) hibiscus actively combats the ageing process by firming and lifting your skin.
The hibiscus flower is rich in anti-oxidants and can help reverse the effects caused by skin damaging free radicals which spawn when pollutants such as ultraviolet radiation and traffic pollution contact the skin and can result in premature skin ageing.
Hibiscus flower extract helps smooth skin to reveal a younger, more supple-looking complexion. It contains gentle acids that have an exfoliating effect on the skin to cleanse and remove dead skin cells.
Flower Power’s not just for hippies!
That's my florally run down, I'm sure you'll agree there is some mighty power in the flower so keep your 'green finger' on the beauty pulse for the extraordinary benefits of these ingredients in your skincare products.