Spotlight: Botanical Ingredients
If you have ever dipped your toe into the natural or clean beauty world, you know that botanical ingredients, including rose petal, witch hazel, and lavender are incorporated into natural products.
And there is good reason for this! Nature can be the best medicine. Each of these ingredients can provide amazing skin benefits. Here is everything you need to know about some of the most popular botanicals out there.
Sunflower Seed Oil
Rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids, Sunflower Seed oil is excellent at combating blemishes, redness and irritation. It can also help moisturize and restore the skin’s natural barrier without clogging pores or irritating the skin. Sunshine flower, indeed!
It may seem gimicky (looking at you, cucumber slices on the eyes), but cucumber does have soothing and cooling benefits on the skin. How? It contains vitamin C, caffeic acid, silica, and a high water content. Vitamin C and caffeic acid help calm inflammation and soothe skin, while the silica and water help hydrate and firm.
Virtually every part of the rose can be used in skincare. Created by steaming rosebuds in water, rosewater can help soothe redness, hydrate, and decrease inflammation for sensitive skin. This is why it is often used as a daily face mist.
Rose oil, similarly, has a lot of antioxidants, including A, B, E, C, and K. Minerals (specifically, potassium and iron) too. All of this makes it a great natural antiseptic and a moisturizer.
Lavender is brimming with antioxidants and antibacterial properties. It is excellent at detoxifying the skin, blasting blemish-causing bacteria, and even helping with hydration.
Find it in: Lavender Facial Toner
Witch Hazel is a deciduous spreading shrub or small tree with a smooth gray/brown bark. Its astringent properties are extracted from its bark, leaves, and twigs. The natural astringent tannins reduce inflammation.
Find it in: All Thayers products
As part of the mint family, rosemary has similar health benefits to peppermint and sage. It is an anti-inflammatory and anti-aging powerhouse. Packed with antioxidants, rosemary helps combat premature aging and maintain skin elasticity. It also has phytonutrients to protect the skin from free radical damage. And if that is not enough, it is a great natural disinfectant too.
Find it in: Slippery Elm Slip Balms