For thousands of years, botanical ingredients have been used for everything from medicinal to cosmetic purposes. Renowned by ancient civilizations, such as the Greeks and Egyptians, as well as by today’s eco-conscious individuals, botanical ingredients in skin care can offer many of the same benefits of their synthetically-produced counterparts, with fewer health concerns and side effects.
Modern science has proven the efficacy of many herbs used in skin care products today, such as the healing, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties of Aloe Vera. While some plant-based remedies have yet to be studied scientifically, their results have been proven by years of use.
Botanical ingredients are used to treat all types of skin care concerns, and below are some ingredients used in the most common concerns.
Oak Extract is hydrating and anti-inflammatory, which helps to prevent damage to the skin that causes signs of aging.
Evening Primrose improves the firmness and elasticity of the skin, smooths rough skin, and diminishes under eye circles.
Borage Oil contains essential fatty acids which have a regenerating effect on cells, as well as tannins that help firm skin.
Macadamia Oil is easily absorbed by the skin and moisturizes dry, damaged skin.
Phytessence Wakame is a Japanese sea kelp that protects skin from damage with antioxidants and helps build strong elastin and collagen fibers by encouraging high levels of Hyaluronic Acid.
Rosemary helps to ease congestion of the skin, has antiseptic properties, and is an antioxidant.
Paprika increases stimulation and oxygenation of the skin, while also purifying and detoxifying.
Jewelweed has natural astringent properties.
Manuka Honey is harvested from bees in New Zealand and has excellent antibacterial effects, which are helpful in the treatment of acne.
Witch Hazel has astringent and antioxidant properties and is gentle and non-drying on the skin.
Stone Crop is rich in phytonutrients and can lighten dark spots on the skin.
Licorice Extract contains the compound glabridin, which slows the production of melanin.
Mulberry contains Arbutin which is proven to inhibit Tyrosinase activity and slow the production of melanin.
Bilberry has a chemical composition that includes botanical hydroquinone, vitamin A, and vitamin C.
Cranberry also contains the Arbutin compound and slows the production of melanin.
Chamomile contains flavanoids which soothe skin irritations and reduce inflammation.
Calendula contains triterpenoid esters which produces anti-inflammatory properties.
Lavender not only has properties to reduce inflammation, but it is antibacterial and analgesic as well.
Horse Chestnut has the active compound of escin, which improves the overall health of skin, as well as reducing inflammation.
Arnica can help to soothe pain from injuries and speeds the healing process by moving necessary fluids in and out of the affected area.