Turns out they're more than just a pretty face.
Flowers are gorgeous to look at. They smell scrumptious, too. But here at BeautySage, it’s what’s inside the flowers that counts: Blooms have been used for centuries to bring big benefits to our skin.
Read below to discover their beauty secrets.
Calendula is one of the oldest known skin healers in history. It was used in ancient Rome to treat scorpion bites, and is still widely lauded today for its incredible healing and tissue regenerating benefits. Multiple scientific studies have found calendula extract to speed the healing of skin wounds and sunburns, thanks to its high levels of carotenoids, which are vitamin-A-like compounds (read study here and here). A high dose of sterols also gives it the ability to thicken and plump skin, resulting in a supple, youthful-looking complexion. Studies have also shown that calendula petals are antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and immune stimulating, making them great for treating skin issues, such as eczema (read study).
The oil extracted from rose petals is one of the most expensive and precious in the world. This is mainly due to its intense cultivation process: There are only 30 days in the year when roses can be picked and it takes four tons of blossoms to make a single kilogram of oil! It’s worth the trouble, though: When it comes to protecting the skin from moisture loss, the lipids and waxes in a rose are among the best of the best. The seeds of the rose plant, called rose hips, are also great for the skin. They contain retinol, or vitamin A, which helps to reduce and prevent wrinkles and smooth out skintones. They’re packed with antioxidants—such as vitamin E, zinc, bioflavonoids, flavonoids and tannins—and are one of the richest sources of vitamin C, a super powerful antioxidant that protects your skin from free radicals like no other. And then there’s rosewater, a byproduct of the rose oil extraction process, which has refreshing, antiseptic and calming effects, making it the perfect toner or facial mist.
Used to treat burns since ancient times, lavender has many anti-inflammatory abilities that aid the skin in healing and renewing itself (read study). It’s also great for your hair, helping to control hair breakage while promoting growth (read study). This multi-faceted oil also has therapeutic benefits: Its many sedative compounds easily penetrate the skin and the soothing scent reduces stress (read study), and has been shown clinically to decrease stress hormone levels and activate the pleasure centers of the brain (read review study).
The main constituents of Yarrow are salicylic acid and flavonoids. Salicylic acid has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that make it great for treating acne-prone skin and flavonoids are compounds packed with powerful antioxidants that protect against cell-damaging free radicals. This flower also packs sterols and tannins, which have healing and anti-inflammatory properties. All working together, you’ve got one powerful anti-aging flower that increases skin suppleness while decreasing the appearance of wrinkles (read study). And the therapeutic benefits of yarrow? Its refreshing scent gives you that little extra boost of energy.