Botanicals

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Younger Skin

Botanicals ~ Super Skin Care

Banish red, puffy, and dry skin with potent floral extracts

These days, skin care is coming up roses, and daffodils, cornflowers, and echinacea.

That's because their petals, stems, bulbs, and oils are the cures for myriad anti-aging skin care concerns, like calming sensitivity, zapping adult acne, or firming skin.

Feverfew: Reduces Redness

Named for its traditional use as a fever reducer, this daisy-like flower is a proven anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, ideal for soothing sensitive skin and reducing redness, both of which become more common after age 35.

Studies on people with sensitive skin found significant improvement in redness, irritation, and roughness after applying a product with feverfew twice daily.

It’s so good, that those with sensitive skin use it to minimize the dryness and scaliness caused by age-erasing retinoids.

Planning a day in the sun?

Wear a feverfew-infused lotion, which helped prevent sunburn-induced redness in a study.

Echinacea: Clears Acne

Best known as a natural cold fighter, echinacea was used by native Americans and early settlers to treat skin infections, wounds, and stings.

Today, science backs up these benefits: One study of 4,500 people with inflammatory skin conditions (including psoriasis) reported an 85% cure rate with topical application of echinacea.

This colorful botanical flower is commonly used to allay acne by killing bacteria and reducing swelling.

It’s particularly helpful for grownups battling breakouts and wrinkles:

Echinacea is rich in echinacein, a substance that assists fibroblasts (the cells that create skin-smoothing collagen) in working more efficiently.

Cornflower: Soothes Puffy Eyes

This brilliant blue flower boasts a long history as the go-to remedy for eye troubles.

Even today, practitioners of herbal medicine treat conjunctivitis with a cornflower eyewash and relieve strain by applying a poultice of petals over the eyes.

Studies explain why it’s a natural for eye problems: besides being antibacterial, the flower heads contain several anti-inflammatory substances.

Fear not if you’re out of practice making poultices but still want to reduce under-eye puffiness: the blossom is found in a bevy of products.

Daffodil: Defeats Dryness

An extract of the daffodil bulb called IBR-Dormin ends the cycle of dryness by normalizing the rate at which cells are produced, when skin is dry, cells form too fast to be healthy.

This extract helps the daffodil bulb go dormant by slowing the creation of cells; when it wears off, cell production begins.

The extract has a similar effect on skin: "Cells need enough time to develop so they’re able to hold in moisture."

Bonus: When skin is well hydrated, it’s better able to protect itself from skin-aging UV rays and free radicals.

Evening Primrose: Eases Eczema and Psoriasis

The lightweight botanical oil extracted from the seeds of this wildflower quells the itching, dryness, and scaliness of eczema and psoriasis, show a number of studies.

Its soothing nature for skin care comes from a rich supply of linoleic acid and gamma linoleic acid, essential fatty acids that are key players in keeping skin hydrated.

Their other important role: to assist in the production of prostaglandins, substances that regulate inflammation.

Because psoriasis and eczema sufferers tend to have abnormally low levels of gamma linoleic acid, any boost can be helpful.

Rose: Botanicals Smooth and Firm.

The outlook for aging complexions is rosy, thanks to rosehip seed oil.

In one study, 20 women who applied this botanical oil for 4 months saw smoother, fresher-looking skin that was almost spot free.

How to explain a botanicals rejuvenating power?

For starters, it’s a natural source of the all-around anti-aging retinoic acid.

Then there’s a botanicals high concentration of vitamin-C, an antioxidant that fades pigmentation as it mops up free radicals.

Finally, it’s also rich in botanical linoleic and linolenic acids, which help put the brakes on inflammation that accelerates fine lines, puffiness, sagging and blotchiness.

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