The beauty world has been using flowers since the 19th century and even today the power of petals can be found in everything from moisturisers to perfumes. So just why are blooms so big in beauty? We take you through the flowers you need to look out for next time you treat yourself to a new power product.
One of the most popular in the beauty world, the rose has long been used to cool and calm the skin and senses. Try rose products in the summer time, when skin can get hot and bothered. We can't recommend Dr. Bronner's Magic Rose Soap enough. With celebrity fans including Sandra Bullock and Drew Barrymore, this organic product can be used on your face or body and gives you the flower's full benefit.
If you're not familiar with this flower, it's time you get to know your beauty blooms! Skincare expert and natural beauty maven Antonia Burrell explains why: "This flowering plant is native to the Northern Hemisphere; the plant also has a long history as a powerful ‘healing herb’ used topically for wounds, cuts and abrasions. The common antiseptic creams and lotions available in the market can hardly match its performance as an antiseptic," she shared with Cover Media.
Yarrow is particularly good for treating skin that is scarred or marked from acne/boils/wounds and can be found in Antonia's Pure Therapy Facial Serum.
Antonia also recommends patchouli, which can be found in her Radiant Light Facial Serum. It's an antiseptic, so perfect if you're suffering from acne, eczema, inflame, cracked, sensitive or mature skin.
"Geranium is a popular skin treatment for eczema, congested and mature skin, geranium reduces acne and enhances skin repair. Geranium balances all complexion types and is said to delay wrinkling," Antonia said of the power plant, which is in her Pure Therapy Facial Serum.
Rose geranium can also be found in John Tsagaris' Age-Adapt Daily Moisturiser. It also contains sunflower seed oil and magnolia biondii flower extract. It enhances skin barrier integrity and responses and increases antioxidant resistance against multiple environmental stressors and strengthens skin's resilience and protection.
Just like rose, lavender is a classic in the beauty world.
Lavender is suitable for all skin types, as a cell regenerator it helps to prevent scarring and stretch marks. It has a reputation for slowing wrinkles. It can be used on sun-damaged skin, acne, dry skin, oily skin, psoriasis, and burns. Lavender is effective treatment for all problems concerning splitting of dermis and epidermis; it also stimulates cleansing and detoxifying. Lavender is one of Antonia's go-to products, and can also be found in Elemis Daily Skin Health Balancing Lavender Toner and Cowshed's Lavender Gentle Cleanser.