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Grow your own skincare

BeautyBy Sunday World
Grow your own skincare

If you're aiming to use more natural ingredients in your skincare regime, simply look out your window; your garden could be full of them. Flowers and plants don't only look pretty but can be secret weapons in making you look good too.

Skin care specialist Seena Seka, from Calypso, has shared his tips on how to use greenery to your advantage.

One of the most popular and well known flowers used in beauty has to be lavender, also known as Lavandula angustifolia. Its sweet scent and mauve shade has become instantly recognisable over the years, but how can it benefit you?

"When breathed in, it helps you to rest and relax and if you have a headache, a few drops gently massaged onto your temple should see the pain slowly ease away," he shared. “Lavender is a strong ingredient so it can trigger a skin reaction rather quickly, however as an antiseptic its perfect to use for small grazes, burns and insect stings."

With summer here try using lavender instead of buying man-made products and sting reliefs!

Next we have the equally fragrant peppermint, mentha x piperita, which isn't just a great ingredient for cooking.

"With its chilling effect, mint extract is generally one of the first ingredients to be used for skin stimulation and brightening. In aromatherapy, it's also used to ease muscular pains and headaches," Seena noted.

Then there's rose, mostly used in perfumes to give a floral note. Seena praises the bloom's calming properties for skin and encourages people to use it all year round.

Lastly, one some may not have heard of; Neroli (Citrus aurantium amara). These small white flowers, named after an Italian princess, have been linked to toning the skin's balance, and also have relaxing qualities.

"Aromatherapists are known to use Neroli oil to relieve anxiety and the effects of anxiety," Seena added. "However, with a sweet floral ingredient so it can trigger a skin reaction rather quickly, however as an antiseptic its perfect to use for small grazes, burns and insect stings."

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