What’s the deal with … Flo­ral skin­care?

Cosmopolitan (UK) - - Glow -

Herbs, seeds and bark yield some damn pow­er­ful botan­i­cal skin­care ex­tracts. Next for the nat­u­rals-ob­sessed mod­ern skin­care lover: flow­ers. Meh. Sounds more pretty than po­tent. I agree. But a flower-pow­ered batch of new prod­ucts is chang­ing my mind. Liz Earle’s Balanc­ing Gel Mask in­stantly quenches flar­ing skin as it’s mostly made up of flower wa­ters (recipe: steam the petals so they re­lease their ac­tives, then cap­ture the con­den­sate wa­ter). “It’s painstak­ing, but petal com­pounds tend to be ex­cep­tion­ally gen­tle and sooth­ing,” says eth­nob­otanist James Wong. “The el­der­flower, mead­owsweet and lime flower dis­til­la­tions in this mask are swim­ming with sal­i­cylic acid and flavonoids to calm even the most sen­si­tive skin.” What else can we squeeze from flow­ers? Acids (who knew?). Those found in hi­bis­cus flow­ers (which nat­u­rally con­tain a whole com­plex of them) are said to have all the peel­ing, skin­re­new­ing power, but none of the po­ten­tial ir­ri­tant ac­tion of fel­low acids such as gly­colic. Any other point­ers? Blue blossoms are par­tic­u­larly anti-in­flam­ma­tory. Find them in Her­bi­vore Lapis Fa­cial Oil, which fea­tures calm­ing, an­tibac­te­rial blue tansy (a type of camomile on steroids) oil, and De­cléor Hy­dra Flo­ral Ever­fresh Hy­drat­ing Wide-Open Eye Gel, which boasts ex­tracts of pol­lu­tion neu­tral­is­ing and free-rad­i­cal-slay­ing corn­flower and baicalin buds.

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