Herbs used in natural skincare and beauty products can provide great anti-ageing properties. Given the continuous growth in the natural skincare industry, paired with a boom in the number of anti-ageing products on the market, Lorraine Dallmeier, Director of Formula Botanica, here delves deeper into what “anti-ageing” actually means, and shares with us here favourite natural ingredients for anti-ageing the skin.
What is Anti-Ageing?
For most of us, anti-ageing means holding back the signs of ageing on our skin – preventing or reducing the appearance of wrinkles, firming up skin and dealing with uneven skin tone or age spots. Ultimately, anti-ageing is about looking younger and finding that elusive skincare fountain of youth.
There are thousands of skincare products on the market which will claim to bring age-defying benefits, but the vast majority of them are filled with all sorts of ingredients you don’t have a hope of recognising or identifying. Many consumers nowadays want to buy natural skincare products and this is where the power of plants can play an important role.
When looking for good anti-ageing skincare herbs, we want to find plants that are high in antioxidants, as well as containing anti-inflammatory and regenerating properties. Anti-ageing herbs should provide a bright complexion to the skin, protect it against the elements and provide moisture and nourishment.
Best Anti-Ageing Herbs for Natural Skincare
Do such miracle plants actually exist?! The good news is that they do! Here are five of the better known anti-ageing herbs here:
1. Rose and rosehip (Rosa canina) – both rose petal extract and rosehip extract are known for their anti-ageing properties. Rose oil is found helpful when moisturisation and regeneration is needed. Rose buds and petals are beneficial to all skin types, but particularly so for mature skins. Rosehip oil has been shown to improve skin hydration and regeneration and is frequently used in anti-ageing and antioxidant products.
2. Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) – this little wonder herb has clinically proven anti-inflammatory and repairing properties. Chamomile has a range of different properties and is antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. It is also considered to be hypoallergenic with the ability to neutralise skin irritants. There are two main different types of chamomile, with German chamomile considered to be more potent than Roman chamomile given its essential oil’s slightly higher content of azulene, an organic compound which is thought to help stop deterioration of skin cells.
3. Lavender (Lavendula officinalis) – much like chamomile, lavender is also credited with many different properties – it is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial and is used to treat wounds. Lavender oil is said to stimulate cellular growth and regeneration, as well as tone the skin. It contains antioxidant properties which help in anti-ageing skincare products.
4. Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) – this ancient herb is described as soothing, healing and softening. The plant has a rich silica (mineral) content and can strengthen connective tissue. Horsetail is said to provide a healthier skin tone and regenerate the skin. It is also said to absorb the most gold from the soil than any other plant (minute amounts) so this herb is precious in many different ways!
5. Green tea (Camellia sinensis) – this wonderful drink also offers many skincare benefits. It is a powerful antioxidant and is frequently used in anti-ageing skincare. It contains a compound called catechin which has been shown to protect cells from free radicals. Research has shown that these compounds are protective for the skin, providing UV protection and improving the appearance and hydration of skin.
About Formula Botanica
Formula Botanica, the ODLQC accredited Online Organic Cosmetic Science School founded in 2012 with over 1500 students and graduates in 86 countries. Director of Formula Botanica Lorraine Dallmeier BSc (HONS) MSc MIEMA MRSB CEnv, a Biologist by training, developed a love of plants for cosmetic application after working in the field of environmental management for over a decade. Lorraine is a Chartered Environmentalist, as well as a full Member of the Royal Society of Biology, the Society of Cosmetic Scientists and the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment.
Formula Botanica’s virtual HQ is located in the UK but they are an international Organic Cosmetic Science School with an international team of experts. There are 10 digital courses at present, 100% online, which students can study at their own pace in their own time. The courses teach everything you need to know in order to go from complete beginner to organic cosmetic formulator and teacher. Many graduates have used their courses to successfully launch or grow their own cosmetics business. They fly the flag for organic and natural skincare all over the world and are ambassadors for a healthier, safer way of life.
Lorraine Dallmeier of Formula Botanica is available for expert comment on beauty formulas, ingredients, both synthetic and natural, beauty and business advice. Business case studies and success stories are available for placement.
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