Beauty Skincare

Flower Power

Ever wondered why flowers feature in your skincare routine?
ARUNA MUKHERJEE tells you why.

If you’re on the lookout for something natural that’ll treat your skin issues gently, you need to look no further than your backyard. Amongst other natural ingredients rapidly gaining popularity in skincare, flowers aren’t left far behind anymore. Popular for their healing properties since olden times, floral extracts are known for their skin benefits, fragrance, colour and are regularly featured in herbal products. Read more to know why they’re a prime ingredient in skincare as we give a list of commonly found flowers and the skin concerns they address.

Marigold

For Irritated Skin

One of the most favourite flowers of most Indians, marigold saves the day when it comes to soothing your irritated skin. This bright blossom earns extra brownie points as it is so easy to access and can come to your aid instantly. Also known as calendula, it’s rich with anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, which makes it a perfect choice if you’re looking for relief from acne or dermatitis.


Lotus

For Parched Skin

Another dehydration expeller, lotus is another commonly found flower in our country. Teeming with antioxidants and hydrating properties, it improves skin elasticity and results in reduced fine lines and wrinkles. Lotus root is not only a delicacy but also famed to be rich in vitamins B and C that combats dark spots and pigmentation.


Chamomile

For Ruddy Complexion

Much along the same lines as rose, chamomile also reduces puffiness and redness. Although this delicate bloom has quite the name in the tea industry for its calming fragrance, chamomile is just as good when it comes to beauty. It’s a no-fail multi-tasker, as it has numerous properties that curb swelling, acne scars, bacteria and minor abrasions.


Lavender

For Acne-Prone Skin

Lavender is another one of those versatile blooms that has multiple medicinal properties that benefit the skin. It’s most popular use, however, remains for fighting acne. Lavender oil, especially, has come under the spotlight as it not only fights those pesky spots but it also calms the senses with its delicate aroma during application. Only a couple of lavender oil drops in your toner and a quick spritz a day should be enough to get rid of those stubborn pimples.


Rose

For Ageing and Dehydration

Rose is, possibly, one of the most popular flowers routinely featured on many ingredient lists. A versatile flower, rose is especially favourable for mature skin that is prone to dryness. Rose has tremendous healing properties, especially the ability to mend broken blood vessels that cause redness. This is due to the vitamin C content (a skin miracle worker) in it that is not as harsh as what you’ll find in citrus fruits.


Hibiscus

For Dull Skin

Ample amounts of amino acids and anti-aging AHA’s (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) make hibiscus a must-have when it comes to reviving the skin. It has a legion of skin benefits ranging from exfoliating, toning, firming and oil controlling to premature aging. A true all rounder, hibiscus is also great for the scalp as it stimulates blood circulation which accelerates hair growth.

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Aruna Mukherjee