Flowers are not just prized for their prettiness and scent; they also make potent skincare ingredients and are employed by many natural beauty companies for their moisturizing, balancing, anti-aging, soothing and healing properties. Here are five 100 percent natural facial skincare products featuring flowers as the key ingredients—all free from not-so-pretty additives like parabens, phthalates and artificial fragrances.
Evening Primrose Age Revitalizing Concentrate, $45 (1 fl oz)
www.weleda.com; tel: 800-241-1030
Evening primrose seed oil is the star ingredient in this concentrated serum. According to Weleda, it protects the skin against moisture loss, removes rough patches and promotes cell growth and regeneration. Gotu kola and marshmallow extracts as well as aloe vera leaf juice and olive oil are also included in the formula, which absorbs easily and has a lovely fragrance.
Damask Rose Facial Oil, $52 (1.01 fl oz)
Part of Green People's special edition Damask Rose collection to celebrate the company's twentieth anniversary, this skin-softening facial oil is a blend of plant oils, including sunflower, thistle and mood-lifting rose otto essential oil—made by gently steam-distilling Damask rose petals and said to have skin-healing properties. It's 99.7 percent organic and suitable for all skin types, even those with eczema and psoriasis.
Calendula/Hypericum Balm, $24.27 (3.5 oz)
Calming calendula, soothing lavender, anti-inflammatory St John's wort and rejuvenating rosemary combine with sunflower oil, shea butter and beeswax to make this 100 percent organic all-purpose balm, ideal for treating dry, chapped or irritated skin. It's especially good for sensitive skin, and can be used anywhere that needs a bit of TLC.
Floral Tonic, $59 (6.76 fl oz)
www.hugyourskin.com; tel: 941-350-0014
A blend of rose, Roman chamomile and lavender flower waters—the fragrant water left after the process of essential oil extraction—this alcohol-free toner is a gentle way to refresh and hydrate the skin. Also containing skin-conditioning extracts of grapefruit seed and agave leaf, the formula is 100 percent organic, vegan-friendly and suitable for all skin types.
Geranium & Thistle Rebalancing Day Cream, $60 (1.69 fl oz)
www.paiskincare.us ; tel: 855-322-7648
This lightweight, 74 percent organic daily moisturizer features calming rose geranium oil and omega 6-rich thistle oil to balance and mattify the skin. Like all Pai products, the cream is specially formulated for sensitive skin, but it's also ideal if you suffer from oiliness and breakouts. Apply it every morning or whenever your skin needs a moisture boost.
Calendula officinalis, or marigold, has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It's been successfully used to treat burns and radiation-induced dermatitis.1
Rose geranium essential oil has been found to have anti-inflammatory activity.2
Chamomile extract, when used in a cream, was more effective than a steroid cream for eczema.3
Sunflower seed oil can preserve the skin barrier and improve skin hydration in adults.4
Evening primrose oil has been found to reduce UV-induced skin pigmentation.5