3 Powerful Plants to Look For in Body Care Products
by Caitlin Reid
Chamomile, rose and geranium — yes, they are pretty flowers, but they are also three powerful plants that can enhance your body and hair care products due to their anti-aging, calming and anti-inflammatory properties. Thanks to clever scientists, we now know the bioactive compounds in these plants provide multiple benefits to your skin. Don’t believe it? Here’s the science behind how these powerful plants can enhance your body care products.
Chamomile Soothes Skin With Powerful Anti-Inflammatory Properties
Chamomile tea has been used to soothe the body and mind for centuries, but chamomile is also popping up in plant-based body care products worldwide. A member of the daisy family, chamomile possesses antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant properties known to help soothe and calm your skin.
Why Chamomile Is a Body Care Staple
To discover why chamomile is amazing for your skin as well as for your pre-bedtime ritual, we need to get a bit nerdy: Chamomile contains 28 terpenoids and 36 flavonoids (1) (fancy words for naturally occurring organic compounds). Of these flavonoids, apigenin is the most exciting. It’s a bioactive compound, meaning it can provide strong benefits as part of your body care routine. For example:
- Chamomile can help calm redness. You know that calm feeling you get when drinking chamomile tea? That’s the apigenin, the bioactive compound which also helps to calm redness in your skin (1, 2). As a natural anti-inflammatory, chamomile can ease inflammation caused by sun exposure, harsh weather and pollution.
- Topical chamomile can help relieve skin irritation. Scientists have proven that chamomile has an inbuilt ability to help boost your immune system (1). This means that when your skin gets irritated, chamomile can help ease the irritation on a cellular level. Without getting too scientific, this works by regulating the cell activation process.
- Chamomile is known to have anti-aging properties. Chamomile is packed full of antioxidants that work hard to protect your skin from damage caused by UV exposure, pollution and the effects of aging. Its bioactive ingredients latch on to free radicals, preventing them from acting within your skin to cause fine lines and dark spots, instead boosting your cell turnover (3). In fact, chamomile has even been used in scar and wound healing (4) treatments.
So if you notice your skin is getting red and annoyed, look for body care products with chamomile to help calm and soothe your skin, restoring an even skin tone and easing irritation.
Geranium Can Help Clear Acne and Soothe Irritation
Geranium oil is present in many plant-based skincare and body care products. With an ability to help clear acne, plus its inherent skin firming properties, geranium is a must-have in your body care routine. Like with other powerful plant-based ingredients, geranium has been used in skincare and body care products since ancient times, but it’s enjoyed a resurgence thanks to the popularity of essential oils in the last several years.
Why Geranium Rules a Skincare Routine
Geranium is a gentle all-rounder of the plant kingdom, working on everything from skin dryness to acne. This is thanks to its broad spectrum of ingredients from citronellol to geraniol. It works best in oil form to enhance hydration and skin repair.
- Geranium can help clear congestion in your skin. Bumps, dryness and blemishes can pop up when your skin is congested. They’re a cry for help, and geranium’s antimicrobial properties are a handy answer. This powerful plant helps to gently clear bacteria while also aiming to restore your skin’s natural oil balance (5).
- Geranium body care products can help support anti-aging. When antioxidants are a regular part of your skincare routine, your skin can better fight off free radicals. One study found topical geranium has the potential to reduce or prevent oxidative stress (6), which is an underlying cause of skin aging and decreased cell turnover. This ability comes from enhancing the free radical scavenging activity within your cells, so those nasty free radicals that cause wrinkles and spots are stopped before they can change your skin.
Geranium is more than a bright floral in your granny’s garden, it has built-in properties to help clear and care for your skin. Look for body care products containing geranium oil, as it’s most effective in oil form.
Rose Works as a Shield To Protect and Nourish Your Skin
Thanks to the discovery of its potent anti-inflammatory effects, rose body care products are no longer reserved for soaps found in quaint northeastern bed-and-breakfasts. The romantic flower is now used in countless forms in body care, from rosehip oil to rose petal extract, which all work on your skin to nourish and protect it. If you thought roses were humble and cute, think again; rose is one of the most powerful plant extracts found in modern botanical skincare.
Why Rose Deserves a Place in Your Skincare Routine
Not only do rose products smell divine, the pretty petaled flower can also stop daily assaults on your skin, such as UV and pollution, from leaving their mark.
- Rose can help decrease inflammation within your immune system. You may have heard about cytokines. They’re proteins secreted by the immune system to manage your immune response, and when they get out of control, your immune response can go haywire. Remarkably, rose has been found to suppress some cytokine production (7) induced by UV exposure. In a nutshell, this means rose can decrease your skin’s inflammatory response when exposed to irritants like UV or pollution.
- Rose can help with skin firming. You know that taut, firm feeling your skin gets after a body treatment or facial? Rose can provide that same tightening effect thanks to its natural astringent properties. It leaves your skin feeling tight and plump, perfect for heading into the summer months when you’ll be bearing more skin.
- Rose can help reduce water loss. Like many powerful plants, roses are jam-packed with antioxidants (8). Not only does this help protect your skin from external and internal irritants, it also works as a shield to reduce oxidative stress. By enhancing the skin’s protection, rose helps prevent dreaded transdermal water loss (9) which can lead to dryness and aging. This means more hydrated, younger-looking skin.
These powerful plants can help provide multiple benefits to your skin when used regularly as part of your body care routine. Not only do they smell great, but these plants also pack a punch when it comes to calming inflammation, protecting your skin from free radical damage, and even regulating your skin’s inflammatory response from the inside out.
Not all plant-based products are created equal though; be sure to look for the USDA Certified Biobased label to confirm the percentage of biobased content in your body care products.
At Cleanyst, we believe the ingredients used in everyday body and home care products can greatly affect your health and well-being. That’s why we’ve put immense care into crafting products made from plant-based ingredients that are better for your body, home and planet.
All Cleanyst body and home care products —including the pouches they come in—have earned the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certified Biobased Product label.
Our safe and effective natural products are also free from dyes, parabens, fragrance and any potentially harmful chemicals. With Cleanyst you can rest assured knowing that you're doing the best for your body and your health.
Caitlin Reid is a writer and health professional. She is published in Greatist, Harper’s Bazaar and Aprive Wellness, to name a few, and loves sharing wellness tips that work.
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