Flower Power: The Best Floral Ingredients for Better Skin

Botanical ingredients and flowers have been used for medical and beauty purposes for thousands of years. Nature’s very own powerhouse contains impressive properties that can treat the skin, and may even be growing in your very own backyard. Flowers have been a popular ingredient in skincare for some time now, not just for their uplifting fragrance, but also because of the potent benefits that each flower offers. Read on to find out what their benefits are and how to use them. 

Rose 

Roses are a common beauty ingredient because of its soothing and hydrating properties as well as its ability to heal inflamed and sunburnt skin. This flower is commonly found in the form of rosemist or rosewater, which is great to use in the summer to keep redness at bay and maintain the skin’s pH balance. Try Mamonde’s Rose Water mist, made with 100% Damask rose extract. 

Dandelion

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You’ve probably made a wish while blowing on this puffball of a flower. Dandelion is often used in skincare for its soothing, anti-ageing and refining properties. It is also rich in vitamins A, E and C, which stimulate collagen production.

Chamomile

Not just calming in a cup of tea, chamomile has antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, making it an effective ingredient for treating acne-prone skin. We recommend the Mario Badescu Chamomile Cleansing Lotion. 

Calendula 

The calendula flower is valued for its antibacterial properties and it’s high content of antioxidants. This powerhouse of a flower encourages the skin’s healing process, fights off infections, reduces fine lines and wrinkles and promotes blood flow to skin cells.

Lavender

This graceful purple flower is famous for its calming, hydrating and relaxing effects, and is commonly used in spa or night time treatments. It is also cytophylactic, meaning it increases cell renewal. So use it for wrinkles, stretch marks and scars. Check out the Arcona Lavender Hydrasol. 

Daisy

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The innocent daisy flower is an excellent ingredient for treating signs of ageing as well as brightening the skin. Rich in antioxidants, malic and tartaric acids, it is effective at treating pigmentation, evening out skin tone and bringing back luminosity to the skin. 

Jasmine

The fragrant jasmine flower ranks high among botanical ingredients for skincare. Its potent antioxidants protect the skin from sun damage and pollution, and it also has intense hydrating and smoothing properties. We adore the Herbivore Botanicals Glowing Hydration Jasmine Body Oil. 

Marigold 

This potent medicinal flower has a host of healing abilities. It is effective in treating and preventing acne, and is also helpful in treating skin irritations such as psoriasis, eczema, rosacea and dermatitis, due to its antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. 

Hibiscus

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A rich source of alphahydroxy acids (AHAs) and antioxidants, the hibiscus flower naturally exfoliates the skin and speeds up cell turnover. This flower also contains polysaccharides, which makes it very healing and moisturising. Indulge in Kiehl’s Ginger Leaf and Hibiscus Firming Mask.