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Health Natural Wonders: The Power of Ancient Flowers

05:02  26 september  2022
05:02  26 september  2022 Source:   elle.com.au

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From buying fresh tulips to throwing on a floral sundress, there's nothing quite like a floral touch to brighten our moods. But while you might be able to spot a peony from a carnation, we bet you're underestimating the medicinal qualities of flowers themselves.

Nature happens to have gifted us a (literal) crop of the most efficacious ingredients of all: ancient flowers.

Here, we've rounded up the flowers with the most power, healing properties and abilities, and show you how you can get the most out of them through your beauty regimen…

#1 CORNFLOWER: THE BALANCE-RESTORING FLOWER

Cornflower has more than just 'rustle in the wind' and 'look majestic' on its skill list. In fact, it has quite a few skin-centric talents up its green sleeve. Cornflower water is actually highly astringent, which basically means it can constrict pores, address redness and regulate the production of sebum—three definite wins for anyone acne-prone.

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So, if you're oily-skinned, a cornflower topical (or pure cornflower water on a reusable cotton pad) is a great anti-inflammatory, acne-fighting ally to have on hand. It's also brilliant for brightening the skin, a feature which we'll never turn down!

#2 JASMINE: THE ANXIETY-EASING FLOWER

Floral fragrances are like the Kardashians these days; they're literally everywhere. But don't let the sickly-sweet connotations of the category get in your way. If you prefer a more authentic corner of the floral fragrance family, we'll bet a natural jasmine scent (aka a little vile of jasmine oil) is just what your senses have been searching for.

Much like lavender (just a touch fresher), jasmine's sweet scent is known to help alleviate anxiety and stress, telling your body 'it's time to unwind' regardless of where you are while also gifting any passers-by with its alluring aroma.

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#3: CHAMOMILE: THE INFLAMMATION-BLOCKING FLOWER

'Chamomile tea' is practically synonymous with 'calm', and the ingredient's calming benefits extend to skin care, too. An anti-inflammatory icon, chamomile actually helps to block signals in the body known as 'prostaglandins' (rolls off the tongue, we know), which are basically the bad guys behind inflammation. We love it in the form of a post-shower mist spritz, worked into potentially irritating steps such as cleansers or toners, or even used as a cold compress (yes, we're talking the actual tea here) over irritated eyes or sunburn.

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#4: HIBISCUS: THE GROWTH-PROMOTING FLOWER

Hibiscus (on top of being a damn delight to look at) is one of the most popular flowers used in haircare. Why, you ask? The healing properties, of course! The petals possess the power to deliver a serious scalp refresh, combatting dryness and dandruff while also promoting the growth of healthy, luscious, Rapunzel-esque hair. If you're down to DIY, try grinding a mix of hibiscus flowers (including their leaves) and coconut oil into a paste.

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#5 EDELWEISS: THE RESILLIENCE-REVIVING FLOWER

Look, we don't like to throw around major labels like 'the beauty industry's best-kept secret' unless they're legit, but edelweiss definitely is. Something that wasn't exactly a secret, however, was The Body Shop's best-selling skincare range, Drops of Youth™—it and Blackpink have similarly passionate fans.

But though that exact range has been a main player in our beauty routines for years, we were always more enamoured with the actual drops inside than with the whole 'youth' idea. Because here's the thing: wrinkles, fine lines and the like are all simply signs that yes, we've moved our faces throughout our lives, and that's perfectly normal. Hell, not even just normal–it's brilliant!

Ageing is a damn blessing. It's all about how you look at it. As The Body Shop founder Anita Roddick said, "if you didn't want to get wrinkles you should have stopped smiling years ago." Print that on a throw pillow, please.

While you don't have to resent your own face for showing signs of life, you also don't have to sit idly by while environmental elements wreak their own havoc on it. Or worse, not look after your skin.

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That's exactly where The Body Shop's newly reformulated and re-named Edelweiss range comes in. After admitting they'd 'stuffed up' by idolising youth with the range's previous name (we love the accountability), they decided to return to their OG roots, celebrating ageing, making change and heroing natural ingredients that actually work.

The range now centres around its namesake ingredient, which actually possesses 43% more antioxidant power than retinol^. Yes, seriously.

Found growing in brutal Alpine conditions (cue the cold shivers), edelweiss deals with extreme wind, snow, and rain on a daily basis, protecting and repairing itself thanks to the fact it's jam-packed with natural antioxidants. And that's exactly what we want for our faces; to give them the tools to protect and repair themselves the very same way.

Edelweiss basically has skin-smoothing, face-freshening, resilience-reviving superpowers.

Drops of Youth™ Youth Concentrate became Edelweiss Daily Serum Concentrate, to give the wunderkid ingredient the top billing it deserves. In fact, the previous formula has even changed to now contain double the concentrate of edelweiss per bottle, which is (we don't mean to be dramatic) genuinely game-changing.

Said concentrate is the collection's standout star, but for best results, you'll want to go all in with the starting 4-step routine. As for the order, think: Concentrate Cleanser, Eye Concentrate, Daily Serum Concentrate and then the Intense Cream. The flower-power gold standard if you're aiming for stronger*, smoother skin.

*Skin that looks plump with moisture, with a smooth surface. Skin looks re-energised and refreshed.

^Retinol expressed as Trans Retinyl Acetate. The radical protection factor (RPF) was measured in vitro by electron spin resonance.

Brought to you by The Body Shop.

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