Beauty Benefits of Chamomile
Chamomile. Best known for its relaxing properties, and it’s one of the main ingredients in our sleep-inducing Dream Lotion and Pure Rest Roller! But did you know how beneficial chamomile can be on the skin? As calming on the skin as it is on the mind, chamomile is an ingredient you’ll want in your routine from now on…
Chamomile & Skincare
The reason why chamomile works so well as an anti-inflammatory is because it blocks the release of the chemical which causes inflammation in your body, called prostaglandin E2 and slows down the release of histamine, too.
For your skin, chamomile uses the same anti-inflammatory properties to have a cooling and comforting effect, as well as providing vital moisture whilst remaining gentle on the skin.
A study was published in Molecular Medicine Reports about the main compound in chamomile, which is apigenin, a compound that's been shown to improve the skin's barrier, the top layer of your skin. It works to protect your skin from toxins and irritants, but using harsh products can weaken this barrier leading to irritation and sensitivity.
Plus, according to the study chamomile contains other compounds (alpha-bisabolol, alpha-bisabolol oxides A & B and matricin) which are a class of substances found in plants. They can penetrate deep into the skin and inhibit the chemical which is responsible for inflammation. Because of this, it’s often used to fight inflammation caused by chickenpox, diaper rash etc.
Antifungal, Antibacterial, Antiseptic & Antioxidant
Chamomile is also a powerful skin healer; able to keep infection at bay and reduce inflammation, it's perfect for sensitive and irritated skin anywhere on the body. Chamomile is one of the key ingredients in our Heel Defend, an intensely moisturizing heel cream to relieve patches of dry, hard skin, soothing the pain of cracked heels.
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Acne & Rosacea
The anti-inflammatory properties also work on those suffering from acne or rosacea. A study published by the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology found that the ingredients that help the redness that comes with rosacea are chamomile, green tea, and lavender as they can block the inflammatory chemicals in the body.
Because chamomiles essential oil contains compounds with antimicrobial effects meaning they can kill certain germs which live on the skin, and in particular Staphylococcus aureus, a form of bacteria which causes acne.
Chamomile is a great ingredient to get into your skincare routine, whether you suffer from inflamed skin or not. It’s an incredibly soothing and powerful natural ingredient which can help protect your skin from nasties and soothe irritated or sensitive skin!
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