5 botanical ingredients to add to your skincare routine
From botanicals borrowed from fragrances to the world’s rarest stems, skincare has a new-found fascination with florals.
Florals for spring might not be exactly ground-breaking, but when it comes to skincare the appetite for botanicals is on the up. According to recent research, global sales of floral extracts to beauty companies has increased by 4.5 per cent year on year. Market research company the NPD Group also reports that sales of lavender-based cosmetics were up by a colossal 552 per cent in 2019. Meanwhile, online retailer Cult Beauty saw searches for jasmine increase by 174 per cent. And it's for good reason: from new extraction techniques to rare flowers picked solely for their impressive molecular make-up, the latest crop of floral formulations have all the hallmarks of resultsdriven skincare. Here are our top picks to add to your beauty arsenal...
Does your skin have a tendency to flare up? If so, reach for rose-infused products. AMLY’s new Nocturnal Nectar Facial Essence, £60, features rock rose, which is brimming with antiseptic and antimicrobial properties that improve acne and help bring unruly skin back into balance. Often found in masks where it can be super concentrated and not diluted with other ingredients, Peter Thomas Roth’s Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask, £45, contains five rose stem cells and four rose extracts in a cooling gel.
Lavender doesn’t just calm your nerves, it works on distressed skin to combat inflammation. Studies show it can also help induce synthesis of both type I and type III collagen, which is a key component to maintaining skin health. Great for the body too, Faith in Nature's Lavender and Geranium Body Wash, £5.79, is a good starting point while Disciple London's Essential Oils Lavender, £10, can be added to daily moisturisers and night-time serums to see how your skin responds.
Known for balancing the skin, jasmine can be found in Susanne Kaufmann’s new Eye Rescue Stick, £80, to wipe out dark circles. The ingredient also works well paired with more traditional actives, such as in Pixi's Retinol Jasmine Cleanser, £18, where it is combined with retinol to further enhance its brightening benefits.
Calming camellia flower
FEMMUE has based its entire portfolio on camellia, the oriental relative of rose. The brand has spent six years researching how this floral extract can counteract the effects of environmental pollution: “We discovered it’s effective in suppressing free oxygen radicals and is a powerful anti-stress ingredient, helping to protect skin from aggressors,” says founder, Kelly S. Chung. Try its Dream Glow Mask Plump, £48.
Nothing beats hibiscus when it comes to inducing a radiant glow. Instantly brightening the skin, it has its own signature acids that gently exfoliate and help to shrink appearance of pores. What's more, it packs a serious punch of hydration - meaning it won’t leave skin feeling tight and flaky. Try Elemis’ Peptide Overnight Radiance Peel, £40, and Gallinee’s Face Vinegar, £23, to infuse skin with its powerful antioxidant benefits.