The Important Anti-Aging and Therapeutic Properties of Plant-Based Skincare
Think plants are just for making your home or office a bit cozier? Think again. Plant-based skin care products can deliver amazing results, thanks in part to the fact that their active ingredients are found in nature. For example, if you’ve ever suffered from a bad sunburn, you may have found relief in a soothing aloe vera gel, or even an aloe vera plant.
Clarins has always been devoted to the idea of plant-based skin care. In fact, Clarins’ Face Treatment Oils were first released over 50 years ago. These oils are created with 100 percent pure plant extracts from ingredients like blue orchid, hazelnut, patchouli, lavender, and sandalwood.
This tradition is still going strong today. Clarins Double Serum is our most powerful age control concentrate, and it’s made using vital anti-aging plant extracts.
Why use plant-based beauty products?
Joe Chappell, professor of plant biochemistry at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, notes that humans are just beginning to discover the vast health benefits of our green friends and how they relate to natural skin care practices.
"Somehow in our fast-track lives, we forgot to take advantage of the lessons provided by Mother Nature,” he says. “That is all changing now with the recognition that two-thirds of all currently prescribed drugs can be traced back to natural sources."
"Several well-known medicines were brought to us by plants: foxglove gives us the cardiac muscle stimulant digoxin, and periwinkle offers a source for the widely used chemotherapy drugs vincristine and vinblastine. In fact, there are at least 250,000 species of plants, out of which more than 1,000 have been found to possess significant anticancer properties."
With so many plant species around the globe, it’s fascinating to consider how many plant-based benefits have yet to be discovered. Thankfully, scientists are on the case and new developments are constantly emerging.
What is the history of plant-based cosmetics?
Many modern-day innovations are harnessing the power of plants. However, plant-based beauty products have been in use for thousands of years.
The ancient Egyptians used a variety of oils and minerals for cosmetic purposes. Castor oil and moringa oil were used to minimize the appearance of wrinkles. Aloe vera was used to cleanse the skin of desert dust. Famously, kohl was used as eyeliner.
Plant-based cosmetics were also a part of everyday life in ancient Greece The Greeks used crushed mulberries as lip and cheek stains, and a blend of charcoal and oils to create a dark eyeshadow. They used olive oils to moisturize the skin.
India has a long history of plant-based beauty products. Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old form of medicine that was founded in southern India. The ancient practitioners believed that one should not put anything on his or her skin that isn’t edible. To this day, Ayurvedic doctors use plant-based products in their treatments, including sesame oil, sandalwood, and turmeric.
Turmeric is one of the most powerful ingredients used in plant-based products. Known for its purifying properties, the sacred root is used to soothe and revitalize skin. Clarins harnesses the power of this vital ingredient in the Clarins Double Serum. This serum supports the skin’s five vital functions: regeneration, oxygenation, nutrition, hydration, and protection. With the help of this powerful root, Clarins’ Double Serum is able to address visible signs of skin aging.
How do plant-based skin care products work?
There’s a reason so many cultures consider plants to be sacred. Plant-based products contain active molecules that deliver nutrition, protection, and vitamins. While these nutrients are designed to fuel the plant, humans can take advantage of these ingredients to work their powers on our skin.
As an example, seeds are packed with nutrients because they are equipped with the ingredients required to bring a plant to life. It’s not just seeds that deliver these potent nutrients, though — vital ingredients are also found in roots, berries, flowers, herbs, and tree bark.
What are the benefits of plant-based ingredients?
While each plant-based ingredient has unique benefits, natural products can be used for a variety of skin care concerns. Some uses include calming redness, exfoliating, visibly lightning skin, and boosting antioxidants.
One of the benefits of plant-based ingredients, both in medicine and natural skin care, is that your body automatically knows how to process them. The botanical world is rich in natural antioxidants, vitamins, and emollients, which are the perfect building blocks for truly effective complexes that deliver powerful benefits. And Clarins products are rich in these vitamins and natural antioxidants, which can help you achieve healthy, luminous, and younger-looking skin.
Who can use plant-based beauty products?
One of the greatest benefits of plant-based products is that they tend to be gentle on the skin. For individuals with sensitive skin, plant-based products might cause less irritation. However, it’s important to note that just because it’s natural doesn’t mean it will be compatible. We always suggest testing a product on a small area of skin before applying it to a larger area.
Clarins’ plant-based products are designed to address a variety of concerns. No matter your concern, try going back to your roots. These powerful botanicals could work wonders on your skin.
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Letting your skin breathe with plant-based skin care products is the most effective way to absorb vitamins and keep your skin hydrated.