You often hear the term botanical surrounding skin care products, and these products are often marketed as being healthy and nourishing to your skin, but what exactly does botanical mean? “Botanical extracts that support the health, texture and integrity of the skin, hair and nails are widely used in cosmetic formulations. They form the largest category of cosmeceutical additives found in the marketplace today due to the rising consumer interest and demand for natural products,” according to an article published in The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology. Essentially, botanicals are powerful plant extracts and oils that are harvested from roots, nuts, berries, seeds, flowers and herbs. Beauty botanist Jennifer Hirsch says, “plants are the most amazing chemists and engineers.” With the abundance of botanicals, where to begin? Below, find three of the best botanical skin care ingredients.
Soy is praised as being a potent antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory and is one of the absolute best botanical ingredients you can use. “Topical application of soy has been used to reduce hyperpigmentation, enhance skin elasticity, control oil production, moisturize the skin and delay hair regrowth. Soy also has the potential to decrease photoaging of the skin and prevent skin cancers through the estrogen-like and antioxidant effects of its metabolites,” as noted in The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology. Soy is generally well-tolerated and is considered a safe botanical ingredient in skin care products.
Green, black and white teas are all used as botanical ingredients in skin care products, but perhaps green tea extract is the most common. The main active ingredient in green tea is a compound known as EGCG, and it has been proven to contain anti-inflammatory and antioxidant powers as well as boosting your skin’s natural defense against UV radiation. Anti-aging skin care products are especially likely to use green tea because of its free radical fighting power.
German chamomile has been used for centuries as an herbal remedy for a number of skin conditions. The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology notes that chamomile “…functions as an antimicrobial, antiallergic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and analgesic…” Chamomile can be quite helpful for those with problematic skin that is prone to redness or breakouts. It’s impressive properties help it soothe irritation and redness while being gentle on the skin.
Other popular botanical skin care ingredients include caffeine to reduce puffiness, seed oils (like rosehip seed or grapeseed oil) for a variety of purposes and licorice root extract to gently lighten and naturally lighten the skin. Botanical skin care ingredients only promise to become more prevalent as consumers demand more natural, gentle skin care products and as companies listen. Enjoy taking a more natural approach to your skin care by using the above botanical skin care ingredients.