Beauty Skincare

Get Smart On The Science Behind Botanical Skincare

It’s no secret that botanical beauty is having a serious moment right now. As we become more vigilant about what we’re putting on our skin, we become more vigilant about ingredients too.

So what’s so special about botanics? Well, botanical skincare refers specifically to the use of plant ingredients – so flowers, leaves and herbs – that have natural properties to help combat things like spots, wrinkles and uneven skin tones. The best part? They don’t rely on chemicals to do the hard work!

As different plants have different benefits, our handy guide below will help you identify the right ingredients for your regime, so you can have full confidence in what you’re putting on your skin.

So, what plant does what?

Although botanical skin care sounds pretty holistic, research shows there is robust science behind the compounds in certain plants, which can reform your skin:

For breakouts

Adult acne can be a real stress which, in turn, makes our skin break out even more. To reduce the appearance of spots, from acne to rosacea, use products that are anti-inflammatory, like chamomile, lavender and rose. These plants will calm any redness and swelling. Chamomile is also antibacterial, which will help flush out any dirt that blocks your pores and cause spots.

For an uneven skin tone

To balance an uneven skin tone, you need to seek out plants that are high in vitamins A, B, C and D. Vitamin A and C encourage any damaged skin cells to heal, while vitamin B (or biotin found in the vitamin) and vitamin D promotes the growth of brand new, healthy cells. Search out products containing rosehip and mint.

For combating wrinkles

Keep your skin looking young by protecting your cells from those pesky free radicals. Green tea is great at keeping them in check, as is calendula flower, sage and turmeric, which are packed with antioxidants. Plants that encourage the natural production of collagen, like aloe vera, and are high in hyaluronic acids and vitamin C improve firmness and elasticity.

For a dull-looking complexion

Brighten up your skin using witch hazel, which not only unclogs your pores, but will illuminate your complexion too. It’s astringent properties lock the moisture in your skin to eliminate dryness. Alternatively, hibiscus is a natural source of alpha-hydroxy acids (also known as AHAs) that naturally exfoliate to reveal new, brighter skin.

Where can I find botanical skincare products?

This month, we’ve teamed up with Balance Me, a skincare range that combines botanical beauty and cutting-edge science to create a revolutionary range of skincare must-haves. Balance Me pride themselves on being honest and transparent about what is in their products and the process used to create them.  The percentage of natural ingredients is displayed on each product and the ingredients are displayed clearly and simply.

They said: "It’s simple, when your skin feels great, so do you. Our innovative range harnesses the power of clinically proven naturally active botanicals along with aromatherapy-inspired formulations to help bring your skin back into balance. We work very closely with our chemist, selecting only the highest quality essential oils and other botanical ingredients."

Their Hyaluronic Plumping Face Mist is already a cult favourite – we are the first subscription box to sample them, so sign up to Pink Parcel right now to get your hands on one! Plus, their Pure Skin Face Wash has received rave reviews.