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How To Choose Botanical Herbs For Your Skin

Many herbs, spices and plant extracts hold therapeutic benefits for your skin. Since our inception in 1958, we’ve focused on formulas that use hand-picked herbs and fresh ingredients that have potent healing and beautifying properties. Most notably our Beyond Organic Collection contains many precious herbs and skin-nourishing ingredients beneficial for every skin type. You may be surprised by the incredible benefits and high potency of Biodynamic® ingredients, and how little skin care product you need to use. Read on to learn how botanical herbs benefit your skin.

Plants, Spices And Herbs Good For The Skin

Did you know that herbs, plants and spices can assist you in everything from your skin care to your bath products? According to a 2019 study, “Some of the health effects attributed to herbs and spices include antioxidant, anti-microbial, and anti-inflammatory effects.”

Plant extracts are rich in antioxidants, which can defend your skin from the sun’s UV rays by neutralizing free radicals. In addition, plant oils may act as a protective barrier to the skin by an occlusive effect, allowing the skin to retain moisture. Let’s take a closer look at some of the best botanical herbs, spices and plants in skin care. 

Paprika

Firstly, paprika is not just a kitchen cupboard spice, it’s ideal for treating blemish-prone skin. Eminence Organics Product Support Representative Nadira Kavanagh explains that paprika is packed with Vitamins A and C to help reduce free radical damage. 

“Paprika’s amazing antibacterial properties make it an effective ingredient for treating problem skin, helping to clear blemish-causing bacteria,” says Nadira. “It’s also rich in antioxidant beta carotene which has the ability to increase cell turnover and regeneration in the outer layers of the skin.” 

Our stimulating products that contain paprika and/or nettle, intentionally create a tingling or “hot” feeling on your skin. For example, our Eight Greens Phyto Masque – Hot brings fresh blood flow to the surface of the skin to improve hydration and the look of elasticity.

Lavender

Lavender is a top botanical with amazing benefits for the complexion. It soothes and softens the look of skin by replenishing moisture, and it can calm the appearance of occasional skin irritations. If you want to improve the look of your skin, you can try our Lavender Age Corrective Night Concentrate and our Lavender Age Corrective Night Eye Cream. The Lavender Age Corrective Concentrate contains lavender, argan oil, evening primrose oil, shea butter and jojoba oil. This formula soothes and softens the look of skin by replenishing moisture and erasing the appearance of fine lines. For the eye area, the Lavender Age Corrective Night Eye Cream ensures moisture levels are balanced around this delicate area so the visible signs of aging appear reduced.

Sage And Clary Sage Oil

Other botanical herbs for your skin care routine include sage and clary sage oil. Sage leaf extract is an antioxidant that rejuvenates and smoothes the look of the skin, while clary sage oil reduces the appearance of skin irritation. Both herbs are found in our Facial Recovery Oil, which not only blends together clary sage oil and sage leaf extract, but also balancing ylang ylang, and nourishing olive and sesame oils. These hydrating oils and herbs work together to improve the visible signs of aging, the look of stretch marks, as well as puffy eyes and crow’s feet. 

The Facial Recovery Oil is loved by loyal customers and has proven to be a celebrity favorite. Fans include actresses Cameron Diaz and Freida Pinto! Cameron says: “A drop [of Facial Recovery Oil] goes a long way to relieve any dryness in your skin from the sun and water. A drop on each cheek after your shower will do wonders.”

Facial Recovery Oil is now available in the Limited Edition Beyond Organic Discovery Set for the coming holidays. 

Parsley Seed Extract And Eyebright Herb

Inside the Limited Edition Beyond Organic Discovery Set, you’ll also find the Bearberry Eye Repair Cream — one of actress Katherine Heigl’s favorites! Bearberry Eye Repair Cream contains parsley seed extract, which improves the appearance of skin radiance. It also contains eyebright to firm and brighten the appearance of the under eye and reduce the look of undereye bags. These rejuvenating ingredients gently hydrate and nourish the delicate eye area and dramatically reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles to deliver a more youthful and radiant complexion. 

All the aforementioned products are crafted with potent botanicals ideal for your skin. But the Facial Recovery Oil and the Bearberry Eye Cream (both from our Beyond Organic Collection) contain some of the most pure and potent botanical herbs and plant extracts you can find. Read on to find out why. 

What Is Biodynamic®?

Not all ingredients are equal. The two products from our Beyond Organic Collection contain Biodynamic ingredients, which means the ingredients are harvested from our close network of trusted, sustainable farming partners across Europe. Each of these farms is certified by Demeter International, meeting the highest standards known to Biodynamic agriculture. The results are the most pure and potent ingredients produced, even beyond organic farming.
The Biodynamic® farmer patiently listens with an open ear and an open heart to keep the farm’s ecosystem in balance. They naturally adapt their practice to yield the healthiest crops, while protecting and healing the earth using only natural solutions from within the farm. 

The Biodynamic® farming practice is intimately guided by the celestial energy of the cosmos. With a peaceful mind, the farmer works in harmony with the natural cycles of the sun, moon, and stars to bring each plant to their highest nutritional potency while  protecting the environment.

Watch Lead Skin Care Trainer Natalie Pergar as she shares the background of Biodynamic® farming and our products that are Beyond Organic. 

Which botanical herbs and products will you choose for your skin care routine? Share your experience with us on social media or learn more about the Beyond Organic Collection at an Eminence Organics Spa Partner near you.

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