The Power of Plant Ingredients
Botanicals are the powerfully healing and nourishing plant extracts and oils derived from flowers, herbs, nuts, seeds, roots, leaves, barks and berries. And when harnessed in the right way, they can do wonders for our skin. An extract is usually in a liquid form or powder form and is concentrated so only a small amount is needed in a formula for maximum benefits and results.
It is probably safe to say that plant derived ingredients were among the very first cosmetics used by humans. Cleopatra used Black Cumin Seed Oil as a beauty treatment, and Calendula has been used in skin healing for hundreds of years. Phoenicians in as early as 1550 B.C. have recorded the use of Argan Oil by locals to heal and beautify their bodies. Natural colourants, plant juices and fragrant oils were all known and used in ancient times.
So What Are The Benefits Of Botanicals?
Most botanicals have many antioxidant benefits as many of these plants were able to thrive in direct sunlight being exposed to UV light. Therefore, protection against free radicals is a strong benefit from many extracts. Botanical extracts can also have huge benefits to acne, oily skin, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, skin lightening and brightening etc. And since the extract is in a concentrated form, only a small percentage is actually needed to see maximum benefits because the skin can only absorb so much at a time.
Popular botanical ingredients such as Rosehip Oil and Grapeseed Oil have been proven effective over time and in clinical research trials. Rosehip Oil has an amazing ability to rejuvenate mature skin. It contains high levels of Vitamin C and essential fatty acids that repair sun damaged and aging skin, leaving it with a youthful glow.
With dropping collagen levels a concern for older skin, botanical ingredients like Green Tea Extract can provide the answer. Green Tea Extract has an abundance of health benefits. It is renowned for its anti-oxidant properties which go after the free radicals that can damage the skin, making it the ideal ingredient for anti-aging, skin protecting and mature skin products.
Camomile calms redness in acne prone skin. Witch Hazel is an antioxidant and can have anti-irritating properties. Sea buckthorn oil is a rich source of vitamin C that contains healing properties. Evening Primrose Oil can have significant anti-inflammatory and emollient properties.
Also known as vitamin A, retinol is considered to be the most effective ingredient in anti-ageing skincare, helping to visibly reduce the signs of ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles. It is named in multiple studies and vast consumer testimonials as a ‘must-have’ to boost collagen production and regain the skin’s elasticity.
Another benefit of botanically based skin products is that they are generally gentler on your skin and they are often absorbed better by the body than unnatural chemicals.
So you can see the many benefits of using botanical ingredients in daily skincare, and why we choose to create Esensi products from them. But don’t stop there, healthy eating helps contribute to a healthy glowing skin as well. Make sure to drink lots of water and eat fruit and vegetables. Making a few small changes in your eating habits as well as in your skincare will make a huge difference to the appearance of your skin!