Wearing Your Food: Best Plants for Your Skin

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Let’s talk about skin, baby! It shouldn’t be surprising that a ton of the nutrients that our skin and bodies crave can be found growing naturally all around us. We’ve all seen people stick cucumbers on their eyes before prom in every single teen movie, so let’s take a closer look at what natural ingredients can do for you and which ones you might want to just keep in your salad.

Rose Petals

If you didn’t know, the Rose Petal Facial is BHAV Spa’s signature facial. So who’s really surprised to hear that rose petals are one of my favorite natural skin care ingredients? Nobody. Ok, so let’s dive into it. Not only have roses always been a symbol of love and care, with their delicate scent and shape, but they’ve got a lot going on inside the petal as well.

The use of rose petals in baths and perfumes began with Ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians. Rose can reduce inflammation, relieve anxiety, and soothe dermatitis, psoriasis, and eczema. The combination of the rose scent and physical properties work together to create a complete mind and body experience.

Blueberries

Blueberries are packed with antioxidants, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E. Grabbing a handful or two of blueberries can be a great way to get a ton of your daily nutrients that benefit your body in a host of ways, but there are external benefits as well. Blueberries are a great replacement for chemical-based skin care ingredients and can work just as well to slow signs of aging, reduce skin damage, prevent acne. It’s all a bunch of science that leads to properties in the blueberries healing capillaries and aiding oxidization, but if you get to eat blueberries and have an organic facial, I’m there!

Calendula

How do pronounce it and what is it anyway? Calendula is a humble little flower that has the ability to accelerate wound healing. Its medicinal properties are found in the resin the flower produces. You’ll find it quite often in nourishing facial serums. My favorite is the Nutrient Dense Facial Serum from Farmaesthetics. I love calendula because it is gentle enough for babies and children but powerful enough to nourish and repair skin that is older and in need of extra TLC.

Cucumbers

See, I told you we’d address the whole cucumber-on-the-eye thing. Cucumbers do have anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce puffiness. Due to the very high water content and cool temperature, the skin is hydrated while slowing blood flow to the area around your eyes. Cucumbers are rich in Vitamin C which helps you look more awake and alert. Some studies have even shown that cucumber is an effective ingredient in increasingly the natural elasticity of the skin, slowing the appearance of wrinkles. So, I suppose that solves it; cucumbers do have a purpose when they’re sitting there on your eyes during a spa day.

Wrapping It Up

Plants have incredible benefits for your body, inside and out. Eating great ingredients can aid in healthy skin and including those same beneficial ingredients in things you put on the outside of your face can be just as helpful. What we want you to remember is that ingredients matter. Your skin is an organ just like any other part of your body and you should treat it with care and love. Just because there is a picture of a cucumber on the bottle of your face scrub does not mean that you are getting a healthy, holistic, natural cucumber experience. Be mindful of what you consume and what you apply. Above all else, smile a little more today!