z Beauty Herb – Chamomile
Chamomile contains many chemical compounds that may have skincare benefits:
- Terpenoids: These include bisoprolol, matricin, and chamazulene.
- Flavonoids: These include luteolin, rutin, apigenin, quercetin, and patuletin. Flavonoids are antihistamines that can help with itching and have antioxidant properties.
- Hydroxycoumarins: These are another active component of Chamomile.
- Mucilages: These are another active component of Chamomile.
Other benefits for the skin include:
Reducing redness and irritation: Redness and irritation, or dull and inflamed skin, can indicate underlying inflammation. For example, Chamomile, applied as a toner, will help reduce skin inflammation. It feels good, but it also helps tackle the cause of the redness.
Acne: Chamomile can help treat an active acne breakout, reducing bacteria and cleansing the skin while preventing future breakouts. Its antibacterial properties make it an essential natural ingredient in acne-fighting skincare products.
Treating eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea: The flavonoids in Chamomile can get deep into the skin to work as a topical anti-inflammatory. Indeed, it’s so powerful that studies have shown it to be about 60% as effective as 0.25% hydrocortisone cream.
Soothing sunburn and scalds: Chamomile is soothing. It will effectively calm the soreness caused by sunburn and mild scalds without using any artificial ingredients. What’s more, it brings comfort too.
Treating wounds: The mild antiseptic qualities of Chamomile, combined with its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, make it ideal for treating facial wounds. If you’ve got open scratches or sores from outbreaks, then a chamomile toner will help to ensure infection doesn’t take root. Chamomile has been shown to result in complete wound healing more speedily than corticosteroids.
Treating other skin irritations: Chamomile has long been used for treating a wide range of skin concerns, such as nappy rash and chicken pox irritation. Its use for wound healing goes back to the Ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians.
But it’s more than these ‘medicinal’ skin benefits. Chamomile’s benefits for the skin extend to straightforward beauty benefits, too.
Say goodbye to under-eye circles: Not only will the sleep benefits of Chamomile help to prevent dark circles betraying that you burned the midnight oil, but Chamomile in your skincare routine will help to lighten this under-eye area while also reducing the tell-tale puffiness.
Fights against free radicals: The polyphenols in Chamomile help tackle free radicals, helping arm our skin against environmental damage, such as from pollution. It’s free radicals that speed up the aging process. Using Chamomile on the skin brings powerful antioxidants that help the skin regenerate, tighten pores, and slow down aging effects in the skin.
Skin lightening: Chamomile, sometimes called ‘natural skin bleach,’ can lighten blemishes and redness. This is because Chamomile acts as a vasodilator, improving blood flow and helping the skin to appear brighter and more refreshed. So you can enjoy a healthy glow rather than a blotchy indication that your skin is under stress.