The benefits of plant actives in skincare

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It should come as no surprise to hear that when it comes to skincare, au natural is best. And what better way to get the necessary goodness into your skin than through plant actives?

Plant what?

Yup, you heard right. Plant actives are – quite simply – the flower, plant and fruit-based ingredients that have been scientifically proven to boast powerful skin benefits.

What’s so great about plant actives?

Interestingly enough, they formed the basis of our skin care products for many hundreds of years – before the use of cheap synthetics took over. Thankfully, an interest in therapeutic plants has resurged in recent years – helped along by scientific research which continues to confirm what was once speculation.

The active molecules used in beauty products can do pretty much anything – from banishing acne to smoothing wrinkles, and everything else in between. In short, you have these to thank for repairing, rejuvenating, hydrating, protecting and nourishing your cells.

To put this in context, inactive ingredients – such as emulsifiers which create texture, fragrances for a nice smell and water to make the product go further (yes – really) provide no natural benefit to your skin whatsoever, so you really want to choose a skincare regime that is as rich in actives as possible.

Something else to consider: Natural doesn’t always mean active. What this means is that often, a ‘natural’ ingredient has synthetic stabilisers and activating agents added to help transfer its natural activity into your products. Skincare products that claim to be active have undergone an extraction technique that mimics the cellular matrix of a plant, meaning they do not need anything added to it in the process.

So, without further ado, let’s round up the best plant actives for the most common skin concerns:

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I want to … improve skin tone

You need: Fruit enzymes, such as pineapple, mango and pomegranate

What does it do? Helps buff away dead skin cells, leaving skin brighter and clearer.

I want to … boost collagen

You need: Plant stem cells

What does it do? Stimulates the skin’s rejuvenation process, helping to enhance collagen levels, restore elasticity and boost hydration.

I want to … say goodbye to sunspots

You need: Vitamin C

What does it do? Neutralizes some of the damaging free radicals unleashed by too much sun exposure, as well as helping the skin’s regeneration process which creates new, healthier cells.

I want to … axe acne

You need: Black willow bark

What does it do? Helps to balance skin and reduce the bacteria behind acne. Add some rosehip oil to prevent scars.

I want to … eliminate dark circles

You need: Gallic acid

What does it do? Works with your skin’s natural organisms to both brighten and energise your eyes.

I want to … smooth wrinkles

You need: Carotenoids, sunflower oil, pomegranate oil or any source of naturally-derived vitamin A

What does it do? Restores skin elasticity and softens wrinkles.

I want to … reduce redness

You need: Daisy extract

What does it do? Calms redness, reduces oiliness and balances complexion.

I want to … heal sunburn

You need: Ellagic acid (found in pomegranate)

What does it do? Alleviates skin inflammation and boosts your skin’s sun protective abilities significantly.

I want to … fix dry skin

You need: Byangelicin

What does it do? Promotes anti-glycation (the activity which causes collagen to become stiff and malformed), thus reversing the process.

I want a … deep cleanse

You need: Maca mineral clays and oats

What does it do? Its high levels of amino acids – also known as the building blocks of protein – get to the root of your skin, giving it a much-needed overhaul.

I want to … plump skin

You need: Hyaluronic acid or sunflower oil

What does it do? Rich in essential fatty acids, it is responsible for a significant boost in skin hydration which, in turn, ensures the outer layer of the epidermis has enough water to flush out toxins, carry vital nutrients and prevent cell shrinkage.

I want a … luminous glow

You need: Anthocyanin (found in blueberries)

What does it do? Protects collagen from harmful free radicals, allowing it to perform as nature intended.

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Image by: Marco Verch, Flickr

So, what active skincare do we offer?

Here at Lovoir Beauty we’re proud to offer three active facials from leading brand, Janesce – a skin care company with a difference.

Because their products have been formulated by a naturopath – not a biochemist – they are designed to reflect the principles of a healthy diet on the face.

Further reading: Beauty is skin deep: How to nourish the body from within

Janesce believes that aggressive cleansing – and the products that accompany it – can cause more problems than they solve. Their own gentle, natural approach helps prevent and correct these imbalances. #notallheroeswearcapes

You’ll find a common theme in our Janesce facials – total hydration. That’s because the Janesce mantra is to “wet the skin and lock it in”. What’s more, Janesce products contain up to a whopping 70% more plant actives than other botanical ranges.

So, what are you waiting for?

Book a Janesce facial now!

 

 

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