Flowers and beauty go hand in hand. It’s the ultimate synergy that the beauty of plants can also be beautifying to our skin. With the Chelsea Flower Show heading our way, we’ve looked at the flowers that bring something extra special to our beauty buys.
It’s not just the scent either – although there’s no denying how the smell of flowers alone can relax, invigorate, calm and revive – the benefits are many and varied. Used as physical scrubs, softening oils, healing balms – the options are endless. Here’s our pick of some of the best:
Known for: relaxing and soothing, as well as balancing skin’s oils.
This can be used at any time of day, but the English Lavender scent is particularly relaxing at bedtime when it’s time to put down your mobile devices and get a good night’s sleep.
We love: Crabtree & Evelyn Lavender Hand Therapy, £16
Known for: regenerating ageing skin, treating dryness and reducing redness.
Rose has long been used in beauty products to repair and support skin health, and in this instance it’s a combination of Alpine Rose stem cells and hydrolyzed plant proteins that help strengthen the skin and stimulate the natural functions that slow with age.
We love: Aromatherapy Associates Rose Infinity Moisturiser, £109
Known for: repairing damaged skin cells and taking the ‘sting’ out of sunburn.
While rose and lavender are most commonly used as a ‘base oil’ in aromatherapy, magnolia is up there with the best too. In this case the magnolia-based oil is packed with provitamin A, which can protect and heal the skin – particularly in the summer if you catch a little too much sun and need to neutralise the burn.
We love: Leonor Greyl Huile de Magnolia Face and Body Beauty-Enhancing Oil, £27.20
Known for: treating scars and irritation, thanks to it being naturally antibacterial. Also well known for stimulating collagen production.
You only want the best for baby’s skin, but if your adult skin is prone to periods of sensitivity at certain times of the month the healing and protective benefits of calendula may ease your discomfort. This super soft cream also contains lanolin and almond oil for a texture that’s easily absorbed.
We love: Weleda Calendula Face Cream, £8.95
Known for: offering relief to congested skin and soothing dry complexions.
We know rose is great for the skin but the addition of jasmine takes things to the next level. As well as creating a milky, caring veil on your skin, this milk contains Egyptian jasmine for a bath that can calm and quiet a busy mind.
We love: Elemis Jasmine and Rose Milk Bath, £43
Known for: it’s a natural antioxidant that works best with skin when used as an exfoliant to revive tired, dull complexions.
A mask that’s actually a powder. Enriched with ground hibiscus, it helps draw out toxins and impurities from the skin when mixed with water. As well as a deep clean, the mask also doubles as an exfoliator for skin that’s clean and silky smooth.
We love: Balm Balm 100% Organic Hibiscus Face Mask, £9.50
Known for: effectively reducing puffiness, inflammation and ruddy complexions.
The rose in this organic scrub does what you’d expect – nourish and balance – but it’s the chamomile stamens that buff the skin and rid it of those dead skin cells that can leave skin looking dull and grey. It’s a natural shortcut to skin that glows.
We love: Spiezia Rose and Chamomile Gentle Face Scrub, £30
Known for: having the ability to calm skin, making it a great skin conditioner.
Lotus flower is well known for its ability to calm and soothe dry skin and as our hands are subject to the most work on a daily basis, using a wash infused with the benefits of lotus flower, and its delicious scent, is a wise move.
We love: Rituals Silence Hand Wash, £10