We evaluate a lot of new products for Luvi Beauty and it has been an ongoing education. And, with constant innovation in skincare, we’re often surprised and delighted to learn about the power and efficacy of plant-based ingredients.
It’s amazing to discover how much nature can nurture. In some instances, we’re talking about plants that we’ve grown up with in our own communities. In other instances, we’re talking about more exotic plants that have been used for centuries by different cultures from all around the world. This snapshot reflects both scenarios. We’ve unearthed five (5) plants that pack a powerful punch as skincare ingredients.
PLANT #1 - KIGELIA AFRICANA
Kigelia Africana is a medicinal plant indigenous to Africa. For centuries, the so-called “sausage tree” has been an invaluable resource for traditional healers across different African cultures.
The fruits, leaves, bark, and roots of the tree are widely used to treat a variety of skin conditions including psoriasis, eczema, cuts, and scars. The tree is also recognized for improving skin’s firmness and elasticity.
SKINCARE WITH KIGELIA AFRICAN FRUIT
LUXE BOTANICS Kigelia Corrective Serum
LUXE BOTANICS Kigelia Corrective Moisturizer
PLANT #2 - WATERMELON SEED OIL
Your favorite summer fruit may be delicious and refreshing but did you know it also has great beauty benefits? A unique oil is extracted from cold-pressed sun-dried watermelon seeds. The process is common in West Africa where the oil is referred to as Ootanga oil or Kalahari oil.
Watermelon seed oil is high in unsaturated fatty acids and loaded with essential proteins, vitamins, and minerals which enrich hair and skin. And, compared to the seed oil of other melons, watermelon seed oil has significant antioxidant activity. The oil hydrates the skin and protects it from the oxidative stress that causes pre-mature aging.
SKINCARE WITH WATERMELON SEED OIL
TERRA BEAUTY BARS Noite 5 Plant Blend Super Seed Elixir
PLANT #3 - LOTUS ROOT
The beautiful lotus flower has cultural significance in many Asian cultures. While the lotus is the national flower of India and Vietnam, the root helps support skin health.
The lotus root is rich in antioxidants and is also known to provide intense hydration. This nourishing moisture increases skin elasticity, minimizes the look of fine lines, wrinkles, and brown spots for a smooth, vibrant complexion.
PRODUCTS WITH LOTUS ROOT
THE YEON Lotus Root 365 Bubble Cream
PLANT #4 - QUINOA
|Quinoa is not just for meal prep. Quinoa contains natural proteins and anti-aging properties like Vitamin A. Plus it contains antioxidants that can help protect your skin from the damage that causes fine lines and wrinkles. It's also rich in B vitamins and nutrients that promote a more even complexion by treating acne and dark spots.|
SKINCARE WITH QUINOA
WOODLOT Fresh Face Exfoliant Treatment
PLANT #5 - GERANIUM OIL
Geranium oil is extracted from the stems, leaves, and flowers of the geranium plant. This oil’s use goes back to ancient Egypt where it was used to promote beautifully radiant skin. Given its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, geranium oil has the power to improve skin health.
Today geranium oil is used to treat a multitude of skin concerns including acne and dermatitis. Geranium oil also has the power to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
SKINCARE WITH GERANIUM OIL
NIU BODY Boost Regenerating Facial Serum
BIAINILI Face & Décolleté Brightening Fluid
LAUREN B. Cuticle Oil
Sources used for this blog post. Follow the links for additional information.
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What Does Kigelia Fruit Extract Do for Skin? https://oureverydaylife.com/550323-what-does-kigelia-fruit-extract-do-for-skin.html
14 Geranium Oil Uses & Benefits for Healthy Skin and Much More https://draxe.com/10-geranium-oils-benefits-healthy-skin-much/
Watermelon Seed Oil is Your New Anti-Aging Secret https://www.organicauthority.com/energetic-health/watermelon-seed-oil-the-newest-anti-aging-phenom
15 Amazing Benefits Of Quinoa For Skin, Hair, And Health https://www.stylecraze.com/articles/benefits-of-quinoa-for-skin-hair-and-health/#gref
9 Amazing Benefits of Lotus Root https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/lotus-root.html
Benefits of Lotus Root And Its Side Effects https://www.lybrate.com/topic/benefits-of-lotus-root-and-its-side-effects
23 Amazing Benefits Of Lotus (Nelumbo Nucifera) For Skin, Hair, And Health https://www.stylecraze.com/articles/benefits-of-lotus-for-skin-hair-and-health/#gref
Quinoa Skin Care Benefits: 6 Surprising Ways The Superfood Protects Your Face https://www.medicaldaily.com/quinoa-skin-care-benefits-surprising-ways-superfood-protects-your-face-422090