We’ve been talking about Jules of the Earth’s All In One Facial Cleanser and Make-up Remover this months, as well as why its important to not wear make-up to bed and looking at the wonderful natural ingredients used in this product. Today I want to talk about 3 more of these and why they are so beneficial for us. These are Lavender, Damask Rose and Witch Hazel.
Lavender has been in use for around 2,500 years and it is believed to have originated in the Mediterranean. Its part of the mint family and has had multiple uses, including being an ingredient in the preparation of the Holy Essence prepared by the ancient Greeks. Its name is derived from the Latin word lavare, which means “to wash”. Romans used lavender as an addition to their baths, beds and clothing for its calming scent. Today, we see lavender being cultivated in many countries and used for a variety of things. Its wonderful for our skin with its antiseptic and anti-fungal properties, and also has anti-inflammatory properties and acts as a stimulant for circulation.
The antiseptic properties in lavender help keep bacteria in check, which can help lessen acne breakouts. Used to treat scrapes, cuts and insect bites, it fights against infection. The anti-inflammatory properties help reduce redness and blotchiness in the skin, giving it a more even colouring. Its ability to enhance our circulatory system means blood flow is increased, bringing more nutrients to the skin and oxygen to our cells. Lavender does a whole lot more though, so let’s take a look.
Sleep and calming properties
Lavender has been used for centuries for its ability to help induce sleep and has long been an alternative treatment used to treat insomnia. It also has an impact on our nervous system and can be used to help ease anxiety, emotional stress, nervous tension, depression, and in the treatment of headaches and migraines that can be a result of anxiety and stress.
Lavender has a potent scent that drives away bugs, such as mosquitoes, moths and midges. It can be applied to exposed skin to drive them away. And if you do happen to get bit, the anti-inflammatory properties of lavender help to reduce and irritation a bit may cause.
Lavender has been shown to be very beneficial in treating acne. It works by inhibiting the bacteria that causes the infection leading to acne breakouts, and also helps to regulate the excretion of sebum. Once acne has started to heal, lavender can help reduce any scarring.
Lavender can be a great remedy for several types of pain, such as muscle aches, tense muscles, sprains, rheumatism, lumbago and backaches. This is why many massage therapist use lavender essential oil in their treatment.
Damask rose, also known as Rosa Damascena, is just 1 of over 100 species of roses and have been cultivated for about 5,000 years for its medicinal uses. It originated in Bulgaria and the extract from roses can be used on all skin types, but has been sown to be most effective for sensitive, dry and mature skin. Damask rose essential oil offers a variety of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Its antibacterial properties have been used to treat acne and acne prone skin. Its cleansing properties also makes it an ideal ingredient in facial cleansers and washes.
Rose oil helps in the reduction of swelling in redness due to it calming properties on the skin. It helps sooth acne, eczema and rosacea.
Damask rose is high in Vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant that helps to protect the skin cells from damage that can be caused by exposure to the elements.
Because of its natural oils, damask rose helps to lock in moisture and keep our skin feeling hydrates and smooth. Its especially beneficial for people who have sensitive skin due to the sugars in its petals acting as a soothing agent.
Damask rose, like lavender, can be used aromatically and helps to calm and sooth the mind. Ayurvedic medicine uses rose petals as a staple in their treatment of calming and detoxifying the mind and body.
Damask rose is a natural astringent that helps tighten up the pores while restoring the skins suppleness. Its much better than alcohol based toners, which can fry out the skin.
Native to North America and parts of Asia, witch hazel has been used for centuries to sooth the skin. It has powerful astringent and antioxidant properties that are well known for speeding up healing, preventing the signs of ageing, stopping cells from being damaged, and eradicating any bacteria that tends to thrive in the pores of our skin.
The twigs, leaves and bark are used and the active properties known as polyphenols and tannins are extracted then added to alcohol or water to produce witch hazel water or distilled witch hazel. The tannins found in witch hazel are what gives it its natural astringent properties, helping to remove excess oils from the skin. Polyphenols, which are the same compound that is used in creating supplements for anti-ageing, are also an active ingredient in witch hazel, It is a natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that fights the free radicals that can cause skin, cell and DNA damage.
As a natural astringent which hazel helps to control acne by reducing the inflammation that causes breakouts to flare up. It decreases the redness and oil, while lessening the growth of bacteria, allowing the skin to heal more quickly. It also helps balance the skins pH levels and reduces pores.
Witch hazel not only removes the oils and dirt from our skin, it also works as a moisturiser that helps keep the skin from drying out. This is why its better than store bought astringents, which dry the skin out. So witch hazel can be used for dry skin as well as oily.
Because it can tighten up the skin, witch hazel used for under eye bags can reduce the puffiness, especially if applied while cool. Its anti-inflammatory properties also help eczema and can be used as a face refresher.
Sun and ageing
Witch hazel has long been used as a treatment to relieve sunburned skin, working to heal damage to the skin, prevent it from flaking and soothing the burn. It also minimizes the damage of sun exposure and fights the signs of ageing, such as wrinkles, discolouration, loss of elasticity, scars, dryness and redness.
Witch hazel has long been known for its ability to heal bruising and minor cuts faster. It works by constricting blood vessels, reducing swelling and healing the injured skin. It can also be used to treat and prevent razor burn.
And there you have it! The ingredients used in Jules of the Earth’s products shows the time and care she puts into creating things like her All In One Facial Cleanser and Make-up Remover. This product ticks many boxes, aside from cleansing well. It battles the signs of ageing, cell damage, and refreshes and softens the skin with no residue and without drying the skin out. If you haven’t tried it yet, I recommend that you treat yourself to this wonderful product and all it has to offer.
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