When setting yourself up for a good night's rest, chamomile tea is a surefire way to instill a sense of calm before bedtime. The herbal remedy has been used for thousands of years to promote sleep, relieve stress, and alleviate stomach ailments, acting as a natural medicine to ease heartburn and nausea. But the soothing plant has powers beyond improving our insides. If you pay attention to ingredient lists on beauty products, you've probably noticed chamomile cropping up in a number of skincare products formulated to calm, heal, and soothe skin—for good reason.
There are a handful of chamomile benefits when it comes to skin health and appearance. Just as chamomile helps calm the mind and body, it has similar effects on the skin. Chamomile boasts anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can help soothe the skin, reducing redness and blemishes. It can even relieve skin irritations like eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea. The antioxidants also help boost skin health to bring out an inner glow and even fade dark spots and under-eye circles (chilled chamomile tea bags can lighten the under-eye area and reduce puffiness).
Chamomile tea was used by the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans to treat wounds and promote healing. The polyphenols and phytochemicals in chamomile are known to speed up cell regeneration, reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and scars. As if these weren't enough reasons to get on board with chamomile in our skincare, these polyphenols also fight against harmful free radicals, protecting our skin from environmental damage and slowing signs of aging.
Here are some of our favorite chamomile-infused products on the market now.
For a spa-like refresh in a spritz, treat your face to this chamomile-infused take on Mario Badescu's cult-favorite facial spray. This purple iteration features lavender oil, lavender essential water, and chamomile extract to boost calming properties. The formulation is also fortified by vitamin C to combat free radicals even better, fighting signs of aging and balancing your complexion.
The eye-catching blue of this new makeup remover is naturally derived from chamomile flowers during the distillation process. The soothing blue chamomile (also known as azulene) helps to calm and refresh the skin and relieve environmental stress while the formula works hard to gently dissolve makeup and take off the day.
One of my personal favorites, this cleanser includes Egyptian chamomile oil among its ingredients to soften and soothe skin while a trio of other oils works to clean and clear the complexion. Eucalyptus oil decongests pores by lifting away dirt and oil, clove oil delivers antibacterial properties and hops oil tones skin.
This product features 93 percent organic chamomile tincture extract using a patented extraction technique that purifies toxins from herbs without destroying active ingredients. The extract supports the skin's blood flow and circulation, revitalizing dull skin and boosting the skin's vitality levels for a more balanced complexion and texture.
Knowing that chamomile can be so beneficial to the eye area, it's no surprise that there's an eye oil derived from the ingredient. The lightweight formula is designed to gently penetrate the delicate eye area—with chamomile oil soothing and reducing inflammation and minimizing puffiness, fine lines, and wrinkles. With regular use, the oil brightens eyes and reveals a more supple tone.
For a broad-spectrum sunscreen that also evens out the complexion with a touch of tint, this vegan moisturizer is the ultimate multitasker. The product doesn't just cover up by providing light coverage but also works hard to brighten and treat the skin while protecting it from UV rays and free radical damage. Anti-inflammatory chamomile extract heals dry or damaged skin.
If the packaging isn't enough to brighten up your day, the potent serum is sure to be enough to brighten up your tone. The lightweight serum features pineapple juice (no surprises here) and vitamin C to brighten skin and tackle dullness, uneven texture, and dryness. Chamomile works concurrently to calm and soothe the skin and ensure the serum can also work wonders for those with sensitive skin.
Perfectly formulated for sensitive skin (thanks to chamomile and aloe vera), this gentle face wash purifies skin, sloughs off dead skin cells, and removes oil and dirt without causing irritation or inflammation. The soothing wash also boasts shea butter and jojoba oil for added nutrients and an extra boost of hydration.
For a super luxurious power-packed and chamomile-infused product for your skin, look no further than Fresh's Crème Ancienne. Handmade in a monastery with meadowfoam seed oil (an emollient fatty acid that absorbs into the skin for unrivaled nourishment), rosewater, vitamin E, and chamomile wax, this face cream is worth the hefty price tag. The chamomile wax decreases dry spots, softens the skin, and creates a light moisture-preserving veil for long-lasting hydration.
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