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Are Botanical Ingredients Safe for Sensitive Skin?

Botanical ingredients are sourced from powerful plant extracts and oils derived from flowers, herbs, nuts, seeds, roots, and berries. Botanicals are some of the most essential ingredients in skincare today and can do wonders for our skin. Formulated into our various cleansing, toning, and moisturizing products, botanical extracts support our skin’s health, texture, tone, and integrity.

Botanical ingredients have many benefits in skincare. Plant extracts are rich in antioxidants, which can protect the skin from the effects of harmful UV exposure and fight premature aging.  They can prevent inflammation through their anti-inflammatory properties that can help improve and maintain skin barrier function. They also promote hydration by maintaining the water needed for proper skin function and balancing the skin’s natural moisture. Botanicals are great for all skin types, skin conditions, and a variety of skin concerns.  They are tremendously helpful to calm and soothe sensitive or sensitized skin.

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Top 15 Botanical Ingredients to Calm + Soothe Sensitive Skin

1. Licorice Root – In Relief Bio Powder
Licorice Root helps reduce stubborn dark spots, acne, and several other skin conditions. Licorice protects the skin from the damaging effects of the sun and helps in managing acne and discoloration, reducing dark spots, and more. The glycyrrhizin in licorice root relieves the swelling and redness and the anti-inflammatory properties of licorice can subdue the signs of itchiness and redness.

2. Grapeseed Oil – In Saffron Meristsem Cream
Grapeseed Oil offers a potent dose of antioxidants that are proven to enhance the synthesis of healthy collagen and elastin. Rich in antioxidants with increased absorption, it is known to help treat acne, even out skin tone, protect from sun damage, and soften skin.  While it can mainly be used to moisturize, soothe, and repair the skin, grapeseed oil is also non-comedogenic and acts as an antimicrobial that fends off bacteria that can cause breakouts and other conditions like rosacea and eczema.

3. Salix Alba (Willow bark) In Relief Bio Powder
Willow Bark Extract (Salix Alba) is an extract contains Salicin, which is an inflammatory/analgesic compound chemically similar to acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin). Willow bark can be used on sensitive skin with relative ease and helps immensely with inflammation. It contains tannins, phenolic acids, and essential minerals that calm the redness and irritation while it helps to minimize inflammation and boost the cell regeneration process.

4. Bromelain – In Incredible Enzymes
Bromelain, derived from pineapple, has great exfoliating properties that are less irritating than the classic AHAs and BHAs. Bromelain inhibits excessive inflammation, assists the healing process of the skin, reduces redness, and is able to effectively treat some chronic skin conditions because of the anti-inflammatory, immune modulating, and anti-viral effects.

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Contribution by Shawna Rocha

Shawna Rocha is the owner of Awaken Day Spa in California and Washington. She quickly developed a love for helping clients with compromised and sensitive skin and constantly strives to gain additional knowledge and education. Since becoming an esthetician, she has completed multiple advanced courses in Oncology Esthetics, Immuno-Esthetics, and has specialized training in sensitive skin and holistic therapies. Shawna holds several certifications, including a NCEA certification, and has recently become the Director of Education for Hale and Hush Skincare. Shawna won two awards in the Skin Games 2018 (People’s Choice & Acne/Problematic Skin) and became a judge for two categories in 2019. Shawna’s current passion is writing blogs and articles regarding the skincare industry and has recently become a Dermascope Ambassador. She is truly loved by her clients and colleagues and her passion for the industry is apparent in all that she does.

5. Jojoba Oil – In Refine Polish and Vital Lipid Lotion
Jojoba oil, a naturally occurring plant wax, is known to help enhance the skin’s moisture barrier and enhance its healing ability. It can help repair skin-barrier function, making it ideal for acne, psoriasis, or other conditions that stem from irritated skin. It’s also rich in vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and antioxidants that can help to nourish the skin. Jojoba oil is non-comedogenic and has anti-inflammatory properties that can help to soothe irritated or inflamed skin.

6. Eipilobium Angustifolium Extract (Fireweed) – In Quiet Wash
Fireweed Extract abates inflammation, bacterial growth, and environmental and oxidation damage, while also reducing redness and irritation. It also has very strong anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects that can be used to calm skin irritation and inflammation and is especially beneficial for those with sensitive skin.

7. Mirabilis Jalapa Extract (Four O’clock Flower) – In Beedazzle Refiner
Mirabilis Jalapa Extract (Four o’ Clock Flower) is a soothing extract that calms reactive skin, reduces discomfort and visible redness, improves skin’s long-term resilience against sensitivity triggers, and supports skin’s barrier function to improve hydration. It also is used to combat inflammation and the conditions such as rosacea and hypersensitive skin.

8. Horse Chestnut Bark Extract – In Quiet Wash
Horse Chestnut Bark Extract is a powerful ingredient that has anti-inflammatory, soothing, and toning effects. This plant extract has been known for its healing properties in irritated, inflamed, and temperature challenged skin. It can battle the toughest skin irritation while diffusing redness, reduce circulatory swelling and even help strengthen broken capillaries.

9. Pinus Cembra Wood Extract (Swiss Stone Pine) – In Refine Polish
Pinus Cembra Wood Extract can reduce skin irritations and improved skin tone with its soothing and anti-inflammatory effects. Pinolumin is a concentrated extract of Swiss stone pine that calms skin hypersensitivity and reduces local skin redness and color irregularities resulting from inflammation. It is a perfect botanical ingredient for sensitive skin.

10. Crocus Sativus (Saffron) Meristem Cell Extract – In Saffron Meristem Cream
Crocus Sativus (Saffron) Meristem Cell Extract is a highly effective extract that contains natural lightening and anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have shown Saffron also contains a carotenoid, called crocetin. The antioxidant properties of crocin can help fight oxidative stress and inflammation. Great for sensitive skin with healing powers to also help tame redness, skin lesions and even acne.

11. Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter – Vital Lipid Lotion and Saffron Meristem Cream
Shea Butter, exceedingly high in Vitamin E, is commonly used for its moisturizing and soothing properties. It’s derived from the nut of the African shea tree and is rich in fatty acids, vitamins, and antioxidants. The fatty acids in shea butter help to reduce inflammation and soothe irritated skin, while the antioxidants in shea butter help to protect the skin from damaging free radicals.

12. Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil – In Saffron Meristem Cream
Grape Seed Oil is rich in linoleic acid, also known as omega-6 fatty acid, which helps to fortify the skin’s barrier and reduce water loss from the skin. It also contains powerful antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, that work together to fade dark spots and lighten scars.  It focuses on reducing inflammation, redness, irritations or breakouts while speeding up the healing process. 

13. Boswellia Serrata Extract – In Relief Bio Powder
Boswellia Serrate Extract has been used in Ayurvedic medicine, this extract has powerful anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects. It has been used for the treatment of skin inflammation and irritation and is known to improve the appearance of wrinkles, age spots, and blemishes, while also boosting the elasticity of the skin.  It also has beneficial effects in the treatment of eczema and psoriasis.

14. Turmeric Root Extract – In Hush Hydrate Gel & Mask
Turmeric has many benefits due to its main component, curcumin.  The curcumin content in turmeric makes it one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory herbs. Turmeric can reduce redness, skin irritation and breakouts, inflammation, and soothe the skin. Turmeric heals the skin to combat skin conditions such as acne and blemishes through its antibacterial and anti-microbial properties. The anti-inflammatory, soothing, and cleansing properties means it can help relieve skin conditions, such as psoriasis and eczema.

15. Aloe Vera – In Hush Hydrate Gel & Mask
Aloe vera, the queen of skin calming, healing, and hydration.  It works well because it has glycoproteins that help speed up the healing process by reducing pain and inflammation. Its active components include polysaccharides which are known to provide antioxidant protection against free radicals, helping to reduce redness, swelling, itchy, and inflamed skin. It also contains anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties that is therapeutic for rashes, itches, bites, cuts and burns. It helps ease skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema, aids in skin repair and cracked skin.

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