From hyaluronic acid to niacinamide, we have talked about it all. And now its time to stir the conversation around the most versatile oil from the essential’s family – lavender oil. While it’s famed for the near-instant calming effect and ability to drift us off to sleep, this essential oil has a myriad of skin benefits other than its oh-so-soothing scent.
Derived from the Latin word ‘lavare’ (meaning ‘to wash’), lavender has been central to the botanical history with records (dated back to some 2500 years ago) suggesting its usage in the Mediterranean, Middle East, and India and even in Ancient Roman for the bathing rituals. You know, 150 pounds of lavender makes one pound of lavender essential oil. And this resultant blue gold happens to have remarkable anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, and anti-bacterial properties, making it a key ingredient to protect and promote the skin’s natural barrier, combat acne, reduce hyperpigmentation, and brighten the skin. These wonderful properties are further elevated with its unique ability to boost blood circulation and cellular stimulation. Add its good old calming nature to the mix and you have a natural pain killer and mood booster.
Lavender oil is really truly the shining star among the essential oils. I mean, is there anything it can’t do? And to experience the powers of lavender oil, make sure to use it with a carrier oil like jojoba or almond oil. Else, keeping up with our tradition of making it easier for you, we have listed some of the best lavender skincare products below for the ultimate skin rejuvenation, detox, and mood enhancement.
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