By now you may have heard all about the skin-benefiting flowers in Ayurveda: Rose, Hibiscus, Jasmine, Lotus and the list goes on – but what may still have missed the radar is another special flower…
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…one that will not skip your attention when you see it from a distance, both because of its bright appearance that symbolizes vitality, and its tried, tested and scientifically established benefits for skin!
This flower has established its cooling and soothing benefits for the skin hundreds and thousands of years ago. In Ayurveda, it has been used for an indefinite period to balance skin symptoms of Pitta dosha (redness, flare-ups, sensitivity) and Kapha dosha (congestion, impurities, large pores).
And this is what modern science says about it:
Each individual edible petal of this flower contains five major compounds: Oleanic Acid, Lupeol, Quercetin, α-Amyrin and β-Amyrin.
These compounds have been studied and recognized by modern science to have temper tranquilizing properties for dry, dehydrated, flaky skin. In fact, it makes for the perfect skin ingredient for winters or to revive skin after a harsh, cold winter season.
What’s even more interesting is that it offers plenty of hydration in itself.
The presence of fatty acids – especially Linoleic Acid – provides all the essential nutrients that skin needs to support itself which increases its ability to retain water and stay hydrated.
In doing so, it also helps tighten the appearance of large pores!
And although this flower has been used for centuries in multiple cultures, perhaps you may not have experienced or seen this immaculate flower in this way!