Many people drink a warm cup of chamomile tea in the evenings to relax at the end of a long day or to gear up for a good night’s sleep. Research backs up the common uses for this popular herbal remedy: studies show that chamomile help in stress management, improves sleep quality and alleviates symptoms of anxiety.
One lesser-known benefit of chamomile may be its ability to soothe irritated skin and slow signs of aging. Thousands of years ago, however, ancient Greeks and Egyptians used crushed chamomile on their skin to heal wounds and irritation. Today, research supports the ancient knowledge behind these chamomile-based remedies for skin, showing it to be a powerful tool against inflammation, wrinkles, and age spots.
What makes chamomile so potent is the presence of the antioxidant azulene (more specifically, chamazulene), which has immense soothing benefits for the skin. Its anti-inflammatory properties enable it to alleviate redness, irritation, hyperpigmentation, acne, and more. As a result, it leaves the skin looking smooth, even, and revitalized. When applied to the skin, chamomile oil thus makes a potent, aromatic, luxurious and natural anti-aging remedy, perfect for those who struggle with unevenness or age spots.
HOW CHAMOMILE OIL TREATS REDNESS, AGE SPOTS, AND MORE
- It lightens age spots and hyperpigmentation: An overproduction of melanin, often resulting from sun damage or acne, causes the formation of hyperpigmentation of age spots. According to dermatologist Dendy Engelman, “Chamomile has astringent and brightening properties that, in addition to tightening pores and softening the skin, can fade acne scars and hyperpigmentation when used regularly.” Thanks to these properties, chamomile oil makes a great natural remedy for age spots, hyperpigmentation, and other damage caused by injury or inflammation.
- It alleviates redness and inflammation: Due to its powerful anti-inflammatory properties, chamomile oil effectively reduces redness and inflammation when applied to the skin. By alleviating skin damage, it can treat conditions like sunburn, allergies, and acne.
- It reduces wrinkles and fine lines: Chamomile is loaded with potent antioxidants, like polyphenols and phytochemicals, which combat free radical damage. It reduces free radical-induced oxidative stress, which is linked to the formation of wrinkles and fine lines. As a result, these symptoms of aging lessen with the application of chamomile oil giving naturally glowing skin.
- It soothes sensitive skin: As dermatologist Joshua Zeichner tells Byrdie, “Chamomile helps block signals in the body known as prostaglandins, which are responsible for inflammation.” Chamomile’s anti-inflammatory qualities make it an especially potent resource for those with sensitive skin and conditions like rosacea. If you’re looking for a soothing natural ingredient that won’t irritate or inflame sensitive skin, chamomile makes a fantastic option for natural skincare.
For products that utilize chamomile oil to target irritation, unevenness, and dryness, we recommend our Total Rejuvenation Night Face Oil. Furthermore, as one big contributor to signs of aging is stress, we recommend wellness oils designed to promote relaxation and balance, like our Pure Calm Wellness Oil and Pure Bliss Wellness Oil.