Since prehistoric times, people have turned to the natural world in search of healing ingredients. From honey to herbs, some of the best skincare actives can be found right in our backyards.

Flowers, of course, are no exception. Many of your favorite buds and blossoms are more than just a pretty bouquet; they boast an impressive array of skin benefits that perk up your complexion, protect from UV damage, and turn back time on the signs of aging.

Give yourself the gift of beautiful skin this Valentine’s Day with a bouquet of floral skincare ingredients.

Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla)

Chamomile has centuries-old history in skincare, dating back to the ancient Egyptians.

Its high concentration of azulene- a natural anti-inflammatory also found in yarrow- has made it one of the most popular soothing ingredients, particularly for sensitive skin. Azulene also helps your skin hold onto its hydration, making it invaluable for those who struggle with dryness and flaking.

However, there’s a lot more to this little white flower, including anti-fungal, anti-septic, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties. It’s perfect for acne-prone, sensitive skin, as it thoroughly cleans out pores without causing irritation.

The potent phytochemicals and flavenoids also reduce wrinkles and scars by speeding up your cell turnover while reducing DNA damage caused by UV rays.

You can find chamomile in Neostrata’s® Exfoliating Wash, alongside cucumber and rosemary, for a cleansing experience that refreshes and soothes your skin and also in Revision Skincare Gentle Foaming Cleanser.

Marigold (Tagetes erecta)

If you struggle with acne, eczema, or psoriasis, the medicinal marigold could be what your skincare routine is missing.

This pom-pom-shaped flower is packed with flavonoids, a sensitive-skin-friendly antioxidant that helps brighten up dull spots. Like passionflower, it’s also high in fatty acids that keep your skin soft and supple.

Most impressive, however, are its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-fungal capabilities. This powerhouse trio is found in Meg 21 Toner to gently eliminate acne-causing bacteria, soothe painful blemishes, and help your skin heal post-breakout.

Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata)

The exotic passionflower is packed to the petals with skin-rejuvenating actives, including lycopene, omega-3s, vitamin C, fatty acids, and calcium.

Lycopene, an antioxidant also found in tomatoes, is a potent tool in the fight against skin damage, as it hones in on dark spots, discoloration, and uneven skin texture associated with UV exposure.
The high levels of linoleic and oleic fatty acids support the skin matrix, helping “plump” fine lines for a more youthful appearance. They’re also excellent for controlling eczema flare-ups by fighting inflammation and redness.

You’ll find passionflower extracts listed as “maracuja oil” on your skincare ingredients list.

Rose (Rosa rubiginosa)

As an enduring symbol of romance, beauty, and love, it’s only appropriate to talk about the skin-nourishing benefits of rose this close to Valentine’s Day.

Roses are best known for balancing hydration levels and relieving itchy, dry skin by helping your skin retain water and supporting your moisture barrier.

These stunning botanicals also contain an antioxidant called anthocyanin, a powerful defender against free radical damage that specifically works to strengthen and regenerate skin tissues.

It’s also an excellent source of vitamins A and C, which aid in collagen production and help reduce the appearance of wrinkles. The flower’s anti-inflammatory properties further perfect your complexion by soothing redness and irritation.

Dynamis MEG 21 line has several products containing primrose including the Face Treatment, Advanced Formula, Antioxidant Boost and Hand Treatment. Jane Iredale Just Kissed 

Lip & Cheek Stain helps to moisturize your lips with Rose Flower Wax.

Love is in the Air at Advanced Skin Therapeutics

You don’t have to wait for a Valentine’s Day delivery to enjoy the skin-boosting benefits of flowers.

At Advanced Skin Therapeutics, you can treat yourself to a botanical skincare experience with the dermatologist-trusted natural actives in your favorite products.

Browse our online shop or stop by to chat about your skincare needs at one of our three locations across Minnesota.