Ingredient Focus: Lavender

Ingredient Focus: Lavender

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Lavender is a flower whose history goes back a long way; as far as we’re aware, lavender has been being used by humans for over 2500 years. The word lavender actually comes from the Latin word for ‘wash’ and The Romans used Lavender to scent their baths, beds, clothes and even hair. These days, lavender is just as popular and some of our most-loved products rely heavily on the scent and power of lavender. Here’s a selection of our favourites:

Elemis Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss Capsules

These capsules from Elemis offer two formulations in one pot; pink capsules which contain rose for a daytime treatment, as well as a purple pod packed full of soothing lavender to help relax and soothe your skin at night. The lavender not only heals and repairs your skin but also encourages your body to release endorphins, the happy hormone, which will help you drift off to a blissful sleep.

Dermalogica Body Hydrating Cream

This moisturiser from Dermalogica harnesses the power of lavender to soothe and smooth the skin while the other ingredients help to exfoliate the skin, smooth away dull, rough surface debris, and retexturise and soften skin. It’s a non-greasy cream which soaks into the skin immediately, leaving your kin hydrated and revitalised. Suitable for even the driest skin.

Elemis Herbal Lavender Repair Mask

One of lavender’s most potent properties its anti-inflammatory abilities, making it ideal for sensitive skin. Skin which is over-sensitised is often red, tight and pretty uncomfortable, which is where this mask comes in. It replenishes lost moisture and reduces inflammation, and can even be used as an overnight treatment if you skin needs a helping-hand. It cools the skin and is also excellent for both women and men, especially where the skin is chafed from shaving.

Dermalogica Multi-Active Toner

The main objective of this spray is soothe, soothe, soothe! It contains lavender, as well as a blend of aloe vera, balm mint and arnica and offers the skin critical moisture after cleansing. As well as being an anti-inflammatory, lavender also contains natural antiseptic properties, making this spray perfect for use after shaving, waxing or even harsher procedures such a chemical peels.

Elemis Balancing Lavender Toner

Elemis are obviously so confident of the abilities of lavender that they based this toner entirely on it. It effectively tones the skin and helps rebalance the pH level, without the use of alcohol or harsh detergents, leaving a fresh and clear complexion. It does the important job of removing all traces of cleanser from your skin after you’ve washed

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