Three Thoroughly Beautifying Flowers

Some flowers and their extracts have been used internationally for centuries as a way to cure common beauty ailments. Even in today's complex and scientifically advanced world, where it would seem fitting to use only modern ingredients, the restorative power of flowers remains unrivaled.

With a history that spans thousands of years, the lotus flower is considered a sacred plant. Sweet and fragrant, this antioxidant-rich skin conditioner is touted for its ability to intensely hydrate parched and mature skin, while also promoting a more elastic complexion, fading brown spots, and erasing lines and wrinkles. Chock-full of anti-aging enzymes, the root of the plant is plentiful in vitamins B and C, as well as iron.

Jasmine is favored not only for its heady scent and uplifting powers, but also for its propensity for unclogging pores and softening skin. It's found in a plethora of body lotions and creams because of its warming and circulation-boosting effects. Most products containing jasmine actually use jasmine wax, as high-quality jasmine flowers tend to be expensive; however, the wax is still beneficial and protective.

Commonly used in Ayurvedic practices and key ingredient in Chinese medicine, the hibiscus flower effectively revives the skin because of its anti-aging alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) and amino acids. It exfoliates, protects, tones, firms, hydrates, and controls oil production. It's even used in anti-cellulite and scalp-replenishing formulas. Indian women, known for their long, thick, shiny hair, frequently use hibiscus oil as a hair treatment.

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