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Used mainly for its calming and anti-inflammatory properties, chamomile has a rich history of use for a variety of symptoms and conditions.
Many studies have confirmed that chamomile has strong relaxing properties and is capable of helping us when our nerves feel frazzled.
Along with promoting a feeling of calm and tranquillity, chamomile extract can also help promote calm, flawless skin.
So, let’s take a closer look at the chamomile skin benefits we might notice from using it in our skincare regime. What does chamomile do for the skin, how does it work and what results can we realistically expect?
Why Chamomile May Help Your Skin
Chamomile has strong anti-inflammatory properties, and the chamomile skincare benefits are due in part to some natural chemicals contained within the chamomile flower - and that’s why it’s a fantastic skin healer.
Here’s a little more information on those natural anti-inflammatory compounds…
Bisabolol: Found in both Roman and German chamomile, it has anti-inflammatory, antifungal, anti-irritant, and non-allergenic properties.
Chamazulene: A type of chemical called an azulene, chamazulene is mainly obtained from another compound called matricin that’s released during the distillation process of chamomile flowers. Again, this has strong anti-inflammatory effects that support your skin and offer many other health benefits.
Apigenin: A type of flavonoid, apigenin works as an antioxidant and helps reduce oxidative damage to the skin cells and our DNA. It keeps free radicals from damaging our skin, which in turn prevents wrinkles, fine lines and other signs of ageing.
It’s the presence of these chemicals that make chamomile and chamomile skincare products, like Sönd's Rebalance and Reset Cream Cleanser, a magic remedy for a variety of skin-related problems. Here are some benefits of chamomile properties for the skin.
Thanks to its potent anti-inflammatory properties, chamomile oil works great to treat moderate acne. By reducing inflammation in acne prone skin, chamomile helps to alleviate pain and triggers healing.
Chamomile cream for itchy skin also works wonders if you’re struggling with irritated, red skin.
Since chamomile has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties that can reduce redness and inflammation, it can also help to manage acne prone skin. Many types of acne are caused by inflammation.
It can also help to kill the bacteria that naturally resides on the skin, but can also be a contributing factor to acne prone skin.
Antifungal and Antibacterial Properties
Some chamomile for skin benefits come from its antifungal, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties.
It serves as a great remedy for wounds, eczema and skin irritations.
Interestingly, you may also benefit from chamomile extract if you or your child has chickenpox. To treat skin irritation, combine a few drops of chamomile and coconut oil and apply directly to the affected area for instant relief.
It Contains Powerful Antioxidants
Because of the powerful antioxidant properties of chamomile extract, it can help to neutralise or ‘mop up’ damaging free radicals that are in the body. In this same way, chamomile can help to prevent cellular damage to your skin and reduce acne breakouts and other skin problems. Regular use may also help reduce the appearance of minor scars.
It Lightens Skin and Reduces Acne Scars
Some people turn to chamomile for skin lightening if they have acne scarring, and it can help to a certain degree.
Regular use of this natural skin lightener helps to restore natural moisture levels to the skin and promote a healthy glow, which can help to minimise the appearance of mild acne scarring.
Simply take a cotton ball and add 2-3 drops of chamomile oil to it. Apply it directly to the acne scar to reduce its appearance.
It Soothes and Moisturises the Skin
Due to its soothing, healing, and moisturising properties, you can use chamomile oil for skin irritation and post peel applications. It also improves the effectiveness of other skincare products.
Add 5 drops of chamomile oil to your face wash and use it regularly to promote healthier looking skin.
Reduces Dark Under Eye Circles
Since chamomile can be used to brighten the skin, it’s ideal for using on the delicate skin under the eyes that can become dark and heavy if we’re tired and under a lot of strain.
As an extra bonus, chamomile tea can be used before bed to help promote healthy sleep. Steep a chamomile tea bag in hot (not boiling)water and drink it before bed. In the morning, use the cold tea bag as a quick compress on the eyes before starting your morning routine.
Antioxidants are clever molecules that help to neutralise free radicals that are caused by pollution, smoking, a poor diet and a lack of sleep, as well as by normal biological functions such as digestion and breathing.
If free radicals are allowed to build up in the body, they can cause dull skin, irritated skin, fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of ageing skin.
When applied to the skin, chamomile can promote skin cell renewal and protect the skin from free radical damage - both of which can help to keep the skin youthful.
Adding Chamomile to Your Skincare Routine
Chamomile benefits the skin in so many ways, and it helps whether you have dry skin, acne-prone skin, or pigmentation. It’s suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin.
However, you may want to dilute it with some carrier oil such as coconut oil for the skin and face before applying on very sensitive skin.
A better alternative would be to use a high-quality chamomile cream to enjoy the benefits of chamomile without experiencing any complications.
This article is not meant to treat or diagnose. Please visit your doctor for advice about any health concerns you may have.