Lavender can have a number of benefits that may surprise you.
Let’s walk through some of the properties of lavender and its most notable benefits.
Lavender has antibacterial properties that helps to kill acne-inducing bacteria and clogged pores. By unclogging pores and reducing inflammation when you put it on your skin, lavender helps prevent acne from developing while treating existing blemishes.
Similar to the calming effects of lavender scent, it can soothe irritated skin as well due to its natural anti-inflammatory properties. As a result, lavender may help treat certain skin conditions, such as eczema or psoriasis. Lavender can also help to treat sunburns and other pain and inflammations of the skin.
Some research indicates that lavender may promote the healing of skin tissue. In which case, next time you have a cut, scrape, or another wound, reach for the lavender oil to help speed up the healing process.
As lavender contains antioxidants, it may help protect against damaging free radicals which can dramatically age the skin. These free radicals are at least partly responsible for the development of fine lines and wrinkles on the face so blocking them with an antioxidant could have some anti-aging effects.
How you use lavender depends on the condition you are trying to treat. While you can choose to use pure lavender essential oil, such as that for aromatherapy, you must be careful when doing so. Because an essential oil is so concentrated, using it directly on your skin is more likely to cause irritation.
Lavender is especially known for its fragrance and it’s often used in aromatherapy. It is an aromatic plant with many properties.
So, to sum everything up, lavender has different effects, such us:
Sedative: lavender has a calming power on the central nervous system and a relaxing effect, that’s why it can be used to reduce stress, anxiety and fatigue.
Regenerative: it accelerates the regeneration and the growth of skin cells with revitalizing and anti-aging effects that cleanse, soothe and rejuvenate the skin.
Wound healing: it favours collagen synthesis and fibroblast differentiation.
Anti-spasmodic: it has a calming action on the nervous system.
Anti-microbial: lavender is often used topically to provide a sense of relief while treating skin infections, irritation and redness.
Clearly, lavender benefits the skin in a number of different ways and can help address a variety of skin concerns including acne-prone skin, aging, and inflammation. But as with any new skincare ingredient, it is important to pay close attention to how your skin reacts to its application. If you have any allergy, you may end up with skin irritation worse than before you began using lavender.