5 reasons you need this herb for a young and ageless skin
In the Greek and Roman civilizations, rosemary stood for fond remembrance, worn both in weddings as well as placed with the dead. Given its power to boost memory, there was also a tradition to wear it in one’s hair during exams.
It goes into your salad and spruces it up with its beautiful aroma, we agree. But did you know this magic herb is a storehouse of benefits for radiant, ageless, soft, and blemish-free skin? It is for this reason and more that you will find rosemary shows up as an important exotic ingredient in many of our Shankara offerings to provide the best nourishment and hydration for your skin.
Youthful skin: protects your skin from aging
According to research, rosemary essential oil is rich in antioxidants that provide reinforcement to your skin to fight off rogue free radicals and exhibits vigorous ‘free radical scavenging activity’ therefore preserving a youthful-looking skin. The antioxidants support reinforcement of the capillaries that help reduce fine lines, and wrinkles and reduce sagging skin. This helps firm up the skin and make it look young and ageless.
Calming for the skin
Rosemary has a compound called rosmarinic acid which gives it a calming quality for the skin, especially for conditions like acne and eczema. It also provides your skin with powerful anti-inflammatory benefits. Plants rich in rosmarinic acid have been used for ages for medical as well as cooking purposes. Additionally, a 2008 study looked at the effects of topical rosmarinic acid on atopic dermatitis, an inflammatory skin disease. According to a Korean study done in 2008, on patients with atopic dermatitis, an inflammatory skin condition, it was found in people who applied the compound, significant reduction in skin dryness, itchiness, and general condition of the skin which had been inflamed.
It also is one of those rare herbs that goes very well with other herbal ingredients. For example, rosemary leaf extract sits pretty with other exotic herbs like manjishta, olive leaf extract, extracts of lavender flower, and goldenseal root, among others, in the beautiful blend that is Shankara’s signature Purifying Cleanser.
Rejuvenates your skin
It has a regenerative quality and supports the regeneration of skin cells and biological activity stimulation, making your skin look ever fresh and new. When you use a facial oil that has rosemary essence, like Shankara’s very popular Timeless Kumkumadi Oil, it can be incredibly hydrating, refreshing, and rejuvenating for the skin, making it look supple and baby-soft. The oil moisturizes, brightens, and nourishes the skin.
Rosemary, not only reduces inflammation but it also comes with excellent anti-microbial, antiseptic and anti-fungal properties which protect your skin from acne caused by sneaky skin bacteria like P acnes.
Can help reduce puffiness
Haven’t been sleeping as much as you should off late? Overworked and under-rested? Have been having a difficult time emotionally? It is likely to show up in the form of puffiness below your eyes. Rosemary oil can help reduce this puffiness, increase blood circulation in the region and make the dark circles disappear.
Protects against damage from the sun
Are you an outdoorsy person? Do you like the beaches and the suntans? Studies show that rosemary extracts have photoprotective quality, and protect your skin against UV damage from the sun, which is a common cause of multiple skin conditions like melanoma, photo-aging or hyperpigmentation. So as long as you have a cleanser like Shankara's Purifying Cleanser in your bag, you can go out in the sun without a worry.
Now that you know about the many uses and benefits of the parts of the rosemary plant, do look out for this multifaceted herb in your skincare product, for the perfect, ageless-acne-free skin!