Breaking out? Try a skin care product infused with lavender! That’s right, the aromatherapy ingredient can be used for more than reaching ultimate relaxation mode. And thanks to its antibacterial and antiseptic properties, it can actually be used to treat acne.
According to board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Debra Jaliman, lavender contains a slew of skin care benefits, including antioxidants, which can detox the skin and reduce inflammation. “Lavender also has antimicrobial properties, which are suitable for healing skin,” she adds. Using an over-the-counter skin care product with antimicrobial properties can work to reduce blemish-causing bacteria on the skin’s surface and result in clearer, more healthy-looking skin.
In addition to treating (and healing!) acne, lavender can also be used to soothe and ultimately heal a sunburn help control dry skin-related ailments—i.e. eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis—and can even take the itch away from a bug bite (fun fact: you can combine lavender essential oil with a natural carrier oil and use as a natural bug spray, too—unlike humans, bugs hate the smell of lavender).
With so many skin care benefits, it should come as no surprise that there are tons of different skin care products infused with lavender. We share some of our must-haves, ahead.
Give your complexion a burst of refreshing moisture with Jurlique’s Lavender Hydrating Mist. Formulated with marshmallow extract for long-lasting hydration, rejuvenating grapefruit seed to promote a glow from within, along with lavender oil and glycerin to harmonize dryness and combat moisture loss, this spa-worthy spray refreshes and soothes while allowing the complexion to reap the benefits of lavender.
Enriched with organic marshmallow root and active aloe, Sea Lavender Showergel from Korres is the ultimate bath buddy. With the ability to cleanse the skin while maintaining moisture, this foaming gel works to smooth, soothe and boost skin immunity with added vitamins C, E and antioxidant enzymes. What’s more? This shower gel also stimulates collagen and elasticity for more youthful-looking skin.
Balance and clarify your complexion with Elemis Herbal Lavender Repair Mask. Ideal for those with oily, combination or acne-prone skin, this oil-absorbing facial mask restores the skin’s natural balance and clarity, while cleansing with added rosemary, thyme and lavender essential oils.
Revitalize your skin with Éminence Organics Lavender Age Corrective Night Concentrate. Enriched with evening primrose and lavender oil, this concentrate works in tandem with your body’s natural repair cycle to nourish the skin and improve firmness and elasticity while diminishing fine lines and wrinkles. On top of all that, its unique blend of lavender and primrose oil can calm and tone your complexion, too. Come morning, your skin will look softer, smoother and more youthful.
Combat dryness and reveal supple, plump skin with Tammy Fender Bulgarian Lavender Body Oil. Enriched with Bulgarian lavender, this aromatic oil increases oxygen flow, soothes inflammation, balances the skin’s natural sebum production and filters 25% of UV rays. But that’s not all. Thanks to its added rosehip seed oil, this body oil can also stimulate collagen production to reduce wrinkles, brighten the complexion and more.
Bring the spa home with Kneipp Lavender Balancing Herbal Bath. Enriched with lavender and eucalyptus oil, this spa-worthy bubble bath calms the senses, tones, detoxifies, hydrates and more. Post-bath, you’re left with skin that looks and feels ultra-soft, soothed and divine.