Lavender: A Soothing, Moisturizing, Anti-Inflammatory Ingredient

Ingredient Investigation

Lavender: A Soothing, Moisturizing, Anti-Inflammatory Ingredient

By Chrissy Carrano

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Lavender essential oil has been tapped for centuries for its pleasing aroma which has been studied to show sleep-inducing, anti-anxiety properties.

In skincare, lavender oil shows up within a formula, diluted and partnered with carrier ingredients, for its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and fragrant properties. The water from the flower is also a common soothing ingredient in skincare.

Lavender soothes the mind and body, kills bacteria, and smells unbelievable.

Make it Routine

You'll find lavender appear across a routine, but primarily in toners, serums, masks, and in products aiming to calm the skin and heal breakouts. With the waning in popularity of synthetic fragrances, formulators often reach for concoctions of essential oils like lavender to achieve a natural and pleasing scent in a product.

Purifying lavender meets antibacterial and hydrating honey. This mist is something we reach for literally all day long, whether to set makeup, refresh midday, or just feel glowier.

Lavender flower water is the soothing and calming counterpart to the acne-fighting tea tree oil in this serum.

Wait—One More Thing!

Another age-old healer, lavender's essential oil has been used for centuries across cultures for everything from a fragrant alternative, to an anti-anxiety compound, to an insect repellent, to a proposed disease healer. Today, you'll not only find it in skincare but in many personal and home care products for that unmistakable, soothing scent.

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