Do you spot any familiar herbs in your Chinese medicine or your skincare products? In recent years, many skincare brands have been adding Chinese herbs to their products due to their many skin-friendly benefits.
Many of these herbal ingredients tend to be rich in antioxidants and contain anti-inflammatory properties, making it a useful ingredient in skincare to soothe and protect skin. Some ingredients can even help with improving the signs of ageing in skin!
Read on to find out more about these powerful herbs which feature in Renaza’s skincare range, and how they can benefit skin (and your wider health).
Chinese Skullcap has powerful antibacterial and antiviral effects, and is believed to prolong life due to its immune-boosting and anti-ageing effects.
It is often used to treat a wide variety of ailments due to its various health-boosting properties: such as fatigue, allergies, and mild colds to heart disease and diabetes.
Some studies have even shown that Huang Qi may help with people suffering from insomnia or anxiety.
Chinese Skullcap features in Renaza’s UV Protector SPF 50. This product is a non-sticky, water-based sunscreen that is very lightweight and suitable for Singapore’s humid climate while providing valuable sun protection!
This isn’t just any sunscreen, though. Chock full of added vitamins and nutrients, this sunscreen soothes and cares for skin as well as providing valuable protection from sun damage.
Chamomile is a staple in Chinese medicine, and for a good reason! It is a famous cure-all and is often used to remove Qi stagnation and boost immunity, as well as relieve symptoms of colds, fever, and period cramps.
The flowers can be both warming and cooling depending on the variety of chamomile.
It contains antioxidants, along with many other good things like magnesium, calcium, fluoride, potassium, folate and Vitamin A.
Its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties help soothe the skin when consumed, reducing redness and acne, as well as boosting skin regeneration. This makes it really suitable for people who are suffering from a variety of skin concerns.
Chamomile extract can be found in Renaza’s Ceramide Toner. The powerful antioxidants help to ward off damage caused by exposure to environmental factors such as UV rays and pollution and builds up the skin barrier.
Combined with Ceramide 3, Oat Seed Extract and Phytosphingosine, this toner is naturally moisturising and works to soften and soothe irritable dry skin.
This product also acts as a natural brightener and hydrator for skin, and improves the texture and feel of one’s complexion by stimulating cell turnover.
Ceramide also helps to boost the efficacy and absorption of other skincare.
Calendula is another flower that is often used in Chinese medicine. Its properties share some similarities with chamomile– it aids in removing stagnation, invigorating blood circulation and nourishes the skin.
Calendula can be used externally for wound healing and skin regeneration, as well as treating various skin irritations, ulcers, acne, and even relieve muscle pain.
It also stimulates collagen production and cell turnover, which makes it suitable for use in anti-ageing skincare as well. When consumed, it promotes healthy digestion and gastrointestinal function.
Calendula can be found in Renaza’s Spot Rescue. Its skin regeneration and anti–inflammatory properties work in tandem with other powerful ingredients to brighten, renew, and recover skin.
This acne gel is oil-free and also contains glycolic acid and lactic acid to exfoliate dead skin cells and reduce clogged pores and acne appearance.
Niacinamide and aloe vera have gentle astringent properties which help reduce the appearance of bumps and acne and promote recovery!
This product also works to protect the skin from future damage, healing and protecting damaged and troubled skin.
𝐆𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐤𝐨 contains high levels of flavonoids and terpenoids, which antioxidant effects have shown to help with reducing inflammation in several diseases such as arthritis, heart disease, and stroke.
Additional research has shown that gingko can help with symptoms of psychiatric disorders like anxiety, Alzheimer’s and decline in brain function that comes along with ageing.
This may be attributed its ability to improve blood flow to the brain, with studies claiming that its consumption leads to improved memory, focus and attention span.
Aside from its health benefits, Gingko’s properties make it an excellent addition to skincare. Gingko extract can be found in Renaza’s 𝐔𝐥𝐭𝐫𝐚 𝐋𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐇𝐲𝐝𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐨𝐫.
It helps to hydrate and slow the effects of ageing, as well as soothe and reduce roughness of skin. This light, water-based hydrator is not sticky or heavy on skin; providing hydration that you can feel instantly.
It also contains Vitamins A, C, E, for free radical defence against environmental pollutants, making it a product truly worthy of holy grail status in your skincare routine.
Liquorice root has a special place in Chinese medicine as its toxin-reducing properties are often used to harmonise other herbs in herbal prescriptions and reduce harsh effects of other herbs.
Its slightly sweet flavour also makes bitter prescriptions more palatable.
While there are many properties present in liquorice that benefit the body, Glycyrrhizin is the primary compound present. This compound has antioxidant, anti–inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties.
Some studies have also shown that liquorice root may reduce oil production. When applied topically, they can aid in skin troubles like irritation and acne.
This herb tonifies the spleen and augments Qi, helping to relieve pain, improve digestion, regulate breathing, improve cavities, and reduce inflammation.
However, an overdose of this herb may have negative effects on the body and its consumption for medical benefit should be done with a physician’s guidance.
Casual intake in the forms of teas and sweets are generally considered safe.
Liquorice root extract can be found in Renaza’s Skin Illuminator. Glabaridin, an antioxidant found in liquorice root, improves uneven skin tone, reducing pigmentation through inhibiting melanin production.
It is also a skin-soothing ingredient and is often included in skincare products for sensitive, irritated skin.
Combined with other powerful anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant ingredients like green tea extract, Vitamins B3 (Niacinamide) and Vitamin C, this product improves skin elasticity, brightens skin, and fades dark spots.
Furthermore, it prevents breakdown of collagen and reduces formation of wrinkles and fine lines, slowing the effects of ageing.
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