Lavender, whilst deeply relaxing, is just for old people and mothballs, right? Wrong!
Lovely lavender is having a resurgence across the beauty-sphere with brands for all ages and types taking advantage of its many beneficial properties.
If you’ve avoided it until now, lavender benefits include:
- Soothing anxiety
- Encouraging natural sleep
- Being anti-inflammatory – so great for burns, allergies, and spots
- Having antiseptic properties – again, ideal for those with spot prone skin
- Being gentle on eczema and psoriasis
- Easing the sense of pain – so great for headaches and sprains
So NOT just avoiding mothballs, and scenting your pants draw!
You can take advantage of lavender using the actual stems, in an essential oil or enjoy one of the many modern formulations that avoid overpowering fragrance and harness the benefits.
THE FUNKIEST BATH
A quick search of everyone’s favourite beauty kitchen shows that Lush is a HUGE fan of lavender – not least in its best-selling ‘Twilight’ Bath Bomb, £3.95 – use it in a warm (not hot) bath an hour before bed and be prepared to head towards the land of nod!
THE MEGA LUXE FRAGRANCE
Coupled with the right base notes, Lavender lends fragrances depth and warmth, as evidenced by the beautiful Tom Ford Private Blend, Lavender Palm, £105. A seriously unconventional scent for those who love unique perfumes.
THE SOOTHING FOOT MASK
Whenever friends tell us they’re heading to the US, we BEG and plead for a Sephora package – and top of our wish lists is their own-brand lovely Lavender Foot Mask, $5. Disposable sock masks soaked in lavender which is just AMAZING on tired toe-toes!
THE ANTI-AGEING SERUM
At £105, Linda Rodin’s Lavender Absolute Facial Oil is not cheap but the perfect blending and beautiful presentation of this very special skin care treat make it worth every penny.
THE TREAT FOR HARDWORKING HANDS
Our hands work harder than anywhere else – and show the signs of ageing faster too. That’s why we love Jurlique’s Lavender Hand Cream, £18. Really rich, protective and age perfecting too!