Chamomile is famous for its health benefits, but you might not know how powerful it is as a skincare ingredient. It has anti-inflammatory properties and contains a compound called apigenin, which has been shown to improve the skin’s barrier function.
The herb also contains compounds such as alpha-bisabolol and matricin. These all fight inflammation too and make chamomile a very powerful ingredient in skincare products.
• Calming sensitive or irritated skin.
• Treating facial redness and rosacea.
• Healing the moisture barrier of sensitive skin.
• Healing skin damaged by harsher products.
Chamomile is used as an extract in lots of different products, such as moisturisers, cleansers, oils and toners. Cleansers containing chamomile are often very gentle and soothing, so if you have dry or sensitive skin they could be ideal for you.
Hydrating toners containing chamomile can be good ways for those with oily skin types to hydrate their skin and build up its protective barrier - without using products that are too heavy, like creams and ointments.
Chamomile is usually listed as ‘chamomile extract’ but you might also find the compounds themselves listed, e.g. matricin. Choose products where these things are high up the ingredients list to make sure you get the full benefit of the active.
It’s very easy for most people to bring chamomile into their skincare routine, as it’s a very gentle ingredient. However, if you are allergic to ragweed or marigold, you should be wary of chamomile products.