APR 2017

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[ 48 ] • DAYSPA • april 2017 A Wild roses only have fi ve petals— those with more than fi ve are genetic mutations. Lavender Part of the mint family, nearly 40 plants are classifi ed as lavender. Their pretty purple buds are covered in tiny hairs, which contain the coveted essential oils. Cultivating organic lavender requires farmers to carefully strip fl owers off the stems, then dry them in a dark room before distilling their oil. Other formulators create lavender tinctures out of buds and grain alcohol. For centuries, lavender has been lauded for its natural ability to calm and soothe, but its antimicrobial and anti-infl ammatory properties also help alleviate muscle pains and headaches. This powerful combination explains why the ingredient is so popular in massage and body products. "Lavender's scent increases alpha waves in the area of the brain responsible for relaxation," says Ralys. Aside from its soothing aromatherapeutic properties, lavender is also used to cleanse, purify and calm infl amed, stressed skin. "The plant contains powerful antioxidants that prevent and counteract pollution-caused irritation," explains Boldijarre Koronczay, president and founder of Éminence. Licorice Root Grown in Greece, Turkey and Asia, licorice has an expansive, wrinkled root system that thrives underground. These earthy, subterranean roots should be harvested about three years after a seedling has been planted—usually in the fall. When dug up, roots contain up to 60 percent moisture and must be thoroughly dried. Oil is extracted from the small, brown tendrils and typically made into brightening serums, though it also promotes skin elasticity, and fi ghts infl ammation and wrinkles. "Since Ancient China, licorice has been used to combat skin disorders and soothe irritation, due to its antioxidant, anti-infl ammatory and antimicrobial properties," says Koronczay. "The root naturally blocks melanin production, leaving skin brighter, clearer and more hydrated." He notes that licochalcone, a main component of licorice extract, bolsters skin's defense systems to protect it from UV damage as well. Rose Used to soften, balance and restore the skin, roses are native to southern and central Europe, and typically harvested in the spring when they're in full bloom. However, Jurlique educational manager Sara LaBree notes that roses should be hand-pruned throughout winter "to encourage the sweetest fl owers," and their petals handpicked individually. "This ensures the highest quality and integrity of plant material," she explains. After harvesting, roses are laid out on drying racks and their petals processed for oil. Rosehip oil, conversely, is extracted from the fruit that's left once the rose has bloomed and lost its petals. The hip's oil off ers a natural source of powerful antioxidants including lycopene and vitamins E and C, plus essential omega fatty acids. Rose can be used to address wrinkles, scars, pigmentation and sun damage, and to treat dry and sensitive skin. the wild ones © GETTY IMAGES QUICK FACTS S A Bees love lavender for its abundant nectar and perennial blooms. A Glycyrrhiza glabra, licorice's botanical name, comes from the Greek words glykys (sweet) and rhiza (root).

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