Learn about the benefits and uses of camphor and why should make it a part of your face routine
Every few months, new ingredients trend in skin care with the promise that they will magically change and improve your daily face routine. With so many different ingredient options, it can be tough to sort through the never ending sea of trends to figure out what will really work for your skin.
One of the great things about Ayurveda is that it is a science that has been practiced for thousands of years. Recipes for remedies have been handed down throughout generations - that’s a lot of trial and error which means that Ayurvedic practitioners have a really good understanding of what ingredients work for certain issues. When it comes to skin, everyone’s skin will react differently to certain ingredients so we wanted to give you a run-down of the newest trend in skincare: Camphor
What is Camphor?
Camphor, also known as Cinnamomum camphora, is a terpene that is commonly used in cosmetics, lotions, creams, cleansers and balms. Camphor oil is extracted from the wood of camphor trees and is processed by steam distillation. Only older camphor trees can produce the active component from which camphor oil is produced.
According to Ayurveda, camphor contains anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, antispasmodic, anti-anxiety, and sedative properties.
4 reasons to include camphor in your skin care routine
When it comes to skin care, camphor has so many benefits. It absorbs easily into your skin and its cooling sensation makes it great for products that are meant to have soothing effects. Here are 4 reasons why you should include this ancient botanical ingredient in your skincare routine:
1. Camphor is a great option for calming and controlling acne, rashes and outbreaks.
2. Camphor can increase collagen and elastin production in dermal fibroblasts to support wound healing.
3. Camphor can be used as an effective anti-wrinkle ingredient in many cosmetics.
4. Camphor has antifungal and antibacterial properties that may help in alleviating some skin-related issues like itching and irritation making it perfect for use in detoxifying masks and purifying solutions.