With a name like “Immortelle”, how can this flower not promote beauty? Also called “Everlasting” for is wonderful restorative properties, technical cosmetic geeks (like me) may know it by its INCI name: Helichrysum. I’ve used Helichrysum/Immortelle for years and love how soothing it is for sensitive skin as well as its yummy maple-like scent. I feel as though its sweetness calms down my Pitta heat – and it has a sort of caramelized smell to it that makes we want to drink it. But lets get back to whats important: beauty benefits.
Immortelle is one of the best healing plant remedies for damaged skin tissue. It renews and restores healthy skin, as it is an anti-oxidant that repairs free radical damage and stimulates cellular regeneration. These properties are why Immortelle has been used to mend the skin after damage and scarring – and it is even used after tattooing and body piercing to heal scar tissue and disinfect the area. Its anti-bacterial properties also make it excellent for acne and inflamed blemishes, as it clarifies complexions while reducing redness.
This is why my new line Holistic Vanity Rosacea Care (launching February 1st!) includes a Healing Immortelle Skin Tonic, which is made up of the water extracted from the Immortelle flower. Not only does this soothing tincture, which has been wholly derived by being steam-distilled, act as an alcohol-free toner for sensitive skin, but it also treats rosacea break outs and papules.
So, if your skin needs added support, soothing or purifying, keep your eye out for Immortelle/ Everlasting/ Helichrysum in your skincare. While it goes by a lot of names, this multiple personality flower offers up a ton of different benefits. Plus, does Immortelle by any other name, smell less sweet? Not in this case.