Give Your Skin The Hydration It Needs
It’s summer. You’re sweaty. There’s a funk that's following you around. So you take a shower. You’re still sweaty. But now dry, too.
And your skin is just confused.
You ask yourself, "Hey, is there something out there that's natural, safe, hydrating, and that also smells awesome?
The answer is yes. And its name is Hydrosol.
In this blog we talk about what Hydrosol is, and why it’s the missing link you need in your skincare routine this summer!
WHAT IS HYDROSOL?
Hydrosol is, according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a solution in water. (1)
Sounds simple -- and this isn’t too far from the truth for Hydrosols in skin and haircare.
Hydrosol is simply a water-based solution made from the distillation of any kind of botanical material, including flowers, leaves, plant compounds, fruits, and any plant material you can think of! (2)
Hydrosol is either made intentionally or as a result of the essential oil production process. In fact, Hydrosols and essential oils are pretty similar to one another, with one main exception:
Essential Oils are distilled from the oil-soluble part of the plant or compound being processed.
Hydrosols are distilled from the water-soluble part of the plant or compound, with tiny droplets of essential oils left behind. (3)
This difference may seem subtle, but it’s not.
The composition of water in Hydrosol enables it to be used as a toner, cleanser, moisturizer, perfume, and even as the basis for many doctor-prescribed medicines and aromatherapies - all because of the skin-boosting strength of the water and natural plant compounds within it.
So why you should be using Hydrosol? Let’s dive into the watery solution, and find out.
Considering Hydrosol’s composition is largely water, a major benefit of it is its ability to hydrate your skin.
This is important because hydrated skin gives life to dying skin cells, and provides your skin texture and elasticity. (4)
QUICK TIP: Our bodies are 60% water, and our skin is 70-75% water! Whether you have oily, dry, or combination skin, it’s important that your skin remains hydrated! (5)
Also, because water is a main component of collagen, Hydrosol fights free radicals, bacteria, and ageing to give your skin a youthful glow that’s smooth, glowing, and naturally and healthily you. (6)
Hydrosol also stops excess oil production because your body won't need to make up for a lack of hydration. This means saying goodbye to puffiness, skin irritation, and nasty breakouts you don’t want! (7)
Hydrosols are made up of mostly water, which means they're gentler on the skin than many cleansing products.
This also means that unlike many chemical washes, hydrosols don’t need to be diluted with carrier oils or other oils to help balance their strength. (8)
Now bear with me as we get scientific for one quick sec:
Hydrosols mostly comprise of hydrophilic compounds of the plants being distilled, which makes them easy to apply and capable of incorporating many flowers, roots, and other plant compounds into the finished product. (3)
SO WHAT DOES THIS MEAN...?
It means Hydrosols can be applied to your skin up to 3-4 times a day!
It also means Hydrosols can be used for those with sensitive skin, babies, children, pregnant women, and the elderly, of whom water-based cleansers may be less abrasive and harsh. (3)
QUICK TIP: Hydrosols are gentle enough to use on your hair, scalp, and even facial hair, giving every part of you the moisture and hydration you need!
Hydrosols also have softer scents than many essential oils, making them a better option for those who want a scent, but are resistant to anything too strong.
Hydrosols contain carboxylic acids, which give them the anti-inflammatory firepower to fight bacteria and free radicals.
These carboxylic acids enable Hydrosols to stop premature aging and all its nasty side effects, like wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots from forming.
Hydrosols also fight the more dangerous free radicals that can cause diseases such as cancer, Parkinson’s, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s. (9)
QUICK TIP: Hydrosols can be used to set your makeup, and also as a makeup remover!
Hydrosols also reduce the inflammation that can come from acne, including redness, clogged pores, skin irritation, scars, and rashes, making them a necessary tool in your skincare toolkit. (10)
Hydrosols are the ultimate equalizer. They help balance your skin's natural pH and soften fine lines, sun spots, and the appearance of old and new scars.
Hydrosols do the dirty work for your skin too, and protect you from UV rays, air pollutants, and even the ageing that can come from physical and psychological stress. (11)
QUICK TIP: Hydrosols work great as a substitute for water in DIY masks!
Having a healthy skin pH will fight the appearance of fine lines, crow’s feet, and wrinkles that can come as a result of sun damage or an unhealthy pH. (12)
Hydrosols Work Great As Part Of A Team
Hydrosols are only as good as the botanical material they're distilled in. And though the possibilities are endless, there are certain plants and compounds that offer the most benefit, and GARNER'S GARDEN has got you covered with the best, all-natural Hydrosols that will give you your glow back:
Neem Oil: used for centuries, offers incredible anti-aging and wound-healing properties to give your skin the natural radiance you want
Rose Flower: floral scent; regenerates skin, strengthens skin tissue, and helps smooth skin with a natural blend of Vitamins A and C.
Cinnamon: boosts collagen (anti-aging), and fights free radicals and bacteria with a rich blend of antioxidants; also smells amazing!
Green Tea: fights acne, also stimulates hair growth and fights harmful bacteria