If you’re like us, you might be wondering what’s up with a super sweet ingredient making its way into a bevy of skincare products. Or, you’re not like us at all and this is the first time you’ve even heard this. But, yeah. Vanilla and skincare are sort of a thing, and we thought you might want to know why. Here are just a few fantastic reasons:
• Vanilla beans are packed with antioxidants. This matters for the skin because free radicals – the stuff antioxidants help you get rid of – lead to the breakdown of collagen, and in turn, the formation of wrinkles and fine lines.
• Vanilla has a natural ability to soothe stress, which means the bean will likely benefit both your mood as well as the condition of your skin. In fact, vanilla can actually help combat redness while promoting the growth of healthy skin cells.
• These tasty beans are naturally oily and sticky, which wins them major hydration points.
• In addition to adding moisture to your skin, vanilla can actually help retain it. That’s because it leaves a breathable film on your skin that serves as protection from environmental stressors as well as a barrier that keeps the moisture in.
Wondering how to incorporate vanilla into your skincare routine? Here’s a couple of our favorite products.
Sympathy for the Skin Body Lotion by LUSH: LUSH claims that this might be the only banana body lotion in existence, but its moisturizing properties receive a very special boost from the inclusion of vanilla pods. “The sugars in vanilla act as humectants (moisture binding), when applied topically, and are particularly suitable for retaining moisture on hair, skin and lips,” according to the company’s website.
The Body Scrub by Sara Happ: This delicious exfoliator makes good use of organic vanilla extract to leave the skin with a luxurious, velvety texture.
Vanilla Almond Cinnamon Sugar Body Scrub by The Grapeseed Company: Relaxation, hydration, rejuvenation – what more could you ask for in a skin treatment? Step out of your bath feeling deliciously fresh after a good scrub with this product.
For extra hydration (and oh how I need it), I love getting my dose of vanilla together with some shea or cocoa butter. These rich ingredients combine to make one super moisturizing product.