The Marshmallow...a Natural Skincare Secret:
The Althaea officinalis or commonly known as the tasty treat that commonly adorns hot chocolate- the marshmallow, is also used as a medicinal plant in some cultures. The ancient Egyptians can however be surprisingly attributed to to creating the world's first known edible marshmallow treat, that was curated from the root. It was used by the ancient Romans as well, and was considered a delicacy dish. In the Middle Ages, the marshmallow's root was used as a sore throat treatment and in traditional Chinese herbal medicine too.
Halawa extract or the root extract of the marshmallow is what is utilized in the making of culinary treats in Middle Eastern & French cuisine. It should be noted though, that the treats that many of us eat with hot beverages or alone for a snack are composed of gelatin, sugar, & water. This is then whipped into a spongy consistency that's molded into the common shapes of commercially-produced marshmallows.
This modern version of the marshmallow is a far cry from those of the 19th century French confectioners however; they created the confection by extracting the root's sap by hand and then combine other ingredients like eggs whites, corn starch, or gelatin and then hand-whip the mixture until the perfect texture.
I'm sure you're thinking at this point...well that's great info and all...but what about what the marshmallow does for skin?! It has quite a bit to offer :) For starters, marshmallow contains high amounts of flavanoids & antioxidants which gives it wonderful anti-inflammatory properties. It can also help prevent future skin damage as it's high in Essential amino acids [like Asparagine].
Marshmallow aids in healing skin issues such as dryness, eczema, and scars. What's more, the marshmallow builds a moisturizing barrier too which leaves the skin soft, smooth, & hydrated. Looking for an awesome skincare product that contains that fantastic natural beauty ingredient? Search no further...The Beauty Closet has you covered! Check out the recommended product from Jurlique, below:
The Beauty Closet Recommends:
Activating Water Essence
I love using this before applying my daily serums & the remainder of my skincare routine. Not only does it hydrate, condition, and revitalize the skin on your face & neck, but this awesome Activating Water Essence helps increase the effectiveness of the remaining skincare products- like your daily/nightly serum :) Powered with ingredients like Witch Hazel, Marshmallow root extract, Peach leaf extract, Sage, & Lavender this is perfect for all skin types too! I have ultra-sensitive skin and I've not had any issues either, with daily usage.
What I have noticed, is that my skin is healthier, softer, super smooth, and my occasional breakouts have been kept at bay as well. This product does an excellent job of balancing moisture retention and hydration, without the weight of a thick heavy product that leaves behind greasiness and can cause breakouts. You just won't have those types of issues with Jurlique's Activating Water Essence :) If you've been on the hunt for a fantastic gift for the beauty-lover in your life, this is one that they would love! The bottle is nicely & simply designed with a twist on cap and a finely-crafted glass container that's easy for almost anyone to appreciate.
Atop the bottle, is a tiny opening that allows for droplets to be dispensed so as to prevent product loss/waste & a mess; this makes it easy to put just the right wanted amount onto a cotton pad or ball and then gently apply to your neck & face. You can also go for the application suggestion as the provided usage instructions advise as well; place a few drops into the palm of your hand and then warm up- follow this by pressing gently into the face & neck. Absorbs quickly & easily into the skin with little effort and I recommend using this one both morning and night :)