Orchids are some of the most enigmatic plants, with numerous varieties that differ in size, color, and shape. Visually fascinating, entire exhibits are dedicated to them in botanical gardens worldwide, but their health and beauty properties are lesser known.
The use of orchid oil in skin care may not be as common as other flower-derived oils like rose, calendula, lavender, chamomile, and sunflower. However, the orchid, as a beauty-enhancing botanical, has a long history in Ayurvedic medicine–Ayurveda is a natural system of medicine that originated in India about 3,000 years ago! Orchids have been used in Ayurvedic formulations to “restore vigor, vitality, and youthfulness.”
Through scientific studies, we now have proof that ancient Ayurvedic wisdom about orchids is substantiated. Orchid extracts have been shown to possess potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity and photoprotective activity against UVB and UVA radiation. Leaf and stem extracts contain inhibitory activity against skin-aging enzymes. They are composed of fatty acids, a-hydroxy acids, phenolic acids, amino acids, sterols, glycosides, and sugars–all compounds used in modern-day anti-aging formulations. Orchid oil is also rich in other nutrients like calcium, magnesium, and zinc, making it a highly nourishing oil that can improve the skin’s elasticity and promote cell regeneration.
The skin under our eyes is particularly thin and tender, a part of our body where sleep deprivation, lack of proper hydration, and stress appear first. With SallyeAnder’s signature butter blend, orchid oil in Nourish Under Eye Treatment helps moisturize and soothe the skin, reducing fine lines and puffiness. Knowing what we know about orchid oil, it is an excellent choice for delicate, mature, and aging skin; we had to include this unique ingredient in one of our most highly praised balms: Nourish Under Eye Treatment.