Vanilla Bean

Native to Mexico and South America, vanilla bean is the only edible member of the orchid family. The ancient Aztecs used vanilla beans to flavor beverages. In modern times, vanilla is tremendously popular as a flavoring for sweet foods such as ice cream and baked desserts. Its soothing fragrance, however, also makes vanilla bean a useful ingredient in cosmetics. Vanilla bean contains useful amounts of magnesium, potassium, calcium and zinc as well as vitamin B complex. It is nourishing, antioxidant and deodorant.

Benefits of Vanilla Bean for Skin:

  • Nourishing properties. Vanilla bean contains plant-based compounds that nourish the skin. These include minerals like magnesium and potassium which promote general health within the body and skin. Vanilla also contains a chemical compound called vanillin which some suggest may be useful in preventing skin conditions such as psoriasis.
  • Antioxidant properties. Vanilla beans are also rich in antioxidants. The antioxidants present in the vanilla plant called polyphenols help your skin cells regenerate and perform their proper function. In addition, antioxidants are known to protect your skin from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays which result in premature aging.
  • Soothing fragrance. Other benefits of vanilla bean for skin relate to its soothing fragrance. Vanilla beans produce a sweet fragrance which deodorizes the skin. This makes it a useful ingredient in soaps, cleaners and other skincare products.
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