Ingredient Focus: Blue Lotus
31st October 2017 | By By Fiona Ngo
Blue Lotus is the star ingredient for the Purlisse range, being featured in almost every product in the skincare line. It is also one of the main ingredients in the Purlisse Blue Lotus Mud Mask + Exfoliant, featured in the Maslow & Co. USA Beauty Edit. What makes this extract so special?
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Blue Lotus (Nymphaea Caerulea), is a mysterious, yet sacred plant that has been used for centuries for both its health and skin benefits. It is also known as the Blue Egyptian Lotus or Blue Water Lily and in both Asia and Egypt. Its origins stem back to Ancient Egypt, where this beautiful flower grew on the banks of the Nile River and was used heavily in their ancient remedies. The flower symbolized creation and rebirth and when King Tutankhamun was uncovered, archaeologists found his tomb covered in this ancient flower. In India, the Blue Lotus flower is considered to be incredibly sacred, especially the Buddhists and in East Asia, the Blue Lotus is used in traditional medicines and tea as it is full of antioxidants.
Whilst Blue Lotus can be used for both skin and general health, its magic lies in its use in skincare. When used in skincare, the blue lotus extract is considered to be a fantastic gentle and natural moisturizer. Its effects on the skin are known to not only help reduce dryness, but it also functions to be calming and balancing, as it treats inflammation and overproduction of oil.
It is widely known that in many countries where the Blue Lotus flower blooms, its extracts from the seeds are often used in preparing skincare remedies. It is a traditional remedy to provide instant hydration to rough, dry or flaky skin as it is considered to be an effective natural moisturizer.
Not only is Blue Lotus a fantastic natural moisturizer, it functions to help balance the skin, a reason why Purlisse has this in their Exfoliating Mud Mask. Blue Lotus works quite well to help balance the skin’s oil content, which in turn may help to control skin issues such as acne or breakouts.
One of the ways the Ancient Egyptians used Blue Lotus was as a natural sedative, helping to relieve anxiety and stress. Its calming capabilities are also extended into skincare, as the plant is considered to help calm stressed or irritated skin and can help to remedy irritated or inflamed skin.
Finally, Blue Lotus is rich in antioxidants which is why both countries such as India and China value this ingredient in many of their teas and other remedies. Antioxidants help the body fight off environmental stressors and help to slow the process of ageing in both the body and the skin.
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The Blue Lotus Flower is quite the multitasking ingredient with its calming, moisturizing, balancing and preventative capabilities. Its incredible benefits to the skin are most likely why Purlisse have used this sacred ingredient in most of their skincare line. It suits almost every skin type and helps with even the most sensitized skin.