Fennel

Fennel for oily skin

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Scientific Name: {Foeniculum vulgare}
Common Name: {Fennel}

Scent: Strong Licorice.
Uses: Astringents and toners, anti-aging creams and serums, cellulite creams, skin-purifying products for complexions that are acne-prone or oily.

Fennel is a umbrella-shaped plant with tiny little yellow flowers. It is a native of Egypt. You may see it in used in skincare the form of an essential oil or an extract. The essential oil is typically steam distilled. The extract is usually taken from the seeds, but the whole plant may be used as well. It is a herb similar to licorice. It's sweet, spicy and is clear in color. It's not the first ingredient that comes to mind when people think of natural skin care. Fennel can be seen in culinary applications, flavoring, and spices. It has many properties that make it great for the skin, as well. For example, because it is a natural diuretic. It is great for cellulite and wrinkle creams. It can regulate skin’s ability to hold and produce moisture, with is perfect for oily skin. As we age, our skin is less able to hold on to vital moisture. When our face feels like it needs more moisture, it produces more oil. More oil can collect in and clog the pores. A cream or lotion that contains fennel can help strengthen the skin’s cells and make them more able to hold on to their moisture. The skin will produce less oil, and there will be less oil overall to block pores and form acne.

Fennel also has toning properties. It helps remove toxins and impurities from the skin. It is often used in astringents and toners. Fennel can help strip away pollutants and irritants from the skin, either in a solution or a scrub. When mixed with organic salts or sugars, it can slough away dead skin cells, while drawing out dirt and nourishing the skin. Fennel contains natural antioxidants. Plus it can penetrate the lower layers of skin, where free radicals, created by the sun and other environmental damages, can do harm. Fennel can neutralize these cells and protect skin from further destruction.

A product containing fennel can help boost circulation, especially in areas like under the eyes, where broken capillaries deposit blood particles and create those dark circles. Improved circulation in this area can help remove this dark circles and prevent them in the future.

The zinc in fennel can help maintain and rebuild support structures in the skin, which are vital to younger and healthy-looking skin. Over time, these structures naturally break down, and the body has a harder time rebuilding them. A topical application of zinc can reverse this proves, helping to build strong, healthy cells, which makes damage-resistant skin and more vibrant appearance.

All of these health benefits make fennel perfect for any stage of life. Teenagers with oily, problematic skin can take advantage of the cleansing, toning properties of a product with fennel to help balance oily skin. Adult women can use fennel to fight the signs of aging before they even appear and to reduce skin problems like freckles and dark circles that every woman faces.

Fennel should not be used by women who are pregnant.

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