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There’s something about the thought of marshmallows in skincare that just makes us happy. Like really happy. Beyond the joy, what we didn’t bargain for was how effective they are. That light and fluffy lot have been silently sneaking into skincare for a while now, and now that we’ve discovered their hiding place we want to know more.
We’re used to foods cropping up in our lotions and potions – we’ve had the avocado masks, the cucumber eye creams and the honey moisturisers which all make sense because they’re healthy, but sweets is a new one. Especially ones we’re used to scoffing down with hot chocolate – which equals a skin nightmare, right?
Ok, there are a few details to clear up first. Sad fact, to get techie, it’s actually marshmallow root that’s in skincare not the pink and white fluff. The root is derived from a plant (Althaea) and was used to create original marshmallows before they became sweet and pink. When boiled, the root is famed for its soothing and moisturising properties, making it the perfect winter skin buddy and also ideal for sore chapped lips. Think of it a bit like a cousin to chamomile or aloe vera.
Dr Hauschka products use the 'mucilage' in marshmallow root (gross word and is the slimy bit the root secretes) to form a protective layer over broken, inflamed skin, to calm it down and soften-up skin. Jurlique’s Balancing Foaming Cleanser is also packed with this gentle active, to hydrate and soothe skin (as it melts away impurities). Anyone with eczema or rosacea or who’s skin is just in need of some sweet lovin’ is safe to use it.
It’s not just your face that can benefit either. who knew? L’Occitane’s Shea Butter Hand Cream has our fluffy friends in it too. Ultra moisturising, they’re a dry, chapped hand’s dream – one is in our handbag at all times.
Well that’s another buzzword we can keep an eye out for on the ingredients list and tell a few mates about (everyone should like to parade as a beuaty expert really).