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Trying to decode what beauty ingredients are can leave us in a right skin care pickle. But don’t fret – we’ve done the dirty work for you to set things straight. This week we’re busting the myths on burdock root…
What is burdock root?
Burdock root comes from the burdock plant (weird, that...) and has skin-soothing anti-inflammatory properties. It’s an effective antioxidant and can also be listed as Arctium lappa if you happen to be checking out those sneaky ingredients list.
Who needs it?
Burdock root is pretty good for those with acne-prone skin because it kills the bacteria that cause the spots in your pores. As a skin healer it’s also a winner for dry or eczema-prone skins or scalps.
Where do we find it?
The root of the burdock can be eaten as a vegetable and is packed with vitamin C – which is really good for targeting lots of skin concerns from anti-ageing to acne. You can also get supplements too.
The extract can be found in cleansers, face masks, serums and moisturisers.
When should it go on our face?
Whenever you fancy it. We like to use it before bed to speed up the skin’s natural healing process as we snooze.
If you’re allergic to some plants you’ll need to test this out on a small patch of your skin first. And as with many new ingredients it’s best to ease your skin in to it so you don’t upset it. Try once or twice a week at first and see how you get on.