The Beauty Glossary: C is for Chamomile

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Chamomile is one of the kindest ingredients around. I mean nothing comforts the soul like chamomile tea. One cup contains enough antibacterial properties to help prevent and treat colds. Chamomile tea also promotes sleep by relaxing the nervous system. A late 90s New York Times interview with Alanis Morisette suggests that she drinks chamomile tea to soothe her throat and aid her voice.

Then there’s Jessica Alba’s beauty secret. According to an interview with Harper’s Bazaar a few years back, Jessica keeps chamomile tea bags in the fridge to rid tired eyes of puffiness on Sunday mornings. Reportedly, she slaps them on after staying out too late.

Chamomile is a beauty elixir because it can help with all skin types from oily and dry to sensitive as well as skin concerns including hyper-pigmentation. Ancient Egyptians once worshipped chamomile, which was used as a medicinal treatment, a sedative and a relaxant.

This botanical extract has powerful, anti-inflammatory constituents which are gentle enough to be used on a baby’s butt, meaning chamomile works as a topical treatment for those really annoying concerns like eczema, psoriasis, rashes, sunburn, itching, ageing and wounds. The herb is very rich in antioxidants and helps prevents free radicals. It’s kind of the Godfather of skincare herbs.

As if that wasn’t enough, chamomile is a natural lightener for your skin and your hair, promoting a glow and gloss as it heals and restores natural moisture content.

In scientific/ingredient list terms, chamomile is sometimes referred to as Matricaria Chamomilla.

Discover our favorite products containing chamomile:

  1. Tammy Fender Roman Chamomile Tonic
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    Tammy Fender Roman Chamomile Tonic

    All Tammy Fender products promote wellness on a physical, emotional and spiritual level. The chamomile tonic acts like skin calming therapy, designed to gently alleviate dry, sensitive and irritated skins while boosting your chi.

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  2. Sunday Riley Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm
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    Sunday Riley Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm

    By any other name this cleansing balm would be just as dreamy, but who can resist the powers of a blue moon? Discover a sumptuous blend of ingredients: sugar-based cleansers gently clean the skin and enhance your glow, therapeutic essential oils blue tansy and German chamomile calm irritated, dry skin and tangerine improves tone and clarity. This melting balm can also be used as a face mask.

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  3. KLORANE Smoothing and Relaxing Patches with Soothing Cornflower 7 Sets
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    KLORANE Smoothing and Relaxing Patches with Soothing Cornflower 7 Sets

    Banish all the tell-tale signs of the morning after the night before. Rich in extracts of cornflower, arnica and chamomile, Klorane’s patches will light up your face and visibly reduce signs of tiredness. This gentle formula has been approved for even sensitive skin, and will begin to de-puff eye bags and erase dark circles within minutes.

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  4. FarmHouse Fresh Whoopie Cream Body Wash and Bubble Bath
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    FarmHouse Fresh Whoopie Cream Body Wash and Bubble Bath

    This guilt-free, whoopie pie-scented shower and bath delight is everything you thought it would be: creamy, bubbly and all-round delicious.

    Aloe and vitamin E are friendly to the skin, while green tea, chamomile and arnica montana flour calm irritations. This wash also contains sodium PCA, a skin-identical ingredient that boosts skin’s moisture content and prevent moisture loss as you shower.

    The result is squeaky clean and the lingering scent of a home-baked whoopie pie.

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  5. UltraLuxe Drying Potion
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    UltraLuxe Drying Potion

    Ever gone to bed wising your blemishes would disappear overnight? Ultraluxe heard your prayers.

    This drying solution uses sage to disinfect, peppermint to stimulate blood circulation and speed up the healing process. Dead Sea sulfur, pure lavender and chamomile help calm breakouts and reduce spot size and appearance. All you need in a 911 situation.

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  6. Jurlique Skin Balancing Face Oil
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    Jurlique Skin Balancing Face Oil

    Jurlique’s delicate facial oil helps soften, protect and nurture skin. Blended with chamomile, calendula, marshmallow and rose, this oil performs a balancing act on your skin. Invite your neck and decollete to the party too, as they’ll instantly benefit from the moisture-retaining, elasticity-improving, soft, supple features.

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During the day, I’m a busy Beauty Content Manager, musing over all things beauty and make-up. By evening, I’m a dedicated beauty blogger, experimenting with shiny products and the newest lotions and potions. I trained in make-up artistry just to satisfy my cosmetics addiction. Overly interested in natural and organic beauty, as well as how diet and fitness have an effect on how we look and feel.

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