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What Yarrow Benefits for Skin Care Are You Missing Out On?

Words By Martina

Martina is a wellness and skin-health writer, blogger, teacher, mother to twins and world traveler (not necessarily in that order). She believes that life is all about balance and has a special way of taking complicated topics and making them a pleasure to read. Her words are honest, informative and warm. Learn more about your skin health from Martina.

Yarrow has been used for thousands of years and if you look close enough, I bet you’ll find it in some of your skin care products. But still, many people won’t have the foggiest idea what yarrow is or what it can do for your skin. So let’s change that and make yarrow benefits for skin common knowledge!

Yarrow’s Origins

Yarrow’s scientific name is Achillea millefolium and it’s a tough perennial plant that grows in different grasslands. You can even grow it in your garden! You know it’s yarrow by its clusters of flat-topped, white flower heads and yellow disc florets and light pink ray florets.1 Its leaves are dark green and feather-like. It’s been used for centuries for healing and treating wounds – think Achilles and his soldier’s wounds. It has even been used as a charm against illness and bad luck!1 But that’s not what it’s used for in skin care today, don’t worry!

Yarrow In Skin Care Today

In today’s skin care market, yarrow finds itself in lotions and creams, ready to bring your ageing skin back to its youthful appearance. How exactly does it do this, you ask? With its many benefits for skin, of course.

Natural astringent

Yarrow works as a natural astringent and helps to keep your breakouts at bay if you have oily skin or a combination skin type. It helps to manage your complexion by keeping away the shine (you know the shine I’m talking about!) and keeping your skin balanced. It also helps to tighten the skin, shrink the appearance of your pores and combat acne. You can thank me later.

Calms inflammation

Skin that is inflamed can potentially benefit from yarrow with its calming effects. In a 2017 study, yarrow extract was tested on artificially irritated skin and was able to rebalance the skin’s optimal pH level and showed having anti-inflammatory properties2 which helps to calm and soothe your skin.

Hydrates the Skin

Yarrow has also shown to help hydrate the skin and in the same study as mentioned before, yarrow was able to improve the skin’s moisture content.2 This is definitely something you’ll want if you suffer from eczema or any dry skin conditions.

Fights Scarring

As if yarrow hasn’t already proven its worth, it also helps to heal scarring such as the scarring caused by acne. With its anti-inflammatory properties, it helps to promote faster healing but knowing that it can also help with the after effects is an added bonus, wouldn't you say?

If you’re looking to try out new things on your skin, yarrow and its benefits for skin is definitely one to try if you haven’t already. Products like Skin MD Natural use yarrow for a reason – it’s nourishing, restorative and best of all, great for even sensitive skin. Whether you need help with challenging skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis or you’re just looking for everyday great skin care, yarrow should be on your skin care ingredient bucket list!

1 https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/wildlife-explorer/wildflowers/yarrow 

2 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28163113/

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