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This is Martha Thomas, head of customer care for Tree of Life Beauty, and I want to welcome you to our weekly newsletter where we discuss important ways to age gracefully, "how-tos" for keeping skin healthy as you age, and so much more about your skincare regimen.
This week we will discuss "Detoxing Dandelion." If you missed any of our past newsletters, please check them out here on our blog.
Please be advised that we are not doctors or dermatologists, and this article should not be taken as medical advice or any medical statement. Any questions or issues involving your skin-care needs should be taken up with a physician, and we highly recommend you consult with your doctor before taking up any skin-care regimen.
Today we're discussing detoxing dandelion. If you're looking to improve your skin complexion with fewer trouble areas, breakouts and oil, look no further than your backyard. These yellow flowers may seem like just a pesky weed in your garden, but they're actually one of nature's strongest herbal detoxifiers.
Dandelions, officially termed Taraxacum officinale, are flowering perennial plants native to North America, Europe, and Asia. They're often considered to be "weeds," because they sprout up in gardens and lawns without an official invitation. Because of their durable roots and persistent growth, they're hard to rid naturally and safely.
Dandelions can survive in soil where other garden plants can't, and they're highly nutritious for the areas in which they grow. The dandelion's taproot can penetrate deeply into hard soil where other plants can't reach. This helps to aerate the soil and transport water down into the earth. This also allows the dandelions to deliver nutrients deep into the soil.
This same deliverance of nutrients is true for dandelion's usage in skincare as well. Because of this, dandelions are often considered one of the strongest natural detoxifiers.
The Benefits Of Dandelions
Dandelions have a wide range of vitamins, nutrients, flavonoids, and antioxidants, which make it a strong addition to a natural skincare remedy. These include beta-carotene, vitamins K, C, B2, B6, D, along with minerals like potassium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous. Together, this creates a cocktail of youthful vitality.
Dandelions are known to help detox the body and flush toxins from the skin when applied topically through your serums, creams and moisturizers.
Dandelions are the ultimate skin complexion revitalizer because they help get rid of the dirt that accumulates on your skin-- and replace it with a plethora of nutrients.
Dandelions are one of the richest sources of beta-carotene. The body transforms beta-carotene into vitamin A, and vitamin A is a necessary component to youthful-looking skin. Retinol-- the champion of great skin-- is the strongest form of vitamin A.
Dandelions also contain vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant that helps revitalize the skin's natural vigor and tone.
How To Use Dandelions
We don't recommend that you go into your backyard and pick dandelions from your garden to put on your face (or worse, to ingest).
You are likely better off purchasing dandelion tea from your local health food store. You may also be able to buy dried dandelion leaves, flowers, and roots if you want to create your own tea. Dandelion tea will help get rid of toxins from your body and skin.
If you don't like the taste of dandelion tea, add lemon and honey. Both are also great skin detoxifiers!
Look for "taraxacum officinale extract" on your skincare bottles to see if it has dandelion inside. Tree of Life puts dandelion extract in a number of our products, including our fan-favorite Retinol Cream with Hyaluronic acid.