Every year in spring, people choose to brighten up their homes with tulips. What most people don’t know is that tulips, like roses, have benefits that extend far beyond adding a pop of colour to a space.
Tulips contain growth factors that can actually provide desired skincare results when applied topically in serum or cream. But this doesn’t mean that you should roll around in the flower beds next time you visit the nearby tulip farm. Instead, next time you’re in need of a product that will improve the appearance of fine lines or strengthen the skin, look no further than a product that contains tulip extract.
We’ve found all you need to know about the magical powers of tulips when used in cosmetics.
Tulips can increase collagen production
Collagen is a protein that serves as one of the most essential building blocks for your muscles, hair, skin, and nails. It’s what keeps us looking young, and as you age, your body’s natural collagen production slows down. This results in sagging skin, fine lines, and wrinkles. So to combat this, skincare enthusiasts opt for products that promote collagen production.
Because tulips continue to grow even after they’ve been cut, the enzymes responsible for this regenerative process can promote collagen production when applied to the skin.
Additionally, some research shows that tulips contain a plant hormone called auxin, which is used in products that claim to assist in the natural production of collagen. This phytohormone also contains properties that are similar to antioxidants.
Another study suggests that purple tulip extract can improve signs of skin aging, making it a superb option for those who want to steer clear of retinol-based products or creams that contain harmful chemicals.
Tulips can promote hydration
Move over, hyaluronic acid. There’s a new hydrator in town!
While most people think of roses when thinking about flowers that can hydrate your skin, tulips are said to be more effective. These springtime flowers are considered to be “humectants,” a substance that draws moisture into the hair, skin, and nails.
Since tulips can hold their weight in water, the extract is a skin-quenching hydrator that can restore plumpness and fortify your skin’s moisture barrier. With regular use, you’ll also notice that your skin is irresistibly soft, radiant, and a little perkier than usual.
Tulips can protect your skin
Every day, we’re exposed to free radicals that can cause oxidative stress, which can result in premature signs of aging, dark spots, sagging skin, and fine lines. We most commonly absorb these free radicals through air pollution, and exposure to UV rays, chemicals, or smoke. But thankfully, antioxidants are unique substances that can protect your skin’s sensitive surface from the oxidative damage caused by pesky free radicals.
Tulips are rich in antioxidants and fatty acids, which is one of the several reasons everyone should be incorporating tulip products into their sustainable skincare regimen. Also, because tulips contain fatty acids, amino acids, and flavonoids, tulip-based products are safe and suitable for those sensitive skin. Unlike beauty products containing endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), and synthetic dyes and fragrances, you can feel good about applying a serum made with tulip extract to your skin.
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More than just a pretty flower: The not-so-talked-about benefits of tulips was originally published in Think Dirty on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.