Eyebright is a small, unassuming, white-flowered plant that can make a huge difference to skin health. Officially known as ‘Euphrasia’, this semi-parasitic plant has been linked to several health benefits that leave you looking great on the outside and feeling pretty fabulous on the inside too.
Eyebright has been harvested and used in herbal medicine throughout Europe for centuries, and even features in our Perfect Eyes – 3 in 1 – Rejuvenating Eye Cream. But what’s the truth behind the many claims that accompany this ingredient?
In this blog post, we reveal all the amazing benefits of including eyebright in your beauty regime and supporting your wider health and wellbeing.
Get rid of those dark circles
This herbal favourite isn’t nicknamed eyebright for nothing. Its name gives you a clue about its most obvious benefit…
Eyebright extract is used in our Rejuvenating Eye Cream to unlock several refreshing advantages for your under-eye. It actively reduces under-eye puffiness, calms redness, and brightens fatigued eyes to reveal a youthful, smooth look.
Despite its powerful effects, eyebright is the gentle treatment that the delicate under-eye has been looking for. It treats deeply but gently to hydrate and firm the eye area, lightening dark circles as it goes.
Make fine lines and wrinkles less visible
Eyebright’s nourishing and firming goodness works wonders for mature or prematurely ageing skin too, especially around that eye area. It uses flavonoids to boost collagen production, providing a plumping effect that makes fine lines and wrinkles far less noticeable.
Cell repair is also accelerated with an eyebright-rich treatment. It contains vitamins A, B, C and E, as well as selenium, zinc and copper, all of which improve skin health and aid healing.
Exfoliate and tone your complexion
Eyebright’s anti-inflammatory and astringent status makes it a popular exfoliator and toner for the skin. It’s well known for clearing blocked pores and tightening the complexion for a flawless, even appearance.
It’s great for all skin types, including oily skin, and balances oil production and enhances the skin’s pH to keep excess sebum well under control. It truly is a skincare saviour!
Calm skin conditions and breakouts
The anti-inflammatory benefits don’t end there. Eyebright is a great healer, with acne, blemishes and various skin conditions (such as rosacea and eczema) all noticeably relieved by eyebright extract.
As well as applying eyebright topically to ease skin conditions and breakouts, drinking eyebright tea has also been linked to reduced acne flare-ups.
Treat seasonal ailments
Come winter, our sinuses need all the help they can get to stay in great shape. Seasonal colds and flu exacerbate symptoms of sinusitis, but with a dose of eyebright tea daily, you can relieve congested airways.
Summer brings its own challenges for people with allergies. Again eyebright can be used to help ease troublesome symptoms as Healthline details:
“Eyebright contains several beneficial plant compounds, including the flavonoids luteolin and quercetin. Luteolin and quercetin inhibit immune cells called mast cells, which release histamine — a compound that triggers allergy symptoms like runny nose and watery eyes. This antihistamine property may be one reason why eyebright has traditionally been used to treat seasonal allergies or hay fever.”
Want to unlock the benefits of eyebright for beauty? Start with our Perfect Eyes – 3 in 1 – Rejuvenating Eye Cream and witness the wonders of eyebright for yourself.
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