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L'hydrolat de sauge officinale.

Everything you need to know about sage hydrosol.

The common sage is different from its cousin, the clary sage. It primarily thrives in the Mediterranean scrubland and on the Adriatic coast. Its hydrosol is renowned for its beneficial effects on menopause, excessive sweating, and the excess sebum that characterizes oily skin. Find in this article the key information to know about this cosmetic ingredient.

The sage officinalis and its hydrosol in a nutshell.

Also known as sacred sage or European tea, sage officinalis is a sub-shrub that belongs to the Lamiaceaefamily. Elevated to the status of "sacred plant" by the Ancients of all continents, it is among the plants whose cultivation was recommended in the royal domains of Charlemagne. It quickly became a traditional remedy for a number of pathologies such as gangrene.

Its hydrosol is obtained by distillation after the desiccation of the leaves. This mobile liquid, colorless to pale yellow, emits a strong, herbaceous, and aromatic scent. Sage hydrosol is an alternative to sage essential oil, which is considered neurotoxic due to its high thujone content. It should be noted that this essential oil is on the list of essential oils whose sale is restricted to pharmacists (Public Health Code).

The cosmetic benefits of sage hydrosol.

Firstly, sage hydrosol is an excellent antioxidant treatment. It combats free radicals that cause oxidative stress. As a reminder, this phenomenon is natural but is exacerbated by various factors such as UV rays, pollution, stress, smoking... It degrades both the skin and hair. Indeed, it leads to the deterioration of hair fibers, the appearance of white hair, and even hair loss. Regarding the skin, oxidative stress accelerates its sagging and the appearance of wrinkles and potentially pigmented spots. Sage hydrosol, by fighting against this mechanism, helps to restore radiance to the complexion, brighten the skin, and also the hair. It is recognized for its regenerative properties and helps to tone up devitalized skin and hair fibers. It is particularly recommended for dull complexions as well as mature skin and damaged, lackluster hair.

Next, this hydrosol has purifying and balancing properties, making it an excellent choice for combination to oily skin. Indeed, it helps to control sebum secretions and purifies the skin. It is also recommended for maintaining oily-prone hair.

natural deodorant and effectively combats excessive sweating.

The contraindications of sage hydrosol.

Due to the presence of ketones, Sage Hydrosol is contraindicated if you have a history of cancerous, hormone-dependent pathologies, or mastopathy. It is contraindicated for pregnant and/or breastfeeding women as well as for young children under the age of 6.

To avoid the risk of allergies, consider conducting a test in the crook of your elbow. If no adverse reaction occurs within the following 24 hours, you can apply the skincare product to your face. Otherwise, it is better to avoid any skin application.

In which skincare products can one find the hydrosol of sage?

The hydrosol of sage officinalis can be used in its pure form. However, it is also a component in certain cosmetic products, listed under the I.N.C.I. designation "Salvia Officinalis Leaf Water". Thus, it can be found in treatments for oily and combination skin, hair lotions to strengthen and beautify hair, deodorants for excessive perspiration, and regenerating creams and serums.

Typology has developed the unifying cleansing gel that combines sage hydrosol with niacinamide to remove impurities present on the skin's surface. These two active ingredients help to tighten pores and refine skin texture.

Source:

  • FAUCON M. Traité d'aromathérapie scientifique et médicale - les hydrolats (Tome 2). Paru le 13 novembre 2018. 

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