Sage comes from the Mediterranean basin. It’s an aromatic plant of the Lamiaceae family with blue-green leaves. These are dried and distilled with steam to create a hydrolate with multiple skincare benefits.
What are the benefits of sage hydrolate for your skin?
A brief summary of sage and its hydrolate.
The name Salvia comes from the Latin word salvare, which means “to heal”. This aromatic plant has been appreciated since ancient times for its many pharmaceutical benefits. It helped to fight certain infections like gangrene, or even to stimulate digestion. It’s rich in estrogen-type molecules (female hormones), and is still recommended for use in menopause to compensate for the hormonal drop that women experience.
Sage hydrolate is made by treating dried leaves with steam distillation, which allows us to obtain two separate products: the essential oil and the hydrolate. As they come from the same plant, both products have similar properties but the hydrolate is less concentrated in active molecules because it contains less aromatic essence. Sage hydrolate is considered a gentler alternative to essential oil, which is deemed neurotoxic due to its high thujone content. This is why sage essential oil is on the list of essential oils which only pharmacists can sell (public health code).
1. Sage hydrolate helps to reduce skin aging.
Sage hydrolate is an excellent antioxidant. It fights against free radicals which cause oxidative stress. As a reminder, this is a natural process but is accelerated by several factors including UV rays, pollution, stress, smoking… Free radicals are unstable and highly reactive molecules which damage a wide range of healthy compounds in the body (DNA, RNA, proteins, membrane lipids…) accelerating their aging process. In terms of the skin, it starts to lose its firmness and issues start to appear (wrinkles, pigmentation marks…). Sage hydrolate fights against free radicals to help slow down the signs of aging and protect the skin from external irritants.
2. Sage hydrolate for cleansing oily skin.
Sage hydrolate has purifying and balancing properties. It helps to regulate sebum production to avoid the excess which leads to oily and combination skin. It refines the complexion, tightens pores, and helps to prevent the appearance of imperfections.
3. Sage hydrolate for fighting sweat.
Sage hydrolate helps to regulate the sweat glands. It acts as a natural deodorant and is very effective against excessive sweating.
Our cleansing gel with sage hydrolate
Typology has developed a unifying cleansing gel which combines sage hydrolate with niacinamide to get rid of impurities present on the surface of your skin. Both of these ingredients help to tighten pores and refine your complexion.
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