These Super-Soothing Botanicals Are the Secret to Supple Skin—Whatever the Weather
Your skin could use some extra support right now: Colder weather and indoor heat often sap its moisture, leaving it dry and irritable. For fast relief, look to nature. These top botanical ingredients—chamomile, centella asiatica, and schisandra berry—are proven to work, and leave your face and body feeling smooth and supple.
When it comes to calming skin effectively, this flowering herb is queen. Its anti-inflammatory properties make it a natural go-to topical for sensitive types, says New York City dermatologist Marina Peredo. But it's a wise winter option for anyone, and is found in many treatments (shop some of our top picks, below!). "Chamomile is filled with powerful anti-oxidants, such as polyphenols and phytochemicals," says Dr. Peredo. "It provides protection against damaging free radicals and helps diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles." You can find different varieties (Moroccan, Roman, even blue chamomile), but they all offer benefits. For super-reactive skin, double-dip: Dr. Peredo suggests applying the ingredient morning and night for maximum pampering and care.
City dwellers, it's time to branch out: This adaptogenic fruit has been shown to help shield skin from pollution. Get it—and line-smoothing benefits—with Garnier Retinol-Berry Super Soothing Serum Cream ($22, walgreens.com).
Styling by Tanya Graff; Illustrations by May Van Millingen.