5 Beauty Products Harnessing the Power of Adaptogens
It’s one of the buzziest terms in the wellness space, but the interest in adaptogens has gone way beyond your favorite juice bar or woo-woo health shop. These stress-busting plants are now finding their way into your skin-care routine, from moisturizers to shampoo. Which when you think about it, kind of makes sense—stress can wreak all kinds of havoc on your body, including your skin. Here, five adaptogen-infused beauty products to get on your radar.
Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil
This bright blue beauty oil promises to clear clogged pores, treat and prevent acne and smooth the appearance of fine lines. Made with adaptogenic neem and licorice root, these ingredients are said to help brighten discoloration caused by acne and even out skin tone. (Oh and don’t worry: Once the oil warms up on your fingertips, the vivid hue goes away.)
Sunday Riley ($80)
Själ Mineral Kalla Energy Tonic
This rosewater-based formula is also made with Arctic root, Siberian ginseng and Maral root (three well-known adaptogens), which, according to this cult gemstone-infused skin care line, protect skin against cell damage from environmental factors (like a blustery morning commute). Spritz onto face and neck after cleansing in order to tone and create a barrier for the skin.
Alterna Bamboo Volume Abundant Volume Shampoo
Designed to gently cleanse and lift tired locks, this strengthening shampoo features everyone’s favorite adaptogenic smoothie ingredient (just us?), maca, to hydrate parched tresses. Extra bonus? Moisturizing ingredients and protection technology mean you don’t have to worry about your color fading.
Red Flower Nature Lymphatic Phytopower Sea Cleanser and Masque
We love a multitasker, and this clever product doubles as a hydrating, cream cleanser to remove dirt and makeup and as an anti-aging, line-plumping face mask. The addition of adaptogenic mushrooms chaga, reishi and maitake helps fight the signs of aging.
Red Flower ($42)
Coconut Charcoal Face Mask
This Ayurvedic (the holistic medicine practice from India that’s so in right now) mask uses charcoal to draw out impurities and adaptogenic turmeric, neem and Indian ginseng to protect from damaging free radicals and brighten skin. To use, combine one teaspoon of powder with liquid (such as honey, yogurt or water) to create a paste. Apply to the face and neck for five minutes and rinse with warm water.