5 Popular Russian Herbs for Radiant, Healthy-Looking Skin
Russian skincare is known for its connection to nature, pure botanical ingredients and skin-friendly formulas that are gentle yet effective, delivering the perfect, dreamy glow.
While herbal, natural ingredients are generally good for the skin, not all herbs are created equal. Some have been used by Russian women in their homemade remedies for generations, making their skin look radiant, youthful and healthy despite harsh weather and busy life. We’ve rounded up five herbs that have traditionally been Russian beauty go-tos, and have now made their way into modern Russian skincare formulas.
Burdock. Growing in the wild, this herb is the powerhouse of nutrients, rich in vitamin E with its antioxidant properties and vitamin C, known for its brightening, skin-smoothing and firming benefits. It also contains folic acid that helps slow down aging processes in the skin and potassium that effectively hydrates and traps moisture in the skin.
Parsley. Rich in vitamin A, a relative of retinol known for its anti-aging superpowers, this garden herb is a perfect addition to any homemade dish and to your skincare routine. In addition to anti-aging benefits, it helps calm irritated skin, depuff, reduce redness, while brightening, refreshing and toning your complexion.
Yarrow. This wild herb helps balance oil production, tighten pores, tone and provide anti-inflammatory benefits for oily skin. Thanks to flavonoids and tannins, it’s been known to relieve troubled skin, reducing irritation and preventing the appearance of breakouts.
Sage. One of the most popular Russian medicinal herbs, sage has been a popular ingredient in health and beauty remedies. Sage is rich in essential oil, tannins and phytoncides, but it’s truly renowned for its fatty acids – oleic, ursolic and linoleic. It helps visibly smooth wrinkles for a youthful-looking complexion, softens and hydrates skin, depuffs and reduces irritation.
Calendula. This bright pretty flower isn’t just an eye candy – it’s been an essential ingredient in many traditional Russian beauty recipes for radiant, healthy-looking skin. Powered by oleanolic acid, lupeol, quercetin, carotenoids, beta-carotene, essential oils, coumarins, saponins and sterols, it’s a treasure chest of elements that nourish, hydrate and pamper the skin. In addition, it’s rich in iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, potassium, chromium, selenium and other minerals.