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Milk Thistle (or Silybum Marianum) is a hot topic in the world of beauty & wellness & rightfully so. It’s extremely versatile & it improves our overall health in a variety of ways. But before getting into the health benefits of milk thistle, we should take a look at exactly what it is.
Milk thistle is a flowering plant that comes from the same family of plants as the daisy. Native to Mediterranean countries, it has now made its way to Western culture where its amazing health benefits are only beginning to be discovered. Milk thistle has many active plant compounds collectively known as silymarin. When silymarin is extracted from the plant, it has powerful antioxidant properties. It flushes toxins & helps digestion & absorption of vitamins & minerals. It has been clinically proven to have anti-aging effects. Various studies between 2006 - 2019 have unearthed the amazing health benefits of Milk Thistle, including the ability to maintain liver health, reduce cholesterol, combat insulin resistance & boost the immune system.
Milk Thistle can be implemented in your health regime in a variety of ways. Common in herbal tea drinks, it helps ailments such as weight loss, premature aging & better digestion.
The active constituents in milk thistle seed indicate its benefits to the skin. These include:
+ Silymarin, which is actually a group of three flavonoids
+ Vitamin E and C
+ Fatty acids, including Linoleic Acid or Omega-6
A topical milk thistle preparation can reinforce the skin’s natural oil barrier, blocking environmental irritants while moisturizing. The cooling effect of milk thistle reduces the appearance of redness and helps soothe the skin. Meaning, even people with sensitive skin can benefit from using milk thistle in their skincare formulations.
The last component of Milk Thistle is Linoleic acid or Omega-6 oil, an essential fatty acid (EFA) that helps skin appear youthful, smooth, and soft. In addition, it contains phytosterols. They seal in moisture by covering your epidermis with a very light layer of oil. You don’t feel it, but it keeps water from leaving your skin, leaving it there to hydrate you.