Camphor - Ingredient of the Month
What is it?
Camphor is a substance derived from the wood of the Camphor Laurel, which is a large evergreen tree found in Asia, particularly in Borneo, Sumatra and Taiwan. It is also found in other trees in the laurel family, dried rosemary leaves and the mint family. Used for medicinal purposes, in religious ceremonies and as an ingredient in cooking (mainly in India), use of the oil dates back to the Middle East around 600 AD, and it was revered as sacred in ancient Greece and Egypt.
How can Camphor help my skin?
Camphor has multiple health and beauty benefits, and is especially effective when used on the skin. It has been used for many decades to treat hair and skin problems and, is a popular ingredient in Ayurveda beauty treatments. It is also used to treat acne and pimples as it has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and disinfectant properties and will help to lighten and lessen the appearance of the dark scars left on the skin from these conditions.
For acne sufferers, Camphor will bring relief to the red epithelial tissue and help to reduce the redness caused. It also has a slight numbing or analgesic effect on the skin, calming the painful irritation of a pustule or the burning/itching sensation from sunburn or a lesion.
Camphor is an essential ingredient of products that specialise in treating backaches and muscle and joint pains caused by arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. When rubbed directly on the skin as a gel or cream; users will feel a cooling sensation that adds to the feeling of pain relief. As Camphor is a detoxifier and a stimulant for the circulatory system, it will excite the blood circulation, which in turn, will help bring relief to rheumatic diseases, arthritis, and gout.
Anti-oxidants are found in Camphor and they help in lessening the entire process of oxidation which can lead to the creation of free-radicals. Free-radicals are chemicals which disrupt tissues as well as cells within our body.
General Benefits of Camphor
- Relieves dry skin and itchy skin conditions
- Calm forms of dermatitis
- Soothes acne lesions
- Improves blood circulation
- Rich in antioxidants
- A natural Anaesthetic
- A natural Anti-inflammatory
The strong aroma of Camphor is a powerful decongestant which helps to relieve congestion of the bronchi, larynx, pharynx, nasal tracts and lungs, and, can be found in many decongestant balms and cold rubs. People suffering from frequent coughing should also use camphor. It is also known as a nervous pacifier, which means it will numb the sensory nerves, helping to reduce the severity of nervous disorders and conditions such as nervousness and chronic anxiety.
While giving a cooling sensation to the body, Camphor also relaxes the mind, bringing a feeling of peace and freshness to the individual. It can be mixed with bathing water to enhance the feeling of coolness in hot weather or to help hot irritated skin.
Which Pevonia products contain Camphor?
A blue light-textured gel that relieves sore and tired muscle pain, the Tension Relief Gel energises and stimulates blood circulation, helping to alleviate heaviness from fatigue, varicose veins and spider veins. Excellent for muscle cramps, tension and stress this camphor infused naturally-coloured gel with azulene, a blue hydrocarbon extracted from chamomile flowers is recommended for all skin types.
Containing powerful ingredients such as Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Camphor and Aloe in a precise concentration, enables this treatment to provide exceptional visible results while soothing irritability. It de-clogs pores and keeps them clear from any hyperkeratinisation, bringing forth quick healing and smooth, clear skin. Recommended for acne/problematic skin or any type of breakouts. Can be applied on chest and back. Encouraging rapid healing, it keeps skin follicles clean, clear and bacteria-free; excellent for folliculitis, razor bumps, and sensitivity on men's skin.
A rich, creamy-textured skin refining body scrub which removes impurities and rough skin. Gentle and deep-cleansing, Pevonia’s Body Polish uses natural jojoba granules and Camphor to activate the blood circulation without harming the fine capillaries, leaving skin soft, silky and smooth. Performed within every body wrap and self-tan or as a sole treatment.
The 30-minute Body Polish is priced from £25 to £30.
This luxurious back treatment incorporates the wonderful, results-driven Aromatic Moor Mud. As this thermal mud aids muscular tension, aches and pains, escape into a state of deep relaxation as we perform the highly relaxing cocoon massage techniques. This treatment is ideal prior to a massage for longer lasting ease of tension, acne on the body or simply as a sole therapy.
This 45-minute treatment is priced from £45 to £55
The Body Polish and the Back Ritual with Aromatic Moor Mud treatments are offered at Pevonia spas throughout the UK and Ireland and the homecare products can be purchased from www.pevonia.co.uk