My obsession with lavender started sometime last year. I picked up a bunch of the purple plant from my local farmer’s market and have been in love with its calming presence ever since. So much so that I’ve incorporated the ingredient into almost ever aspect of my beauty routine at one point or another; all lavender, all the time.
Take my adoration with a grain of salt if you want, but I tapped Jeannette Graf, MD, dermatologist, and assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York to confirm my love. “Lavender is probably one of the best known and most used of all the essential oils,” she tells us. “It’s got anti-inflammatory, soothing, and healing properties.” She notes that it’s particularly good for people with oily, acneic, and sensitive skin as it helps tighten pores and is very calming.
Perhaps the best part about the all-star ingredient: It works for basically everyone, Dr. Graf tells us. “The only people who shouldn’t use it are ones that are specifically sensitive and have tested out allergically to lavender. Other than that, there really is no reason to not use it,” she tells us. Doctor’s orders, people.
To help you get lavendered up from head to toe—quite literally—we’ve rounded up some of our favorite beauty products that incorporate the ingredient, ahead. Carve out time for some R&R this week, why don’t ya.