Rose hips are an important source of antioxidant vitamin C, are excellent for the skin and contain a high content of unsaturated, essential fatty acids. They are called ‘essential’ because the body is not able to reproduce them, and they help to nourish and maintain healthy skin. The combination of the antioxidant vitamins and the fatty acids may contribute to a visible reduction in the appearance of stretch marks, scarring and hyper-pigmentation, when applied topically.
Lotus flowers contain linoleic acid, protein, phosphorus, iron and vitamins B and C. Practitioners of ayurvedic medicine often use lotus flowers on the face for the flowers' soothing, cooling properties. They also believe the lotus flower has physical healing properties and great spiritual symbolism. It can also be used for its sweet smelling fragrance.
Lilies have astringent properties (they shrink or constrict tissue or blood vessels) and some species are said to have analgesic (pain relieving) properties. The plant has similar antimicrobial qualities to garlic. Treatments made from the plant have been used internally for menstrual pains, haemorrhoids and bronchial diseases; externally, they are traditionally used for hair loss, wounds, warts and broken capillaries. They firm the skin by tightening it.