When you think of marshmallow, the soft and fluffy sugary treat probably comes to mind.
However, the marshmallow used in skincare is not the confectionery we all know and love, but the extract from the root of the marshmallow plant.
The powerful and all-natural ingredient has soothing and anti-inflammatory properties that are ideal for those with sensitive or irritated skin.
Vicky Lyons, founder of British skincare company Lyonsleaf, explains why she uses marshmallow root extract in two of her products.
"Marshmallow is the queen of herbs when it comes to softening and repairing seriously dry, chapped skin," she shares. "Its emollient properties are unrivalled and it will even restore my poor gardener's hands. When used for the complexion, it softens, smooths and plumps dehydrated skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles."
Read on for a round-up of products that harness the power of the marshmallow.
Lyonsleaf Calendula and Marshmallow Balm
The balm soothes and rejuvenates your skin and can be applied all over your body. It enhances skin's elasticity and treats dry, cracked, and irritated skin. It is perfectly suitable for facial use as it will give intense hydration and it can even recover chapped lips.
The brand also has the Lyonsleaf Marshmallow Facial Oil, a saviour for problem and ageing complexions.
NYX Professional Makeup Marshmellow Smoothing Primer
This formula uses smoothing marshmallow root extract to help you create the ultimate smooth canvas before you apply your make-up. This primer hydrates, soothes, evens tone, blurs lines, minimises texture, and extends make-up wear for 16 hours. Apply it to a clean face with fingers, sponge, or a brush before using foundation.
Bliss Mighty Marshmallow Brightening Face Mask
This airy whipped mask features a brightening boost of marshmallow root extract to deliver a surge of hydration to instantly reveal a new luminosity. It helps revive dull, lacklustre skin to give you that "lit from within" glow. Apply a thick layer to a clean, dry face and leave on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off. Use two to three times each week.