“Water lilies.” Whenever I thought of water lilies or “suryeon” in Korean, the scenery of a pond, Monet’s work, or paintings/sculptures that I saw at temples came to mind. These days, the face of an actor comes to mind due to the influence of the drama Penthouse (a popular Korean drama that has been airing since October 2020). Water lilies’ flower language is “pure heart,” which seems to firmly support the character (Shim Su-ryeon), who has an elegant, good-natured image in the drama.
Maybe it’s because I’ve been exposed to various aesthetic artworks more than I’ve directly seen water lilies, but I’ve always thought water lilies are ornamental flowers that decorate ponds. (They’re different from lotus flowers that we eat its roots of). It turns out water lilies are quite a “skillful character,” as much as how much I feel sorry for the varied thoughts I had of them that occupied me unconsciously.
As you may know, water lilies are perennial aquatic plants that appear above water. They raise their heads only when the sun rises, so if we have trumpet flowers on the ground, we have water lilies on water. In fact, its Korean name “suryeon” was named for its characteristics of blooming in the morning and contracting in the evening, with the meaning of “sleeping (su) lotus (yeon).” Water lilies usually live in ponds or swamps and can be found in south-central South Korea. They grow in Japan, China, India, and eastern Siberia.
In the past, traditional oriental medicine used water lilies as medicine for those who were overheated or experienced spasms by gathering and drying the flowers, then boiling them. They were used to treat children’s convulsions and insomnia, and in privately, they also served the role of a styptic or a tonic. In the West, an ingredient called nupharidine contained in waterlilies was extracted and used as medicine for the stomach and bowels.
How would it be to apply water lilies, which look good and are good to consume as medicine, on your skin? Water lilies have excellent anti-inflammatory effects, helping to soothe and regenerate skin stimulated by rashes, wounds, and burns, and relieve redness and swelling. In particular, they contain PGG, one of the natural moisturizing ingredients, which retains moisture for a long time and creates a bright, uniform skin tone. Water lilies also add vitality to the scalp and hair, so these flowers can help you strengthen your thin hair as well.
If you’ve thought of water lilies as just pretty flowers floating on water, you can throw the prejudice away. Their diverse array of ingredients has allowed them to be used as medicine, as well as for moisturizing/whitening cream and anti-aging products. You don’t necessarily have to constantly research which ingredients are in the products you use and for what reasons. However, there’s a saying that “if you know your enemy and yourself, you can win every battle,” which means you have to know what you’re applying on your body and face to take care of your precious skin better.
How White Water Lily Benefits the Skin / CV Skinlabs Team / CV Skinlabs / 2018.10.17
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