Marshmallow Is As Good For Your Skin As It Is For Fireside Snacks

Sweet treats for happy skin.

The humble marshmallow (aka delicious clouds of sweet goodness) is a popular treat, especially to conclude a braai. Sticking one of these babies over the coals to melt beats just about any dessert out there. It’s also fun to see just how many you can shove into your mouth without gagging. Or maybe that’s just us (and JLaw).


But this old-school candy is more than just delicious – it also happens to be really good for your skin. Here’s why.

Mellow Mallow

Marshmallows don’t just exist as the white and pink fluffy sweets we know so well. It is actually a herb – or root extract – from the Althaea plant which turns into a gel when combined with water, making it the vegan alternative to snail mucin. It has been trusted as a way to treat wounds and inflammation for centuries, and can soothe anything from a sore throat to irritated skin and even an itchy scalp. It’s versatile like that.

Other than its ability to soothe skin conditions, ranging from psoriasis to a compromised skin barrier, marshmallow – nature’s over-achiever –is also revered for its anti-ageing properties. Because it is such an effective natural hydrator, it helps to plump the skin, prevent dryness and dehydration and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

It’s not just your skin that can benefit from superpowers of marshmallow either. It is being used in more and more haircare products because of the volumising effect it has on locks. It also helps to keep your tresses moisturised and bouncy, and your scalp itch-free. This ingredient is all about achieving and maintaining your skin and hair’s balance, which it does quickly and effectively.

Are you ready to bring your hair and skin to a state of calm? Here are six marshmallow beauty buys to help you get there:

1. Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream

This daily face cream is great for dry skin, and is packed with roses and marshmallow root to help soothe redness and irritation.

R629 Faithful to Nature SHOP NOW

2. Clarins Extra-Comfort Toning Lotion

This is an ultra-mild toning lotion with a light gel texture that eliminates all traces of makeup, and gently tones and revives the complexion.

R440 Clarins SHOP NOW

3. Hey Gorgeous Marshmallow Whipped Mousse

This body mousse is packed with organic and natural ingredients and is excellent for hydrating dry and thirsty skin, leaving the sweet scent of marshmallow behind.

R175 Hey Gorgeous SHOP NOW

4. Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Extra-Moisture Detangler 

This product can be used for daily touch-ups to condition and smooth dry, damaged hair and restore body, shine and manageability.

R249.99 Clicks SHOP NOW

5. Deity Skin Face Mask

This locally made natural mask is brimming with skin-reviving ingredients, such as kaolin clay, turmeric, activated charcoal and marshmallow root.

R259 Faithful to Nature SHOP NOW

6. Marshmallow World Bath Bomb

This bath bomb contains marshmallow powder to soothe and soften, while granulated sugar adds a sugary flourish. You’ll smell good enough to eat!

R69.50 Lush SHOP NOW

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