When it comes to the quest for radiant, glowing skin, we’re presented with a whole host of skincare products, ranging from lotions, serums, and oils. Don’t worry, this article isn’t going to tell you to revamp your entire skincare routine. Instead, we want to spotlight mother nature's answer to glowing and healthy skin, a fairly unknown but star ingredient, Calendula Extract.
What is Calendula Extract?
Calendula Officinalis, or ‘Pot Marigold’ is a herbaceous plant native to the Mediterranean, although it can be found all around the world. Calendula Extract has commonly been used in Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries for its healing properties. However, it is now more commonly used in skincare products due to its ability to rejuvenate cells, heal wounds, reduce inflammation, soothe and soften the skin.
What are the Skincare Benefits of Calendula Extract?
Rich in anti-ageing properties, Calendula is preventative in two significant ways - it has the ability to retain moisture, which means that the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles are significantly reduced. And additionally, Calendula Extract increases the firmness of the skin by encouraging collagen production, which in turn reduces dry and flakey skin.
Promotes Skin Healing:
Calendula has been shown to promote skin and wound healing. This herbaceous flower contains polysaccharides, flavonoids triterpenes, resins, carotenes, and other wondrous compounds. These compounds heal and soothe damaged and inflamed skin as well as helping to reduce pain and swelling. Calendula is also known to increase blood flow to the affected area, stimulating skin tissue, and encouraging new cell growth.
Brightens & Reduces Pigmentation:
The colourful petals of the Calendula flower are rich in flavonoids, which are naturally occurring compounds that reduce the appearance of age spots and help brighten the skin. Calendula Extract also contains high levels of carotenoids, which are organic compounds rich in antioxidants. Carotenoids are naturally present in the outer layers of the skin, so calendula rich formulas can enhance and even skin tone.
Protects the skin from sun damage:
Calendula extract has been shown to protect the skin against oxidative damage caused by UVB light, through its powerful cell regeneration properties. Because of this, calendula based formulas are beneficial for daytime wear - used in conjunction with sunscreen it enhances SPF protective qualities.
Who Can Benefit from using Calendula Extract?
Everyone! But in particular, Calendula’s healing and soothing properties make it perfect for those with dry, inflamed, irritated and very sensitive skin. Additionally, calendulas anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties make it an ideal astringent. For this reason, those with acne-prone skin may find that this ingredient helps to calm, heal, and prevent breakouts.
How does náu source and incorporate Calendula Extract?
Our Calendula Extract is macerated, meaning the marigold flower has been infused in oil over time, to carry and deliver Calendula Extract's active properties to the skin. Once absorbed, it soothes skin and eases discomfort for those with acne and inflamed skin, and it increases the skin's hydration; one of the main ways to prevent the signs of ageing.
Cleansing our face is the most basic and essential step of any skincare routine. Taking the time to remove makeup and washing your face thoroughly will ensure that you see improvements after every cleanse. Our Gentle Face Cleanser is infused with Calendula Extract to not only cleanse your skin of impurities but also to soothe and regenerate the skin, making it perfect for just about any skin type.
Our hands are our most important tools; they allow us to carry out daily tasks. However, we often neglect them, leaving them susceptible to free radical damage and in poor condition. This is why we incorporated Calendula Extract in our Extra Soft Hand Cream, which is deeply moisturising and helps to nourish and regenerate dry and tired hands, especially during the winter months.