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Calendula is an incredible flower that has been used for centuries by many cultures and traditions, including Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine. It is largely used in an oil form for skincare, because of its holistic healing qualities. What’s more, it’s completely natural, and that means one doesn’t have to worry about having any adverse effects on the skin.
Calendula oil is processed from the petals of marigold plants by steam distillation. It has been used for cosmetic, culinary and medicinal purposes. Calendula oil is commonly used in skincare products for its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Calendula petals contain five compounds: Oleanolic acid, lupeol, quercetin, alpha amyrin, and beta amyrin. These compounds are known to provide antioxidant protection, and at the same time, soothe your skin and reduce discomfort. Along with skincare, it can be brewed into tea or used as an herb in foods.
Here are six key skin benefits of calendula oil:
Inflammation can wreak havoc on the skin. Calendula oil is a natural remedy, which contains anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. It can soothe skin inflammation that is triggered due to acne, sunburn, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema, or even a breakdown of collagen. Calendula contains flavonoids, saponins and triterpenoids, which are known to have an anti-inflammatory effect.
Calendula oil has healing properties, which helps to relieve dryness, flaking and etching. The healing properties come from the calendula’s ability to increase blood flow and oxygen to the skin. This increases blood flow to your skin, and that’s exactly what helps your skin function at its healthiest.
Calendula oil is ideal for sensitive, oily, and acne-prone skin. Laden with anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, it can help to banish dark spots, blemishes, acne, and acne scars. What’s more, it can restore skin elasticity, and provide a smooth and soft texture.
Not ensuring that your skin is hydrated can give you multiple skin issues, ranging from itchiness to the early appearance of fine lines. Hence, to moisturise your skin, look no further than calendula oil. Calendula oil is light in texture, which means it gets easily absorbed into the skin and can travel to the deepest layer to moisturize.
Calendula oil might be an option for sun protection. It possesses skin rejuvenation benefits; therefore, it is considered as a sunscreen for UV protection.
It is high in antioxidants and can neutralize free radicals to prevent the signs of ageing like wrinkles, fine lines and sagging. The plethora of antioxidants in calendula oil stimulates the synthesis of collagen – the key protein that enriches skin texture.
Remember, you’re using calendula oil as an essential oil, so make sure to mix it with a carrier oil like jojoba or coconut. You can apply this directly on the skin in a small quantity. You can also mix it with skin products to get maximum benefits.
So, go ahead and try calendula oil to see the benefits for yourself!