Calendula Flower Extract
Calendula flowers evoke beautiful summer days as they open and close in conjunction with the appearance of the sun. Already known and used in Antiquity by Arabs, Greeks, and Indians for its medicinal properties, Calendula is well-known for the care of damaged skin. It is employed to soothe and calm fragile and sensitive skin, to repair and soften irritated skin. Thanks to its healing and antibacterial action, it helps to treat skin problems like redness, inflammation of the skin, psoriasis, eczema, acne, itching, and also cradle cap in infants or cracks appearing during breastfeeding. Calendula contains faradiol esters including faradiole, 3-myristic faradiol, and 3-palmitic faradiol. These compounds are recognized for their powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-edema effect. In the context of external lesions, calendula soothes wounds, sunburns, and light burns but it also heals them by regenerating the skin. Thanks to its content in antioxidants, Calendula extract is a powerful anti-aging ingredient for mature skins. Antioxidants fight against free radicals responsible for cell degeneration which leads to sagging skin and the appearance of wrinkles. To benefit from the virtues of Calendula, the dried flowers macerate in oils. During this process, active molecules migrate from flower to oil. A few plants are not rich enough in lipids to extract oil from them but they have interesting virtues that would not be found in essential oils. So maceration is the solution to extract the plant properties.
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