Sensitive skin requires special care and attention, and finding the right ingredients to soothe and calm it can be a challenging task. Enter Calendula, the golden wonder for your sensitive skin. Calendula has a rich history in skincare, dating back centuries, and its remarkable healing properties have made it a beloved ingredient in products designed to address skin sensitivities. In this blog post, we will delve into the fascinating history of calendula in skincare and explore why it is so effective in soothing and calming the skin. Get ready to unlock the secrets of this extraordinary botanical!
The Historical Significance of Calendula in Skincare:
Calendula officinalis, commonly known as pot marigold, has been treasured for its therapeutic properties since ancient times. Cultivated for over 1,000 years, this vibrant flower has been celebrated for its healing qualities. Its use can be traced back to ancient civilizations such as the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, who valued its ability to promote skin health and beauty. The flower was often used to heal wounds, soothe skin ailments, and nourish the complexion. Over time, Calendula's reputation as a skincare superhero grew, leading to its widespread adoption in traditional medicine and modern cosmetic formulations. Today, Calendula is still used in ointments, salves, and poultices to soothe and heal various skin ailments. Calendula petals are infused into oils and tinctures to create topical remedies, thanks to its anti-inflammatory and wound-healing properties.
How Calendula Soothes and Calms the Skin:
- Anti-inflammatory Power: Calendula contains powerful anti-inflammatory compounds, such as flavonoids and triterpenoids, which help reduce skin inflammation and redness. These bioactive components work synergistically to inhibit inflammatory enzymes and modulate the skin's immune response, making it an excellent choice for sensitive, easily irritated skin. Della Lodia et al., 1994 found the topical application of Calendula officinalis extract to possess significant anti-inflammatory activity.
- Skin Barrier Protection: The skin's barrier function is crucial for maintaining its health and protecting it from external aggressors. Calendula has been found to enhance the skin's natural barrier function by promoting the production of ceramides, fatty acids, and other lipids. This strengthening effect helps fortify the skin, making it more resilient and less prone to sensitivity issues.
- Calming Effect on Irritated Skin: The soothing properties of calendula help alleviate skin discomfort and irritation. It can provide relief from conditions like dermatitis, eczema, and rosacea. Calendula's gentle nature makes it suitable for all skin types, particularly those with sensitive skin who may be more susceptible to inflammation and redness.
- Antioxidant Protection: Calendula is a rich source of antioxidants, including carotenoids and flavonoids, which help neutralize free radicals and protect the skin from oxidative stress. Free radicals can contribute to skin sensitivity and premature aging. By incorporating calendula into your skincare routine, you can provide your skin with an extra layer of defence against environmental aggressors.
- Antibacterial Effects: Traditionally the petals from Calendula are used in topical skincare applications, Hamad, et al. 2017 found the petals were the most effective part of the plant to fight bacterial infection.
- Antimicrobial: Calendula also boasts antimicrobial properties, making it beneficial for reducing the risk of infection in compromised or irritated skin. In clinical trials, Pommier et al., 2004 found Calendula extract to possess preventive activity against acute dermatitis during irradiation.
How to Incorporate Calendula into Your Skincare Routine:
- Calendula-infused Cleansers: Start your skincare routine with a gentle cleanser enriched with calendula extract. This will help remove impurities while soothing and preparing your skin for subsequent products. Try our Chamomile Cleanser. With the doubly soothing power of both chamomile and calendula it’s an effective cleanser that won’t irritate your sensitive skin.
- Calendula Toners or Mists: Follow cleansing with a calendula-based toner or mist to provide a refreshing, calming effect and prepare the skin for better absorption of subsequent products.
- Calendula-based Serums or Essences: Incorporate a targeted serum or essence containing calendula to deliver its soothing benefits deep into the skin. These products can help reduce redness, inflammation, and sensitivity over time. Try our Soothe Face Oil which contains calendula petals infused in the oils.
- Calendula Moisturisers or Balms: Finish your routine with a moisturizer or balm enriched with calendula to lock in hydration, nourish the skin, and reinforce its protective barrier. Try our Borage & Calendula Balm. Our 100% British balm includes organic calendula grown in England.
Calendula has truly earned its reputation as a wonder plant for sensitive skin. With its rich historical significance and proven therapeutic benefits, it stands as a powerful ally in skincare. From soothing inflammation to calming irritation, this golden flower offers nature's gift to those with sensitive skin. By incorporating calendula-infused products into your skincare routine, you can harness the healing power of this extraordinary botanical and nurture your skin back to a state of balance and tranquillity. Embrace the golden wonder of calendula and unlock the beauty of your sensitive skin.
- Della Loggia, Roberto, et al. "The role of triterpenoids in the topical anti-inflammatory activity of Calendula officinalis flowers." Planta medica06 (1994): 516-520.
- Hamad, M. N., H. J. Mohammed, and M. A. Merdaw. "Antibacterial activity of Calendula officinalis flowers in vitro." Ibn AL-Haitham Journal For Pure and Applied Science3 (2017).
- Pommier, P., et al. "Phase III randomized trial of Calendula officinalis compared with trolamine for the prevention of acute dermatitis during irradiation for breast cancer." Journal of clinical oncology8 (2004): 1447-1453.