The Calendula flower, (aka pot marigold), is a beautiful bright flower that gets its name from the Latin word kalendae, which means new moon or the first day of every month. The bright yellow and orange perennial is believed to only bloom on the first of the month. Calendula holds many medicinal properties. However, the Calendula flower can do amazing wonders on your skin!
The root of majority of skin break outs and conditions such as rosacea, eczema, and acne stem from inflammation. Calendula holds anti-inflammatory and soothing properties in its dosages of flavonoid, saponins, and triterpenoids.
These work together to stop the body’s release of histamines. Histamine is a chemical created internally and released by white blood cells into the blood cells when the immune system is defending the body against a potential threat.
The release of histamine can cause redness, pain, allergies, and inflammation. Calendula not only fights and prevents inflammation, but is also safe to use with other anti-acne ingredients like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid.
Calendula also contains essential fatty acids, like linoleic acid, that nourish the skin. They give skin cells the ability to absorb nutrients and hold onto water longer. On the external surface, this will give the appearance of supple, nourished, smoother skin.
Calendula is also very flexible in that there are studies that support it can be used as a sun protector. Calendula oil has SPF properties as a cream mixture.
Further, Calendula is an excellent skin firmer. It firms the skin by utilizing its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to plump the exterior surface of the skin. The plumping gives the external surface of the skin a more tight and supple skin appearance and texture.
While dark under eye circles are most commonly caused by fatigue, other causes include damage from excessive sun exposure, eczema, allergies, and pigmentation irregularities. To help reduce under eye circles and reduce puffiness, it is important to invest in a top quality eye cream. Hygeia’s organic eye cream contains the perfect additions: Calendula and Bilberry.
Hygieia’s eye cream is organic, plant based, and contains organic cold-pressed oils that rejuvenate and boost the skin with antioxidants while serving as an excellent moisturizer. If you are seeking a rejuvenating eye cream that treats wrinkles, bags, dark circles, and lines, Hygieia’s eye cream is perfect for you!
Finally, Calendula is a great protector of the skin from external agitators. The flavonoids, that are in potent dosages in Calendula, are powerful antioxidants that protect the skin against free radical damage. NYC dermatologist Dendy Engleman, MD defines free radical damages as “highly destructive molecules that can wreak havoc on your skin; They are unstable and in search of a missing electron.
When free radicals steal an electron from other molecules, it leaves them unstable in return.” Flavonoids protect the skin from free radical damage by pairing with the free radicals, thereby neutralizing them before they bring about premature aging damage, including, but not limited to fine lines, dullness, hyperpigmentation, and wrinkles.
Calendula is also excellent in healing wound scars. For women, calendula has been proven to decrease the healing time for C-section scars. Calendula ointment is proven effective to reduce swelling, redness, and inflammation at the incision site.
Calendula’s healing capabilities stem from increasing oxygen and blood flow to the skin. This thereby results in increased nutrition to the skin, which ultimately promotes optimum skin health and functionality.
Calendula provides many skin benefits that should be taken advantage of. Whether you need to better moisturize the area under the eyes or address the dark under eye circles, be sure to order your Hygieia Organic Eye Cream today!