Calendula (Calendula officinalis), also known as the Marigold flower is a flowering plant that has been used for centuries in traditional medicine and skincare.
Containing flavonoids and triterpenoids to soothe irritated and inflamed skin due to its anti-inflammatory properties, Calendula’s ability to promote skin healing and repair makes it a great ingredient for conditions like eczema, dermatitis and sunburn.
Calendula helps to protect the skin from oxidative stress caused by free radical damage. UVA, poor diet, pollution, alcohol, smoking and other environmental factors lead to the creation of free radicals. Free radicals are highly unstable cells that seek to stabilise themselves by reacting with other molecules within the body, in this process they can cause damage to proteins, lipids and DNA. Accumulated damage from free radicals contributes to the ageing process at a cellular level. To read more about Oxidative stress and free radicals go to our cellular damage page.
Containing antioxidants like carotenoids Calendula helps to protect the skin from oxidative stress (caused by free radical damage). Calendula stimulates collagen production which increases hydration levels, improving the skins overall moisture barrier function.
Not to be underestimated, Calendula has antimicrobial effects which promote wound healing and infections and can often be found in the medicine cupboard in products for minor cuts, scrapes and bites.
Inci name: Calendula officinalis L,