Ingredient spotlight: The Benefits of Calendula in Skincare

Calendula is a brightly colored flowering plant that supports our skin’s natural cell repair and regeneration processes. A member of the sunflower family, calendula carries powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties; lending itself well to caring for dry and damaged skin.

Restorative sunshine for your skin

Calendula flowers bloom in bright oranges and yellows, unfurling their big blossoms toward the summer sun. These blooming beauties carry naturally high levels of carotenoids – powerful antioxidants that nourish and protect our bodies.

Think of the nutrients found in orange and yellow veggies like carrots, peppers, and squash – calendula’s bright flowers, leaves, and stems are rich in lutein and carotene. Applied to the skin, antioxidants like lutein can help protect our skin against oxidative damage from UV radiation and daily environmental stressors.

Calendula buds and blooms produce a thick sticky resinous substance – this is the really good skin-loving stuff. Triterpenoids present in calendula have anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties, which studies show may help improve our skin’s ability to repair itself[i]

Yellow calendula flowers begin to bloom in a garden bed

Calendula has long been used in traditional medicines, and modern-day applications continue to utilize calendula in the treatment of burns, wounds, and an array of skin issues. The plant’s gentle healing qualities lend itself well to a variety of skin care uses; which is why you’ll find calendula in a number of Waterbody formulations!

The Midnight Bloom Body Butter is made with a concentrated infusion of certified organic calendula blossoms grown in the Pacific Northwest. Blended with nourishing organic oils and protective beeswax, Midnight Bloom delivers all the skin supporting benefits calendula has to offer in a luxurious thick butter.

A jar of midnight bloom body butter

You’ll also find calendula infusions in the Wildflower Facial Oil, the Fisherman’s Balm, and whole beautiful orange and yellow petals and blooms in the Wildflower Bath Soak.

Info source: [i] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25893368/

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