Calendula: A Natural Wound Healer To Calm Skin

Ingredient Investigation

Calendula: A Natural Wound Healer To Calm Skin

By Chrissy Carrano

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A botanical extract from the marigold flower, calendula is a multipurpose healer particularly powerful for sensitive skin. In topical formulas, it has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial properties. It's also rich in natural flavonoids, the antioxidants that help fight free radicals that can damage skin.
How it Works

Calendula's naturally inherent powers do a few key things. It's believed to help heal wounds, possibly by increasingly blood flow and oxygenating skin. That, plus its antiseptic properties, make it ideal for breakout-prone or sensitized skin, particularly when in shorter-term healing mode. The antioxidant components of calendula help with the longer-term, protecting against free radical damage to the skin that shows up as fine lines and other signs of aging.

A Holy Grail healer, calendula hydrates, protects and soothes skin.

Make it Routine

Calendula can be found throughout many products or skincare steps. As an oil, it's often found as the base of a moisturizer or a facial oil that targets breakout-prone skin. As an extract, it's often found in serums or moisturizers that target inflammation or sensitivity.

The most calendula of calendula products is this super hydrating and calming moisturizer.


If you're looking for all things anti-inflammatory, this serum soothes and chills even the most cranky of skin. Layer this under your moisturizer, morning and night, or add it to a mask to boost results.

Wait—One More Thing!

The flower power from calendula has been used for centuries across cultures, particularly in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. Because of its healing and gently soothing properties, it's not only an ideal everyday skincare ingredient, but can be used to relieve conditions like eczema, psoriasis, rashes and reactions, and even bug bites.

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