I’m not much of a flower girl. I love nature and plants, but I hate getting bouquets as gifts. This is because I like useful presents, and I feel like cut flowers are such a waste. This is why I love herb gardens that spice up my food and florals in my beautycare.
One specific fav of mine is Calendula (aka. marigold). This flower is both pretty and functional, as its one of the best remedies for sensitive skin. Calendula strengthens the skin and soothes irritation. It calms down inflamed breakouts and acute reactions, as well as tempers and heals an array of aggravated skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema, heat rash and allergy-prone skin. It is no wonder this golden flower has been used traditionally in many healing medicines both internally and externally as a powerful anti-inflammatory.
The water extacted from calendula brings down facial redness and tones dehydrated skin types. It makes for a calming and hydrating toner and compress that is undiluted by carrier oils, alcohols or water, and does not contain preservatives or additive ingredients. But calendula hydrosol (water) is actually quite a rare find as it is not a bi-product of calendula oil manufacturing.
This is why I’m tickled to introduce Holistic Vanity’s Anti-inflam Calendula Skin Tonic – but alas, it is only seasonally available. This precious plant concentrate is produced with great care and is harvested sustainably in small batches, with its petals being picked weekly to collect it at optimal bloom. These delicate, organic flowers are only harvested once per year at the height of the season, making it only available seasonally. And for you beauty geeks out there (like me), this particular calendula is steam distilled in copper metal equipment because copper has natural anti-bacterial properties. This kills yeast and fungus, purifying the calendula and bringing out its sweet note.
So, if you are a hyper-sensitive skin type looking for some relief – try a lil bit of calendula water. It may be difficult to find, but its worth the search (or just come to my Holistic Vanity Skincare Launch and try out our Anti-inflam Calendula Skin Tonic!).