Sun exposure should be classified in three important stages: preventing, maintaining, and healing. Applying sun protection before you get sun exposure is the best way of preventing sunburn. Reapplying sun care products during your exposure is the best way of maintaining protection. Treating sunburn as soon as possible is the best way of healing your skin from sunburns.
Sunburn may significantly increase the risk of developing skin cancer and treating it quickly and with healing ingredients is important to help reduce the skin damage. Moisturizing the burned area without pulling the skin off is essential as the dead skin cells cannot protect you from the sun. Sunburn relief products can soothe your red and irritated skin. Aloe Vera is a well-known ingredient for sunburn treatment but calendula can be just as efficient.
Calendula is one of the best natural products to treat sunburn as the antioxidant-rich calendula flower has the ability to nourish and soothe sun damaged skin. Also known as marigold, calendula (calendula officinalis) is a common garden plant throughout North America and Europe. Many herbalists have nicknamed calendula the “flower of the sun” and this beautiful looking plant is considered one of nature’s most healing herbs.
The golden-orange flowers of calendula have been used as medicine for centuries. The petals and pollen contain triterpenoid esters, which works as an anti-inflammatory, and the carotenoids flavoxanthin and auroxanthin, both antioxidants. The leaves and stems contain lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta-carotene. Plant extracts are also widely used by cosmetics, presumably due to presence of compounds such as saponins, resins and essential oils.
Safe to use, calendula cream is a natural soothing cream for dry skin, sensitive skin and over-exposed skin. Calendula has been used to treat skin diseases such as eczema, poison ivy and poison oak dermatitis, as well as minor burns, bruises, diaper rash, and wound healing.
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