What is it?
Ingredients: Theobroma cacao (Cocoa Butter ), Aloe Barbadensis Miller (Aloe Vera), Medium Chain Triglycerides (Fractionated Coconut Oil), BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (Shea Butter), C. officinalis (Calendula Oil), Peppermint Essential Oil, Citrus Aurantium (Neroli Essential Oil), Pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5), and d-alpha-tocopherol
Directions: Apply to skin after sun exposure or sunburn.
Science Behind the Formula:
When looking for an herbal remedy to treat skin or wounds, think flower power -- or, more specifically, calendula. Its flowers, and occasionally its leaves, can be used to treat a variety of afflictions in different ways.
Calendula has a long history of use as a wound-healing and skin-soothing botanical. This lovely marigoldlike flower (although called pot marigold, it is not a true marigold) is considered a vulnerary agent, a substance that promotes healing. Calendula also has anti-inflammatory and weak antimicrobial activity. It is most often used topically for lacerations, abrasions, and skin infections, and burns.
Aloe Vera is rich in vitamins C, E and beta carotene (a pre-cursor to vitamin A).
Its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties are enhanced when massaged into the skin because its antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties will protect the skin from bacteria and other pathogens which lead to infection and inflammation. In addition, Aloe Vera contains substances known as glycoproteins and polysaccharides. Glycoproteins speed the healing process by stopping pain and inflammation while polysaccharides stimulate skin growth and repair.
Aloe Vera is approved by the FDA for first and second-degree burns and studies demonstrated the healing of sunburned skin and other burns. In one study, burn sites treated with aloe healed completely in less than 16 days compared to 19 days for sites treated with silver sulfadiazine. In a review of the scientific literature, researchers found that patients who were treated with aloe vera healed an average of almost 9 days sooner than those who were not treated with the medicinal plant.
Neroli Oil: This oil is extracted by steam distillation of flowers of Neroli which has the botanical name Citrus Aurantium.
The health benefits of Neroli Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties as antiseptic, bactericidal, disinfectant, and emollient substance. As an emollient, it makes the skin smooth, free from infections and adds a glamorous glow. It also helps to maintain the right moisture and oil balance in the skin.
One study in the Journal of Natural Medicines suggest that neroli oil possesses biologically active constituents that have the ability to reduce acute inflammation and chronic inflammation. It was also found that neroli essential oil has the ability to reduce central and peripheral sensitivity to pain and can revive the skin at the cellular levelVitamin E when used as a moisturizer prevents dry, flaking skin and fights inflammation.
Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) Hydrator and Wound Healing
Vitamin B5 has natural broad abilities to moisturize, soothe, heal and regenerate the skin. It stabilizes the skin barrier function, reducing the amount of water lost through the skin. By applying a B5 formulation to the skin, you will not only increase its hydration but improve its softness and elasticity, and is ideal for the treatment of redness, dry, scaly, itchy, or rough skin.
Additionally, a 2002 "Journal of Dermatological Treatment" study noted that Vitamin B5 enhanced the repair of the skin barrier while reducing inflammation. It’s effectiveness in hydrating, soothing, healing and protecting skin makes it an effective ingredient for: acne, bed sores, minor cuts, diaper rash, contact dermatitis (produced when the skin comes in contact with irritants or allergens), eczema, insect bites, scrapes and sunburn.