by Alexandra Samuel
Alexandre Bailhache I first heard of calendula at summer camp in Maine when the nurse used to give everyone an ointment made from the calendula flowers (commonly known as marigolds!) instead of some medicated gel for bug bites and poison ivy. (I think it might have been the Weleda Calendula Ointment, but I'm not 100 percent sure.) The stuff was a miracle worker, but I never expected to see it on shelves of super-chic beauty stores. But all of a sudden, calendula is everywhere.
Well, let's back up. The story behind this buzzed-about bud is that it's actually a type of marigold, but more importantly has some all-star skin bennies that work well with any skin type, since it's used across the board for myriad skin issues.
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The main reason it's so awesome is because of how gentle calendula is to skin. Not only is the flower extract super soothing, it's also a serious anti-inflammatory that's been used for centuries as a homeopathicRead More »from Know This Ingredient: Calendula