Arnica Benefits for Skin: An Anti-Inflammatory Hidden Gem

arnica benefits for skin

 

Arnica Is a Skin Care Superhero

I first discovered the qualities of Arnica years ago when researching plant based ingredients for inflammation, irritated skin, and acneic skin.  It’s also known as Wolfsbane, and has been used for a long time to remedy skin ailments.  Read on to discover how it can help you improve your skin.

History of Arnica

Arnica grows primarily in the western mountains, from the Yukon and Northwest Territories in the north to the southwestern U.S., but it can also be found in small, isolated pockets as far east as Lake Superior.

First Nations used poultices of arnica to soothe strained muscles and bruises. Settlers from Europe recognized North American arnica as closely related to a familiar European medicinal plant, Arnica, also employed to soothe minor aches and pains, as well as to treat wounds.

Arnica contains several chemical compounds with anti-inflammatory or counter-irritant properties, which help relieve minor pains. It is currently being investigated for possible pain relief for arthritis. Arnica products for external application are readily available in Canada and used widely in Europe.

Arnica Benefits for Skin and Body

Healing Acne.  Arnica has been known to work wonders with acne, even in very difficult, cystic (hormonal) cases.  It's much better for your skin that peroxide and some damaging chemicals on the marke.t
 
It can depuff skin.  
In recent years, arnica's anti-inflammatory powers have been used for more cosmetic purposes like decreasing puffiness around the face and eyes.  It’s actually very popular in the modeling world to help depuff face.  This is a great way depuff eyes, which is included in our our eye serum.

It can help relieve pain.  One of the most popular ways to use arnica is to apply a topical arnica gel or balm on sore muscles and sprains. The plant's power to heal muscle aches comes from its strong anti-inflammatory benefits which, in turn, can reduce swelling and provide pain relief by improving blood circulation.

It can speed up wound healing.  In addition to providing pain relief, arnica also has the potential to stimulate the flow of white blood cells and improve blood flow in the joints, muscles, and bruised tissue. For this reason, it's sometimes recommended that postoperative patients use it to heal faster after surgery. That being said, arnica should not ever be used on open wounds without direct instruction from your doctor.

It can soothe insect bites.  Applying arnica to a bite can help calm inflammation in the affected area and can help clear out the extra histamine by increased circulation, reducing the desire to scratch and therefore speeding up healing time overall.
 
It can help treat dandruff.  In addition to being a natural anti-inflammatory, arnica also has antibacterial properties. These two benefits can team up to create a strong defense against scalp irritation and malassezia, a fungus that often triggers dandruff. To use it to promote scalp health, try adding a few drops of arnica oil to your shampoo or look for a shampoo that lists arnica as an active ingredient. You can also create a hair mask by combining arnica oil with a hydrating oil like coconut oil or jojoba oil.

Skin Nourishment: Perhaps one of the best kept secrets about arnica is that the petals contain sesquiterpene lactones, as well as flavonoids, carbonic acid, and coumarins. It's safe to say that arnica is packed with nutrients and other compounds that are extremely beneficial to your skin. Sesquiterpene lactone, which is often referred to as helenalin, is the main restorative compound in arnica. Along with flavonoid, sesquiterpene lactone can help to soothe and renew your skin after exposure to stress.
 
Stretch Mark Treatment. You can drastically reduce the overall appearance of pregnancy-related stretch marks and the redness associated with them.

Our eye serum contains arnica and is excellent for depuffing around the eyes: 

Eye Serum | Firm, Brighten and Depuff with Plant Derived Ingredients

arnica benefits for skin

 

This refreshing and nurturing eye serum is the perfect match for eyes that need hydration, depuffing, and brightening.  It's formulated to help manage all of your eye skin concerns with a long list of reduce dark circles, puffy skin, and increase hydration to repair crepey skin.   

Our eye serum will hydrate with hyaluronic acid put the spring back in your delicate eye skin.  Have brighter, more toned, less puffy eyes with our completely plant based formulation.  

The smooth rollerball applicator is like a mini massage and feels wonderful all around your eyes.    

BENEFITS

• Naturally tone eye area.
• Soothing and hydrating relief anytime.
• Lighten dark circles with arnica, vitamin c, vitamin k, and peptides.

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GMO free, palm free, alcohol free, SLS free, paraben free, pesticide free, petroleum free, synthetic fragrance free, phthalate free, and cruelty free.  

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FULL INGREDIENTS LIST

Aloe barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Leaf Juice, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Ananas Comosus (Pineapple) Extract, Argireline (Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 EcoCert / Naturally Derived), Arnica Essential Oil, Avocado Oil, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Organic Bilberry) Extract, Broccoli Oil, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Extract, Carica Papaya (Green Papaya) Extract, Carnosine, Centella Asiatica, Chamomile Essential Oil, Vaccinium macrocarpon (Organic Cranberry) Extract,  Cucumber Extract (contains Vitamin K), Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE), Elderberry Extract, Eyeseryl (Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5 EcoCert / Naturally Derived), GABA, Glycerin (Vegan), Green Tea Extract, Saccharum officinarum (Organic Sugar Cane) Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Acer Saccharinum (Organic Sugar Maple) Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Lecithin, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Matrixyl 3000 (Palmitoyl Oligopeptide (and) Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 EcoCert / Naturally Derived), Niacinamide, Citrus auranium dulcis (Organic Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus medica limonum (Organic Lemon) Extract, Regu-Age (EcoCert / Naturally Derived), Rose Damascena (Rose) Distillate, Salix alba (White Willow bark) Extract, Sea Kelp Bioferment, Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree) Essential Oil, Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Tomato Seed Oil

Conclusion

Arnica is a somewhat new addition to the skin care world and has many important benefits to healing and calming skin, you'll want to include it in your own routine.

Jeanette @ Claribelskincare.com | Owner, Formulator & Herbal Expert

Resources

http://www.virtualmuseum.ca/sgc-cms/expositions-exhibitions/plantes-plants/plant_dir/arnica.phphttps://www.ipsy.com/blog/arnica-benefits-for-skinhttps://www.healthline.com/nutrition/arnica-homeopathic#riskshttps://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/15/fashion/arnica-becomes-a-celebrity-favorite-skin-deep.html