Echinacea Purpurea (Coneflower) Extract

Echinacea Purpurea (Coneflower) Extract 
  • Echinacea, also called purple coneflower, is one of the most popular herbs worldwide

  • They’re native to North America where they grow in prairies and open, wooded areas

  • Native Americans have used it for centuries to treat various ailments

  • Today, it’s best known as an over-the-counter herbal remedy for the common cold or flu. However, it’s also used to treat pain, inflammation, migraines and other health issues

  • Echinacea plants contain an impressive variety of active compounds, such as caffeic acid, alkamides, phenolic acids, rosmarinic acid, polyacetylenes and many more

  • Echinacea plants are loaded with plant compounds that function as antioxidants. These antioxidants appear to be higher in extracts from the fruit and flowers of the plants, compared to other parts, such as the leaves and root

  • Alkamides can further enhance antioxidant activity. They can renew worn-out antioxidants and help antioxidants better reach molecules that are prone to oxidative stress

  • The same healing and protective properties that make echinacea a medicinal go-to also make it a powerhouse for your skin

  • Antioxidants are, after all, the secret weapon behind most healing superfoods. For your skin, antioxidants (more specifically the flavonoids, cichoric acid, and rosmarinic acid in echinacea), are just as protective. Antioxidant-rich ingredients, like echinacea extract, are proven to protect your skin from free radicals

  • Echinacea is also a gentle option to keep your skin clear. That’s because its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties are paired with deeply nourishing benefits. Basically, it has the power to kill bad bacteria that breaks you out and keep any existing breakouts calm without drying you out. One study found that echinacea’s antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties work together to slow the growth of Propionibacterium, a common acne culprit. The anti-inflammatory echinacea benefit is especially great for deep cystic breakouts, which tend to be red and painful

  • Unlike traditional moisturizing ingredients like oils, butters, and humectants, which nourish your skin from the outside in, echinacea actually nourishes from the inside out. Studies show echinacea boosts your skin’s own moisturizing properties by increasing levels of epidermal lipids, ceramides, and cholesterol.

  • Combined, these benefits keep your skin’s protective outer layer strong, meaning less moisture is able to escape over time. But that’s not all. This boost in hydration can also lead to a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles

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