The ABC's of Skin Care - Aloe Vera, Berberis and Calendula

Using Aloevera, Berberis and Calendula as a medicine goes back 5000 years. In Arabic, aloe vera has been known as the ‘flower of the desert’, since ancient times since it is rich in many minerals and vitamins. Berberis is widely used in almost all skincare issues including, pigmentation, allergies, acne, scars in skin complications and extracts from Calendula plant is used as an anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and an antioxidant. What is interesting about these ingredients is the popularity of aloe vera as a highly coveted ingredient in skin and haircare products, versus the lack of usage nor popularity of the other two ingredients, despite them being equally effective, nature derived ingredients as well.

It boils down to the environmental conditions in which these plants are grown. While aloe vera is available abundantly in many regions of the world, especially in the tropical and subtropical regions, the natural habitat of berberis aquifolium or the Oregon Grape on the other hand is only in Northern America. Calendula officinalis has a disputed history about its origin and is most notably known to have originated in Europe. With the advent of globalization, it makes it much easier to get a hold of these rich and multi-beneficial ingredients though.

Aloe Vera is a cactus-like plant that grows in dry and hot climates, and survives by storing water in its leaves, combined with special plant compounds, making it an effective face moisturizer and UV radiation reliever. A large number of studies and research have found the usefulness of aloe vera for usage in topical products. Clinical research suggests that used twice daily may improve acne and speed burn healing. There is also evidence that it reduces pain from burns. Omeo aloe vera gel one of the most effective healing products available in the market, helping moisturizes skin, lightening blemishes and preventing signs of aging, acne and more.

Berberis is the state flower of Oregon, Western America, and grows in the month of April and May. It is widely used as an ornamental by the locals, and its flowers are used in skincare to reduce pigmentation, dark circles and acne.

Calendula is also known as pot marigold, local to the Mediterranean area, mostly grown during spring. It is the go-to alternative remedy for treating various skin problems including soothing Irritation, reducing sensitivity, while giving you glowing skin. Omeo Calendula Face wash with extracts of calendula and berberis cleanses pores and clears impurities, while the Omeo Calendula body lotion is a superb moisturizer for dry skin. The anti-inflammatory properties make it helpful with external wounds, ulcers, acne, bed sores, eczema, rashes and related conditions. It helps soothe sore and itchy skin conditions.

Aloevera, Berberis & Calendula will together always help in keeping skin infection-free, hydrated, soft and clean in all weather conditions. So remember the A-B-C’s when it comes to skincare!