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What is Calendula?

What is Calendula?

What is Calendula?

When talking about new products that claim to be healing, nourishing, and hydrating, you might hear words like calendula flower or calendula oil or extract being thrown around. Are these more than buzzwords, or is there some validity in how calendula benefits the skin—especially when it comes to waxing? Just what is calendula

 

In this article, we’ll discuss all of that and which skin types can benefit the most from calendula in general and when it pertains to waxing. We also discuss why as an esthie, you need this in your life for waxing, and pre and after-wax care. So read on for all of that and for a sneak peak at the all-new Starpil Wax Calendula Collection with a li’l something you’ve never seen from us before—a mousse?

 

WHAT IS CALENDULA? 

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Calendula oil is extracted from calendula flowers. Research suggests that calendula aids in speeding the recovery of skin after waxing and is beneficial against acne. Its antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties make for a calmer, cleaner waxing experience.

 

Calendula Background

  • As a modern Latin diminutive of calendae, the Calendula flower’s genus name means “little calendar” or “little clock”. 
  • Calendula flower is native to southwestern Asia, western Europe, Macaronesia, and the Mediterranean. 
  • For many years, calendula extract has been used as a topical healing power that reduces pain, swelling, and inflammation and speeds the healing process of wounds.  
  • Calendula has antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties to make for a calmer, more sanitized waxing experience. 
  • Calendula vs marigold: These two flowers are often confused, but in fact, are very different in the properties they possess. 
  • Calendula uses: Some calendula uses include being made into a calendula cream or ointment to be used over injuries like cuts and burns to speed skin recovery. 

 

CALENDULA BENEFITS FOR SKIN WHEN WAXING 

  • Provides a more sanitary waxing experience
  • Speeds skin recovery
  • Antibacterial, antiseptic, and antifungal
  • Calming, soothing, and anti-inflammatory
  • Hydrating and improves skin tone 

Using calendula oil in a film hard wax or a soft strip wax can help make for a gentler waxing experience that significantly reduces redness and irritation because it is known to be a powerful calming and soothing anti-inflammatory. Not only can it make waxing more comfortable, but it can help skin retain its water content while being another hygienic buffer against bacteria growth while waxing to limit the chances of ingrown and breakouts.  

In a world of the COVID-wary client, calendula oil in a wax is perfect timing. Esthies re-opening their salons wanting to promote the new safety measures they’re taking would wish to include a sanitizing wax in their marketing. 

 

READ: UPDATE YOUR SALON INTAKE FORMS WITH COVID-19 QUESTIONS

  

CALENDULA BENEFITS FOR SKIN TYPES

Including this potent extract in any waxing capacity is a major win for most skin types but offers unique benefits to clients with: 

  • Hypersensitive Skin
  • Excessively Oily Skin
  • Acne-Prone Skin 
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    Hypersensitive Skin needs to be treated with hydrating, replenishing, and skin-supporting ingredients when waxing because it’s usually dry and inflamed. Calendula flower extract is a powerhouse against inflammation and moisture loss. In particular, calendula oil has anti-inflammatory properties due to its potent doses of flavonoids, saponins, and triterpenoids. These give calendula the ability to prevent your body’s release of histamines, to reduce redness, pain, allergies, and again, inflammation.  

     

    READ: WHAT IS HISTAMINE INTOLERANCE?

     

    Excessive Oily Skin is usually in desperate need of water, similar to hypersensitive and dry skin types, because clients often confuse oil as being hydrating. When skin is dehydrated, it overcompensates with oil production to keep itself lubricated and try to bolster the protection it is missing from water. Using ingredients that promote water-retention and balance excess oil can help keep skin protected before, during, and after waxing.

    Acne-Prone Skin benefits from all of the properties of calendula. Calendula won’t dry skin out and is safe to use with other anti-acne ingredients like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid (use your best judgment with waxing and avoid waxing on clients using stronger acne solutions like Accutane). Waxing skin can make acne-prone clients more susceptible to breakouts; Starpil calendula products prevent inflammation and bacteria, the two leading causes of acne. 

    READ: HOW TO AVOID ACNE AFTER WAXING

     

    OTHER SKIN TYPES THAT BENEFIT FROM CALENDULA

    Because of its ability to help skin retain moisture to stay hydrated, these other skin types can receive calendula benefits in the following ways. 

  • Dry Skin
  • Mature Skin 
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    Dry Skin can also be very sensitive because it lacks the protection of oil and water. Calendula benefits for skin like this can help it retain moisture. So, when the proper skincare is used with Starpil Calendula products, the collection can add to hydration care. 

    Mature Skin has a more challenging time retaining water and producing oil. It is also usually thinner and has been exposed to more free radical damage over time. Therefore, mature skin needs to focus on water retention, antioxidants, and healthy lipids to provide support during waxing; calendula is high in antioxidants and fatty lipids to help with water retention and protect skin from damage during waxing. 

     

    READ: 5 TIPS FOR HOW TO WAX SENSITIVE SKIN 

     

    CALENDULA SIDE EFFECTS

    If you are allergic to ragweed, daisies, marigold, or flowers in the Asteraceae family, it’s probably best to skip as it could lead to an allergic reaction. Talk to your doctor if you have any concerns.

      

    THE STARPIL WAX CALENDULA COLLECTION COMING SOON!

    You knew we were going somewhere with this! We’re talking about calendula because we know what’s up and put it in a new collection of waxes and wax care along with tea tree oil and other essential skin-loving ingredients!  

    The Calendula Collection is a full line of waxing products infused with calendula and tea tree extracts to help keep skin cleansed, sanitized, and protected against harmful pathogens. These calming and safeguarding ingredients also help repair the skin after waxing to further defend against bacteria growth, ingrown hair, and acne after waxing.

      

    THE LINEUP

    Here is a sneak-peek into all of this calendula goodness! 

     

    Starpil Calendula Film Hard Wax

    A successful wax comes from keeping things as clean and calm as possible to limit acne breakouts or ingrown hair. Starpil Calendula Film Hard Wax is a creamy hard wax containing a sanitizing blend of calendula and tea tree oil. These proprietary ingredients are known to limit bacterial growth, reduce inflammation, calm redness, and repair skin, leaving the it smooth and nourished for a hygienic waxing treatment for all skin types.

    Starpil Calendula Roll-On Wax Cartridge

    Given the nature of soft wax, it’s important to keep the skin as clean and calm as possible when waxing to limit skin lifting, acne breakouts, or ingrown hair. The Starpil Calendula Roll-On Cartridge works to limit bacteria’s growth, reduce inflammation, calm redness, and leave skin smooth and nourished for a hygienic soft-wax treatment that benefits even the most sensitive skin types. 

     

    READ: THE RIGHT WAY TO PREP SKIN BEFORE WAXING 

     

    Starpil Pre-Wax Care Gel

    Set yourself up for clean and calm waxing success with Starpil Calendula Pre-Wax Care Gel! This calendula gel is made with high-quality natural actives. This excellent waterless cleanser gets skin wax-ready by sanitizing as it opens pores, hydrates, and softens hair. It reduces skin irritation and ensures gentle and bacteria-free waxing while delaying hair growth, preventing ingrown hair, and preparing skin for even, flawless hair removal. 

     

    Starpil Calendula Post-Wax Care Oil

    Don’t just remove wax residue after hair removal; leave skin feeling revived, plumped, and moisturized with Starpil Calendula Post-Wax Care Oil! This penetrating calendula oil benefits the skin using high-quality actives to soothe, calm, and replenish freshly waxed skin. It reduces irritation and keeps skin bacteria-free while delaying hair growth, preventing ingrown hair, and speeding skin recovery. 

     

    Starpil Calendula Post-Wax Mousse

    Invigorate and hydrate freshly-waxed skin with Starpil Calendula Post-Wax Care Mousse! This feather-light hydrating and sanitizing formula contains a nourishing blend of natural extracts and essential oils that restore the skin’s hydrolipidic mantle, leaving it feeling nourished, refreshed, and lusciously smooth. It facilitates skin drainage while weakening hair growth at the root for a bacteria-free and protected waxing service.  


    FINAL THOUGHTS

    No matter if you use the Starpil Wax Calendula Collection, you need calendula in your life! But since we’ve already done the heavy lifting, we totally recommend using any (or all!) of these products in your repertoire to pinpoint your services on hypersensitive, excessively oily, or acne-prone clients. 

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