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Natural Skin Care: 5 Important Herbs in Face Wash


Calendula is a skin-care savior!
Calendula is a skin-care savior!
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Face washes containing petals of the calendula, or pot marigold, flower can help hydrate dry skin and clear up acne. The plant is also traditionally known for its wound-healing properties, as well, as it increases blood flow to the area where it's applied; this makes it a good choice for treating burns, bruises and cuts. In a study done on breast cancer patients, calendula was even shown to help reduce inflammation and prevent dermatitis, a common side effect of radiation therapy. [Source: University of Maryland]