comfrey skin care

If you are an expert on all things anti-aging skin care, then you probably already know that dry, flakey skin can add to the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. That’s where comfrey root extract comes in. Comfrey root extract has started to surface in a lot of skin care products but what is it and where does it come from? Comfrey is essentially a shrub that is found in Europe, Asia and North America. The shrub produces purple, blue and white flowers known to contain healing properties. However, comfrey root extract also demonstrates anti-aging skin benefits through the protection and hydration of skin. The following are 4 reasons you need to try a skin care product with comfrey root.

1. Soothes skin inflammation. As previously mentioned, comfrey root is primarily said to have healing properties. It also contains allantoin, a natural compound said to work as an anti-inflammatory. This compound can often be found in creams meant to treat rashes, scrapes and cuts. This means it can also help soothe any inflammation you may have on your skin, whether you experience cystic acne or often get rashes and irritation. Through the soothing effects, your skin is able to demonstrate a calmer, more even complexion. 

2. Hydrates and softens skin. The allantoin contained in comfrey extract also holds deep hydrating abilities. It helps to create a protective film over your skin cells to allow your skin to lock in moisture for long-lasting, deep hydration. Comfrey extract can also work to gently shed your dead skin cells. This is important in getting healthy, younger-looking skin because it allows your new, healthy skin cells to surface. Dry, dull skin means more fine lines and wrinkles. With the hydrating assistance of comfrey, you can avoid these negative effects. 

3. Rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are extremely important in strengthening your skin’s barrier to protect against UV ray damage. Comfrey extract contains rosmarinic acid, an antioxidant found in several herbs and flower roots. Antioxidants not only strengthen your skin from damage, but also work to repair already damaged skin. Antioxidants have anti-inflammatory properties that can help target any skin damage caused by the sun while also encouraging collagen production so that your skin can produce new skin cells. 

4. Protects your skin from free radical damage. The tannins found in comfrey root work to minimize skin redness and dark spots caused by any free radical damage. Tannins also protect against further free radical damage as they reduce the impact of UV rays or air pollution on your skin. The defensive tannins protect your skin the same way they protect the comfrey plant, by keeping bacteria and environmental toxins out and eliminating any impurities. 

How to get the benefits of comfrey root extract through your skin care routine?

Comfrey root extract works best when applied onto the skin topically so that it can really soak in to soothe and strengthen. Because comfrey extract is known for its calming properties, it can be applied twice daily on any skin type, as it will not cause further irritation. If you want to try comfrey root extract while also brightening your skin, you have to try FYAB Health’s Brightening Serum. It is formulated with lightening ingredients like arbutin and vitamin C to combat dark spots and circles while comfrey extract soothes any skin redness and inflammation. If anti-aging is your desire, FYAB Health’s Anti-Aging Serum combines comfrey extract with peptides and hyaluronate to plump and firm skin.

SOURCES: 

Staiger C. (2012). Comfrey: a clinical overview. Phytotherapy research : PTR26(10), 1441

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