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Chamomile Flower Extract

"Refers to several distinct plants of the Asteraceae species (sunflower and daisy family). On an ingredients list, it can appear in the form of many names, including: chamomilla recutita; matricaria recutita.

With regards to skin care, it's mostly known for its anti-inflammatory and skin soothing properties, and is used as a conditioning agent and skin cell rejuvenator in cosmetic products. As a conditioner, it enhances the appearance of dehydrated or damaged skin by reducing dry flaking and restoring suppleness to the skin. The plant's flowers are rich in flavonoids (namely apigenin, quercetin, patuletin and luteolin), which contribute to the ingredient's anti-inflammatory, anti-erythema (reddening of the skin) and anti-pruritic (itchiness) properties that all help improve the speed at which damaged skin heals. It is often used as a natural treatment for various skin disorders such as ezczema and psoriasis.

In vitro human tests have demonstrated that topically applied chamomile works as an antioxidant, anti-microbial and anti-platelet agent.

An oil extract of this ingredient is the most common way for it to be incorporated into a skin care product. The primary component of the essential oil extracted from chamomile is bisabolol. Because of bisabolol's high panthenol concentration, it can effectively stimulate and promote the skin’s healing process. It also increases the skin penetration of other cosmetic ingredients, which can be particularly useful when feeding the skin antioxidants. In addition to its skin soothing and healing abilities, it also exudes a subtle floral aroma that is often used to add fragrance to cosmetic products."*

*Truth In Aging