Do you have sensitive skin issues like rosacea or psoriasis? Does your skin feel dry and lifeless? Or do you often experience acne breakouts?
If your skin is prone to any of these problems, it’s time to add Comfrey to your beauty ingredient list. Comfrey Extract is a clinically proven ingredient in the organic skin care industry. However, its medicinal benefits have been known to Ayurvedic science for thousands of years. Here’s what you need to know about this amazing natural skin healer.
The Secret Behind the Healing Properties of Comfrey Extract
Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) is an herb belonging to the Borage family. Comfrey is also known by the name of knitbone (literally used to knit or join bones in the ancient times), slippery root, bruisewort and backwort. The beautiful purple-white colored, densely clustered flowers of Comfrey is a potent skin healing agent – all thanks to one of its key component compounds called, ‘Allantoin’ – an alkaloid that is subject of many patents. Even the roots of Comfrey are loaded with abundance of allantoin and mucilage. Comfrey contains about 0.6 to 4.7% of Allantoin and is known to speed up healing process and stimulate growth of new skin cells.
Other active components in Comfrey consists of potent antioxidants and moisturizing agents such as Rosmarinic acid, Polysaccharides, Caffeic acid, Chlorogenic acid, Saponins, Alkaloids, Terpenoids, etc.
The compound Allantoin can be derived naturally from Comfrey as well as synthesized in labs as ‘nature identical’ substances. However, the true benefits of Comfrey with minimal side effects can be experienced only when it is wild-gathered from its native sources in Europe and some parts of Asia. This is because wild-gathered botanicals are laden with more vital force or ‘prana’ compared to cultivated plants or synthetic components. They undergo stress and fight on their own in the wild, which empower them with more vital energy and a higher degree of skin actives with greater effectiveness when used in organic skin care. With their correct concentration in topical beauty formulas, they are completely non-toxic as well.
The Benefits of Comfrey for Skin
1. Hydrates Skin
Adequate moisturization is the key to natural, healthy, hydrated and soft skin. Allantoin in Comfrey acts as a gentle skin hydrator that creates a protective hydrating film over the skin. It increases moisture retention in the skin by increasing the capacity to bind water into the skin.
2. Reduces the Appearance of Wrinkles and Fine Lines
Antioxidants in Comfrey such as Rosmarinic acid, Caffeic acid and Salvianolic acid work as free radical scavengers that removes toxic compounds from the skin to amplify the process of cell renewal and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Editor’s Note: Our Award Winning BioScience Peptide Complex contains a well-balanced concoction of Allantoin from Comfrey, Skin Peptides, Plant oils and other Botanical extracts that help increase cellular turnover and boost moisture balance in skin cells for combating wrinkles, fine lines, crow’s feet, other signs of aging, with results in less than 2 weeks of usage. To increase results, follow up with Colllagen Boost Serum.
3. Softens Skin & Treats Psoriasis
The natural acids in Comfrey extract work as mild keratolytic active that helps exfoliate dry and damaged skin cells. A well-exfoliated skin, along with adequate moisturization with Allantoin is the route to soft and supple skin.
What are keratinolytics? Keratinocytes are inflexible, tough proteins that are found in the outermost layer of the skin. ‘Keratinolytics’ on the other hand, help break down this tough layer of keratin. They also help dead cells to shed more easily, thereby keeping your skin soft. Soft keratin makes the work of Allantoin more efficient by allowing it to water more efficiently. Together, Keratinolytics + Allantoin, help your skin become far more hydrated, plump and softer..in short, look younger!
The softening property of Comfrey is very helpful for psoriasis – a chronic skin condition that leads to patchy, scaly, flaky crust and itchy skin. For those having mild psoriatic symptoms, regular topical application of Allantoin enriched skin serum combined with plant-based Skin Actives can alleviate symptoms.
4. Prevents Environmental & Sun Damage
Comfrey improves skin’s resilience, works as an anti-environmental toxin ingredient and is a perfect choice in restorative skin care. Potent antioxidants in Comfrey help your skin resist changes caused by UV rays of the sun. Rosmarinic Acid in Comfrey extract is photoprotective and a potent antioxidant compound preventing skin from photoaging and damage.
5. Fights Inflammation and Acne
A well-balanced facial serum with Allantoin as a key ingredient is recommended by dermatologists to help with sensitive issues such as skin redness, rashes, and other uncomfortable inflammations (Pitta Dosha) and to reduce the intensity of acne. Comfrey is also contains strong anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory tannins that stop the growth of acne causing bacteria and draw out impurities from the pores, and also work as a powerful healing solution to reduce acne.
Increased collagen activity with Comfrey extract also works for faster healing of post-acne marks, hyperpigmentation and blemishes.
Start by cleansing your face with SBR Cleanser (for Sensitive/Blemished/Rosacea prone skin) or Daily Foaming Cleanser (for Dry/Normal Skin) to remove deep impurities from the skin in a gentle way. Leave skin damp and spritz few sprays of SBR Hydrator/Toner or Daily Hydrator or Pore Perfect Hydrator to greatly increase natural hydration and calm and soothe skin redness.
Follow up with SBR Serum to eliminate the underlying cause of redness and restore balance tissues with the power of botanical extracts.
6. Calms Rosacea
Rosmarinic acid in Comfrey effectively works against the overgrowth of Demodex mites that are responsible for painful rosacea outbreaks. Anti-inflammatory elements in Comfrey helps soothe swollen, itchy and inflamed skin which are the hallmarks of rosacea.