Do you have sensitive or sensitized skin? Meet your new skincare superhero: Marshmallow Root. Read on to learn more about the incredible benefits of the star ingredient of our Marshmallow Root Barrier Balm.
THE SCIENCE BEHIND IT…
OVERALL CLINICAL DATA ON SPECIFIC INGREDIENT(S) & HOW THEY FUNCTION:
What is Marshmallow Root?
Marshmallow root, or Althaea officinalis L. (A. officinalis), is a flowering plant that has played a great role in herbal medicine. Its medicinal properties come from the mucilage, or sap-like substance, that the plant produces when extracted in water. For centuries it has been used to treat digestive, respiratory, and skin conditions. Traditionally Marshmallow root has been a treatment for cough, the leaf and root help with the inflamed mucous membranes that line the respiratory tract. A study from 2010 talks about the application of medicinal extracts of marshmallow roots that show immediate effects like a protective film on the inflamed mucosa.1 Marshmallow root has antibacterial properties as well; it can help with wound healing and reduce swelling.
How Marshmallow Root works in Skincare
Sensitive skin is more likely to develop an allergic reaction and is prone to skin problems such as contact dermatitis, damaged skin barrier or dryness. Normal or oily skin can become sensitized as well due to environment, cosmetics, or lifestyle changes. Recently Marshmallow root extract has gained popularity in skincare. The marshmallow root tea is known to have benefits to the skin as well. In the case of topicals it can be applied to the skin that is left irritated by allergies, eczema, dermatitis etc. In another study from 2010 topical application of extracts were shown to be anti-inflammatory to the UV-irradiated rabbit skin.2 The gelatinous and adhesive texture of Marshmallow root has the capacity to form polysaccharide layers onto the inflamed and destructed epithelial tissue giving it rehydration and better protection. Marshmallow root can also be a great use for enhancing the appearance of skin when exposed to UV radiation The roots are thought to contain skin protecting polysaccharides and/or UV-absorbing compounds which may have potential in protecting against solar-induced skin damage. 3 The topical application can heal the sun damaged skin (Keeping in mind that it is not an alternative to SPF).
Marshmallow Root from Naturium
If you are dealing with inflammation, redness, irritation, or dry skin; the Marshmallow root barrier balm could be a great soother for your skin. The perfect blend of marshmallow root with colloidal oatmeal and centella asiatica is designed specifically to calm your sensitive skin. The marshmallow root has anti-inflammatory properties, and it is very hydrating because of its high mucilage content. Their occlusive balm will soothe redness, hold moisture, and aid the skin barrier by reducing water loss.
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Please note any Naturium products with referenced ingredients are formulated for Cosmetic Use Only and NOT intended as replacements for physician pharmaceutical product recommendations.