Arnica: Eye Cream’s Unsung Hero
Siobhan here! Below is a post from our friends at Well+Good and I couldn’t be more happy to read it. I’ve long suspected arnica would be great for undereyes, where the capillaries and skin are so delicate, because it’s terrific on bruises. I use arnica gel on my frequent leg bruises, and feel it works wonders to speed healing. I have even joked to friends that arnica is my magic bruise eraser. It doesn’t work immediately, but I find I heal more quickly than if I were to leave the sucker alone. In any case, try it on your booboos, and without further ado:
Magic-sounding ingredients abound in eye creams that promise to de-puff, unwrinkle, and lighten dark circles.
One simple ingredient that may actually do something for these skin-care woes? Arnica montana, a decidedly low-profile botanical that’s widely used in homeopathic medicine for bruising and massage oil for sore muscles.
How it works? “Anti-inflammatory arnica is one of the best known herbs for dispersing trapped fluids, which is why we use it in our Restorative Eye Creme,” explains Tata Harper, the formulator-founder of the luxury natural line, who also grows the herb on her Vermont farm. “It works by stimulating the activity of white blood cells to relieve congestion, thereby reducing under-eye bags,” says Harper.
Mmmm. We love Tata’s eye cream. Read the rest, and Melisse’s product recommendations here.
Have you ever tried arnica?