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Skin Calming Allantoin from the Comfrey Root

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Scientific Name: {Symphytum officinale}
Common Name: {Comfrey, allantoin, knitbone}

Allantoin is commonly found in the comfrey root. Comfrey is a large, bushy plant with purple or creamy white flowers. Typically, it grows to about 3 feet in height.

It is an organic compound that most mammals and plants produce naturally. However, artificial Allantoin can be created through chemical combinations with all the same benefits.

At the risk of harming animals or plant ecosystems, some prefer the artificial version. Additionally, humans do not naturally produce Allantoin. Further, cosmetics that soothe irritated skin and hydrate sensitive skin often contain this product.

Hydrate the Skin

It is an astringent. In effect, it penetrates deep layers of skin, plumping and hydrating from within. It can even help restore connective tissue, which can help the skin retain its youthful appearance.

It makes the existing connective tissue more flexible and pliable, extending its life and supporting cells. In addition, Allantoin is an oxygen radical scavenger that helps keep the face and body free from free radicals.

Skin benefits include smoothing, regulating moisture in each cell, and encouraging the tissue's cell regeneration rate. In addition, products that promote regeneration with products from cuts and sunburns often use Allantoin as an additive.

Because it is a natural, non-irritating moisturizer, many women find this product helpful to add to their skincare routine.

Allantoin provides a clean, fresh source of moisture for the skin cells in molecules small enough to be absorbed. But unfortunately, most moisturizers clog pores or increase the skin's sebum production. Moreover, Allantoin moisturizes without blocking pores or causing irritation.

Coltsfoot Uses in Skin and Hair Care:

  • Easing itchy skin
  • Treating rashes
  • Treating burns from the sun, hot pans, and even radiation therapy
  • Softening and diminishing the look of scars
  • Sunscreen
  • Treating psoriasis
  • Cuts the itching of a bug bite

Allantoin is so gentle that it is often included in products used to treat diaper rash in babies. Studies have shown that it is unlikely to create an allergic reaction or irritation.

This ingredient's production does not hurt the environment, nor does the disposal of excess Allantoin. Cosmetic companies especially like Allantoin because it hydrates and improves the skin's overall look.

The calming effects of Allantoin and its light-reflecting properties make our faces look healthier and more youthful.

So, add to your homemade skincare or a hair tonic to improve shine and restore bounce.

About the Author
Kari Thomas wrote this article.