Ingredient Spotlight: Arnica Montana
Though it’s best known as a homeopathic remedy for muscle soreness and strain, Arnica Montana has also proven to be extremely useful in aesthetics for numerous skin conditions. In fact, it may even give new meaning to the term “flower power.”
Arnica naturally soothes, speeds wound healing, and gives antibiotic and anti-inflammatory support to various skin challenges like acne, rosacea and eczema. Since it helps reduce healing time and prevent bruising, Arnica is an ideal companion for cosmetic surgery, laser, peel and waxing procedures. For clients with ultra sensitive skin, it can also provide instant, cooling relief.
What It Is
Arnica is a member of the sunflower family and is also known as “leopard’s bane” and “mountain tobacco.” Indigenous to various European regions, Arnica, a very graceful plant, grows in meadows and has long been used medicinally to treat strains, sprains and bruises.
In more recent times, the powerful ingredient has also been shown to reduce the painful effects of osteoarthritis and carpel tunnel. In aesthetics, it is used to help heal and soothe inflammatory skin disorders such as acne, ulcers, chapped skin, eczema and rosacea.
How It Works
The thymol derivatives concentrated in the plant’s roots have been clinically shown to be effective vasodilators (widening agents) of subcutaneous blood capillaries and help facilitate the transport of blood.
Arnica helps prevent bruising by stimulating the white blood cells to disperse trapped blood and fluid from the injury site, thus speeding the healing process and diffusing the discoloration. Other common homeopathic uses include:
- Relieving aches
- Reducing swelling
- Soothing muscle and cartilage pain
- Reducing painful effects of rheumatism
- Relieving burns
Where to Find It
Arnica is the primary ingredient in our new Arnica Therapy, a creamy balm ideal for post-procedure that works to cool and soothe skin, reduce inflammation and decrease pain.
The formula also blends Mugwort Extract, another powerful anti-inflammatory, with Algae Extract, Lysine, Arginine, Aloe and Totarol, which nourish, strengthen, re-mineralize and soothe the skin. The Lysine also provides the skin with essential amino acids critical to tissue repair and conditioning.
For more information on Arnica Montana and the new Rhonda Allison Arnica Therapy, download the white paper or visit the product information page.
Question: What types of skin sensitivities have you been faced with in your treatment room?