I’m very careful about choosing products for my face as I have acne-prone and sensitive skin. I had to do some research before I discovered California Baby Calendula Cream. Calendula is a flower (also known as pot marigold) that helps soothe the skin. You can find this cream at the baby aisles in Target for US$11.99. Although this cream is recommended for babies, kids, and adults suffering from eczema, anyone can use this for a good pick me upper.
Contains both natural and organic ingredients
Although the cream doesn’t contain completely organic ingredients, the company helps identify which ones are actually organic by placing an asterisk next to the ingredient. Out of the 16 ingredients listed, calendula, aloe vera, pansy, willow bark, yucca, and lavender are organic. Calendula acts as an anti-inflammatory agent which helps soothe any skin disease you have – especially in the realm of acne and eczema. Added with the organic willow bark (this is known as the natural agent for the synthesized salicylic acid found in acne products) and aloe vera, you will get the added benefits to treat any skin.
It’s a cream based formula in a thick, white colour. It’s suitable for all skin types but I find that when my skin is dry (during the wintertime), the cream can be hard to apply. Since the cream is natural and organic, it might take longer to apply all over your face as opposed to synthetic formulas. Add a few drops of jojoba oil or olive oil to the cream for speed of application. Once applied, I feel a tingly sensation – not the burning kind, but an aroma-therapeutic kind. No wonder because the product claims to be “aromatherapy,” too! I feel a bit more relaxed after applying it on.
The cream has no added synthetic scents, which I love! I like to purchase fragrance-free formulas as fragrance does nothing to the face, and if you have sensitive skin, the synthetic fragrance can irritate your skin furthermore. The scent has a strong lavender smell which I found it very surprising when I first used it. The smell is an acquired scent so you may have to get used to it after a few tries.
Non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic
What it means is that this product will not clog pores and it’s suitable for those who have sensitive skin. It can be applied towards the face and body, and you won’t need to worry about breakouts. I had no breakouts or irritation during the two years I’ve used this product.
A great way to soak your skin with some of these organic goodies is to use this as a nighttime cream. I do not recommend this during the daytime because it is quite heavy and it may make your face look greasy. Again, this can be used for anyone (male/female/kid/adult)!
To find out where to get California Baby Calendula Cream in US, please visit their website. In Singapore, you can find the product at various organic stores selling baby products. It is also available at some of the major Watsons’ outlets for about S$30 a tub.