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About the Ingredient: Horsetail

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Categories: Plant

What Is Horsetail Used For? Horsetail is a plant extract (not from an actual horse’s tail!) that boasts a large number of skin benefits. It contains rich levels of silicic acid, which helps strengthen connective tissues, and antioxidants which fight free radical damage that breaks down collagen. Together, these ingredients equal diminished wrinkles for smoother, softer skin. It also soothes by being an anti-inflammatory and promotes skin healing with antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. Plus, it acts as an astringent to tighten pores.

What Is the Definition of Horsetail? Horsetail, or Equisetum arvense, is technically a prehistoric plant. Other names include shave grass and bottle brush after its bristle-like appearance.

What Are the Benefits of Horsetail?

  • Strengthens skin, smooths wrinkles
  • Improves skin healing
  • Antioxidants fight free radical damage
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Tightens pores

What Is Horsetail Used In? Moisturizers and serums, specifically those formulated for anti-aging and skin-smoothing benefits.

What Is the Origin of Horsetail? Horsetail has been around for centuries, millennia actually, and was originally used in ancient medicine in China, Rome, and Greece to treat a variety of ailments. It was lauded for its ability to help heal wounds and calm skin inflammation. Horsetail grows in moist soil or wet meadows in North America, Europe, and Asia. There are over 20 known species of the horsetail plant, but only one is used for medicinal purposes.

Cautions: Allergic reaction, contraindications, and overuse can cause a potential skin reaction.

Products That Include Horsetail: Alana Mitchell Hyaluronic Moisture Boost Serum