With the summer, exposure to the sun, swimming pools and, sometimes, a poor diet, our skin suffers. Dehydration, peeling, redness… there may be many different reasons, but the remedy is always the same: pamper our skin so it doesn’t suffer.

Today we’ll talk to you about the benefits aloe vera and calendula have for repairing and keeping the skin in perfect condition.

The leaves of the aloe vera plant contain a gel with unbelievable benefits. The most notable are:

– Immediate relief from burns: this is its most well-known use, as almost all after-sun products contain aloe for its calming effect. Moreover, if the burn is a little more severe, you can also treat it with this plant (as long as it is not more than a first-degree burn, for which you should go to the doctor).

– Moisturizing and astringent, penetrating to the innermost layers of the skin. Stimulates collagen and elastin production, fighting premature aging and stretch marks.

– Antibacterial, which is great for treating acne, reducing irritation and scarring.

– Great ally for hair, as a treatment for dandruff, revitalizing the hair and making it grow strong and healthy.

And you must have seen the calendula—or marigold—plant before, with its recognizable orange flowers that close at night and open during the day.

Like aloe, this plant is used for burns and is applied after exposure to the sun, but it also has many other benefits:

– Anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, which make it recommendable for relieving eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis. As well as for faster healing and scarring of wounds, and for insect bites, so common during this season.

– It is also a natural astringent, meaning that it can be used both on oily skin, and for dry skin, due to its great moisturizing power.

At El Naturalista, we have several products that contain these plants. Today we would like to recommend Natural Calendula and Aloe Vera Cream, which are created at the Santa Clara de Tudela Convent by the Saint Clare nuns in Tudela, based exclusively on plants grown at their monastery.