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Horsetail Benefits for Skin

Horsetail Benefits for Skin

Horsetail Benefits for Skin



Horsetail has been used for centuries as a medicinal herb. Its many beneficial properties make it an excellent all-natural skincare ingredient. 

Horsetail is a perennial herb native to temperate climates in North America, Europe, and Asia. In ancient Greece, people would use horsetail to treat wounds, while Native Americans used horsetail to treat kidney and bladder problems. 

It’s rich in the following nutrients and minerals:

  • Illicium
  • Potassium
  • Calcium
  • Manganese
  • Phytosterols
  • Bioflavonoids
  • Saponins
  • Phenolic Acids
  • Caffiec Acids
  • Alkaloids
  • Tannins

However, its most significant component is a substance called silica, which is very important when it comes to collagen levels in skin and skincare. Collagen is important because it keeps you looking younger, for longre. 

Horsetail: The High-Silica Skincare Ingredient

 Silica is not to be confused with silicone, which is a man-made rubber substance. The human body requires silica in trace amounts for joint flexibility and strong bones. When mixed with oxygen, silica becomes silicon (not silicone) and is an important player in collagen production.

Collagen is a naturally occurring protein that the skin needs for healing, keeping it flexible and general homeostasis. Many skincare products contain ingredients to strengthen collagen production in the skin, which keeps the skin looking younger by fortifying skin elasticity and smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. If an ingredient is supporting and stimulating collagen production, you can guarantee it’s doing the anti-aging work that you want. 

Horsetail Benefits for Skin

Now that you know the part that horsetail plays with collagen production, let’s explore the skin benefits. 

Horsetail is antimicrobial, antifungal, and antibacterial, which makes it an effective all-natural ingredient for cleansing the skin and speeding up the healing process of wounds, cuts, and burns. Horsetail has also been known to treat skin infections on the feet, like Athlete’s Foot - powerful stuff, we know. 

As horsetail’s trace substance of silica helps support collagen production for the skin, horsetail helps promote tighter and firmer skin, minimizes the appearance of large pores, boosts collagen production, and smooths fine lines and wrinkles, all while protecting the skin from free radicals. As an antioxidant, horsetail additionally promotes the appearance of plumpness and oxygen levels in the skin. Truly an anti-aging powerhouse, horsetail boosts skin regeneration at a high level. 

If you struggle with inflammation, rashes, irritation, eczema, and rosacea, horsetail is a great all-natural option for your skincare routine, as it can soothe and relieve inflamed skin. 

Skin Soothing, Invigorating Body Wash

Horsetail is an all-around, super ingredient for skincare, which is why we incorporated it into our formula for the Invigorating Body Wash. Designed to be gentle on sensitive skin, while still deeply cleansing and hydrating, the Disco Body Wash is an everyday staple for your hygiene routine. The Invigorating Body Wash also features nourishing and healing ingredients like spa-smelling Eucalyptus, Tea Tree Oil, and soothing Chamomile. 


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