PARACRESS is an active ingredient that is suitable for all skin types, even the most sensitive. Its composition offers it soothing properties that can relieve irritated skin and reduce redness. Upon application, the skin coats and gains in firmness, while remaining supple.

This little plant is native to P Brazil. However, it is in Madagascar, that it is most cultivated. Its taste qualities, as well as its medicinal and cosmetic properties, have quickly won over the rest of the world.

Depending on who you are talking to, you can meet this plant under different names: Brède Mafane, Acmella Oleracea, Paracress, Hot Grass, Bredy Mafana…

The uses of Paracress are numerous:

  • Cooking, especially in the traditional Madagascar recipe, Romazave. It is also widely used in Asian and Indian cuisine
  • As a food-medicine, to relieve ailments of the mouth and certain skin lesions
  • In cosmetics, for its “botox-like” effect which is ideal in anti-aging care.

Brède Mafane occurs as small yellow flowers, which grow all year round. Its uses are from the leaves and the flowers, which have very concentrated active ingredients.

The virtues of Paracress are due to its exceptional composition: its leaves and flowers are very rich in isobutylamides of polyene and polyeninic acids, including Spilanthol. It is this last active that interests us particularly: it has anti-inflammatory and anesthetic properties.

On the medicinal side, PARACRESS is used to relieve, or even treat, mouth aches: canker sores, gingivitis, abscesses, cavities-related pain. It is either gargled or by simply chewing the leaves (be careful, it stings!). The juice of the crushed leaves of Paracress ,also have a soothing action on skin lesions.

In cosmetics, PARACRESS is very popular, because its light and natural anesthetic effect offers a “botox like” effect which rejuvenates the face, without freezing the features.

In recent years, PARACRESS has gained popularity in the cosmetics industry. And for good reason, its extract, used in the composition of face creams or serums, offers an unparalleled anti-aging effect.

In a typical day, our face can undergo up to 10,000 micro-contractions. These micro-contractions are responsible for expression lines, including crow’s feet, nasolabial fold, and frown lines.

The anesthetic effect provided by Spilanthol will help limit these contractions: the skin is smoothed, it loses its “crumpled” appearance and  prevent the appearance of more pronounced wrinkles. Paracress has the advantage of acting like a natural botox, while respecting the natural movements of the face, because its action remains light.

A very good daily cream for those who want to see an immediate result!

Where can you find Paracress?

Do you want to try your hand at homemade recipes around Paracress?

in seeds to plant, on many specialized sites and in garden centers. Be careful, this is a plant that requires sun and heat!

What is the most common skin type?

Of all skin types, combination or mixed skin is the most common.

It is recognized by a typical combination: the “T” area (forehead, nose, and chin) of the face is oily, and the temple and cheek area shows symptoms of dry skin.

Here are the most common indications for combination skin:

  • Dilated pores in the “T” zone: forehead, nose, chin
  • Oily “T” zone (sebum secretion)
  • Blackheads and blemishes on the forehead nose and chin
  • Dry cheek area
  • Dry temple area
  • Itching and tightness in dry areas
  • Dull complexion
  • Thick skin texture

Combination skin is easily disturbed by many factors

Several factors can change its condition and make it drier or more oily. We can then face a real headache to restore balance and have beautiful, even skin. Knowing the main causes of these variations can help you prevent them or reduce their incidence by, for example, changing your skin care routine at home


Here are some disruptors that can affect the quality of your combination skin:
  • Climatic conditions such as cold, wind, heat and sunlight
  • The inheritance
  • The stress
  • Pollution and free radicals
  • Hormonal changes
  • Disease
  • Medication
  • Aging of the skin
  • Inadequate skin care routine

What you should avoid when you have combination skin


  • Using a cleanser that is drying, or , a cream formula containing to many fatty substances. They could worsen existing skin problems. Opt for gentle skin cleansing using a pH balanced formula.
  • Prolonged exposure to the sun or cold. The heat increases the secretion of sebum in the T-zone, while the cold and the wind have a dehydrating and irritating effect on the dry skin of the face.
  • Applying excessively rich creams or moisturizers. It is important to choose a moisturizer for combination skin that does not contain lipids to prevent clogging of the pores and limit the appearance of blackheads or acne in oily areas.

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Take care of your skin of the combined type

In combination skin, the aging of the epidermis accelerates dehydration: they therefore tend to dry out and then exhibit more symptoms related to a lack of water and lipids. Dry areas that spread accentuate the signs of aging. Since the skin becomes less flexible and tends to sag, wrinkles become more noticeable. The effects of time in combination skin also result in a dull complexion and the appearance of irregularities such as pigment spots.

To prevent the premature degradation of your skin, you must preserve its balance by providing it with maximum hydration and care adapted to its needs: