Why Paracress Extract Belongs in Your Sensitive Skincare Routine

PARACRESS is an active ingredient that is suitable for all skin types, even the most sensitive.

Its composition offers soothing properties that can relieve irritated skin and reduce redness. Upon application, the skin gains in firmness while remaining supple.

This little plant is native to 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 ask, 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 isobutyl amides of polyene and polyanionic acids, including Spilanthol. It is this last active compound that interests us in particular: 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 has a soothing action on skin lesions. In cosmetics, Paracress is very popular, because its light and natural anesthetic effect offer 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 folds, and frown lines. The anesthetic effect provided by Spilanthol will help limit these contractions: the skin is smoothed, it loses its “crumpled” appearance and prevents the appearance of more pronounced wrinkles. Paracress has the advantage of acting as 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! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGoU1M4Uap4&t=95s

Where can you find Paracress besides our website? 

Many specialized garden centers sell Paracress seeds or plants. This plant requires lots of sun and heat. 

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