Alchemile

An extract of lady’s mantle (botanical name: alchemilla). Widely used in herbal medicine to control bleeding and alleviate menstrual cramps. In topical applications it is used for its anti-elastase and free radical scavenging activity. Elastase is responsible for breaking down collagen and elastin, therefore use of alchemile is said to improve skin elasticity and reduce wrinkles. Has an astringent effect on skin. Active compounds are tannins (which may irritate) and trace salicylic acid.

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