Horse Chestnut is quite a common and often used ingredient because of a couple of nice properties. It contains the active called escin that helps to maintain healthy blood circulation and strengthen capillaries and veins. Because of this, it’s thought that horse chestnut might be useful for rosacea prone skin and it’s also often used in toners for the fresh skin feeling.
It also has some anti-inflammatory and wound healing properties, so all in all, a nice ingredient to spot on the ingredient list.
- E. Bombardelli et al. Aesculus hippocastanum. Fitoterapia 67:483-511 (1996).
- E. Bombardelli et al. Topical anti-inflammatory activity of complexes of Escin and Sterols with Phospholipids – Part I, Fitoterapia 60, Supplemental n. 1,39 (1989).
- SB Curri et al. Topical anti-inflammatory activity of complexes of Escin and Sterols with Phospholipids – Part II, Anti-edema properties in the treatment of panniculopathies of the thighs and breast, Fitoterapia 60, Supplemental n. 1,45 (1989).