Cistus, also known as the "rockrose" because of its growth on rocky slopes, is a perennial subshrub that thrives in the Mediterranean region, boasting around twenty different species. Its historical significance is notable, with even the ancient Egyptians importing it from Crete for various cosmetic purposes. Mentioned in the Bible, it was a key component in incense, alongside frankincense and myrrh. In Europe, since the Middle Ages, it has been cherished for its remarkable qualities in treating infected wounds and nourishing the skin. Its enduring, musky fragrance continues to be a fundamental element in modern perfumery.
A meticulous process of boiling the leaves and branches of the Cistus ladaniferus species results in the collection of a precious resin known as "labdanum." Through steam distillation, this resin yields an essential oil. Esteemed for its tonifying and firming properties, this essential oil is frequently used in skincare products designed to counter the effects of aging. Not only is it a valuable asset for mature skin with wrinkles, but it also proves remarkably effective for extremely dry and dehydrated skin, enhancing moisture retention.
Furthermore, thanks to its powerful antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, the essential oil extracted from broom (listed as INCI: Cistus Ladaniferus Twig Oil) provides soothing relief for infected and inflamed skin. As a result, it is highly recommended for managing conditions such as acne, eczema, or minor wounds.
Moreover, due to its ability to reduce redness, soothe, and stimulate skin regeneration, it has shown remarkable efficacy in addressing rosacea as well. Given its myriad of beneficial effects, it has rightfully earned its place as a key component in Fieldgood's "ANTI AGE" cream