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Willow Bark extract is rich in ingredients that have profound benefits on the skin. It includes tannins, salicin, polyphenols, flavonoids and other minerals and vitamins. These ingredients are responsible for the various properties of willow bark that have made it popular in skincare products.
Salicin derives its name from Salix, the scientific name of the willow tree. Salicin—from which salicylic acid is derived—is both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, clearing pores and alleviating acne and irritation. This natural exfoliant not only rejuvenates your skin, it also helps to fight the signs of aging.
Tannins are highly astringent, which means they shrink or constrict body tissue, including the skin’s. Tannins tighten pores, making them appear smaller and less obvious; this helps the skin retain a firm, youthful look. They also control excess oil production which reduces the blackheads and whiteheads on your skin. They also help in controlling excessive sweat secretion.
Polyphenols are phytonutrients (nutrients found in plants) with high antioxidant activity. Polyphenols help our bodies and our skin to fight free radicals that damage our skin’s DNA and contribute to signs of ageing. Polyphenols also aid in moisture retention, allowing our skin to stay hydrated and healthy. They also kill germs and fight inflammation, thus helping to alleviate many skin disorders.
These are a special group of polyphenols present in the willow bark extract. Flavonoids protect your skin from photodamage caused due to prolonged exposure to the UV rays of the sun. UV rays increase the oxidative stress in the skin resulting in premature signs of aging such as wrinkles and hyperpigmentation.
The active plant compounds in Willow Bark serve various functions that provide the benefits mentioned above:
- Exfoliates the skin to make it more radiant
- Reduces excess acne and oiliness
- Smoothens wrinkles and reduces skin ageing
- Refines and reduces the pore size
- Protects skin from UV damage
- Keeps the skin hydrated
- Alleviates severe skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and rosacea
Willow bark extracts can be used as part of the daytime and nighttime skin routine. It is suitable and gentle for almost all skin types. But make sure to check for allergies before you include this ingredient in your skincare routine to avoid any adverse side effects.
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