WHY 

Willow bark extract contains anti-inflammatory salicin, a type of salicylate, willow bark is a source of salicylates (specifically, salicin), which may then be chemically converted into salicylic acid, but is not salicylic acid itself but a related substance. Salicylic Acid is classed as a 'Phenolic Aromatic Acid' PHA not a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) as commonly stated. PHAs (Polyhydroxy Acids) carry similar effects of AHA without the possibility of skin irritation, PHA is more compatible with sensitive skin, has better moisturisation activity and enhances skin barrier function.

HOW

  • Natural anti-inflammatory - Properties alleviate acne and irritation - Salicin has been shown to diminish wrinkles
  • Salicin - Helps to reduce the appearance of pores, evening out skin tone while promoting increased firmness
  • Active Ingredient - Providing consistent levels of salicylic acid
  • Help to enhance cell turnover - Natural salicylates will enhance skin cell renewal without irritation
  • A natural exfoliant - Salicin sloughs off dead skin cells and clears pores to reveal a more radiant, clear complexion
  • Acts as a natural anti-microbial agent
  • Natural Plant Based - Alternative for synthetic salicylic acid
  • Helps to protect - Collagen and aids in restoration

Willow Bark: Potentially Active Chemical Constituents

  • Glycosides (1.5-11%): salicylates (salicin, salicortin, populin, fragilin, tremulacin)
  • Tannins (8-20%) a higher concentration than in almost any other plant
  • Aromatic aldehydes and acids: salidroside, vanillin, syringin, salicylic acid, caffeic and ferulic acids
  • Salicyl alcohol (saligenin)
  • Flavonoids

Tannins - Are phenolic compounds found in many herbs and common foods such as sorrel and rhubarb. Tannins are astringent and are traditionally used topically to treat wet or oozing skin conditions such as poison ivy and eczema.

Flavonoids - Are type of polyphenol, high in antioxidant properties helping fight free radicals, flavonoids help diminish the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Effective in protecting the skin’s barrier from environmental damage, think UV Rays preventing DNA damage. Flavonoids have even been shown to inhibit photodamage after UV exposure.

COMPOSITION:

  • Aromatic aldehydes and acids: Salidroside // Vanillin // Syringin // Salicylic acid // Caffeic // Ferulic acids
  • Antioxidants: Flavonoids // Tannis // 

METHOD OF EXTRACTION: Oily Infusion (Sunflower Oil) 
PLANT PART USED: Bark
CULTIVATION METHOD: Certified Organic
INCI NOMENCLATURE: Salix Nigra