What is Willow Bark Extract?


SOURCE: Central Europe


Willow bark comes from the salix alba (white willow) tree, and has been used throughout the centuries in China and Europe. Willow bark contains a compound called salicin, and is considered a gentle, natural alternative to salicylic acid.

What is good about Willow Bark Extract?

Willow Bark is a natural source of salicin, and contains a 0.8% concentration of salicylic acid, which is a powerful acne-fighting ingredient.

It also boasts high concentrations of tannins, flavonoids, polyphenols, and other powerful antioxidants that work to nourish and calm skin, while helping to protect the skin barrier and fight off free radicals caused by UV exposure.

What does Willow Bark Extract do?

The natural salicylic acid concentration in willow bark helps clarify the skin by eliminating acne-causing bacteria without disrupting your skin microbiome. It also boasts anti-inflammatory properties which helps calm irritated skin, reduce redness, and remove excess oil to reveal a clear, radiant complexion.

The tannins found in willow bark help reduce the appearance of pores and blemishes, as well as even out skin tone. The compounds in willow bark also provide gentle exfoliation to slough off dead skin and clear out congested pores to reveal a more radiant, clear complexion

Willow bark is rich in antioxidants such as flavonoids and polyphenols that protect the skin barrier from environmental damage and maintain healthy cellular function.

Who is Willow Bark Extract good for?

Willow bark is amazing for individuals with acne prone or oily skin. Although extremely effective, it is non-irritating and gentle enough for those with dry or sensitive skin. The naturally-derived salicylic acid used in Gloss is below the required percentage for it to be safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women.

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