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Intelligent Botanicals That Brighten Skin

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Extracts from plants and natural compounds have gained considerable attention and provide an increasing field of research for photo aging and photo-protection of the skin.

The adaptive ability of plants to survive in a highly oxidising external environment has lead to expanding research to justify the evaluation of the bioactive properties and the efficacy of these plant compounds as antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and immune modulating agents.

Melanin plays a monumental role in protecting the skin against the harmful effect of ultraviolet radiation and oxidative stress from various environmental pollutants. However, an excessive production of melanin can cause freckles, age spots, melasma and hyperpigmentation. The regulation of excess melanin therefore is important in reducing hyperpigmentation and improving the overall appearance of the skin.

When it comes to brightening the skin, natural compounds that inhibit the enzymes responsible for melanin production and factors contributing to pigmentation including immune response, inflammation and oxidative stress are potential candidates for cosmetic formulations to brighten skin.

Panax ginseng has been used in traditional medicine and skincare throughout eastern Asia for thousands of years, however genuine scientific approaches to clarify the efficacy have been made only in recent years.

The major biologically active compounds identified are ginsenosides, courmaric acid and cinnamic acid. Together these compounds inhibit melanogenesis and the contributing factors leading to increased pigmentation, including stress and the formation of free radicals and inflammation. By interfering with the pigmentation process at several different steps, pigmentation is reduced and luminosity values within the skin increase to reveal brighter skin.

Green tea contains a high source of antioxidant polyphenols and flavonoids identified as catechins. Antioxidants inhibit pigmentation by various mechanisms including scavenging of ROS and through the reduction of intermediates involved in melanin synthesis. With the ability to inhibit the activities of collagenase and tyrosinase activity, subsequently improving hyperpigmentation overall brightening benefits to the skin.

Our Green Tea and Ginseng Facial Oil combines the benefits of both powerful botanical compounds in a lightweight nourishing oil of camellia, rose hip and jojoba to rejuvenate tired, damaged and sensitive skin.

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