Trees just don’t provide us shade and timber, but many trees have botanical properties that are natural healers and medicine for many ailments, including the skin! One such ingredient is ‘White Willow Bark Extract’ – whose natural levels of Salicylic acid (the major bioactive ingredient in aspirin) makes it a centuries old natural remedy for healing blemish-prone skin.
The Secret Skin Active Element in White Willow Bark Extract
Ancient Mesopotamians and Greeks used extracts from the bark of the White Willow Tree in warm baths to get relief from all kinds of pain. White Willow bark (Salix alba) contains the active ingredient called ‘Salicin’, a precursor to the healing skin active agent, Salicylic acid.
Salicin from White Willow Bark Extract is as effective as the modern day prescription drug, Aspirin (or Acetylsalicylic acid). As estheticians and skin care enthusiasts, we know the importance of this drug. It’s probably the best ingredient discovered so far that has immediate and guaranteed results on treating acne, blemished, rosacea and breakout-prone skin. But, the versions of Salicylic acid used in most OTC beauty products are often synthetic, which can dry the skin and cause irritation to worsen breakouts.
This is why we use the natural and gentler version of Salicylic acid (a beta hydroxy acid, or BHA) extracted from the bark of the Salix to help you achieve clear skin with the same power, but no side effects.
Here’s some of the best things your blemish-prone skin can receive with White Willow Bark Extract:
The Benefits of White Willow Bark in Organic Skin Care
1. Treats Rosacea and Blemished Skin
When you have Rosacea or Blemish-prone skin, it’s important to regularly tone and detoxify. However chemical-based cleansers/toners often contain harsh ingredients like Alcohol or Synthetic Salicylic acid, which are an absolute NO for Pitta skin.
Here is when Salix works its magic. Being abundant in the gentler version of Salicylic acid, White Willow Bark Extract is an important component ingredient of our SBR (Sensitive/Blemished/Rosacea) Skin Care Regimen. The anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties in the formula controls the overgrowth of microbiota (like Demodex mites for Rosacea, S. aureus for Eczemaand Acne vulgaris and P. acnes for blemishes) responsible for causing breakouts. This helps soothe redness and inflammatory flares without damaging the skin.
Our Pitta Dosha or SBR Regimen contains 3 key products – SBR Cleanser, SBR Hydrator/Toner and SBR Serum, each infused with effective concentration of White Willow Bark Extract. Layering with our 3-step Pitta Skin Care regimen ensures that synergistic antioxidants, hydrating organic oils and toning agents reach deep into the skin cells to protect and provide relief from rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, redness and other sensitive skin issues.
2. Reduces Signs of Aging Skin
In a clinical study, it was found that Salicin from White Willow Bark reverses and heals many different signs of aging skin, which include wrinkles, dryness, lack of firmness, fine lines, uneven skin tone, roughness, lack of radiance and enlarged pores.
White Willow Bark’s natural hydroxy acids in our anti-aging serum for sensitive skin gently exfoliates the skin, making it smoother, softer and more radiant. Antioxidants like Flavonoids and Polyphenols further inhibit photodamage after prolong unprotected sun exposure.
3. Deep Cleanses Pores and Balances Oily Complexion
If you have kapha or oily skin problems like acne, blackheads and whiteheads, then you might already know how effective Salicylic acid is for your skin! Salicylic acid being a BHA (beta hydroxy acid) is more oil soluble..unlike AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) like glycolic and lactic acids, which are water soluble) and can penetrate into the pores to reduce and regulate sebum (oil) secretion. Its antibacterial action is also effective against cystic acne.
White Willow Bark extract in our Daily Foaming Cleanser and Pore Perfect Cleanser is gentle enough to exfoliate, while removing excess oil from skin. In addition, the organic oils in these cleansers retain moisture and balance skin pH for clear skin.
Tannins in White Willow have strong astringent properties that tighten pores and help retain skin firmness. The Skin Actives in this ingredient reach deep into the dermis to clear congested pores and provide a glowing, radiant, but non-oily appearance.
4. Tones Skin
An organic toner works as a ‘skin tonic’ and as such is an important step in any serious skin care regimen. Toners help in 3 ways – they remove excess oil from pores, restore natural pH and improve blood supply to the skin.
Alcohol is a famous toning ingredient….but it can also cause redness, dryness, itching, peeling and cracking of the skin. As an alternative, very few natural ingredients can effectively tone the skin, without breaking it out – and in this regard White Willow Bark Extract tops our list.
White Willow Extract in our Pore Perfect Hydrator/Toner is an effective toner and astringent, especially compatible with acne-prone oily skin having enlarged pores. This oil balancing facial toner adds moisture, unclogs pores and evens complexion, while also reducing pore size.
5. For ‘On the Spot Blemish Treatment’
Many believe that spot treatments aren’t as effective at overnight blemish healing as they claim. And the Benzoyl Peroxide used in many of these drugstore spot treatments is damaging to the skin. The truth is, only an effective blend of natural ingredients like French Clay or Kaolin/ Bentonite Clay + Salicylic Acid with other botanical extracts are extremely effective at treating angry blemishes overnight, while helping reduce post blemish redness! The earth minerals in clay pulls out and dissolve toxins from comedones, while Salicylic acid enters the skin, killing microbes and exfoliating impurities to clear blemishes.
White Willow Bark is gentle enough for the most sensitive skin and is unequaled in its ability to reduce acne and excess oil. To support Eco-conscious skin care, our organic skin care products containing White Willow Bark Extract are obtained only from sustainable sources, and the process of product formulation leaves a minimum carbon footprint on the environment.