Known by several names like the ‘Mojave yucca’, ‘Soap Root’, ‘Spanish Dagger’ or the ‘treasure from the desert’ – No matter what it’s called, Yucca is an excellent therapy for skin that is constantly exposed to chemicals, sunshine and environmental pollutants.
Whether you’re considering a switch to clean beauty, or are actively practicing an organic skin care regimen, you will be interested in learning more about this important ingredient in our products here @PVO.
How Yucca Root Benefits the Skin
The best and most effective Yucca (Yucca Schidigera) plants grow in the dry climate of the Southwestern United States, Canada, Mexico and some parts of South America.
The most useful part of the plant is its hard, fibrous roots, which contain high concentrations of resveratrol (also found in extracts of red wine from grapes and berries), yuccaols and saponins that have many uses in clean skin care.
1. Yucca Root – The Natural Alternative to Sulfates
Yucca root is high in steroid saponins, which makes it one of the most gentle and natural alternatives to soaps and chemical sulfate-based cleansers. Our SBR Cleanser and Pore Perfect Cleanser are made with natural cleansing ingredients like Yucca root and African Black Soap that gives a ‘clean feel’ without any harshness. It also helps maintain pH balance and prevent moisture loss for soft smooth skin.
2. Hydrates & Brightens Complexion
The natural humectants in Yucca rejuvenates dull complexion and provides skin-deep hydration, without making it feel greasy or oily.
Rich in lightweight hydrating agents like Yucca root, Aloe Vera, Solomon’s Seal Root and a clinically proven blend of healing botanicals and essential oils, our Daily Hydrator/Toner (for Normal or Dry Skin) and Pore Perfect Hydrator/Toner (for Oily Skin) is a big drink for dehydrated and hyaluronic acid compromised skin.
3. Rich in Antioxidants and Anti-aging Actives
Yucca Root has Vitamin C, folic acid and antioxidants that not only protect against damage from free radicals, but also promotes skin cell regeneration. Resveratrol in Yucca helps skin repair by slowing down the breakdown of collagen, especially that caused by sun damage.
With Yucca Root and various calming skin actives, our anti-aging SBR Serum restores balanced fight tissues to combat the signs of aging skin, and also help eliminate the underlying sensitivity which is the underlying cause of redness and irritation. Yucca, along with Vitamin E from organic cold-pressed oils in our formulas provides the one-two punch in wrinkles repair and other signs of aging.
4. Cleans Congested Pores
The crushed tropical roots of these yucca plants can also be used as a gentle, but effective exfoliator or scrub. Yucca root has Resveratrol and anti-inflammatory compounds, which provide long lasting inhibition against acne outbreaks. Use our Papaya & Honey Exfoliation Mask & Scrub (for Normal/Dry/Oily Skin) or the calming SBR Papaya & Honey Facial Mask (for Sensitive skin) 2-3X times a week to unblock pores and help brighten complexion. The natural Papaya enzymes, Honey and Yucca in the formula slough dead skin cells and encourage cell regeneration for visible results in just one use.
Yucca root is also an important cleansing ingredient in our On the Spot Blemish Treatments (Day & Night time)- a targeted Ayurvedic treatment to heal blemishes overnight and reduce redness without damaging or aging the skin.
To take full advantage of the skin benefits of yucca root in any organic skin care formula, be sure that it is sourced from sustainable and fair trade sources and formulated by scientifically and clinically proven methods. Learn more.