Adaptogens: Bringing Skin Into Balance
Adaptogens, a group of naturally non-toxic medicinal herbs and botanicals, have recently flooded the wellbeing scene, but they have ancient roots in traditional Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. So why has this special group of botanicals reemerged and what exactly do they do for your body and skin? Discover how adaptogens work to counter the impacts of stress, making them one of the key ways our Serums restore balance to your complexion. Plus, get to know the adaptogenic botanicals we have chosen for their ability to support skin and maintain radiance, no matter what life throws your way.
What Are Adaptogens? Used for centuries in traditional Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, adaptogens are specific herbs and botanicals that offer medicinal support to the body to increase its resistance to stress in turn, help the body to restore back to its normal healthy function. Studies have shown that chronic stress can negatively impact everything from our moods and hormones to our immune response and blood pressure, which has made adaptogens relevant to an ever increasing number of people. For many, using adaptogens internally, are a natural way to help mitigate and recover from the negative impacts of physical or emotional stress bringing life back into balance.
How Do Adaptogens Benefit Skin? Using Adaptogens in skincare however, is not as well heard of as internal medicine. We are forward thinkers at Sabine G Holistics and focus entirely on skin-supporting properties of chosen ingredients. Specifically free-radical fighting antioxidants. Think of adaptogens as key players in maintaining a healthy foundation within the skin, even as you weather those tougher times in life. Our skin doesn’t fare well under extended periods of imbalance or stress in the body, which can manifest as reduced barrier function, hormone-related breakouts, elasticity loss and oxidative stress. By helping to normalize how certain systems in the body respond to stress, adaptogens get things skin back to glowing and provide a powerful influx of free-radical fighting antioxidants.
How Awaken, Silver Lining and Waymaker Harness Adaptogens Each adaptogenic ingredient in our Day & Night Serums, supports the skin in a slightly different way, bringing overall balance and resilience to the complexion. But as with any powerful ingredient, care and thoughtfulness must be applied at every step, from harvest to formulation, if the skin is to reap the full benefits. We partner with conscious farmers and local natural suppliers to source our oils in which we fuse the skin food adaptogens with. These oils undergo a process of infusion to fully extract phyto-nutrients from the organic whole plant material. At the heart of the formulas is our signature Lipophilic Splendour Infusion, a seven-week process which begins with the whole plant, including adaptogen superfoods Tulsi, Gotu Kola and Marshmallow root. These healing botanicals are left to steep for 49 days, allowing us to slowly harness their full-spectrum of nourishment. In the end, our Active Serums are packed with the skin-balancing abilities of some of the most ancient adaptogens.
Balancing Adaptogens found in Lipophilic Splendour Infusion :
TULSI This leaf boosts brightness with its high antioxidant content that helps neutralize free-radicals and has natural antimicrobial properties to calm and soothe irritated skin.
LIQUORICE Gentle enough for sensitive skin, liquorice root is particularly beneficial for brightening the appearance of discoloration, and is a potent antioxidant, helping to combat the effects of oxidative stress.
UVA URSI The plant is also packed with antioxidants and produces hydroquinone. Those molecules help lighten dark spots and work to protect against damage done by UV rays, pollution and blue rays. Uva ursi can prevent skin from showing signs of aging.
MARSHMALLOW The healing, moisturizing and soothing qualities of marshmallow root make it highly effective for revitalizing stressed skin, fortifying the barrier and helping to retain hydration within the skin.
Nettle is excellent for sensitive dry skin and has a number of protective antioxidants that help reduce free radical damage to the skin, providing anti-aging benefits.
Containing salicin—from which salicylic acid is derived—this versatile ingredient is both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, clearing pores and alleviating acne and irritation.
Anti-ageing benefit of equisetium is the the high silica content. Collagen is an important part of the skin, keeping it taut and wrinkle free. Silica supports collagen production, especially was the production is slowed with ageing. It is used in our skin products for this reason as well as for combating inflammation.
GOTU KOLA This ancient Chinese medicine is rich in amino acids and potent phytonutrients, and has been shown to help calm irritation and support skin’s natural renewal process.
Another example of an adaptogen. This unique extract from non-fermented cocoa seeds was developed to help protect skin from the effects of blue light exposure. Blue light exposure can come from computers, smart phones, and tablets.
*found in Nami Cacao Mask