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What’s the Sitch on Botanical Skincare Products?

Love to be able to use the word SITCH! I feel like cool kids say that. And because we love to learn, did you know that the phrase, ‘What’s the sitch?’ was first created in the 1950’s? Even back then they realized that the word ‘situation’ was in fact too long to say in full 😉

So lately, I have noticed that there are TONS AND TONS of ingredients in our skincare products that for one, I can’t remotely pronounce and two, they are SUPER PLANT-Y (if that’s a real thing, you know what I mean). Okay so for example, ‘Black Cumin Seed Oil’… so right off the bat you’re like, ‘Oh yeah, you’re definitely natural and you probably plump up the skin’. While this particular botanical wasn’t hard to pronounce, there was immediately a clear understanding that it was a much more natural product. See, you’ve got this!

Have you Cheeky’s been noticing that too?

I’ve been noticing a lot of botanical ingredients in skincare as of late and it’s a bit of a learning curve for me. It’s almost like there are SO MANY natural ingredients on the market, you aren’t sure what the hell to do with it.

Let’s take our Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay Mask…It’s got kakadu plum and mangosteen in it to help brighten your skin but what in god’s name is it? Had you guys heard of it before you read our blog or are seeing it for the first time now? Like I mentioned in the blog, kakadu plum is a native plant to Northern Australia. It’s best known for its healing properties. It also is high in vitamin C, rich in antioxidants & soothes irritated skin. As for the mangosteen, it is a pretty fruit that looks like a plum and is best known for being rich in antioxidants. But see, I had to look that up. And I feel like I’ve been having to look up a ton of these natural ingredients just to get a handle on it.

And apparently, it’s not just us! According to The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, ‘Cosmeceuticals are the fastest growing sector of the cosmetic industry, and the future of antiaging cosmeceuticals in particular is very promising. Botanical extracts that support the health, texture, and integrity of the skin, hair, and nails are widely used in cosmetic formulations. They form the largest category of cosmeceutical additives found in the marketplace today due to the rising consumer interest and demand for natural products. Various plant extracts that formed the basis of medical treatments in ancient civilizations and many traditional cultures are still used today in cleansers, moisturizers, astringents, and many other skin care products. New botanical skin care treatments are emerging, presenting dermatologists and their patients the challenge of understanding the science behind these cosmeceuticals.’….’Over the past decade, there has been fervent interest in products found in nature because of their perceived safety. Skin care products are often developed from plants. Many believe that if a product can be safely ingested, it will also be safe for topical application. In general, plant-derived, botanical, cosmeceutical products tend to be antioxidant in action since these organisms must thrive in constant direct ultraviolet (UV) light, the Earth’s most prolific manufacturer of free radicals. In this article, the authors review the most popular ingredients in this class and comment on their possible usefulness in skin care protocols.’

What are botanicals?

A botanical ingredient is basically a component of a cosmetic or skincare product that originates from plants (herbs, roots, flowers, fruits, leaves or seeds). Super easy to understand! Specific ingredients taken from these biological sources are classified based on their own chemical structure and how they are isolated from plants.

What are the benefits of botanicals in skincare?

Most botanicals have many antioxidant benefits as these plants were able to thrive in direct sunlight being exposed to UV light. Protection against free radicals is a strong benefit from many extracts. Fascinating right!? I hadn’t really thought about it that way! Extracts can also improve….

  • Acne
  • Large pores
  • Oily skin
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Wrinkles
  • Dark spots
  • General maturing
  • Plumpness
  • Dry skin

Since the extract is in a concentrated form, a small percentage is actually needed to see large benefits because the skin can only absorb so much at a time.

How are botanicals used in skincare?

A botanical extract is made from a plant’s roots, flowers, leaves and even their bark. The plant parts are dissolved using a special little solvent which helps free up some of the natural goodness from the plant. The solution is then separated from the parts of the plant which were insoluble (not capable of being dissolved). The extract is separated again from the liquid to produce a powdered form. This liquid or powder can finally be dissolved into the solvent of a skincare product to help reap benefits through a topical application onto your skin. If the process is done correctly, a pure extract can provide many natural properties of the plant in a concentrated form. The names of botanicals are actually based off the isolation process and chemical structure from the plant it was taken from.

What are common botanicals found in skincare?

Black cumin seed oil has been studied over 200 times, confirming that it holds a host of antioxidants to regenerate and repair aging skin

Rosehip and grapeseed oil have been proven effective over time as many have been used in cleansing and moisturizing routines for generations

Green tea (Camellia sinensis) fights free radicals through its anti-inflammatory properties

Caffeine (Coffea arabica) may reduce puffiness

Camomile (Matricaria recutita) reduces redness

Evening primrose oil (Oenothera biennis) can have significant anti-inflammatory and emollient properties

Soy (extract) reduces the effects of UVB exposure, and is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent

….. The list goes ON AND ON & ON!

^^^ See what I mean about not being able to pronounce half of them…. Like how the frick do you pronounce the evening primrose one? No idea….

Top botanical skincare products we recommend

Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel

Key Botanicals: ‘Natural fruit enzymes of exfoliating Papaya and calming Pineapple smooth and clarify the complexion. This rinse-off exfoliating cream contains nourishing Milk Protein, anti-oxidant rich Vitamin E and Marine Algae to moisturize, repair and protect skin. Perfect for complexions which are sensitive or mature.’

Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay Mask

Key Botanicals: Kakadu Plum is the world’s richest source of Vitamin C. Antioxidant-rich Mangosteen combined with Pomegranate to boost cellular turnover. Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice is used to hydrate the skin and give an overall plumpness.

Korres Black Pine Firming, Lifting & Antiwrinkle Night Cream

Key Botanicals: ‘Patented Black Pine Polyphenol Epigallocatechin (please try pronouncing this…..) supports firmness and helps work against free radicals. Patented Spilanthes Acmella Active Extract provides instant lifting effect and improves the look of skin’s volume and contour.’

Research results: – 100% of women reported they would replace their own anti-aging cream with Black Pine

Kora Organics Noni Glow Face Oil

Key Botanicals: Kora Organics uses organic ingredients such as noni extract, rosehip oil, sea buckthorn oil and green tea to detoxify and nourish skin.

ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment

Key Botanicals: (Lactic acid) and fruit enzymes— papaya, pineapple, and pumpkin—reveal smooth skin and a brighter, healthier-looking complexion.

Tata Harper Purifying Mask

Key Botanicals: Brown algae helps make the skin appear firm and lifted. Prickly pear seed oil (this is the very famous plant in Tucson) is an excellent source of antioxidant vitamin E that improves elasticity for a youthful look.

Summer Fridays Overtime Mask

Key Botanicals: A clarifying mask that uses vitamin-packed pumpkin and exfoliating apricot seed powder to polish away dead skin cells for a luminous effect.

#CheekyConfidential the higher up an ingredient is on the list, the more of the product it contains.

Images and some information provided by their respective brands.

Sources:

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1365-4632.2009.04081.x

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2958188/

https://www.paulaschoice.com/ingredient-dictionary/plant-extracts/botanicals.html

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