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Botanical Ingredients for the Medical Spa

By: Katherine Tomasso
Posted: October 31, 2013, from the November 2013 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
Botanical Ingredients for the Medical Spa

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Pycnogenol extract. This is from the bark of the French maritime pine tree. It contains phenolic compounds, including ferulic, caffeic and coumaric acids. This herbal extract produces an anti-inflammatory effect that comes from the presence of long-chain starches known as polysaccharides. Pycnogenol also produces an antioxidant effect by recycling ascorbic acid and tochopherol. It helps reduce UVB photosensitivity and sunburn, stimulate wound-healing and balance the tissue-thinning effects of MMPs.

Lupine. This white bean is from the legume family and can now be found in skin care preparations intended to preserve skin thickness. The peptide-rich extract protects the skin’s structural fibers, particularly collagen fibers, by suppressing the damaging effects of collagenase.

Because of their ability to conserve skin structures, boswellia serrarta-, pycnogenol- and lupine bean extract-rich products are all excellent ingredients to incorporate into anti-aging protocols.

Ultra-hydrating botanical ingredients

When the skin is well-hydrated, it’s visibly smoother, unblemished and glowing.

Dehydrated skin causes cells to shrink and lose their volume. This affects the large majority of the population, making dehydration an insidious precursor to the overall aging process. Due to the amount of mechanical and chemical exfoliation happening at medical spas, the prevalence of dehydration is even greater.