Ingredient Spotlight: White Willow Bark

March 13, 2017

Ingredient Spotlight: White Willow Bark

It doesn’t get any more natural than powdered tree bark. Documented to have been used as early as 5 B.C., White Willow Bark Extract (Salix Alba) shines out as a gentle skin care giant, packing a wallop of a punch when targeting problem zones, all the while staying sympathetic to those sensitive areas.

Anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties delicately tend to sensitive skin issues like rosacea and psoriasis, yet battle valiantly with hard core acne, calluses, even warts. A potent controller of sebum, it helps to unclog oily pores, which in turn prevents acne. An energetic yet unabrasive exfoliator, willow bark helps to remove those dull, lifeless skin cells, revealing the youthful, radiant skin you’ve got underneath. This also discourages wrinkles, skin spots or discoloration, promoting a more even skin tone. Overall, willow bark charms your true, flawless and glowing complexion to reveal herself.

The active extract of the bark is salicin, a form of salicylic acid. You may know of a chemical, lab created version of salicylic acid – Aspirin. That’s right, this stuff is the all-natural, original pain killer! Beyond being impressive for skincare, willow bark also makes its mark on headaches, sore muscles and fever. Simply put, the ancient texts of Egypt, Assyria, and Greece got it right when they explored this remedy – and we decided to take a page from their book.





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